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J&J, Calvert, BMW & Others Found Sustainable Action Council
February 7, 2011 07:10 AM - Editor, Sustainable Life Media
Last week a new multi-stakeholder group was formed, dubbed the Stewardship Action Council, to provide a cross-functional collaboration space for the business, investment, governmental and NGO communities to come together and drive sustainable business practices forward. The group’s main goals are to create a multi-stakeholder learning network, creating collaborative partnerships to address local and regional environmental, social and economic challenges, advancing sustainability performance and recognizing and sharing outcomes. To achieve those goals, the SAC has set up six working groups for its members:
To Hit CO2 Targets, SAP will focus on Employee Engagement
November 4, 2010 08:49 AM - Thomas Miner, Sustainable Life Media
October 28, 2010 — SAP has released its preliminary and unaudited global CO2 emissions for the third quarter of 2010, which total 115,000 kilotons. While the number is on trend with first and second quarter numbers, the company will need to take focused action to avoid exceeding its target of 460 kilotons by year end.
Sunny Delight Achieves Zero Waste in U.S.
September 6, 2010 08:28 AM - Thomas Miner, Sustainable Life Media
Sunny Delight Beverages Company’s recently released 2009 Sustainability Report outlines the company’s accomplishments over the past year, the most significant being the achievement of their Zero Waste to Landfill Goal by all U.S. and Spanish manufacturing plants more than 3 years ahead of schedule. The zero waste goals were achieved at Sunny’s Anaheim, Mataro and Littleton plants in 2009, 4 years ahead of the company’s 2013 goals.
Proposed Vehicle Labels to Include GHG Emissions and Fuel Economy Comparisons
September 1, 2010 06:39 AM - Thomas Miner, Sustainable Life Media
August 31, 2010 — The U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation today proposed two new fuel economy labels for passenger vehicles and light trucks, both of which change the way fuel efficiency information is communicated and includes detailed information about vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions. The first label design (see Image) proposed features a letter grade which communicates the vehicles overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions performance. It also provides consumers an estimate of the expected fuel cost savings over five years compared to an average gasoline-powered vehicle of the same model year.
Whiskey Byproducts Could Produce Next Big Biofue
August 23, 2010 08:56 AM - Thomas Miner, Sustainable Life Media
Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have patented a process to produce biobutanol, a fuel that can be used in existing gasoline engines without any modifications, from whiskey by-products. In utilizing waste products, the process eliminates the need to use arable land and food crops to produce a more sustainable fuel.
MillerCoors Hits Waste Goals 5 Years Early
July 2, 2010 08:57 AM - Thomas Miner, Sustainable Life Media
June 30, 2010 — MillerCoors, a leader in brewing industry sustainability practices, released its 2010 Sustainable Development report yesterday in which the company announced that it had exceeded its 2015 waste reduction goals 5 years early, and has achieved "zero waste" at two of its brewing facilities.
Key Countries Partner to Reduce Deforestation Emissions
June 1, 2010 09:30 AM - Thomas Miner, Sustainable Life Media
May 31, 2010 — At the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference in Norway on Friday, over 50 developed and developing countries signed a "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation" (REDD) partnership, committing to spend over $4 billion in the next three years to reduce emissions from deforestation activities.
Verizon Makes Maplecroft Climate Innovation Benchmark List
April 26, 2010 06:35 AM - Editor, Sustainable Life Media
Wireless network company Verizon Communications has been listed on the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Benchmark Index (CII), among 300 of the largest companies in the US, for its efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the reportAccording to the report, Verizon's strengths include policies and procedures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; programs to encourage innovation related to those emissions and energy conservation; and partnerships and public disclosures. The Maplecroft CII lists, which are calculated by global financial news company Bloomberg, provide investors with useful insight into companies with climate-related innovations and carbon management systems
California Caps SF6 Emissions for Utilities
March 15, 2010 06:04 AM - Editor, Sustainable Life Media
The California Air Resources Board recently announced that they will begin monitoring and limiting the emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in high-voltage electrical equipment starting in 2011. SF6 is the most potent of all greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. SF6 is approximately 23,900 times as potent as carbon dioxide, the world’s most prevalent greenhouse gas, at trapping heat in the atmosphere.