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Reducing Industrial Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

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In “Industries of the Future: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions” [EM: The Air & Waste Management Association’s Magazine for Environmental Managers, 13-21 (March 1999)], A. Anderson describes how the Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies has established the Industries of the Future initiative to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the most energy-intensive U.S. industries. The initiative focuses on three main objectives: (1) to lower raw material and depletable energy use; (2) to improve labor and capital productivity; and (3) to reduce wastes and pollutants. Through government/industry partnerships, industries develop strategic visions and specific technology plans. Specific GHG-emission-reduction technologies developed through cost-shared research include oxy-fuel firing in the glass-making industry, scrap recycling in the aluminum industry, waste reduction in the chemical industry, advanced process controls in steel production. The successful implementation of the technologies developed through these government/industry partnerships has the potential to reduce energy demand by 1 to 2 quads by 2010 and annual carbon emissions by 30 million metric tons.

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