Enterprises and businesses are at the cusp of a major transformation, a new wave of industrialization based on IoT. IoT will involve the intersection of powerful supply and demand factors that will cause a tremendous amount of change and value creation. Beyond the economic benefits of business use-cases for the “Internet of Things,” the implications of this trend on our understanding of our societies, economies and ecology can be profound. Imagine data from soil sensors in Iowa, for example, being correlated with emissions data from California. Human behaviors and conditions can be mapped and analyzed with great detail, bringing serious privacy and security issues and concerns.
One can assume that battery electric vehicles (EV) are cleaner than traditional gasoline fueled cars, but do they really reduce the emissions that fuel climate change?Credit: Tomwang112According to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) comparing them to gasoline cars over their lifetime, the answer is yes.Over their entire lifetimes — from manufacturing to driving to disposal — battery electric cars produce half the global warming emissions, on average, of comparably sized gasoline cars. In addition, driving a battery electric vehicle is cleaner than the average gasoline vehicle on global warming emissions everywhere in the country, and has been improving over the last three years.
As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to increase energy productivity, reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and cut harmful emissions the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing nearly $55 million in 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy.
One of the issues with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft Clean Power Plan (CPP) was its lack of recognition of options on the demand side and within the grid itself through generation, transmission and consumption for reducing emissions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) Final Rule, issued earlier this week, sets goals and mandates for the nation’s power plants to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that create pollution. But many of the nation’s largest electric utilities have already made significant reductions in the last couple years, according to a report produced, in part, by Ceres — the most comprehensive analysis to date on U.S. power plant air pollution emissions, which examined carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mercury emissions from the nation’s 100 largest electric power producers.
The US Conference of Mayors honored Santa Monica with a US Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for its successful Solar Santa Monica initiative.Solar Santa Monica has helped Santa Monica residents and businesses convert their homes and commercial buildings to solar power for nearly a decade. Adopting green energy sources like solar power is a key component in Santa Monica efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions.
eMotorWerks, a leading manufacturer of intelligent and connected Smart[Grid] charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV), and WattTime, a new environmental nonprofit specializing in clean energy software, announced today the launch of JuiceBox™ Green 40. This collaboration produced a smart EV charging station capable of automatically reducing the carbon footprint of EV charging through groundbreaking new environmentally smart timing algorithms.
With epic smog in the Los Angeles Basin, the state of California has led the nation’s charge to reduce emissions from road vehicles for more than half a century.
And it is now state policy to reduce emissions of climate-change gases, primarily carbon dioxide, from its 30 million-plus road vehicles by a whopping 80 percent by 2050.
How the state will get there, however, depends on what kinds of zero-emission vehicles the public actually wants to buy.
There is no denying that the U.S. electrical grid is in need of replacing, but the route to achieving that goal is unclear. The EPA added another curve in June 2014 with its proposed and highly controversial Clean Power Plan, which requires the total carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants to be reduced by 30 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030. Deploying smart grid technologies to improve the efficiency of the grid is one way that states and utilities could reduce emissions and comply with the rule.
Urbanisation is happening at an unprecedented pace across the world. An estimated 50 per cent of the world’s inhabitants, or 3.6 billion people, now live in cities and this is expected to rise to 60 per cent, or five billion people by 2030, according to management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
Cities are now the main source of global economic growth and productivity, according to the firm, while accounting for the most resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.