Environmental Impact & Upgrading

The Duke GVC Center has conducted a number of studies that focus on reducing environmental impacts.

The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina

This report by the Duke GVC Center for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) describes a solar “value chain” of investors, solar developers, construction contractors and solar panel and component manufacturers comprising more than 450 companies. Together, these companies support some 4,300 jobs and represent a $2 billion investment. In addition to jobs, solar industry-related businesses provide income for landowners and tax revenue for N.C. towns, the report states.

Manufacturing Climate Change Gary Gereffi & Marcy Lowe, CGGC

Gary Gereffi and Marcy Lowe discuss Duke CGGC’s research on economic and job opportunities associated with green technologies in this conference presentation.; Conference: Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference
Conference Organizer: Blue Green Alliance
Location: Washington, DC; Date: February 5, 2009; Presenters: Gary Gereffi, Marcy Lowe; www.cggc.duke.edu

Geosynthetics: Coastal Management Applications in the Gulf of Mexico

Coastal management projects to restore the Gulf Coast nearly all use geosynthetics-polymer-based materials that can improve structure performance, reduce project time and cost, and lessen environmental impact. This study by Duke CGGC for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analyzes 84 firms linked to geosynthetics and coastal management, providing jobs in the five Gulf Coast states and 31 others.

Restoring Gulf Oyster Reefs: Opportunities for Innovation

Several natural and man-made stressors are destroying Gulf Coast oyster reefs, jeopardizing a resource that protects the shore, filters water, and increases marine fisheries production. Restoring oyster reefs will maintain these valuable ecosystem services, and support a network of 132 innovative small and medium sized businesses across 22 states.

Restoring the Gulf Coast: New Markets for Established Firms

Natural and human activities have damaged the Gulf Coast, threatening a valuable ecosystem vital to several billion-dollar industries such as seafood and tourism. Restoring the Gulf Coast can protect these assets while creating much-needed U.S. jobs, by engaging at least 140 firms across nearly 400 locations.

Smart Grid: Core Firms in the Research Triangle Region, North Carolina

The Research Triangle is a smart grid hotspot, with specialized R&D centers, supportive government policies, and roughly 60 core firms whose capabilities stretch across the entire value chain. Research for this report was funded by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues faculty fellows program, and prepared for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

The Multiple Pathways to Industrial Energy Efficiency: A Systems and Value Chain Approach

In most companies, significant opportunities exist to improve energy efficiency, and many of them pay for themselves. However, organizational and financial barriers often prevent companies from capturing these savings. Closing this “efficiency gap” can have a big payoff for companies and society as a whole. To understand these barriers and identify strategies to overcome them, the report examines why and how product manufacturers adopt energy-efficiency improvements in their internal operations and supply chains. This report was sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Energy Program.

Manufacturing Jobs in Clean Energy Value Chains

The 2011 conference was dedicated to transforming our ideas into action and building a revitalized, green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America\’s economic and environmental security. CGGC\’s Marcy Lowe gave a presentation.

Case Study: A123 Systems Local Markets and Competitiveness, A Value Chain Analysis

After years of manufacturing in China, advanced battery maker A123 Systems is also aggressively adding jobs in the United States, responding to federal incentives and a promising U.S. market for electric vehicle batteries. This case study was prepared for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).