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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Top ten long term trends in clean technology in US

(1) The United States Military Becoming Greener. In 2007, the Department of Defense was given orders by the Congress to have a minimum of 25 percent of energy sources come from renewable sources by 2025. Since then, the government has been taking deep strides toward becoming less dependent on fossil fuels. The 2010 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan looks at immediate ways to improve greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, and energy efficiency.

(2) More Employment Opportunities Available. With the increase in the number of renewable energy companies, plants, and organizations, there has been an increase in the employment opportunities throughout the United States.

(3) Increase in International Cleantech Partnerships. The United States has created a number of partnerships with other countries for cooperation in the advancement of clean technologies. One of the biggest partnerships is with China.

(4) More Homes becoming Energy Efficient. With the advent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star rating for products, it is becoming a lot easier, and more affordable to purchase appliances for the home that use up less energy. These appliances need to meet very stringent standards when it comes to energy performance. As more homes use these appliances, they are saving money on their monthly electric bills, reducing the total amount of greenhouse gasses emitting from their home, they are a great return on investment, and there are many tax credit and rebate programs associated with these appliances. Not only that, but these appliances require less maintenance

(5) Increase in Sale of Hybrid Vehicles. Just about everywhere people on the road now look; they will see a hybrid vehicle.

(6) More Buildings Becoming LEED Certified. The United States Green Building Council makes all the standards for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of a building. It is considered to be the foremost program in the nation for design, construction, operation, and overall maintenance of green buildings.

(7) Recycling Initiatives Get a Boost. Instead of just a national recycling initiative, numerous states are creating their own initiatives to get the residents of the state to recycle more. For example, Midwestern states Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin, in 2005 joined together to create a unified approach for the recycling and management of waste electronics.

(8) Exporting Clean Technologies around the World. The current Obama presidency had made two promises – to continue in investing in the clean technology sector and to invigorate the export sector.

(9) More Airline Companies becoming Greener. To keep up the trend of transportation becoming greener, a number of United States airline companies are stepping up the initiative to become more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient. A number of airlines, including JetBlue, Continental Airlines, and United Airlines all have carbon offset programs.

(10) Hotels Become Greener. Along with the transportation industry, the tourism industry is also looking to become greener. A number of them have implemented initiatives that include not laundering linens and towels everyday to save water and energy, promoting recycling, using Energy Star appliances, and even special parking features for tourists visiting in hybrid vehicles.

Ref: Top Ten Long Term Trends of Cleantech in the United States

 Published on July 1st, 2011 by CleanTechies Guest Author