Weekly Poll (14)


The British Coatings Federation launched a roadmap to outline how the United Kingdom coating industry can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Do you believe this is an achievable goal?


To address emissions challenges in cement and concrete manufacturing, a team of researchers is using novel electrolytic and hybrid routes to separate lime from the limestone without producing CO2, while utilizing autocatalysis to create cement through a low-energy pathway. Do you believe this eco-friendly concrete product can replace traditional cement and concrete on a nationwide scale?


The U.S. Green Building Council launched its draft for the new LEED v5 rating system for Operations and Maintenance of existing buildings, which will adopt minimum requirements for embodied carbon by using a data-driven approach to certification. Do you believe this certification is a practical way to move toward net zero buildings?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they have issued a proposal that could improve the accuracy of reported greenhouse gas emissions such as methane and are consistent with the Methane Emissions Reduction Program. Do you believe stricter reporting on GHG data and emissions sources will improve decarbonization?


A report from the International Energy Agency found that the global energy sector produced nearly 135 million tons of methane emissions in 2022, an increase from the year prior. Do you believe the industry is taking the right steps in lowering its carbon footprint over the next decade?


The Canadian government recently published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound (VOC) controls on industry products. Do you believe the new actions will improve air quality in the country?


At the end of June, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Do you agree with the ruling?


The City of Portland, Oregon, recently announced the approval of recommendations to add Concrete Embodied Carbon Threshold requirements for city construction projects. Do you think these requirements should be adopted in other states?


The new Clean Hull Initiative calls on regulators, shipping companies, ports, coatings manufacturers, technology and service providers, as well as academic and research institutions to focus on biofouling management. Do you believe there should be a worldwide regulation for proactive hull cleaning?


Researchers are now considering how the “Whitest White” paint developed by Purdue University could slash carbon emissions and, in some cases, replace air conditioning units. Do you believe the use of coatings could aid in a global cooling effect?


The University of Texas at Austin announced that its carbon capture technology, including a solution for “hard to abate” industries, will be licensed by Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. Do you believe this technology should be adopted by other power plants and heavy industrial sources?


Oregon lawmakers recently passed legislation requiring that the state’s power grid reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2030 and 90% by 2035. When do you think the nation will have similar plans for power grid decarbonization for each state?


The Biden administration recently approved the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm. Do you think the nation will reach its goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in America by 2030?


In New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders recently passed Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050. Joining six other states with zero-emission electricity goals or requirements, do you think the U.S. will eventually have similar legislation pass in all 50 states?


 
 
   

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