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July 22, 2013 | Vol. 14

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NEMA Announces Carbon Footprint Report

Global Carbon FootprintRegulatory trends and market dynamics have steadily increased the need for manufacturers to measure and influence the environmental impacts of their products. A key element of environmental impact is a product’s energy use and links to greenhouse gas emissions, sometimes referred to as a product's “carbon footprint.”

Characterizing the carbon impacts of a product can require an evaluation of the product’s entire life cycle, including raw material extraction and transportation, manufacturing (or service provision), distribution, consumer use, and end-of-life disposition. But a more streamlined and cost-effective approach is to identify the principal “drivers” of carbon impact within a product and characterize the effect of changes in those factors.

A range of tools, created by public and private organizations, have emerged in this area of applied research. But there has been no standard approach or methodology for carbon footprint estimation developed specifically for the electrical product industry.

The final report, along with the 2012 interim report that resulted from the project's first phase is available on the NEMA website. Inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to Mark Kohorst of NEMA Government Relations by email or phone at 703-841-3249.

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NEMA Welcomes Confirmation of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Previously, McCarthy was head of EPA’s air and radiation office and contributed significantly in the Obama administration’s efforts to address global warming.

NEMA Commends Gardner-Welch Act of 2013
NEMA voiced its support for the Gardner-Welch Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013.

“Why the Wait?” Campaign to Encourage Action on Energy Bill
NEMA announced “Why the Wait?”—a campaign to encourage swift Senate action on S 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Energy Storage Conference PartnershipEnergy Storage Conference Partnership
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making.
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America.

Industry News

Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote Selected “CEO of the Year” By Chief Executive Magazine
Honeywell announced that Chief Executive Magazine named Chairman and CEO Dave Cote “2013 CEO of the Year,” an honor that recognizes an outstanding corporate leader nominated and selected by peers.

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