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Lean and Clean: How One Company Makes Factories Greener and More Competitive

One company has figured out how to make energy more competitive, and more sustainable.


In the United States, the bulk of our electricity still comes from burning stuff, which means that electricity production is the source of some 80 percent of all carbon emissions. Drill deeper, and you’ll learn that industrial production consumes about 30 percent of that electricity.

At a time when the United States is desperate to increase its manufacturing and create new jobs, it can be hard to reconcile the needs to increase industry and engender sustainability. After all, a key advantage held by factories in emerging economies, besides lower labor costs, is that they spend far less time and money worrying about emissions and other environmental challenges.

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