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Initiative reduces copper in motor vehicle brake pads

| Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the automotive industry, and the states have announced they have signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by … Continue reading

Oxidizer converts waste gas to clean energy

| Air/Emissions

Ener-Core offers gradual oxidizer technology, which takes waste gas and turns it into clean energy, all while using businesses’ current infrastructures. The company explains that oxidation happens in nature to all greenhouse gases that enter the atmosphere, but it takes 12 to 20 years, whereas its own process takes 2 … Continue reading

BNEF reports clean-energy investments jumped 16 percent in 2014

| Renewable Energy

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has reported that clean-energy investment rose for the first time in three years in 2014, noting that “new funds for wind, solar, biofuels, and other low-carbon energy technologies gained 16 percent to $310 billion last year.” According to the group, it was the first growth … Continue reading

Plastics recycling conference includes exhibits, extra events

| Waste

Dallas will host the Plastics Recycling 2015 conference Feb. 23-25. Speakers will present industry assessments, including analyses of U.S. and Canadian trends, plastics collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative and policy considerations. In addition to the conference, more than 175 companies will showcase their products and services in the … Continue reading

Climate Leadership Conference, Awards to take place in Washington D.C.

| Air/Emissions

The Climate Leadership Conference, to be held Feb. 23-25 in Washington, D.C., will gather leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit community to address global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Day 1 will comprise presentations, round tables, and side events. On Day 2, attendees can take … Continue reading

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