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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
November 2, 2023
A “cooling pledge” to be unveiled at next month's COP28 climate summit will commit countries to slash cooling-related emissions 68% by 2050, according to a draft text seen by AFP on October 27. However, it remains unclear which countries will sign up to the pledge, and whether countries where demand for air conditioning is growing fast will participate. The Global Cooling Pledge commits signatories to work on “reducing cooling-related emissions across all sectors by at least 68% globally relative to 2022 levels by 2050.” Read more
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South Florida efforts to defend against sea level rise and other environmental challenges could gain additional support from the federal government due to a new designation the region just received. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that the region, inclusive of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties, is among 31 inaugural “Tech Hubs” nationwide that opens the area to upwards of $75 million in federal grants. Read more
The Environmental Protection Agency will provide $128 million in funding for 186 designated projects focused on environmental justice. The organizations were selected by the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement and Environmental Justice Government-to-Government program, and the funds will go toward projects that ensure disadvantaged communities have access to clean air and water and climate change solutions. The funds stem from the Inflation Reduction Act where it has provided many funding opportunities for clean energy and other environmental solutions. Read more
In Other News
ASHRAE Journal
By Richard Sweetser, Life Member ASHRAE; Bruce Hedman, Ph.D.
Decreasing carbon levels has become increasingly important in efforts to reduce global climate change. This month’s cover article discusses the possible applications and future role of combined heat and power in the greater movement toward decarbonization in the built environment sciences. Download here
ASHRAE has unveiled the preliminary technical program for its highly anticipated 2024 ASHRAE Winter Conference, taking place January 20-24, 2024, in Chicago, IL. The technical program can be found online and in the ASHRAE 365 app. With a focus on addressing the pressing challenges of decarbonization and climate change, the conference will feature 11 technical tracks and over 100 sessions, offering attendees a wealth of knowledge and insights. Participants will have the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) while exploring tracks such as Decarbonization and Climate Change, Clean Spaces and Mission Critical Facilities, Tall Buildings Design, Artificial Intelligence, Refrigeration and Refrigerants and more. Read more
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In Case You Missed It
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to ban a chemical commonly used as a furniture cleaner and degreaser, a proposal made under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The ban would prohibit most uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) within one year, affecting the manufacturing, processing and distribution of TCE for any use. A longer transition to phasing out TCE would be allowed for critical uses by federal agencies, in battery separators used to make electric vehicle batteries and for manufacturing certain refrigerants while the industry transitions to more climate-friendly refrigerants. Read more
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