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Boeing and South African Airways’ New Biofuel Creates Triple Bottom Line

SOURCE: Cone Communications

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As companies search for sustainable solutions, sometimes the advantages extend far beyond just the environmental benefits. Boeing and South African Airways’ newest innovation provides a multi-layered solution – combining health, economic development and sustainability gains.

Boeing and South African Airways recently announced that they will soon be able to harvest the first crop of tobacco plants for biofuel use. In its search for a fuel that could be made from renewable sources, Boeing and South African Airways along with partners SkyNRG and Sunchem SA landed on Solaris, a nicotine-free tobacco plant with seeds that can be converted into bio-jet fuel. The new fuel will not only significantly reduce operating expenses and overall carbon footprint for the company (moving to biofuels could cut the airline industry’s overall carbon footprint by 80 percent), but will also provide a two-fold boost to the community. When it came to producing the tobacco plants, the airlines turned to local South African farmers, many of whom were already growing tobacco for cigarettes.

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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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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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