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BLOG: Energy Efficiency and Opportunities for Adhesives and Sealants

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 25, 2016



Contributed by Paul Bertram


I want to focus on the “building” sector and some of the programs that are opportunities regarding adhesives and sealants.

First, there is the EPA Clean Power Plan that has issued mandates to each State to reduce GHGs at the Utilities within their respective States.

The EPA established emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) with a focus on CO2 reduction. While the emphasis is moving away from coal to natural gas and adding renewables, there is encouragement to utilize energy efficiency strategies.

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court “stayed” implementation of the Clean Power Plan pending judicial review. Twenty-seven states oppose the rule, and 18 support it. Plans can include “building” energy efficiency to reduce demand side energy and related GHGs. Many States are quietly continuing efforts to develop a plan as it actually has positive implications from a jobs and economy point of view.

There are a multitude of programs already in place that are implementing Energy Efficiency programs.

Twenty-five states currently implement long-term Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)binding energy savings targets. These programs are run through respective utilities. To date most of these improvements are coming from ESCO contracts and concentrate on LED lighting, building controls and equipment updates. The seemly missed opportunity is the Commercial Building Envelope.

New York State has introduced the REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) that includes improving building envelopes and air leakage of older buildings. Much of this is focused on existing buildings.

Other programs of note include:
The American Business Act on Climate Pledge that has over 140 businesses pledging to reduce GHGs associated with their businesses. In fact, American businesses, as it turns...Read More


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