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HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogHow can manufacturers reduce emissions on an industrial level? Industrial companies in the United States must figure out creative ways to stop emitting so much carbon dioxide when they produce their goods. Helping the environment helps everyone. And the companies don't have to spend more money. Their profits will remain high even if they pay more attention to their carbon dioxide emissions. The following changes will make the biggest difference on the emissions at the industrial level. Annual Direct Reporting Knowledge produces power. When the companies know how much carbon dioxide they emit, they know how much of it they can eliminate from their processes. A new law took effect in 2010 that now requires companies that emit more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year to report their numbers directly to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This will allow companies to see how much they emit and take steps to reduce their emissions. It will also help the creation of future laws. Smarter Recycling Though recycling has increased greatly over the past 40 years, too much waste exists. People participate in recycling more now because most areas of the country feature recycling that sorts the materials for the people. Company-sorted recycling encourages more participation, but it also leads to more waste. Some products, such as paper, become contaminated during the recycling process. And some of that paper can't function as recycled material any longer. It's time for people to take charge and keep the items separate for recycling. NOx / CO Control Solutions Overall industrial greenhouse gas emission can be significantly reduced with the use of low-NOx/CO control solutions. The emissions produced by common industrial equipment and appliances, including boilers and gas turbines, can be lowered with emissions-reducing technology without increasing operating costs. A specialist from Nationwide Boiler says strict emission requirements can now be met without sacrificing performance and productivity, thanks to new emissions control technology. Simpler Piping Small companies can't benefit much from obvious solutions such as wind turbines and solar panels. But they can invest in straighter pipes. When water moves from one pipe to another, it needs a certain amount of power to do so. The water pump system uses a lot more energy to transfer the water through pipes that feature tons of twists and turns. Industrial companies can save a lot of power and emissions by simplifying their piping schemes inside warehouses and other facilities. Co-generation Many industrial sites could produce both heat and electricity at the same time if they chose to do so. This process, known as co-generation, can save plenty of carbon dioxide emissions. Industries such as oil refining, chemical synthesis, and steel making can benefit from co-generation. They only need recovery tubes and simple turbines to convert heat energy into electricity. The battle against carbon dioxide rages on. Emissions standards constantly change to reflect the growing concern over public health and the health of the environment. Some simple changes will make a great impact of industrial companies wish to initiate these important changes.
demes posted a blog entry in Demes' BlogCarbon dioxide pollution is the greatest contributor to the global warming. The top two sources of carbon dioxide pollution are coal-burning power plants (the largest in the U.S.) which emit 2.5 billion tons of CO2 yearly and automobiles which produce 1.5 billion tons of CO2 every year. But did you know that browsing the internet can also produce carbon dioxide emissions? According to an Environmental Fellow at Harvard University, Dr. Alexander Wissner-Gross, who researches the environmental impact of computing, every second that someone spends browsing a website produces an estimate amount of 20 milligrams of CO2. Every single activity like sending an email, downloading a song, or video streaming that happens in the web has an impact on the environment. That desktop computer you and you’re family are using whose electricity came from coal power plants is giving carbon emissions equivalent to a sports car! Several studies showed that with the increasing demands for energy of computers from manufacturing, utilization and disposal of data and communications technology creates nearly two percent of air pollution which is equal to the amount generated by the whole aviation industry. Some researches estimated that in a decade, the internet will be creating 20 percent of the world’s CO2 pollution. McAfee, an anti-virus software company, stated that the energy needed in transmitting trillions of spam emails every year is equivalent to the electricity needed to power two million houses in the U.S. and generating the similar amount of CO2 emissions as more than 3 million cars. The worst offenders in harming the environment are the data centers whose hundreds to thousands servers are storing everything from emails, company websites, social media photos and videos. Based on the Climate Group and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) study in 2008, data centers all over the world emitted 76 million tons of CO2 in 2002. This amount may had tripled or more after a decade. As millions of people use the Internet each year, the necessity of making an environment-friendly Internet ecosystem is urgent and very important. But how can we achieve this? The energy department of WMD hosting agrees that one of the answers is switching to “green” web hosting, know as the eco friendly version of the traditional web hosting. Web hosting operations need a huge amount of electricity to power web servers and other equipment. To minimize the CO2 emissions, more and more companies are resorting to “green” web hosting – an eco-friendly alternative to the conventional web hosting. The main purpose of the mentioned “green” web hosting is to compensate for the CO2 emissions of the data centers in the environment by applying several approaches. Some of these are: · Purchasing of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). · Reducing the consumption of energy by using solar power, recycling or eliminating the use of paper. · Car pooling. · Planting a tree. Opting for a this kind of web hosting rests entirely on you. You have seen what CO2 emissions have caused in the environment. It is more expensive than the traditional, yes, but think about the help that you can give not just today but the future generation as well.