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Coverage of carbon footprint since September 7, 2023.

Oil and gas well drillers want federal funding to help industry decarbonize

"...The drilling sector's emissions reduction efforts have not been as high-profile as those of the oilsands industry, which is proposing a $16. 5-billion carbon capture and storage project in northern Alberta that it says will help it reach net-zero emissions from production by 2050. But Scholz said there are many things oil and gas drillers can do to lower their carbon footprint, from rig electrification to hydrogen fuel blending to investing in battery energy storage systems for oil well drilling sites..."


Summerland, B.C., winery transitions to 100% renewable natural gas

"...“We just had to log in to our FortisBC account and make the change on the back end, and it took effect starting our next billing cycle,” said Pingle. “Once we did the analysis, we realized that it was going to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50,000 kilograms a year. ”In total, Pingle estimates it will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by about 10 to 12 per cent per year..."


Some homes are being built to stand up to hurricanes and cut emissions, too

"...A person’s home is one of the biggest ways they can reduce their individual carbon footprint. Buildings release about 38% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions each year. Some of the carbon pollution comes from powering things like lights and air conditioners and some of it from making the construction materials, like concrete and steel..."


Carbon pricing in Canada: What it is, what it costs and why you get a rebate

"...In 2018, Parliament passed the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which established the legal mechanism under which the federal government requires provinces and territories to either establish a levy on greenhouse gas emissions or adopt the federal system. The legislation was first applied as of April 1, 2019..."


ASLA guide charts a path for zero-carbon business operations

"...Towards Zero Emission Business Operations is a best practice guide authored by landscape architect and ASLA Climate Action Committee Member Ronnie Siegel. “Decarbonization, electrification, and the transition to renewable energy create new opportunities for landscape architecture firms. By measuring emissions, making a plan, and taking action, any firm can get on a path to zero emissions,” Siegel said in a press release..."


Is the growing plastic credits market a new wave of greenwashing?

"...Several other companies around the world are also offering to arrange for collecting plastic from where it winds up and doesn’t belong (landfills, waterways, roadsides), and then verify credits, including Plastic Bank and Plastic Credit Exchange. “As the plastic credit market is still emerging, at this stage each issuing organization largely follows its own protocols that govern the process of creating credits,” says rePurpose Global, another crediting platform that “empowers business to act on plastic pollution. ”..."


Suncor Energy CEO says company committed to decarbonization, is accused of greenwashing

"...But Rich Kruger was accused by some MPs of greenwashing his industry's efforts to address climate change, including after he said he hadn't yet read in detail the fine print on new federal regulations to cut emissions from gasoline and diesel. The regulations took effect July 1, requiring gasoline and diesel producers and importers to offset their emissions through various investments, such as replacing power sources at oil extraction sites with renewable or lower-emitting energy, investing in the production of biofuels like ethanol or investing in electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. Bloc Quebecois MP Mario Simard tried to have Kruger explain the cost the new clean fuel regulations will have on his company, whether those costs will be passed on to consumers and how they compare to Suncor's main climate investment of installing a carbon capture and storage system..."


Nature Canada Statement on Passing of Bill S-222 to Encourage Sustainable Material Use Nature Canada

"...Given the threat of climate change and biodiversity loss, it is critical that the federal government reduce the environmental impacts of building materials it uses..."


Lego says it hit a recycled plastic stumbling block. Do its claims stack up? Corporate Knights

"...To be sure, emissions from the plastic industry are a massive problem. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that plastics generated 1. 8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – or 3..."


‘A green milestone': FortisBC completes pipeline near Victoria landfill

"...Renewable gas harnesses the existing carbon in our ecosystem, leaving no carbon dioxide traces in the air. It blends into the existing gas infrastructure, decarbonizing the natural gas supply and diminishing greenhouse emissions, said FortisBC..."


‘The goal is to get our emissions to zero': Winnipeg family part of Canada-wide climate challenge

"...They decided to focus on transportation, home efficiency and composting. “We wanted to do something together as a family,” DePape said. DePape, a longtime climate activist, then came across the Live Net Zero Challenge..."


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"...Most of the headlines come from direct air carbon capture technology, but there are some natural approaches starting to get attention that could not only sequester carbon from the atmosphere, but also improve our food production, reduce erosion, and many other benefits..."


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Recent peer-reviewed papers about carbon footprint relevant to the latest news.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Evaluations of Wastewater Treatment Plant?A Case Study of Jiaxing, China

"...The findings align with previous studies that have emphasized the importance of reducing energy consumption and adopting sustainable practices to improve the sustainability of wastewater treatment plants..."


Breaking water carbon nexus by the natural biological system: ultimate solution for ESG challenges

"...The Natural Biological System (NBS) is a nature-based technology for sewage and waste stream treatment and management, rehabilitating affected water bodies, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and rebalancing eco-systems..."


Analysis of carbon footprint and energy performance of biohydrogen production through gasification of different waste agricultu

"...This study investigated the carbon footprint and energy performance of biohydrogen production system through gasification of different waste agricultural biomass..."


Decarbonization via Nature-Based Solutions: National Policy and International Practice

"...Realizing this potential requires significant targeted work to adjust the regulation and reprioritization of forest management?from extracting wood from forests for processing to integrated forest management, including quantification and monetization of forest carbon sequestration ecosystem services..."


Hydrolysis and acidogenesis study of fruit and vegetable waste using activated sludge

"...Over the past years, uncontrolled population explosion coupled with an upsurge in the living standard of the people has led to a rise in the generation of municipal solid waste and energy consumption per capita..."


Environmental Assessment of Admixtures and Stone Powder in Cement Concrete

"...The environmental impact of concrete mixtures was evaluated in terms of embodied energy, carbon footprint, and cost analysis of different concrete mixes and compared with the plain mix..."


A critical review of textile industry wastewater: green technologies for the removal of indigo dyes

"...It generates wastewater with low biodegradability due to the presence of persistent pollutants, which can produce toxic and carcinogenic compounds; therefore, wastewater treatment reduces risks to aquatic life and public health..."


A systematic analysis of research trends on the utilization of life cycle assessment in pharmaceutical applications

"...However, in recent years, researchers' focus has shifted to environmental impacts, carbon footprint, wastewater treatment, human toxicity, active pharmaceutical ingredients and blisters..."


Canola productivity and carbon footprint under different cropping systems in eastern Canada

"...Diversified crop rotation with an appropriate sequence may be a promising strategy for increasing crop productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and lowering carbon (C) footprint for more sustainable agricultural systems..."


Mapping social capital across Wales (UK) using secondary data and spatial analysis

"...We argue that social capital could also play a vital role in our efforts to reduce carbon footprint through behaviour change, a shift on shared local renewable energy resources, and adoption of low carbon technologies..."


Microalgae in Bioplastic Production: A Comprehensive Review

"...Microalgae are generally present in abundant quantity in our ecosystem, and polysaccharide in the algae can be processed and utilized to make biopolymers..."