Manufacturing Sustainability: Green Manufacturing News

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ICON-SCM Helps Reduce Carbon Footprint in the Supply Chain

posted October 28, 2009
ICON-SCM, a provider of supply chain planning and collaboration software, announced that its ICON-SCM Supply Chain Planning (SCP) solution will provide emission planning capability. The new CO2 Planning feature helps customers leave less of a carbon footprint with their supply chain and logistics operations. More companies are considering the environmental consequences of their sourcing, production and delivery planning. The ICON-SCM planning solution gives customers new insight into how they can make better environmental choices around the complexities of their global supply chain.
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Hurd Gets Wisconsin Rebate for Energy-Efficiency Upgrade

posted October 28, 2009
Hurd's Medford, WI wood, window and door manufacturing facility was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Focus on Energy program for its energy saving initiative that included all-new energy-efficient lighting fixtures. The program presented Hurd with a rebate incentive check on Tuesday, October 20.Read more

Low-Loss 1200V IGBT Series from STMicroelectronics Reduces Energy Use in Everyday Motor Drives

posted October 13, 2009
A new series of power transistors from STMicroelectronics reduces energy use in motors.A new series of power transistors from STMicroelectronics, a world leader in power applications, reduces the environmental impact of daily-use equipment such as home appliances, HVAC systems, and industrial machines by minimizing the two major sources of energy loss in motor-control circuits. The STGW30N120KD and the STGW40N120KD are Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) that have low energy loss when conducting, like an ordinary IGBT, and also reduce losses while switching.
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Raytheon Announces New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

posted October 13, 2009
Raytheon Company has announced a new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goal. As an industry partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary Climate Leaders program, Raytheon pledges to reduce its absolute U.S. emissions by 10 percent between 2008 and 2015. Climate Leaders is the country's largest GHG goal-setting program.Read more

Emission Capture Study Funded for Paper Industry

posted October 13, 2009
Battelle and Boise Inc. will conduct the first-ever feasibility study of new carbon capture and storage technology in the $140 billion pulp, paper and paperboard industry, under a $500,000 project announced by the Department of Energy (DOE). This project will focus on capture technology developed by Fluor Corporation and will take place at Boise's pulp and paper mill near Wallula, Washington. The seven-month study is being funded by the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. It is one of 12 projects totaling $21.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding that DOE awarded recently for large-scale industrial carbon capture and storage.Read more

Sustainability Expert William F. Hoffman Joins UL Environment, Inc.

posted October 12, 2009
UL Environment, Inc. (ULE) today announces William Hoffman as the organization's new environmental scientist in green chemistry. Hoffman joins ULE from the Chicago Manufacturing Center where he was director of sustainability services and managed the Chicago Waste-to-Profit Network, a program that has diverted over 40,000 tons of material from local landfills. At ULE, Hoffman will utilize more than 20 years of environmental science experience for environmental claims validation and sustainable product certification, with a focus on the technical basis for sustainability standards.
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QuadGraphics Earns EPA SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award

posted October 12, 2009
For leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from its freight operations, commercial printer Quad/Graphics has received its fourth consecutive Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.Read more

Industry In the Dark About Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative

posted October 07, 2009
When it comes to shedding light on the U.S. government's plans to make manufacturers and other commercial electrical users more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly, many businesses are being left in the dark, according to a recent survey of large electrical power consumers conducted by Myron Zucker, Inc. (MZI).Read more

Mars Petcare Opens First LEED-Certified Plant in Arkansas

posted October 02, 2009
Mars Petcare opened the doors Sept. 30 to what is not only Arkansas' first sustainable manufacturing facility, but the first sustainable pet food manufacturing facility in the world, according to the company's press release. The $80 million, 305,000 square foot state-of-the art plant will produce Mars' popular line of Cesar Canine Cuisine for small dogs and has received LEED-Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.Read more

Purdue University Chooses Oxygen Education to Develop Green Certification

posted October 01, 2009
Oxygen Education, LLC, a developer of digital content for technical education and workforce development, today announced it is teaming with Purdue University to develop online content for Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Green Enterprise Development Program. As green initiatives have become common in companies nationwide, the need for workforce training in green manufacturing practices has exploded. The Green Enterprise Development Program provides classroom-based and online instruction for workforce training. Oxygen Education is developing the program’s online components.Read more