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Apple, Microsoft, Mars, Tesla, Disney, Novelis, Caterpillar Lead in Low-Carbon Action

by Vikas Vij

SOURCE: Justmeans

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The most compelling guidance yet on the projected evolution of carbon emissions has been presented in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). To prevent extreme impacts of climate change, the world’s combined greenhouse gas emissions must not exceed 825 Giga-tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050. This effectively means that the global average of carbon emissions per capita must reduce by up to 70 percent by 2050.

A recent Corporate Citizenship report called the “Low-Carbon Company” has highlighted some of the top companies in the world that are taking firm steps to reduce their carbon footprint, and continue to achieve outstanding commercial success at the same time. Apple, Unilever, Diageo, Microsoft, BT Group, CDL, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, Infosys, Holcim, Tesla Motors, Walt Disney, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novelis are among the “low-carbon leaders,” whose global success makes a strong business case for decarbonization.                     

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of “The Power of Money” (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations “Decisions for Life” run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management. 

 

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Apple, Microsoft, Mars, Tesla, Disney, Novelis, Caterpillar, IPCC, Low-Carbon companies, decarbonization

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Costa Cruises Released Sustainability Report 2012-2013

Europe’s leading cruise company releases its Sustainability Report 2012 – 2013 highlighting sustainable key initiatives. Its Sustainable Cruise Project paves the way for the cruise industry in terms of improved waste management onboard.

SOURCE: Carnival Corporation & plc

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Genoa, January 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Costa Crociere, Europe’s leading cruise company, today released its Sustainability Report for the period from 2012 – 2013, detailing the company’s sustainability efforts. The Sustainability Report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 3.1 and a full copy can be downloaded from the Costa Websites.

The report is divided into three main sections, each describing the activities undertaken, the associated performance indicators and the objectives achieved in terms of economic results, environmental compliance and social accountability during two years period. The Report was drawn up in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and certified by PwC Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Costa implemented various measures to deliver on its commitment to protect the environment, develop and provide opportunities for its employees, strengthen its stakeholder relations and enhance the communities in which the company visits and operates. The efforts include, among others, the review of cruise routes and the introduction of energy-saving measures on board led to a substantial reduction in emissions, while numerous projects and initiatives have been designed to reduce environmental footprint both at cruise itineraries destinations and in the sea.

Detailed information and figures can be obtained in the Sustainability Report – highlights include:

  • Reducing fuel consumption by 6.5 % per passenger per day within just two years
  • Reduction of 9.9 % in SOx and 5.8 % in NOx
  • Reduction of CO2 by 6 % in two years
  • Reduction of Energy Consumption by 6.5 %
  • Reduction of water consumption by 4.7 % per person per day

Regarding employability:

  • Increase of 9% of total shore- side personnel in 2013 compared to the previous year
  • 14,286 people interviewed in the two years resulting in 10,284 new hires employed

Sustainability at Costa Crociere is about preserving the environment, respecting its employees and communities. Today’s report details Costa’s progress towards both its goal to reduce emissions, and its ongoing commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. Sustainability is a core part of how Costa conducts business.

The awareness of Costa’s importance in terms of the economic and social wellbeing of the local communities in which she operates worldwide only strengthens Company resolve to guarantee effective community stakeholder engagement and contribute to local development. Based on that over 2013 Costa implemented various procedures in order to set up the Costa Crociere Foundation: its projects can be found on the dedicated web site here

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For further information:
Costa Crociere S.p.A. – Communication & Sustainability Department
Hansjoerg Kunze – Vice President Communication – cell. +39 3387127870 – kunze@costa.it
Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell. +39 349 7668013 – baroni@costa.it
Cristiano de Musso – Head of Corporate Communication – cell +39 334 6805095 – demusso@costa.it

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, global reporting initiative, Economic Results, environmental compliance, social accountability, Commitment to Protect Environment, Opportunities for Employees, Energy-Saving Measures, Reduce Environmental Footprint, reduced fuel consumption, Reduced Energy Consumption, Carnival Corporation

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Avista Receives First Storage Units for Energy Storage Project

SOURCE: Avista Utilities

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Avista received its first set of Energy Storage units on Dec. 30 as a result of a $3.2 million grant from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce. The installation of the units is the first step in Avista’s research that will help address how to integrate power generated from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar into the electrical grid and better ways to improve power system reliability. 

The units were installed at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. in Pullman, Wash. providing a “real-world” setting to conduct several “use case” scenario tests. For example, even small outages can interrupt SEL manufacturing processes and interrupt production. Battery storage can help address these issues by switching to an alternate energy source, while maintaining the necessary voltage levels. These batteries will store power when it’s abundant, for example when the wind is blowing. The battery power can then be distributed when it’s needed, regardless of wind speed or weather patterns.

Pullman is the ideal location for the Energy Storage Project (ESP) because Avista can build upon the existing $80 million investment of combined Avista and federal matching funds to improve reliability, reduce losses and automate activities that have traditionally been performed manually. As a result of these investments to modernize the grid, customers are experiencing fewer and shorter power outages.

You can read more about the grant and project here.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, battery storage, Avista, Energy Storage Project, renewables, wind

 

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Can Houseplants Really Clean the World's Smoggiest City?

CEO uses greenery to filter the filthy New Delhi air that doctors said was killing him.

SOURCE: The Great Energy Challenge

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On the roof of an office building in India’s capital, the world’s smoggiest city, Kamal Meattle has a unique tactic for cleaning the air: a greenhouse with 400 common plants, including mother-in-law’s tongue.

Meattle, the CEO of Paharpur Business Centre, has 800 other plants spread throughout the building’s lower six floors, greening each room and hallway. Their job: remove soot and other chemicals from the often charcoal-colored outdoor air.

In India, where almost no one wears filter masks on the streets as many do in China, Meattle is seen as a radical. He says he’s even been dubbed the Mad Hatter of Nehru Place, a high-tech hub that’s home to his leafy building and an adjacent lot he converted from a slum into an oasis of 2,000 trees.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Green Business, National Geographic, India, new delhi, air pollution, The Great Energy Challenge

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Chevrolet Supports Spelman College’s Clean Energy Efficiency Initiatives

ATLANTA, October 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Spelman College has partnered with Chevrolet to build upon the College’s mission to achieve climate neutrality. As a result of the College’s sustainability initiatives, Spelman will sell the automaker carbon credits, which will net the institution up to $100,000. In recognition of the partnership, Spelman will host a presentation with Chevrolet on Oct. 22, Campus Sustainability Day.

Spelman is one of 12 colleges and universities to take part in Chevrolet’s campus energy efficiency campaign to reduce carbon emissions and the only women’s college, Georgia college and historically black college or university.

“Spelman has made significant progress in reducing our ecological footprint with the implementation of our Climate Action Plan and the integration of specific goals to achieve a ‘greener community’ into our Strategic Plan for 2017,” said Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. “We are excited about our partnership with Chevrolet as it is recognition of Spelman’s ongoing efforts to increase our stewardship of our natural resources.”

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LG Electronics USA Partners With EPA For ‘ENERGY STAR® Change The World’ National Tour

CG42292LOGO-dDENVER, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As momentum continues to build for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “ENERGY STAR Change the World Tour,” LG Electronics USA has partnered with The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) as the exclusive ENERGY STAR Technology provider for tomorrow’s tour stop here at the Mulroy Opportunity Center.

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This is part of LG’s role as official sponsor of the Change the World Tour, a month-long nationwide effort that brings together public and private organizations to make a positive difference in people’s lives through a range of community service projects focused on energy-efficiency improvements. The theme of the tour is the Power of Positive Energy.

“Through this tour, our ENERGY STAR program and partners are making a difference in local communities through energy efficiency service projects that will save money and energy, while cutting harmful pollution and combating climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA is working with private sector organizations and companies to improve the quality of life for families across the country through energy efficiency projects.”

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TransCanada Adds Two More Solar Power Facilities

transcanada-co-logoTORONTO, Oct. 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced it has acquired two additional Ontario solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. – the Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids projects. This deal follows the previously announced purchase of Brockville 1 as part of an agreement made in 2011 to acquire nine solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions.

The combined capacity of the nine projects is 86 megawatts (MW) at a total cost of approximately $470 million. All nine projects have 20-year power purchase agreements with the Ontario Power Authority.

“This agreement further demonstrates our commitment to increasing the supply and availability of clean, renewable energy,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “While our portfolio of solar, wind and other emission-less energy sources has expanded in recent years, we also recognize the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts North America will continue to rely on natural gas and other fossil fuels for decades to come.”

Girling adds that TransCanada’s business relationship with Canadian Solar allows the company to continue to expand its energy capacity in Ontario and will add to a diverse power generating portfolio where a third of the power we own, or have interests in, comes from emission-less or renewable energy sources.

To date, the company has invested over $5 billion in emission-less energy sources including the largest wind farm in New England and thirteen hydro power facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, as well as solar projects and Canada’s largest wind farm development in Quebec. TransCanada is a partner in Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator that currently produces 6,200 MW of emission-free electricity in Ontario. TransCanada also specializes in building highly efficient natural gas-fired power plants that are helping North America’s transition to a less carbon-intensive electricity supply mix.

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Southwest Airlines Announces Purchase Agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels

DALLAS, October 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ — Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC (RRB) to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States.  The airline’s agreement with RRB covers the purchase of approximately three million gallons per year.  The blended product will be used at Southwest’s Bay Area operations with first delivery expected in 2016.

“Our commitment to sustainability and efficient operations led us on a search for a viable biofuel that uses a sustainable feedstock with a high rate of success,” said Bill Tiffany, Vice President of Supply Chain at Southwest Airlines. “Red Rock Biofuel’s technology, economics, and approved use made entering into an agreement for purchase a win-win situation.”

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