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Think Bio-Based Materials Are Costly, Perform Poorly? Think Again.

A Lux Research report says not only do bio-based materials and chemicals perform as well as their petro-based counterparts, they can actually perform better than incumbents and offer real business value to companies.

Toyota Constructs Zero-Emissions Building

Toyota has installed stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The new building is part of the automaker’s efforts to achieve its 2050 global environmental goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations. The pure hydrogen fuel cells, … Read more »

Why Sustainable Manufacturing Facilities Are Green Building’s Next Big Thing

Manufacturing facilities are increasing seeking LEED green building certification, according to a US Green Building Council report. LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report highlights the manufacturing sector’s efforts to design and implement LEED and prioritize environmental stewardship for industrial facilities. Currently, there are more than 1,755 LEED-certified industrial facilities worldwide, … Read more »

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Toyota, Dish Network Share Waste Management Strategies

Waste management, according to Toyota’s Ryan McMullan, is the “gateway drug” to employee engagement on environmental sustainability initiatives. At Environmental Leader’s conference, McMullan, who is Toyota Motor Sale’s environmental and safety manager, and Dish Network environmental safety manager Scott Chizanskos discussed commercial and industrial waste management strategies. Unlike supply chain … Read more »

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Toyota’s New HQ Targets LEED Platinum, Houses 7.7MW Solar System

When Toyota moves into its new $1 billion North American headquarters next year, the automaker will shrink its carbon footprint thanks to a 7.7-megawatt solar array. Upon completion, Toyota’s Plano solar photovoltaic system will provide a quarter of the power needed for the new campus and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons.

CDP auto emissions report

VW Isn’t the Only Car Maker Facing Billions in Emissions Fees

Volkswagen went to court last week over the emissions scandal. The US government is suing the automaker for cheating air pollution tests and VW faces fines that could total as much as $46 billion. But Volkswagen may not be the only automaker on the hook for emissions failings. A report … Read more »

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Mercedes Coupe, SUV Earn Best, Worst Environmental Vehicle Ranking

Mercedes-Benz manufactures the “greenest” and the “meanest” vehicles, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 19th annual environmental ratings for vehicles. This is the third year Mercedes’ Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, an all-electric, two-seater has won the top spot on the Greenest List. Also this year Mercedes’ … Read more »