Day: April 28, 2021

Department of Energy announces $22.5 million to reduce carbon emissions from manufacturing

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for up to $22.5 million for projects that support the recovery, recycling, and reuse of material waste generated by the manufacturing sector. Projects funded through this solicitation will develop technologies that reduce embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with the production and consumption of metals, polymers, fibers, and electronic waste, as well as identify training activities that will expand the American manufacturing workforce.

“Decarbonizing the industrial sector is key to addressing our climate crisis,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “These investments will help reduce manufacturing emissions and energy use, while also making U.S. manufacturers more competitive and resilient.”

The U.S. industrial sector is responsible for 28% of domestic carbon emissions and consumes roughly one-third of the country’s primary energy—much of which is used to make materials. Using recycled materials to manufacture new materials and products can cut energy requirements and emissions in half, while also reducing waste.

DOE’s Reducing Embodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will manage these projects. Founded in 2017, REMADE is the fifth institute funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

REMADE is also a part of Manufacturing USA®, a network of federally funded institutes that have a specialized technology focus to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and promote a robust and sustainable national manufacturing R&D infrastructure.

Visit the REMADE Institute website for more information.

Soybean oil finds home in all-weather tires

Read the full story at Delta Farm Press.

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company will phase out petroleum-derived oils from its products by 2040, using instead sustainable soybean oil as part of a partnership with the United Soybean Board.

Can recycled glass help restore Louisiana’s eroding coastline?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

A new initiative to turn glass bottles from New Orleans’ many drinking spots into tiny particles of sand has raised hopes of a green transformation.

Inside the rule-breaking movement to make high-end sushi more sustainable

Read the full story at the Robb Report.

By design, the omakase at Rosella in New York’s East Village would be almost unrecognizable to the city’s sushi purists. Chef-owners Yoni Lang and Jeffrey Miller save tuna scraps and bloodlines to make smoked tuna butter to toss with handmade noodles. Bright, rich bowls of laksa broth are fortified with shrimp heads and shells, and sake-poached mussels star in one of the meal’s most memorable nigiri. There’s also dessert, two of them. 

The 17 or so courses are “closer to a hybrid of sushi omakase and a kaiseki meal,” Lang says. “When you sit down for traditional Japanese sushi, you know what you’re getting. You’ll have mackerel, white fish, three types of salmon, tamago, and lots of bluefin tuna. We go a much different route.”

That route is dictated by sourcing. Rather than importing the majority of their fish and mise-en-place from Japan, as most high-end sushi restaurants do, Lang and Miller’s menu is driven by local produce, whole fish utilization and a mostly domestic roster of fish.

Greiner Packaging reducing material usage for yogurt cups

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Austrian dairy company Ennstal Milch operates a filling plant for various flavors of Greek yogurt.

Experts’ predictions for future wind energy costs drop significantly

Read the full story from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements. The findings are described in an article in the journal Nature Energy.

Lubrizol making inroads into environmental stewardship, sustainable products

Read the full story at Cleveland.com.

Lubrizol in Avon Lake is touting its activities that contribute to Earth Day. Alicia Gauer, senior director for global communications and John Uptmor, health, safety, environmental and security manager at the facility took the time to talk about what strides the local facility is making “to reduce landfill impact through commercial digestion in which carbon-based materials are converted into compressed natural gas that will be added to the Cleveland-area electrical grid.”

Sunny with a chance of water: Device pulls water from air without outside power

Read the full post at Centered.

Americans’ access to clean water is projected to become a more important issue in the coming years as drought and shrinking groundwater supplies — influenced to a certain degree by climate change — touch more parts of the U.S.

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison created a device that could be revolutionary in helping to meet clean water needs. This water vapor condenser is a big deal because it’s cheaper than other clean water production methods, and it is designed to grab water from the air without using an external power source.

General Mills in revolving credit facility tied to sustainability

Read the full story at Food Business News.

General Mills, Inc. announced it has renewed its five-year $2.7 billion revolving credit facility, which now includes a pricing structure that is tied to environmental impact metrics. The initiative makes General Mills the first US consumer packaged goods company to implement a sustainability-linked revolving credit facility.

In Europe, industry and environmentalists call for binding targets for infrastructure for zero-emission trucks

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Truck makers and environmentalists have joined forces to push for the deployment of 11,000 charging points for electric trucks across the EU by 2025, rising to 42,000 by 2030. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and Transport & Environment (T&E) made this call to the European Commission in a joint letter.

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