Archive for April, 2012
Throughout the world, government agencies and policy makers are paying greater attention, and dedicating greater resources to issues surrounding the long term sustainability of water suitable for drinking, as well as wastewater treatment. The issues associated with the manner in which water is efficiently distributed to those in the community, as well as the collection, treatment and discharging of wastewater, have serious economical and environmental consequences. The financial impacts associated with the design, construction, maintenance and updating water infrastructure systems are substantial; and those charged with the responsibility of ensuring the efficient supply of such services are turning to leading engineering and construction firms that have the vision to deliver innovative and cost effective water infrastructure solutions.
With the subject of environmental sustainability and stewardship becoming of increasing importance, as well as the focus of much legislation, modern water infrastructure needs to meet the strict environmental regulations pertaining to the delivery and treatment of water supplies. Inferior water infrastructure that is not functioning efficiently can pollute water resources such as streams, rivers and lakes; as well as fragile coastal and aquatic environments which can not only negatively impact upon the levels of neighbourhood safety, but affect local flora and fauna. Underperforming wastewater infrastructure and systems also has a detrimental impact upon the environment, reducing the clarity of local water supplies and recreational areas; as well as natural resources of water supplies that may threaten the local wildlife.
One of the key issues affecting the implementation of efficient water infrastructure systems is the technologies used in their design and construction, which have advanced little over the last several decades. This, in part is due to the organisations and institutions that are responsible for the maintenance and construction of community utilities, favouring traditional and conventional systems and technologies. Additionally, the large amount if monetary resources already invested into current water infrastructural systems has created a restrictive barrier to the implementation of newer and more efficient technologies. For this reason, many utility organisations are turning to experienced engineering companies with a proven track record in delivering results to increase the efficiency and performance of current water infrastructure through the implementation of innovative engineering processes and technologies.
With the dire financial and environmental consequences that can result with the inefficient implementation, operation and maintenance of water infrastructure systems, it is imperative that experienced engineering and construction firms are involved in the entire process; from planning and design to construction, implementation and ongoing maintenance and improvement.Tags: flora and fauna, infrastructure systems, local flora and fauna, wastewater infrastructure, water infrastructure
With the development of world economy, a wave of green revolution is sweeping the world. Looking at the world development trend of green civilization, the 21st century will become a “green century.”
Rapid development of green technology Green technology is a trend in international social development, to sustainable use of resources, it is necessary to change the type of industrial development that the depletion mode. Accelerate scientific and technological progress, not technology, security, sustainable use of resources is impossible. This requires that enterprises in the selection of production technology, develop new products, he must decide in favor of environmental protection and ecological balance of technology options.
Recent years, rapid development of green technologies in pollution control, recycling of resources, energy conservation, the three major aspects of the formation of a huge market, including product development, information services and engineering contracts. According to incomplete statistics, the global green technology and products market has more than 250 billion U.S. dollars, to the end of this century is expected to reach 600 billion U.S. dollars. Compete in this market, the developed countries were predominant. If the United States, desulfurization, removing ammonia technology, Japan’s dusty, garbage disposal technology, pollution treatment technology in Germany ahead in the world. Currently, in order to occupy the world market of green products for the purpose of competing for the center of green technology high ground in international competition has begun. Fluorine refrigerant technology in the United States and Europe launched a competition for Japan and Europe in recycling projects compete with each other. In order to gain competitive advantage, the United States, Japan, Europe and other countries more in the Green Industry in the application of biotechnology, computer technology, and new materials to make it into a high-tech industry. Germany with its unique advanced technology and equipment and good social service in the international Environmental protection Market, gaining a solid footing. Netherlands, Italy, Australia also has some technical advantages of environmental protection, are also being pegged to a piece of “cake” in order to share one of these.
Stimulate enthusiasm for manufacturers of green design
In the United States, Michigan, a building, six technicians and engineers with the demolition of a brand new car for display. They removed the assembly, said the weight of each part out, and video throughout the process and timing, this experiment is to do, “Green Design.” Green design is the design of the product can be removed, decomposition, parts can be refurbished and reused. In this way, both to protect the environment, reducing waste of resources.
This concept is being inspired many of the world manufacturers enthusiasm. Siemens coffee maker, Caterpillar tractors, Xerox copiers, Eastman Kodak camera, the United States, personal computers, laser printers in Japan, Germany and Canada, telephone, etc., are made at the beginning The structure can be more open to further promote the design rationalization, preparation of raw materials, so that parts can be fully utilized. Therefore, the “green design” and “traditional designs” the fundamental difference lies in the “green design” concept in the design stage, to reduce energy consumption, easy-to-be demolished to make renewable use statistics and the protection of ecological environment and guarantee the product performance, quality and cost requirements of the inclusion of the same design specifications, and ensure the smooth implementation of the production process.
Foreign entrepreneurs tend to invest in green
To combat environmental pollution and ecological destruction, we must increase support for efforts to standardize the investment destination of foreign investment in the business world has led to the “green tendencies.”
U.S. government has openly said that green products enjoy export tax rebates, while giving preferential export credit in order to occupy on the international market, and export of green products established under the Ministry of Commerce Office, responsible for the investment and promotion of green products. Japanese government put forward “to the theme of 21st century global plan of action greening the earth a hundred years” and actively support the green industry. EU economic policy-making sector is still tax money, the policy on the export of green products from tilt. Switzerland, 70% of new investment last year for the development of various biodegradable or easily recycled new products, some of the senior stock analysts in the European market in the analysis of environmental issues when they begin to pay attention and listed companies “green benefit” (that is, pollution inputs output). According to the London Stock
a member of the economic line of the survey on: Since 1990, the “Green Unit” operate like business, waste disposal companies whose shares prices on the London stock market growth than we have All stocks on average increased 70%. France pollution goods giant Lai Liya company after 10 years of research and cost 200 million francs, finally invented a new method of production technology, can no longer be used in aerosol containers that may damage the ozone layer, CFCs.Tags: development information services, disposal technology, engineering contracts, green technology, pollution treatment
Atlantic Toyota and Huntington Toyota are proud to offer the vehicles that help Toyota Corp move toward meeting all of its Environmental Action Plan goals. This month Toyota released its 10th annual North American Environmental Report, which summarized the progress of the company over the last fiscal year.
“Toyota is fully committed to sustainability across our operations. In addition to developing technologically advanced, fuel-efficient vehicles, we consider the environmental, social and economic consequences of everything we do,” said Dian Ogilvie, Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer at Toyota Motor North America, in a Toyota Media press release.
Atlantic Toyota and Huntington Toyota want to share the five main categories highlighted within Toyota’s report with all Long Island Toyota customers, starting with Fuel-efficient vehicles.
Toyota vehicles have exceeded the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and the Toyota Prius hybrid is still the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the United States per the EPA’s Fuel Economy Guide.
Advanced vehicle technology
As Atlantic Toyota announced previously, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle demonstration program began with the real launch expected in 2012 for consumers, while enhancements to Toyota’s Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle technology has reduced costs and created an estimated range of 431 miles on one fill.
Reduction in energy and material use
Toyota received a sixth consecutive ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA, for superior energy management. Its assembly plants saw a 20 percent reduction in energy consumed per vehicle produced in North America compared to levels in 2000 and achieved a 56 percent reduction in non-salable waste per vehicle from 2006 levels.
Sustainable buildings and dealerships
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a system used to categorize the level of environmentally sustainable construction in buildings. Last year Toyota added three more buildings to its LEED certified list of buildings, bringing the total to five certified buildings and eight certified Toyota and Lexus dealerships.
Further engagement with communities
Toyota’s signature environmental program, TogetherGreen, in conjunction with the National Audubon Society, has awarded another 40 Innovation Grants (80 total since the beginning of this campaign) to support conservation projects across the country. More than 72,400 volunteers have given more than 275,000 hours of habitat, water, and energy conservation time back to the environment.
Both Atlantic Toyota and Huntington Toyota dealerships support the constant efforts of Toyota as the corporation continues to lead the country in environmental progress.
Tags: fuel economy guide, fuel economy standards, hybrid vehicle technology, superior energy management, toyota prius hybrid