Air Cycle E-Newsletter

Air Cycle March 2007 E-Newsletter

Continuing our efforts to better communicate new products, services, industry news, and regulatory updates, Air Cycle provides the following e-newsletter.

Australia to Change Lightbulbs to Curb Warming CFL


CANBERRA -- Australia will be the world's first country to ban incandescent lightbulbs in a bid to curb Greenhouse gas emissions, with the government saying on Tuesday they would be phased out within three years. Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yellow incandescent bulbs, which have been in use virtually unchanged for 125 years, would be replaced by more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs by 2009.

"By that stage you simply won't be able to buy incandescent lightbulbs, because they won't meet the energy standard," Turnbull told local radio.

Turnbull said the banning of incandescent bulbs would help trim 800,000 tonnes from Australia's current emissions level by 2012 and lower household lighting costs by 66 per cent.

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Mercury in energy-saving bulbs worries scientists

Yahoo! News

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There's an old joke about the number of people it takes to change a light bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard part is getting rid of them when they burn out.

Mercury is poisonous, but it's also a necessary part of most compact fluorescent bulbs, the kind that environmentalists and some governments are pushing as a way to cut energy use.

With an estimated 150 million CFLs sold in the United States in 2006 and with Wal-Mart alone hoping to sell 100 million this year, some scientists and environmentalists are worried that most are ending up in garbage dumps.

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Fortune magazine recognizes 'green' companies

March 22 -- Fortune magazine keeps track of the wealthiest people and the largest companies, and now the publication is tracking environmentally aware companies in its new "Going Green" report.

Fortune´s April 2 issue cites 10 companies "that go beyond what the law requires to operate in an environmentally responsible way."

The are: Honda, Continental Airlines, Suncor, Tesco, Alcan, PG&E, S.C. Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Swiss RE and Hewlett Packard. Separate stories also focus on Patagonia and DuPont, the magazine said.

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Commercial Lighting Tax Deduction Info Online

2007 is the last year, under the current provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that commercial building owners will be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for expenditures to boost energy efficiency.

The deduction is limited to $1.80 per square foot of the property, with allowances for partial deductions for improvements in interior lighting, HVAC and hot water systems, and building envelope systems. The provision is effective for property placed in service from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007.

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Battling e-waste

Chicago Sun-Times

Computer industry joins drive to recycle

Roseville, Calif., is where computers go to die a green death.

Inside Hewlett-Packard Co.'s cavernous recycling plant in the Sacramento suburbs, truckloads of obsolete PCs, servers and printers collected from consumers and businesses nationwide are cracked open by goggled workers who pull out batteries, circuit boards and other potentially hazardous components.

The electronic carcasses are fed into a massive machine that noisily shreds them into tiny pieces and mechanically sorts the fragments into piles of steel, aluminum, plastic and precious metals. Those scraps are sent to smelting plants where they are melted down for reuse.

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