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Manufacturing Climate Solutions: Carbon-Reducing Technologies and U.S. Jobs

— sector: Renewable energy
— theme: Employment and socio-economic policies, Environment and climate
— country: Other Countries
— type: Reports

This ongoing series presents research linking U.S. jobs with selected low-carbon technologies that can help combat global warming. In the series, it asks, “In a new global economy increasingly affected by the threat of climate change, what are the U.S. job opportunities in technologies that can reduce carbon emissions?” The series builds upon a five-technology report released in November 2008 with subsequent new chapters made available throughout 2009.

Author/Editor
Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University
Publishing Year
2008

Technologies analysed so far include:

Public Transit Buses (October 2009): Buses represent 25,000 to 33,000 domestic jobs, many overlapping with the heavy truck industry. U.S. firms are leading the development of hybrid, all-electric and other “green” buses--the future of the industry.

Wind Power (September 2009): U.S. employment in wind power is estimated at 85,000 jobs and growing quickly, with opportunities to employ workers and capacity from other industries like automotive and aerospace.

Residential Re-Insulation (August 2009):   With 46 million underinsulated homes in the United States, an expanding re-insulation market could save energy and create U.S. jobs for contractors, insulation installers, distributors, manufacturers, and material suppliers.

Hybrid Drivetrains for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks (June 2009):   The United States is well positioned to take the lead in hybrid commercial trucks, a new, fast- growing market that promises future U.S. jobs in truck manufacturing, advanced energy storage, electronics, and software.

Carbon Capture and Storage: A Post-Combustion Capture Technology (May 2009): Carbon dioxide capture and storage will allow the United States to continue using fossil fuel for power generation while also achieving national goals to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, these billion dollar projects present huge U.S.-based employment opportunities in fields ranging from research and development to manufacturing and construction.

Recycling Industrial Waste Energy (February 2009): Many industrial processes discard exhaust heat, combustible gases, and other “waste” energy.  These highly recoverable resources can be harnessed to generate electricity, thus saving energy costs, reducing CO2 emissions, creating new jobs, and protecting existing jobs by increasing productivity and competitiveness.

Heat Pump Water Heaters (February 2009): New ENERGY STAR criteria for residential water heaters and new models expected in 2009 could increase demand for these energy-saving products, opening greater opportunities for U.S. component manufacturing in the value chain.

LED lighting (November 2008): Leading U.S. manufacturers find it crucial to ensure high quality and to protect their innovations--two good reasons to keep the manufacturing close to home.

High-performance windows (November 2008): The U.S. industry faces new, more stringent efficiency criteria that  may spur manufacturers to retool production lines and further innovate.

Auxiliary power units for trucks (November 2008): Integration of auxiliary power units into long-haul truck manufacturing in the near future will likely increase penetration rates dramatically, with a corresponding boost to manufacturing.

Concentrating solar power (November 2008): The new market for concentrating solar power plants has potential to create numerous U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs as U.S. companies grow and foreign firms come to the United States.

Super Soil Systems (November 2008): This new technology for treating hog wastes could allow the United States to become a global market leader in a sector where, until now, no adequate alternative has been available.

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