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Thin Coating Detects, Monitors Toxic Gases

A new material produced by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be used as a thin coating to analyze air quality in industrial or home settings.


Tesla Sued for CA Factory Paint Shop Emissions

An environmental nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, alleging that the electric car company is violating the Clean Air Act at its Fremont, California, plant.


Final Rule Alters Oil, Gas Emissions Reporting

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to expand and update methane emissions reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under the ...


Finalized Rule Bans Federal Building Fossil Fuels

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a mandate to cut emissions from new or newly renovated federal buildings to reduce pollution, improve air quality and adopt energy-efficient e...


Nippon Paint Marine Joins Biosafety Alliance

Earlier this year, global marine coatings company Nippon Paint Marine joined the Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosafety (GIA) to help protect marine biodiversity and decarbonize shipp...


Citrus Waste Creates Sustainable Coatings

The Technological Institute of Plastics, AIMPLAS, in Spain is working on an initiative to produce new, sustainable formulations and construction materials using carbon dioxide and waste from...


Researchers Study Green Wastewater Treatment

A team of scientists at Colorado State University have reportedly been exploring the potential benefits of transitioning to green wastewater treatment approaches across the United States.


AkzoNobel Invests in New Research Labs

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it is building two new research labs at its Sassenheim site in the Netherlands to expand product development.


PHMSA Funds Gas Pipeline Rehab Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, along with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, recently unveiled $392 million in gra...


First Building Decarbonization Blueprint Released

At the beginning of the month, the Biden-Harris Administration published a national blueprint for the buildings sector to lower energy costs, improve resilience and tackle the climate crisis...


USGBC Releases LEED v5 for Public Comment

The U.S. Green Building Council opened the first public comment period last week for its draft rating system, LEED v5.


Company Leads Record Graphene Coatings Project

Global shipping company Pacific Basin recently announced that it would be applying a sustainable, graphene-based propeller coating across its entire fleet.


$6B Granted for Record US Decarbonization Effort

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $6 billion in funding for 33 projects across the United States to decarbonize energy-intensive industries, reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissi...


New Model Analyzes Textile-Reinforced Concrete

­A new method from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden could reportedly make it easier to build sustainable structures from textile-reinforced concrete.


New Product Announcement: Copper-Free Antifoulant

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the launch of its copper-free antifouling coating, meant to help reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions on ships.


Robot Cleans, Paints Offshore Energy Structures

Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Smart Ocean Technologies research group recently developed an experimental new undersea robot to help maintain offshore renewable energy platforms.


US Opens First Large Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, the South Fork Wind project launched its clean energy production, making New York home to America’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm.


Belzona Releases Feed Tank Case Study

International manufacturer of industrial protective coatings and composites Belzona recently announced that Rezitech, an authorized Belzona distributor, provided a wrapping to help fight cor...


Perstorp Buys Polyol Manufacturing Plant

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Perstorp recently announced that it has bought out its minority partner in the joint venture Shandong Perstorp Chemical Co., Ltd., former owner and operator ...


Study Highlights IIJA Spending, Climate Issues

Transportation policy organization Transportation for America recently released a study detailing how most of the funding from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has gone...


EPA Begins Clean Ports Program Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it would be starting a $3 billion Clean Ports Program, meant to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure to help ...


EPA, DOE Announce Methane Reduction Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a Notice of Intent aimed at making funds available for the measurement and reduction of methane ...


World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sparks Fuel Concerns

The world's largest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, recently set sail for a new voyage after undergoing a painting project from coatings company Nor-Maali Oy. The voyage reportedly began amid...


AkzoNobel Releases Ship Coatings Data

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently released new performance data on its Intersleek1100SR coating, a biocide-free fouling control coating with slime release technology...


Orion Completes Air Emissions Upgrades

Global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. recently announced that it has completed upgrading its air emissions control technology at all f...


Researchers Study AI Data Quality Improvements

A recent report from advanced robotics and enterprise software company Gecko Robotics and climate technology company Rho Impact has detailed how robots and artificial intelligence can improv...


Mowilex Receives Fifth Carbon Neutral Certification

Indonesian paint and wood coatings producer PT Mowilex recently obtained its fifth consecutive CarbonNeutral certification from Climate Impact Partners.


Graphene Coating Applied to Chemical Tanker

Global chemical tanker operator Stolts-Nielson recently announced that it would be the first shipping company to apply sustainable coatings company Graphite Innovation & Technologies Coating...


EPA, DOE Unveil Emissions Reduction Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy recently released a new conditional commitment to help measure and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.


FHWA Plans to Track GHG Emissions

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration recently announced that it has issued a finalized performance measure to track greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related t...


BCF Publishes Net Zero Coatings Roadmap

Last week, the British Coatings Federation launched a roadmap to outline how the United Kingdom coating industry can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Company Tests Antifouling Graphene Coating

Ship repair and conversion yard Gibdock, located in Gibraltar on Spain’s south coast, recently announced that it has undergone a 30-day project with XGIT-Fuel, an antifouling coating from Gr...


New Product Announcement: Architectural Acrylic Binders

Last month, global chemical company BASF launched a new portfolio of acrylic binders for architectural coatings.


DOE Building Energy Initiative Saves $18.5B

A recent U.S. Department of Energy report found that the Better Buildings Initiative collectively saved $18.5 billion through efficiency improvements and cut carbon dioxide emissions by near...


Metal Coatings Company Fined for Violations

On Friday, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced that it is fining a metal coating and plating company for violations regarding the province’s Environmental P...


Team Aims to Cut Concrete Carbon Emissions

A team of researchers at Arizona State University, with support from the National Science Foundation, is reportedly pursuing ways to lower carbon dioxide emissions involved in the cement and...


Solvay Launches Digital Carbon Footprint Tool

International science company Solvay recently developed a new automated system to calculate a product's carbon footprint produced from raw material extraction to when it leaves the factory.


Sandcastle Worms Inspire Green Building Materials

A research group from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has reportedly developed low-carbon building materials, derived from natural sandcas...


NYC Launching Mass Timber Building Program

At the end of last month, the New York City Economic Development Corporation initiated a technical assistance program to support mass timber development projects, including their planning an...


LEED v5 Existing Building Draft Released

The U.S. Green Building Council recently launched its draft for the new LEED v5 rating system for Operations and Maintenance of existing buildings.


Grant Program Focuses on Clean Construction

A new program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide grants to support efforts in reporting and reducing climate pollution linked to the manufacturing of construction mat...


NY Adopting First Clean Concrete Mandate

Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced new regulations that will establish emission limits on concrete used in state-funded public building and transportation projects.


Coalition Writes Against Air Quality Regulations

A coalition of industry groups have reportedly written a letter asking President Joe Biden’s administration to rescind its recent proposal to tighten air-quality standards, stating that it c...


Researchers Explore Coatings Gas Detection Tech

A University of Pittsburgh research team, based at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, recently established how the use of plasmonic nanomaterials and polymer composite coatings could...


DOE Issues Annual Wind Power Reports

The U.S. Department of Energy has released three annual reports, reporting that wind power continues to be one of the fastest growing and lowest cost sources of electricity in America.


Axalta Developing Digital Paint Technology

Global coatings company Axalta has reportedly entered a partnership with Xaar, a manufacturer of drop-on-demand inkjet technologies, to develop a sustainable digital paint technology for the...


DOE Funds Clean Hydrogen Advancement Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it has awarded almost $34 million to 19 industry- and university-led projects on clean hydrogen.


Researchers Develop Carbon Capture Membranes

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have reportedly begun to devise new ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions with the use of membrane-based carbon capture devices.


IMO Adopts Revised Emissions Strategy

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced that Member States at the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) meeting have adopted a new strategy on reducing g...


EPA Issues GHG Reporting Rule Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they have issued a proposal meant to amend the reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under the agency’...


Shipping Company Adopts New Propeller Coating

According to a recent press release from marine coating supplier Graphite Innovation & Technologies, the company will be supplying its graphene-based, biocide-free propeller coating for glob...


‘World’s Largest’ Wooden City Planned in Sweden

Earlier this week, residential property management company Atrium Ljungberg announced what it is calling the world’s largest urban construction project in wood in Stockholm, Sweden.


Refinery Sues EPA Over Permit Requirement

The owner of an oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands is going up against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in court requiring the reapplication for pollution emissions permits.


CA Passes New Rule to Ban Chrome-6

Last week, California air regulators voted to ban the use of hexavalent chromium in a variety of applications due to its high toxicity.


Amazon Opens First Phase of HQ2 Project

At the beginning of the week, American multinational technology company Amazon opened the first phase of its second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.


EPA Releases Annual Air Trends Report

On Tuesday (May 23), the Environmental Protection Agency released its annual interactive report, revealing decreases in air pollution and other long-term trends.


Report Compares Ceramic and Silicone Coatings

A new study has recently analyzed ceramic coatings' ability to reduce


DOE Unveils Carbon Infrastructure Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $251 million in funding for 12 projects to expand carbon dioxide transportation and storage infrastructure


London Tunnels Undergo Record Cement-Free Pour

Earlier this week, energy company National Grid announced that it has completed the world’s largest continuous pour of cement-free concrete at the 1 billion pound London Power Tunnel project...


EPA Planning Port Infrastructure Programs

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act to port infrastructure and air pollution reduction programs...


DOT Introduces Pipeline Leak Protection Proposal

Last week, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed a new rule to improve the detection and repair of leaks from gas pipelines.


NY Plans for New Construction Fossil Fuel Ban

Starting in 2026, the state of New York reportedly plans to require a ban on fossil fuel equipment in the construction of new buildings.


TX University, DOT Examining Sustainable Concrete

A $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was recently awarded to a University of Texas at Arlington civil engineering researcher who is looking to develop a ...


Tesoro Refinery Violates 2016 EPA Court Order

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alongside the U.S. Department of Justice, announced that Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company will pay a $27.5 million penalty for violating a 2016...


EPA Names 2023 Top Energy-Saving Cities

On Wednesday (April 26), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual “Top Cities” list to spotlight cities with the greatest number of ENERGY STAR certified commercial and ...


Orion Installs Cogeneration Tech at LA Plant

Global specialty chemicals company Orion Engineered Carbons recently announced that it has installed renewable energy technology at its Ivanhoe, Louisiana, plant.


EPA Reaches Air Toxics Settlement with Evonik

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with specialty chemicals company Evonik regarding alleged violations at a facility in Reserve, St. John the...


WSU Researchers Develop Carbon-Negative Concrete

Using biochar and concrete wastewater, researchers from Washington State University have reportedly developed an environmentally friendly concrete that is nearly as strong as regular concret...


PHMSA Unveils $196M for Gas Pipeline Projects

Earlier this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced $196 million in funding from a new grant program to ...


Stolt Tankers, GIT Sign Marine Coating Agreement

Sustainable coatings company Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT) recently signed a two-year agreement with Stolt Tankers to apply its graphene-based marine coating to ship propellers...


Report: 2022 Global Methane Emissions Rose

A recent 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.


UK Infrastructure Projects ‘Moving Too Slowly’

A recent report from the United Kingdom’s National Infrastructure Commission suggests that the government must focus on fewer, bigger targeted initiatives to deliver infrastructure in order ...


Engineers Discover New Concrete Additives

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has recently found that introducing new materials into the concrete manufacturing processes could significantly reduce its carbon footpr...


New Product Announcement: Sustainable Methacrylic Resin

Global supplier of methacrylate chemicals Röhm recently introduced a new sustainable product range for the coating and adhesives industry.


New Product Announcement: Cool Roof Coating

Material science startup NanoTech Inc. (Houston) recently released its flagship product, a cooling coating designed for commercial roof application.


UK Residents Voting on ‘Clean Air Mural’ Design

Using carbon dioxide absorption paint, a newly renovated building in Southampton will receive what is anticipated to be the United Kingdom’s largest “clean air mural.”


Coating Manufacturing Emissions Rule Published

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently published the final rule amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for coating manufacturing facilities.


Hempel Joins Biofouling Prevention Partnership

Global coatings company Hempel recently joined a public-private partnership to help prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls and support shipping emissions reduction.


Researchers Develop Antifouling Laser Process

German research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover has reportedly recently developed an environmentally friendly and efficient laser solution for biofouling.


New Product Announcement: Fouling Release Coating

Global coatings company PPG has released a new marine coating to help shipowners lower power consumption and carbon emissions.


3D-Printed Materials Could Capture Emissions

Oregon State University and Sandia National Laboratory have reportedly received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore capturing carbon dioxide in 3D-printed building material...


Report: Power Plant Emissions Lowered in 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its annual data on power plant emissions, reportedly reflecting a long-standing trend of decreasing annual emissions due to changes...


University Studying Carbon-Negative Concrete Process

A two-year $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy is allowing researchers at Washington University in St. Louis to develop an innovative and economical process for mineralizing ...


Color-Changing Material Adjusts Building Temperature

Researchers from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have reportedly designed a building material that changes its infrared color based on the outside temper...


EPA Updates Wood Product Emission Standards

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was finalizing updates to its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products under the Toxic Subst...


Akzo North America Running on Renewable Energy

Last month, global coatings company AkzoNobel reported that its North American locations are now operating on 100% renewable electricity in ongoing efforts to transition all sites to this mi...


Company Signs Partnership for Graphene Concrete

With hopes to create stronger, more sustainable concrete, Nationwide Engineering Research and Development has signed a new agreement with partner The University of Manchester to further the ...


Control Tech Reduces Orion TX Plant Emissions

Global specialty chemicals company Orion Engineered Carbons recently announced that it is using new control technology at its Borger, Texas, plant to reduce air emissions by 90%.


Study: Steel Corrosion Causes Environmental Issues

A recent study from The Ohio State University is reportedly the first to quantify the environmental impact associated with steel corrosion.


EPA Seeks Input on Inflation, Emissions Programs

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would accept public input on developing new programs focused on lowering carbon and other greenhouse gases in constructi...


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2022

On Tuesday, the U.S. Green Building Council announced its Top 10 States for LEED green building. Upon review of each state’s LEED-certified gross square footage per capita over the past year...


US Releases Transportation Decarbonization Plan

The Biden-Harris Administration recently released the first-ever U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization, with strategies to cut all greenhouse emissions from the transpor...


Product Emissions Considered in Singapore

The Singapore Government is considering issuing limits on formaldehyde emissions in building products and household furnishings. Formaldehyde is commonly found in adhesives, composite wood a...


AeroSHARK Tech Aircraft Application Expanding

Earlier this month, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency granted Lufthansa Technik approval to apply modifications to two other Boeing 777 variants with its sustainable AeroSHARK riblet...


US Proposes Federal Building Standard

Earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the first-ever performance standard for federal buildings to cut energy use and electrify equipment in 30% of building spaces ow...


New Product Announcement: Sustainable TiO2 Coatings

Global chemical solutions company Chemours recently unveiled its new titanium dioxide product portfolio, the Ti-Pure Sustainability series.


US, EU Consider Climate-Based Tariffs

As instructed by United States President Joe Biden, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently shared a concept paper with the European Union suggesting new tariffs on steel and al...


UN Completes First Global Infrastructure Review

A team of environmental scientists from the United Nations have recently carried out the first standardized global review of potential risks and benefits from planned transportation infrastr...


FHWA Expands Transportation Innovation Program

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced the latest round of transportation innovations through its Every Day Counts Pr...


First Carbon Concrete Building Completed

After two and a half years of construction, crews have recently completed what is being dubbed the world’s first carbon concrete building.


OH Startup Sealing Air Ducts, Building Envelopes

To help mitigate wasted energy in residential properties, a Dayton, Ohio-based startup has recently made its systems available across the United States and in 29 countries.


First AeroSHARK-Coated Flight Takes Off

For the first time ever, an aircraft operated by Swiss International Air Lines and equipped with AeroSHARK surface technology took off on a passenger flight.


MI Proposes VOC Rule Amendments

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a proposed rule package at the end of September regarding volatile organic compound emissions.


Scotland Inspecting Sewers with Drone, Laser Tech

Utility company Scottish Water is adopting the use of “state-of-the-art” drones and lasers to improve Scotland’s sewers and reduce its carbon emissions.


PPG to Power MI Facility with Clean Energy

Last week, global coatings company PPG announced that it has reached an agreement that will help power its Adrian, Michigan, manufacturing facility with clean energy by 2024.


Researchers Use Shrimp Shells to Strengthen Cement

A team from Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have reportedly used nanoparticles of chitin from shrimp shells to strengthen cement.


Nouryon Achieves Carbon Neutrality at 5 Production Sites

Global specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced that five of its manufacturing sites in Brazil officially achieved carbon neutrality.


Robotics Firm Raises $22M for Green Building Automation

Housing technology company Intelligent City Inc. was recently reported to have raised CAD 22 million ($17 million) to advance the sustainable urban housing industry using mass timber, automa...


MA Passes Bill to Decarbonize Buildings

In an effort to meet a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050, legislators from both the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed a compromise bill mandating several green ince...


Home Builder Launches Carbon-Wise Building Process

Thrive Home Builders has recently introduced a new building approach to producing carbon-neutral homes.


Canada Publishes New VOC Agenda

Last month, the Canadian government published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound controls on industry products, signaling the country’s intent to tak...


BMW, BASF Partner for ‘Poop-Based’ Paint

German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer BMW is teaming up with global chemical company BASF to create a new sustainable paint made from sewage.


DC to Ban Gas in Most New Buildings

The Council of the District of Columbia joined several other major cities in the nation through the unanimous passing of two new pieces of legislation requiring that all new buildings and su...


AkzoNobel Marine Coatings Releases Carbon Calculator

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently unveiled its new service to help support the decarbonization of the marine industry.


WVU Developing Coatings for Turbine Blades

An engineer from West Virginia University has begun research to develop high-entropy coatings to protect gas turbine blades from heat and corrosion from hydrogen combustion.


NV Implementing New Portland Cement Standards

The Nevada Department of Transportation recently announced that it will be allowing the use of Portland limestone cement on new highway construction projects to reduce its carbon footprint.


Supreme Court Limits EPA Emissions Authority

On Thursday (June 30), the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.


OR Adopting Concrete Environmental Standards

Earlier this month, the City of Portland, Oregon, announced the approval of recommendations to add Concrete Embodied Carbon Threshold requirements for city construction projects.


University Opens Carbon to Metal Coating Institute

Queen’s University in Canada launched its new Carbon to Metal Coating Institute last month, with a goal of coming up with a solution to protect critical metals from corrosion.


Rikers Being Studied for Wastewater Facility

According to city records, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a contract to Jacobs Civil Consultants to study the possibility of constructing a new Was...


Australia Office Building to Feature Solar Cladding

In what will be a landmark moment for Australia when constructed, architecture firm Kennon has recently designed a first-of-its-kind eight-story office tower on behalf of Dr. Bella Freeman.


Biden Issues Domestic Solar Energy Orders

Last week, President Joe Biden issued three executive orders to prioritize domestic clean energy manufacturing to aid in the goal of eliminating carbon from the country’s power supply by 203...


Biden, FEMA Push for Stronger Building Codes

In a series of press releases issued at the beginning of the month, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Biden-Harris Administration announced a national initiative to ...


White Paint Considered for Cutting Emissions

One year after engineers from Purdue University created a new ultra-white paint, reports are now considering how the coating could slash carbon emissions and, in some cases, replace air cond...


Research: Disposable Masks Create Durable Concrete

Known to be a carbon-intensive process, the production of cement is reported to be responsible for as much as 8% of the world’s carbon emissions.


ACI Expands Partnership for Carbon Neutrality in Concrete

Earlier this month, the American Concrete Institute and the Federacion Interamericana Del Cemento completed an addendum to their International Partner Agreement which calls for a joint effor...


Cambridge Engineers Develop Zero-Emissions Cement

As the industry continues to adopt more sustainable materials and best practices aimed at achieving low- or zero-emissions, researchers note that one material that continues to be a challeng...


Army Corps Awards $3M Concrete Research Grant

The University of Arkansas announced earlier this month that it has been awarded a $3 million research grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate solutions to military infras...


New Initiative Aims to Combat Biofouling

Environmental NGO Bellona Foundation, in partnership with marine and protective coatings company Jotun, has recently launched a new initiative to define and implement a new ISO standard for ...


SBTi Approves Hempel Emissions Reduction Goals

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced that its emissions reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative with levels required to meet the goals of the Par...


PPG Fined Over Product Requirement Violations

The California Air Resources Board announced last week that it had reached a settlement with global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. for selling products that violate the state’s a...


Largest US Carbon Capture Pipeline Proposed

An Iowa-based company has proposed a $4.5 billion, 1,958-mile carbon dioxide pipeline that would stretch across five states for CO2 recovery and storage.


Using Soot for Sustainable Solar Energy Coatings

Researchers from the University of Houston and Mexico’s Universidad Intercultural Indígena de Michoacán have reportedly produced a coating with high solar-to-heat conversion efficiency using...


BASF, Vattenfall Bidding for Offshore Wind Farm

Global chemical company BASF recently announced that it will be partnering with Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall for the offshore wind farm tender of Hollandse Kust West in the...


DOT Announces Infrastructure Emissions Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a $6.4 billion Carbon Reduction Program, created under the bipartisan infrastructure law.


DOE Issues RFI for Building Code Funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office issued a request for information to gather responses from the public that will inform the program development and exec...


AkzoNobel Launches Sustainability Challenge

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced the launch of its new Paint the Future initiative that aims to develop a shared approach to tackling climate change.


Floating Offshore Wind Project Proposed in WA

Last week, Trident Winds Inc. announced it submitted a request to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to develop and construct the first floating offshore wind farm off the coast ...


FERC Rolls Back Updated Policies for Review

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put two updated policies on hold for natural gas project certifications for review after criticism from pipeline companies, natural gas u...


DOE Releases New Federal Building Standards

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy released new building energy code requirements for federal buildings and proposed new standards for residential room air conditioners, pool heater...


NY Port to Become Offshore Wind Hub

New York City officials recently announced that the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will be turned into an offshore wind port facility, acting as an operations and maintenance base for the Em...


Solar-Powered Mill Construction Underway

Construction is in progress for a long rail mill supported by Evraz North America’s Bighorn Solar Project, set to be the world’s first steel mill to run almost entirely on solar energy.


Emissions Analysis Works to Determine 'Best' Materials

To avoid construction materials noted to have “embodied carbon,” researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a set of computational tools to assist architects a...


Airline Equips Fleet with AeroSHARK Tech

Global chemical company BASF recently announced that Swiss International Air Lines plans to equip its entire Boeing long-haul fleet with its AeroSHARK surface technology.


Rebuilding in CO Stalled by Green Codes

After the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 500 homes in Louisville, Colorado, homeowners looking to rebuild are now facing expensive obstacles in trying to meet aggressive new green buildin...


UCLA Receives $21M for Carbon Capture Research

The University of California, Los Angeles, recently announced that it has received $21 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support the institutes’ carbon removal techno...


NYC Tower Tech Looks to Overcome Emission Targets

Crews working on an office development in New York City are working to incorporate sustainable technology to achieve LEED Platinum status and cut carbon emissions by avoiding fossil fuel sou...


US to Strengthen Building Performance Standards

During the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting last week, President Joe Biden announced that his Administration would be launching a Building Performance Standards Coalition dedi...


TX University Collaborates for CO2 Capture

The University of Texas at Austin recently announced that its carbon capture technology will be licensed by Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions to support lower-cost capture of emissi...


PPG Signs Agreement for Clean Energy

Global coatings company PPG recently announced it has signed an agreement with energy and energy solutions provider Constellation to power its Carrolltown, Texas-based paint manufacturing pl...


UK High-Speed Rail Viaduct Cuts Emissions

Officials for the United Kingdom’s High Speed 2 project recently confirmed that it is on track to cut the amount of embedded carbon in the railway’s Colne Valley Viaduct by 28.4%.


COP26 Develops Climate Change Action Plans

Nearly 200 countries met at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties earlier this month, to develop plans to meet emissions goals and accelerate action on climate by ...


Canada Plans Carbon-Neutral Petrochemical Plant

Northern Petrochemical Corporation and the Municipal District of Greenview in Canada have recently announced they have signed a land sale agreement for construction of a $2.5 billion carbon-...


Japan Develops Carbon-Reducing Technology

With carbon dioxide being the main contribution to global warming, Japan has developed several projects to cut back on emission in the hopes of reaching net-zero.


MIT Looks at Emission Reductions in US Concrete

In a study conducted by current and former researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub, a team looked at how concrete emissions could be reduced in U.S...


'Build Back Better' Will Aid Buildings

Today (Nov. 15), President Joe Biden will sign into law the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade. Slated to be joined by several members of Congress, the $1.2 t...


Pittsburgh Steel Company Receives Green Honor

Historically, Pittsburgh has long been a city cursed by hazardous pollutions caused by big steel mills and other industrial plants.


Dow to Introduce New Silicone Facade Program

At the beginning of the month, The Dow Chemical Company announced plans to introduce the world’s first commercially available program for carbon-neutral silicones in building facades.


LETI Publishes Climate Retrofit Guide

Last month, the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) released a Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide to aid in retrofitting homes throughout the United Kingdom to meet national Net Zer...


New Product Announcement: Renovation Solutions

Global construction materials company Cemex has recently announced its collection of renovation solutions for energy efficient building improvements.


MIT Predicts Building Emissions, Outlines Solutions

A team of current and former MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) researchers have recently published a paper estimating emissions for all buildings slated to be constructed in the U.S. u...


Boston Passes Building Emissions Ordinance

In a unanimous decision, the Boston City Council has recently approved a new ordinance, requiring all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.


ISO Standards Published for Green Finance

Last week, the International Organization for Standardization announced the publication of a new series of ISO standards for green finance, including green bonds and loans.


UK High-Speed Rail to Utilize 'Printfrastructure'

The joint venture working on the United Kingdom’s $147 billion high-speed rail system HS2, has recently announced plans to use 3D-printed concrete on the project.


3D Printing Firm Trials Sewage Infrastructure

Thanks to a new partnership between United Utilities and progressive start-up Changemaker 3D Ltd, the water sector in the United Kingdom could be the first to print made-to-measure objects o...


Climate-Smart Concrete Studied to Reduce CO2

Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall has recently developed what it’s calling a “climate-smart hydropower concrete” that can reportedly use less cement, reducing its overall carbon...


AGC Announces Built Environment Initiative

The Associated General Contractors of America has embarked on a new environmentally friendly mission, outlining a series of steps that public officials and the construction industry should t...


UK Contractors, Architects Develop Part Z Proposal

A group of contractors, developers and architects in the United Kingdom have come together to call for whole-life carbon assessments of buildings with the goal to tackle the “hidden” emissio...


OR Passes Emissions Bill

Oregon lawmakers recently passed legislation requiring that the state’s power grid reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2030 and 90% by 2035.


NC Bill Aims to Reduce Emissions, Retire Coal

Backed by Duke Energy, last week North Carolina House Republicans presented a new energy bill expected to reduce carbon emissions and retire several coal-fired plants ahead of schedule.


BASF Releases Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Goals

Chemical company BASF recently announced a slew of intended milestones for what it’s calling a “roadmap to climate neutrality.” The company targets a net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.


FERC Conducts First-Ever Climate Change Review

For the first time in the agency’s history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently completed a climate change review.


Canada Introduces Agenda on VOC Emissions

The Canadian government recently released a consultation document that proposes a renewal of the “Federal Agenda on the Reduction of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer and...


GE, Veolia Announce Wind Turbine Recycling Program

According to a press release issued last week by transnational company Veolia, the company has signed an agreement with GE Renewable Energy to recycle its onshore wind turbine blades in the ...


PA Solar Project Breaks Ground

Canadian company Enbridge Energy recently announced that it had broken ground on the 2.5-megawatt Heidlersburg Solar Project in Tyrone Township, Pennsylvania.


Biden Releases Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

Following the announcement of Joe Biden as the United States’ new President-elect, the Biden-Harris transition team has since released its plan regarding climate change, highlighting the inc...


CA City Gas Ban Impacts Building Construction

On Tuesday (Nov. 17), San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a new city ordinance, banning the use natural gas or other fossil fuels in all new residential and commercial bu...


Black & Veatch Pledges Renewable Energy Work

In an effort to aid the global power industry’s transition to lower carbon emissions, and in some cases zero-carbon energy goals, engineering and construction company Black & Veatch (Overlan...


Bjarke Ingels Launches Masterplanet Proposal

Last week, Bjarke Ingels—founder of architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group—told reporters that he had begun drawing up plans for a more sustainable way of living for the world.


OH Plant Plans Zero-Carbon Transition

Last week, Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Hannibal, Ohio) announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen.


DOE Announces $80M in Energy Funding

Recently, the United States Department of Energy announced an $80 million 2020 funding opportunity for its Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) program.


EPA Proposes Tank Inspection Alternative

On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a proposal offering regulatory flexibility for the oil and gas industry by amending Clean Air Act re...


UCLA Carbon Team Gets $2M Grant

A research team from the University of California, Los Angeles, has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for its work on converting carbon dioxide emissions into co...


ACEE Issues Paper on Building Retrofits

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy recently released a white paper that calls for cities and states to mandate retrofits of inefficient buildings by requiring them to meeting ...


NZ Concrete Pushing Toward Emissions Target

Following an independent review conducted by independent auditor, Australian sustainability consultancy Thinkstep earlier this year, found that Concrete New Zealand is on track to meeting it...


States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...


Repairs Made at PA Nuclear Plant

Following an inspection during a refueling outage at Energy Harbor Corporation’s Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 in Pittsburgh, officials found that one of 66 reactor vessels head penetra...


Researchers Work to Convert CO2 to Black Powder

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) are currently involved in a project that’s building a test facility for the active reduction of atmospheric carbon d...


UCLA Working Toward Carbon Solution Win

A research team from University of California, Los Angeles, is reportedly still working on a concrete solution as part of a Carbon XPRIZE competition.


Student Proposes Eco-Friendly Hyperloop

Caroline Crouchley, an 8th grader living in Long Island, New York, has recently proposed a new, more eco-friendly take on Elon Musk’s hyperloop.


US Steel Fined for Air Pollution Violations

After reaching a consent agreement in June 2019 with The United States Steel Corporation, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced earlier this month that the company was char...


Project Utilizes Plastic Bubbles in Concrete

Officials on a project in Germany are saying that by using a specific kind of concrete slabs, 136 tons of carbon dioxide has been prevented from entering the atmosphere.


ACMA Releases Update for UEF Standard

Earlier this month, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) released the fifth edition of the UEF Emission Factors for Open Molding and Other Composite Processes.


Hempel Joins Zero-Emissions Vessels Coalition

Global coating supplier Hempel recently announced that it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization to reduce greenhouse gas emi...


NYC to Conduct ‘Deep Energy Retrofits’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future re...


San Jose Sets Strict Large-City Emission Codes

In a unanimous vote by San Jose City Council last month, the city has agreed to adopt new building sustainability standards, also known as “reach codes.”


San Francisco Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that will transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100% renewabl...


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


Dow Announces Collaboration with USGBC

Dow Building Solutions—business unit of Michigan-based DowDuPont’s Specialty Products Division—has announced that is entering a collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.


World Bank to Stop Funding Oil, Gas in 2019

The World Bank has announced that it will no longer offer financial support for gas and oil exploration after 2019, citing a need to change with a rapidly changing world.


AkzoNobel Signs Latest Green Agreement

Amsterdam-based coatings giant AkzoNobel announced last week that it has taken another step toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.


AkzoNobel Turns Netherlands Sites to Wind

AkzoNobel’s journey to become carbon neutral by 2050 has reached another milestone, according to the company.


4 Paint Companies Settle FTC Charges

Four paint companies have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as zero-VOC or emission-free.


Architects Respond to Climate Change Pullout

The American Institute of Architects weighed in on the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and insisted it would continue its practice of maintainin...


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Research: Cement Sponges Up Substantial CO2

New research from an international team suggests that, while cement production is a major generator of carbon dioxide gas, concrete and other cement-based materials also absorb a considerabl...


Study: Cement Absorbs Greenhouse Gas

For years, concrete—specifically the Portland cement that comprises much of the material—has gotten a bad rap in terms of carbon emissions. But new research indicates that even as the produc...


Study: Conservation on the OEM Coatings Line

Elimination of one step in the paint process at BMW Group’s Munich plant has allowed the German vehicle manufacturer to save 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production, accordi...


Tesla Denies Paint Shop Bottleneck Report

Growing electric automaker Tesla is denying reports that its paint shop could be the source of a bottleneck that could slow its expanding production capacity.


EPA Fines Cement Maker $1.69 Million

Cement manufacturer Cemex Inc. faces a $1.69 million penalty and will invest $10 million in cutting emissions at five of its plants as a result of a recent settlement with the U.S. governmen...


Coating Nets Shipper $60K in Credits

A Greek maritime freight company has been named the first ship owner recipient of carbon credits through an eco-friendly program developed by AkzoNobel.


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


BASF Embraces Mass Balance Process

German chemical company BASF reports that it is now producing dispersions for interior paints based on “the mass balance” approach.


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Climate Policy, Concrete Mix in Research

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, hope to close the loop on carbon emissions and concrete.


Coatings Tool Adds Cruise Ship Data

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the addition of a new data source to its recently launched data analysis tool, Intertrac Vision.


Coast Guard Considers MI ‘Twin’ Bridge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun is pushing forward with plans to build a replacement span for his privately owned 86-year-old Ambassador Bridge, even as planning is well under...


Hull Coating Leads to Carbon Credits

Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has issued its first round of carbon credits to ship owners switching to biocide-free hull coating systems to reduce their emissions.


CEO Quits Embattled Flooring Giant

TOANO, VA—Lumber Liquidators Inc. president and CEO Robert M. Lynch has unexpectedly resigned his position, leaving greater turmoil at the company that is already the target of multiple inve...


SSPC Issues New Commercial Guides

PITTSBURGH—Floor coatings and fluoropolymer finishing are the focus of new specifying and evaluation guidance from SSPC.


Floor, Finish Coats Get New Guides

PITTSBURGH—SSPC has announced two new standards intended as guides for slip-resistant floor coatings and ambient-curing fluoropolymer finish coats.


Flooring Giant Challenged on Emissions

Already under federal scrutiny for its importing practices, the nation's largest hardwood flooring retailer is now accused of selling Chinese-made laminate floors with excessive amounts of f...


New Paint Tax to Help Clean China's Air

In a move sure to sting worldwide, China has decided to tackle its smoggy skies with a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


China Slaps VOC Tax on Coatings

Coating manufacturers worldwide will help subsidize the cleanup of China's notoriously foul air through a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


Hoping the Rubber Meets the Road Test

"Does this stink or doesn't it?" That is just one of the questions—and an important one it is—that Michigan researchers will be asking as they begin putting crumb rubber to the test on the s...


Paint Paperwork Draws $100K Fine

A Vermont ferry service will pay $100,000 to resolve federal allegations of recordkeeping violations and improper paint use.


Coating Emissions Cost Fabricator $60K

A Wisconsin metal fabricator will pay $60,000 for self-reported excessive emissions of toluene and xylene in its coating process.


Report: Building Emission Reductions Key

Major reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions from buildings and other sources are needed to avoid a “dangerous increase in global temperatures,” government scientists conclude in a new repor...


Aerogel Maker Gets $85M Pollution Tab

Honored just recently for its insulaton technology, Cabot Corp. has now agreed to pay a $975,000 fine and spend about $84 million on new equipment to resolve alleged federal air-pollution vi...


DuPont Accepts $800K EPA Fine

Coatings chemical giant DuPont has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and add several programs to settle long-running federal allegations of air-pollution violations at its massive Washington Wo...


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


Smog-Battling Concrete Gains Support

Titanium dioxide-laced concrete could help cut down air pollution when incorporated into roads, lab and field tests in the Netherlands have concluded.


EPA: Plants Ducked Years of Permits

Federal regulators have filed suit against Oklahoma Gas and Electric, alleging that the utility ignored permit laws for more than $60 million in power plant upgrades that date back a decade.


Plant Changes to Cost CEMEX $3M+

The largest U.S. producer of cement and ready-mix concrete will pay more than $3 million to settle long-running federal allegations that it illegally modified a cement plant near Rocky Mount...


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


EPA Settlement to Cost CEMEX $3M+

Global building materials supplier CEMEX Inc. has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and install more than $2 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations of t...


International Paint Bows 3 Antifoulings

International Paint has launched three new-technology fouling-control coatings that it says offer "a sea change in hull performance" not available since the era of tributyltin coatings.


Shipyard Ordered to Cut Paint Emissions

A Rhode Island shipyard will pay a $31,000 fine and act to reduce VOC emissions from paint and thinners used at the facility, under a new settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


 
 
   

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