By Jhoanna Frances S. Valdez – This is an excerpt from EcoSeed.org.
Global wind giant Vestas received an array of wind turbine orders from all over the world adding up to a staggering 616 megawatts during the last month of 2011.
The orders include 51 MW in Poland; 62 MW for French renewable energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles in Italy and Germany; 54 MW in the United Kingdom; 50 MW in Pakistan; 24 MW for VSB Energies Nouvelles in France; 69 MW for the Jaadras project in Sweden; 254 MW in Brazil; and 52 MW in Spain.
The 17-unit Poland order contract comprises of the delivery, installation, and commissioning of the turbines as well as a 12-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery of the products is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2012 and the completion of the project is expected at year-end.
The EDF Energies Nouvelles order was placed as part of its binding share of wallet agreement with Vestas signed in June 2011, which posits that throughout 2012-2014, EDF Energies Nouvelles and its American subsidiary is required to buy Vestas wind turbines for a minimum of 50 percent for all its future onshore wind installations in Europe and for a minimum of 30 percent in the U.S. Continue reading →
The production of computers is energy and material intensive, it creates significant amounts of waste, and uses many toxic materials. Therefore it is critical to purchase, use and dispose of computers in the most sustainable manner possible.
Below are some tips to help you green your computer usage.
✔ Turn on your energy management features - All computers, regardless of the operating system, come with energy management features. Be sure these setting put your computer in ‘hibernate’ or ‘deep sleep’ mode after a certain period of inactivity.
✔ Turn off your screen saver - While helping save your screen, screen savers do not save electricity. Depending on the complexity of the screen saver, the screen saver may be using as much processing power as when you are using your computer to run programs. Opt to have your computer go into ‘hibernation’ or ‘deep sleep’ after a period of inactivity as opposed to using screen savers to protect your screen. Continue reading →
“CurrentState is a necessity for every company that is serious about going green”Ramon Ginah, CFO – Francesca Furzi
“I would highly recommend CurrentState for any company exploring sustainability”Tim Gilbert, Plant Manager – FasCast Inc
(Press Release) Tulsa, OK – January 13, 2012 – Caelus has released the CurrentState™ sustainability audit for business.
The world of sustainability can be a confusing place. It is easy to get lost in the sea of acronym-rich reporting initiatives, certifications, eco-labels and regulations. However, the most important thing for businesses is missing – a comprehensive tool that tells tells companies exactly what they need to do. This is why we developed CurrentState™.
The CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit is a ‘best practices gap analysis’ and a ‘business practices maturity analysis’ combined into one tool – nothing more, nothing less. Simple elegant, and in our opinion a game-changer.
Does this sound simple? That’s because it is. Why hasn’t this been done before? Because nobody has created a framework that clearly and comprehensively defined sustainability – until now.
CurrentState™ is based on our Three Tiers of Sustainability™ framework. Our framework clearly defines sustainability and in our opinion has been the ‘missing link’ in sustainability consulting. Our framework organizes sustainability into three primary activity groups: Green IT, Facilities and Business. These three groups are further divided into 25 (more specific) sub-groups. If an activity is related to sustainability in business, it will have a place in the framework.
By having a comprehensive framework, we are able to answer another very important question all businesses have – Are we doing everything that we can in order to go green?
In addition to being a revolutionary approach, CurrentState™ offers business other distinct advantages.
CurrentState™ is delivered directly to your desktop. No need for time-consuming, money-wasting meetings. Time is money, especially when your paying by the hour. CurrentState™ is not charged by the hour and delivers the same questions a consultant would, but at your convenience and with no chance of missing anything
This method of collecting information is efficient. What we do with the information once we receive it is also efficient. We have automated many of the non-analytical steps of the consulting process, so as soon as qualified sustainability consultant begins on your case, they will be able to begin analysis immediately. This allows us to deliver a Findings Report in a matter of days, not weeks or months.
Another advantage is that CurrentState is focussed. CurrentState™ does not count carbon or advise you on the ROI of specific projects. It is focused on determining exactly the activities your organization needs to conduct or consider. The result – your team will not be wasting valuable time hunting for data for activities that may not be needed.
Finally, your Findings Report will spell out in specific terms exactly what tasks need to be done (Quick Wins) and what things you need to consider (Recommendations) in order to improve your sustainability performance. Ratings and analysis for each sub-category is also generated. For most organizations, these tasks can be used as the basis of a sustainability implementation plan. Add some resourcing, budget and do a little ROI analysis and you will have a plan that leaves no leaf unturned and would make any CSO proud.
The Findings Report
The Findings Report is ‘boardroom ready’ and is delivered in both PowerPoint and pdf formats. Each report will contain over 100 specific quick wins (shorter-term, easily achievable tasks) and recommendations (longer-term activities). “In essence, if you add resource requirements and budget to the report, you will have a nearly complete Sustainability Program. This is exactly what our clients are doing and their reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The Findings Report can be used as:
a blueprint to develop a sustainability program;
a method to demonstrate to management, a board or the public an organization’s sustainability achievements;
a way to quickly identify gaps in your current sustainability efforts;
a way to document and track sustainability performance from period to period;
and a way to determine current compliance with major international standards and certifications.
(3BL Media / the CSRfeed) Warren, MI – November 17, 2011 – General Motors is introducing a solar charging canopy that moves with the sun. The Tracking Solar Tree® is located at GM Company Vehicle Operations.
“We are constantly looking for places where we can add a renewable focus,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “This solar tree is an ideal addition because not only does it provide a space to charge our electric vehicles, but it’s another step in our journey toward cleaner energy use.”
The Tracking Solar Tree, built in America by Envision Solar, features a hybrid multi-axis tracking design which enables the entire canopy to track the sun, increasing clean renewable energy production by about 25 percent. This structure will produce up to 30,000 kilowatt hours a year and provide enough solar energy to charge six electric vehicles per day. Continue reading →
Energy harvesting is the conversion of ambient energy to usable electrical energy for purposes of powering portable electrical devices that in many cases rely heavily on batteries. The applications for energy harvesting technologies are as diverse as the variety of products that use batteries today, ranging from consumer electronics and personal accessories to medical devices, automotive systems, and military equipment. According to a new report from Pike Research, unit shipments for energy harvesting enabled devices will experience strong growth over the next few years, increasing from 29.3 million units in 2010 (mostly kinetic wristwatches and wireless sensor networks) to 235.4 million units by 2015 (comprising a much greater diversity of consumer and industrial applications).
“The adoption of energy harvesting technologies is being driven by both convenience and economic factors,” says Pike Research president Clint Wheelock. “As the capabilities and cost of the technology improves, energy harvesting will be an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional batteries for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.” Continue reading →
Over the past few years, the automotive industry has increased its focus on the electric vehicle (EV) battery market by successfully introducing several new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as the process of moving away from petroleum-based fuels and toward battery power intensifies. These vehicles will rely almost exclusively on lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries, while hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) will slowly switch from nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) technology. According to a new report from Pike Research, the combined market for Li-ion batteries in HEVs, PHEVs, and BEVs will soar over the next several years, increasing from $2.0 billion worldwide in 2011 to more than $14.6 billion by 2017. The cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that capacity shipments of Li-ion batteries for the transportation market will increase from 2.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) to nearly 28.0 million kWh during the same period. Continue reading →
The Australian Senate passed a controversial plan Tuesday that imposes a carbon emissions tax on the nation’s biggest polluters.
Cheers erupted in the upper house of parliament as the package of 18 laws was approved by a vote of 36-32, nearly a month after the lower house passed the legislation.
Effective July 1, Australia’s 500 biggest polluters will begin paying about $24 for each ton of carbon emissions they produce. The carbon tax will remain in effect until 2015, when a market-based carbon trading scheme will take effect.
Australia is one of world’s largest per-capita producers of greenhouse gases, due to its heavy reliance on coal to generate electricity. The new laws are aimed at reducing the country’s carbon emissions to 95 percent of year 2000 levels by 2020. Continue reading →
Enterprise’s Broughton: “We are working diligently to create a more open, involved and assertive voice to show everyone that our industry is involved and engaged for the long term”
ST. LOUIS, MO, Nov 04, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Last week, Enterprise Holdings — which owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands — provided highlights of its 2011 fiscal year, including its first-ever Corporate Sustainability Report.
The report further documents Enterprise Holdings’ public commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability, which also is outlined on its www.DrivingFutures.com website. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew C. Taylor, whose family owns and operates Enterprise Holdings, noted that “conservative and disciplined financial management is the key to Enterprise’s approach to corporate sustainability, which fully integrates our efforts to be responsible stewards from an economic, social and environmental perspective.” Continue reading →