Sustainability


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    ASHRAE, Noresco developing building decarbonization guide

    The guide will provide case studies, guidance and key takeaways to help building owners and operators “establish robust plans” and “feel confident” in their decarbonization endeavors, says the chair of the guide’s working group. 

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    AtmosZero raises $21M for electric industrial boilers

    The drop-in replacement boilers can help electrify industrial systems and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company says.

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    5 issues to watch as New York City reshapes its commercial waste system

    Carters must charge customers less for recycling and compostable material collection than refuse, incentivizing businesses to properly divert material, according to the city’s sanitation department.

    By Cole Rosengren • Feb. 20, 2024
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    Companies struggle with decarbonization due to internal governance, data issues

    Most organizations are committed to decarbonization, but a siloed approach, bureaucracy and data challenges stand in the way of success, an Engie report says.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • Feb. 16, 2024
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    Los Angeles public-private partnership aims to advance industrial solar

    The decade-old Feed-in Tariff program pays property owners for solar energy, but long grid interconnection queues and lingering “mistrust” hinder adoption, a business group leader notes.

    By Brian Martucci • Feb. 14, 2024
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    Super Bowl venue touts 100% renewable energy

    This NFL first comes via the Las Vegas Raiders’ partnerships with NV Energy and NZero, which cover all stadium events — even Taylor Swift concerts.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    How can schools tap tax reimbursements for clean energy projects?

    The Inflation Reduction Act’s “direct pay” provision allows tax-exempt entities like schools to receive federal tax-free cash payment for qualifying projects.

    By Kara Arundel • Feb. 9, 2024
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    Ithaca, New York powers ahead with $1.9M building electrification drive

    Incentives will subsidize roughly 74% of the clean energy investments in buildings, saving building owners around $1 million in installation and upgrade costs, the city says. 

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    GM Envolve to offer FreeWire EV charging to fleet customers

    FreeWire’s direct-current fast-charging stations, which have lower electricity and space requirements than other options, can reduce barriers to fleet electrification, the companies say.

    By Brian Martucci • Feb. 8, 2024
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    Honeywell to upgrade building management system used by NBA’s Atlanta Hawks

    As part of the multiyear agreement, locker rooms and fan clubs will have air filtration systems, and specialized sensors will be deployed to monitor indoor air quality, Honeywell says.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    New LED and lighting controls guidance for federal buildings issued by GSA

    Lighting controls can generate up to 80% in energy savings, the U.S. General Services Administration says.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Airport power demand could nearly double by 2030, case study suggests

    Airports, utilities, regulators, technology providers and industry partners must collaborate to make infrastructure investments now, the study says.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Energy Department to launch $24M training initiative

    The money will establish new industrial assessment centers to build a clean energy workforce.

    By Joelle Anselmo • Feb. 2, 2024
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    ASHRAE, ICC unveil draft standard for GHG emission assessment in buildings

    The proposed Standard 240P intends to provide a common platform to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions of buildings, the organizations say. 

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Data centers turn to new on-site power generation, higher rack density: JLL

    Operators will need to manage higher power densities by employing intelligent management and monitoring software that fuel efficiency, according to the firm’s global outlook for data centers.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Facilities management in 2024: More high-tech, sustainable operations but RTO concerns remain

    The industry is integrating technology into building operations to balance cost effectiveness, space planning and sustainability.

    By Facilities Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Decarbonization will require urgency, technology, investments in 2024

    Facilities managers are turning to energy efficiency assessments and leveraging digital tools to navigate cost concerns and mounting pressure to reduce energy use and emissions, experts say. 

    By Jan. 31, 2024
  • Schneider Electric hit by ransomware attack against its sustainability business division

    The attack directly affected the EcoStruxure Resource Advisor platform, which is used by more than 2,000 companies worldwide, the company said.

    By David Jones • Jan. 30, 2024
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    DOE invests $254M in industrial emission cuts, decarbonizing technologies

    In addition to awarding $171 million to 49 projects, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it is accepting applications for $83 million to cut emissions from hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    Chicago mayor proposes natural gas ban in new buildings

    This marks the first time the city has introduced a building decarbonization ordinance, a city employee said. The proposal drew swift backlash from the local gas industry.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Jan. 26, 2024
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    $100M available to New York schools for cooling and decarbonization

    The initiative encourages schools to install efficient cooling systems and clean energy technologies to mitigate poor indoor air quality and extreme heat events related to climate change, NYSERDA said.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    Google, Danfoss partner on data center heat reuse systems

    The agreement, which includes plans to implement high-efficiency compressors, is expected to provide a renewable energy source for buildings’ on-site heat.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Decarbonization commitments to impact lease renewals amid growing supply gap: JLL

    With an expected 75% unmet demand for low-carbon offices by 2030, organizations must leverage technology to act now, rather than waiting until next year, the firm’s 2024 outlook says. 

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Electrification, manufacturing to propel 1.5% annual US electric demand growth through 2026: IEA

    Data centers account for about a third of the anticipated U.S. demand growth, the International Energy Agency said.

    By Ethan Howland • Jan. 25, 2024
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    GridPoint to deploy smart building tech at nearly 2,500 Panda Express locations

    The nationwide deployment, expected to result in a reportable emissions offset, follows a 200-store pilot which measured energy cost and CO2 emissions reductions. 

    By Jan. 24, 2024