Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

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'Cool Companies' shows managers how businesses can build or retrofit their operations with the latest technologies to reduce emissions and achieve quick returns on investment. Many examples of how big firms increased profits this way are included.

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Will reducing greenhouse gas emissions be a roadblock to growth? A growing number of the best companies are looking beyond the political debate on global warming to see a strategic opportunity to increase profits and productivity. These "cool" companies have worked to cut heat-trapping emissions by as much as 50 percent in their buildings or factories.

In Cool Companies, energy expert Joseph J. Romm describes the experiences of such successful companies as DuPont, 3M, Compaq, Xerox, Toyota, Verifone, and Perkin-Elmer. In all he shows how more than 50 companies have achieved bottom-line improvements by improving processes, increasing energy efficiency, and adopting new technologies. Using proven corporate strategies, Romm shows managers how they can build or retrofit their operations to reduce emissions and achieve quick returns on the investment. He explains:
-- How changes in office and building design can significantly increase productivity, greatly compounding gains achieved from increased energy efficiency
-- Why systematic efforts to reduce industrial emissions so often lead to productivity gains
-- Options for "cool" power -- from cogeneration to solar, wind, and geothermal energy
-- Energy efficiency in manufacturing, including motors and motor systems, steam, and process energy

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Joseph Romm is a leading expert on hydrogen, fuel cells, and advanced transportation technologies. Romm is a principal with Capital E and Executive Director and founder of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. He is the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation project, “Future Directions for Hydrogen Energy Research and Education.” He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
  Romm was Acting Assistant Secretary at DOE's billion-dollar Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. He helped lead formulation of the Administration's climate change technology strategy.    Romm is author of the first book to benchmark corporate best practices for using advanced energy technologies including fuel cells to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity By Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions. He has written and lectured widely on advanced transportation technologies, hydrogen, fuel cells, distributed energy, business and environment issues. He writes the blog ClimateProgress.org.   He is co-author of "MidEast Oil Forever," the cover story of the April 1996 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which predicted that the major oil-exporting nations would regain pricing control of oil within the decade and discussed alternative energy strategies. 

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