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  • Super Pollutants Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector: Barriers to Abatement and Technologies for Emission Reductions

    Methane is a unique hydrocarbon in several respects. It is a clean burning fuel, easy to desulfurize, easy to produce, transport to market, easy to use by consumers. It is also a powerful greenhouse gas partially because it is the only hydrocarbon lighter than air, and gravitates up in the atmosphere rather than remain low

    March 3, 2013
  • Super Pollutants Best Practices for Reduction of Methane and Black Carbon from Arctic Oil and Gas Production

    Methane and black carbon are important short-term climate pollutants. Changing technology and climate change itself have increased the amount of oil and gas production activities in the Arctic region and this trend is expected to accelerate, with the potential for yet more methane and black carbon emissions from this activity. The Arctic holds one-fifth of […]

    March 1, 2013
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Geologic Carbon Storage Through Enhanced Oil Recovery

    The advancement of carbon capture technology combined with carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) holds the promise of reducing the carbon footprint of coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources, while at the same time boosting production of oil. CO2 injection in deep formations has a long track record. EOR provides a readily available […]

    February 3, 2013
  • Super Pollutants Brick Kilns Performance Assessment: A Roadmap for Cleaner Brick Production in India

    India is the second largest producer of clay fired bricks, accounting for more than 10 percent of global production. India is estimated to have more than 100,000 brick kilns, producing about 150-200 billion bricks annually, employing about 10 million workers and consuming about 25 million tons of coal annually. India’s brick sector is characterized by […]

    April 1, 2012
  • Advanced Nuclear Energy The Nuclear Decarbonization Option: Profiles of Selected Advanced Reactor Technologies

    We live in a world divided by many issues, but most policy-makers accept the basic premise that increasing the availability of affordable low-carbon energy would make the world healthier, wealthier, and safer. Conventional fuel delivery systems are strained in many regions, the global geopolitics of energy supply are fraught, and carbon dioxide emissions, despite decades […]

    March 1, 2012
  • Advanced Energy Systems Energy Innovation at the Department of Defense: Assessing the Opportunities

    In recent years, driven by the demands of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as looming budgetary stress, the United States Department of Defense has increasingly focused on the ways in which energy affects its operations and the opportunities to improve its performance through the development and adoption of innovative energy technologies and practices. […]

    March 1, 2012
  • Super Pollutants Clean Diesel Versus CNG Buses: Cost, Air Quality, & Climate Impacts

    This memo summarizes the results of an analysis which compares the economic, and the air quality and climate impacts, resulting from the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses to those from modern diesel buses.

    February 3, 2012
  • Power Plants Sick of Soot: How the EPA Can Save Lives by Cleaning Up Fine Particle Air Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must soon update national health standards for fine particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5), commonly referred to as soot—a major cause of premature death and a widespread threat to those who suffer from lung and heart disease. The national health standards are critical tools that drive the cleanup of soot […]

    November 9, 2011