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The Berkeley Lab's road-mapping tool can help forecast energy and water consumption accurately. "Indian municipalities are uncertain about their future patterns of consumption," says Maithili Iyer, programme manager at Berkeley Lab. "The road-mapping tool tells them about current consumption and forecasts the future." Both Pune and Jaipur are at the early stages of evaluating low-carbon planning tools; it is difficult to predict how they would use them in the future.
A benchmarking tool to help dairy owners and operators use energy and water as efficiently as possible in their facilities was released today by scientists at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
When you think of the phrase "industrial ecology," the latest in information technology is probably not a synonym that comes to mind. But a recent issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) puts that misconception to the test.
Stemming from the widespread applications of ICT in everything from farming to government, JIE set aside an entire issue to looking at how technology and industrial systems can interact. The entire issue, as well as subsequent related articles, is free to the public; below is a short overview of some of the most noteworthy articles from the issue.
In the introduction to the issue, Eric Masanet and H. Scott Matthews write:Because of its emphasis on the use of system perspectives, industrial ecology is well suited to analysis of both the benefits and impacts of ICT. As a field that seeks to understand -- and pursue -- sustainable production and consumption, often by examining materials and energy flows at different scales, industrial ecology has produced significant research on the intersection of ICT and the environment. This special issue presents research that uses and speaks to several aspects of the field -- life cycle assessment (LCA), ecodesign, industrial symbiosis, and eco-efficiency.
Read more: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/03/08/exploring-ways-reduce-its-environmental-impacts#ixzz1G8s2Vlk5
Eric Masanet discusses life-cycle carbon assessment at Berkeley Lab's Science at the Theater series on November 8, 2010
Eric Masanet has been named program co-chair of the 6th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, to be held at the University of California, Berkeley, from June 7 to 10, 2011. The conference theme is "Science, Systems and Sustainability."
Eric Masanet, deputy leader of the International Energy Studies (IES) Group, was a guest editor of a special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology exploring new applications of information and communication technology (ICT) that could save society significant amounts of energy and money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created a new energy model for Chinese cities that takes such factors into account. “This model turns the way you look at energy consumption in a city around,” says David Fridley, a scientist in Berkeley Lab’s China Energy Group who helped put the model together. “The point is not to give an accurate accounting of all the energy consumed in a city, but to look at where are the energy consequences of having people in a city.”
The Ministry of Environment & Forests invites applications, under it's newly launched "National Environmental Sciences Fellows Programme" for the year 2010-11 from Scientists of India or of Indian origin desirous of participating in cutting-edge research on critical issues related to environment in collaboration with leading Institutes and Scientists in India and the world.
LBNL releases preliminary technical analysis to illustrate the electricity savings and CO2 mitigation potential for appliance efficiency incentives programs coordinated through the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative to transform the global market for televisions (TVs).
SEAD Program Analysis
Berkeley Lab has played a role in India’s energy efficiency programs, working with state regulators and utilities to set up demand-side management programs and working with BEE on building codes and appliance standards and labeling. Currently, four appliances in India, including refrigerators and air conditioners, have mandatory labels with ratings of 1 star (meaning it meets a minimum energy performance standard) to 5 stars (highly efficient). “We look at LBNL as a major resource in providing us policy options and analyses to create an environment that allows people to make energy efficient choices,” said BEE Director Ajay Mathur, who visited Berkeley Lab this month. Learn more.