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Tesla-SolarCity, Total-Saft Acquisitions: In the Race to Integrate Power Companies, Who Is Next?

Tesla-SolarCity, Total-Saft Acquisitions: In the Race to Integrate Power Companies, Who Is Next?

These are tough times for oil giants. They’re up against falling profits and facing threats from alternative fuels and battery technologies as global momentum shifts toward a low-carbon economy. To overcome these challenges, global oil “supermajors” should follow in the footsteps of Total — which bought energy storage company Saft … Read more »

Walgreens, Gap, Levi Join Oil Sands Fuel Boycott

Walgreens, Gap, Levi Join Oil Sands Fuel Boycott

A campaign to boycott Alberta-sourced gasoline has gained momentum after several U.S clothing manufacturers and a major U.S. drugstore chain announced they would avoid oil sands-related fuels. The Gap, Timberland and Levi Strauss, as well as Walgreens, have joined a growing list of corporations choosing to avoid using gasoline refined from … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement Roundup: Abatement Firm Convicted; Bayou Cleanup; Cement Rule Petition

Environmental Leader’s daily roundup of key environmental enforcement news: Asbestos Abatement Firm Convicted of Fraud and Conspiracy Yesterday a federal jury in Utica, New York found Certified Environmental Services, Inc. (CES), two of its managers, Nicole Copeland and Elisa Dunn and one of its employees, Sandy Allen, guilty of conspiring … Read more »

BP, Other Oil Companies Update Transparency Guidelines

Oil and gas companies including BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil have contributed to updated guidance on improving transparency in environmental reporting. Three oil and gas associations have published a second edition of their joint guidance, which they say will help the industry keep its stakeholders informed about company performance. The American … Read more »

Free Tool to Help Companies With Local Water Challenges

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) is developing a free tool to help companies understand their local water challenges. GEMI, whose members include Johnson & Johnson, ConocoPhillips, Dupont, FedEx and other major multinationals, is developing the GEMI Local Water Tool with fellow environmental business group the World Business Council for … Read more »

Google Trials Plug-Free Electric Vehicle Charging; Invests in “Carbon Negative” Biofuels

Google is trialing the Plugless Power electric vehicle charging station at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The search company will host the first public release of the charging station developed and manufactured by Evatran LLC. The station is based on inductive technology, and charges electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids without … Read more »

24 Companies Agree to Publish Fracking Chemicals

BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips and 21 other natural gas companies are participating in a national registry disclosing the chemical additives used in the hydraulic fracturing process. The website, www.FracFocus.org (pictured left), is being launched by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), with … Read more »

Environmental Software Briefing: PG&E, Hara, SQLstream

Pacific Gas & Electric has revealed that it is using Enviance’s environmental enterprise resource planning software. PG&E is already using the system but only publicly announced the partnership this week. The utility is using the platform to manage mandatory and voluntary greenhouse gas reporting requirements at the state and federal levels. The … Read more »

U.S. Drive Expands Industry Partnerships for Next-Gen Auto Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy has expanded U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle Efficiency and Energy Sustainability), an industry partnership to advance clean, energy efficient technologies for cars and light trucks, as well as to develop the infrastructure to support their widespread use. Two new members bring additional … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: EU Target Defeated, Yucca Mtn., Shell in Alaska

The European Parliament has today voted against raising the continent’s emissions reduction target, from the current goal of a 20 per cent cut against 1990 levels by 2020, to a 30 per cent cut by the same date. MEPs voted 347-258 against the proposal, with 62 abstentions, Business Green reports. A … Read more »

Halosource, SCFI Rank Well Among Water Treatment Start-Ups; GE Announces Product Launch, Investment

Halosource, SCFI Rank Well Among Water Treatment Start-Ups; GE Announces Product Launch, Investment

Lux Research has ranked the potential of up-and-coming companies offering chemical and chemical-alternative water treatments, in a new report. The report, Water Chemicals and Competitors: The Long, Long March of the ‘Chemical-Free’ Revolution, identifies the emerging companies and technologies most likely to survive and thrive in key treatment markets, including … Read more »