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EPA Finalizes GHG Reporting Rules for Four Emissions Sources

EPA Finalizes GHG Reporting Rules for Four Emissions Sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing rules that require underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment systems, industrial waste landfills and magnesium production facilities to report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under its national GHG reporting program. Methane is the primary GHG emitted from these four sources and is more … Read more »

ExxonMobil to Pay MA $2.9M for Air Pollution Violations

ExxonMobil and two affiliates have agreed to pay the state of Massachusetts a $2.9 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that the company violated the state’s air pollution laws at its bulk gasoline terminals in Everett and Springfield. These terminals store large quantities of gasoline and other fuels before being … Read more »

IBM CR Report: Energy Conservation Cuts Energy Costs by $26.8M

IBM CR Report: Energy Conservation Cuts Energy Costs by $26.8M

IBM’s energy conservation program saved the company $26.8 million and prevented more than 142,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report. IBM’s report provides an overview of four key areas: energy conservation and climate protection, process stewardship, product stewardship and supply chain … Read more »

MillerCoors Sustainability Report: Beats Waste Reduction Goal, Misses Water Use Target

MillerCoors Sustainability Report: Beats Waste Reduction Goal, Misses Water Use Target

MillerCoors has exceeded its 2015 goal for waste reduction by eliminating 20 percent of the amount of waste sent to landfill, according to the company’s 2010 Sustainable Development report. In total, the company reuses or recycles nearly 100 percent of all brewery waste, up from 98 percent in 2008, and … Read more »

Ronald McDonald House Adds Solar Power in San Diego

Ronald McDonald House Charities, which supports families with seriously ill children at local hospitals, has installed a 116-kW roof-mounted photovoltaic solar electric system at its facility in San Diego to create a sustainable environment and to offset power costs. This is the first Ronald McDonald House in California to use … Read more »

Top Power Producers Decrease SO2/NOx Emissions, Increase CO2 Emissions since 1990

Top Power Producers Decrease SO2/NOx Emissions, Increase CO2 Emissions since 1990

The 100 largest electric power producers in the U.S. have significantly decreased their overall sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions since 1990, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise, according to a new report released by Ceres. The report shows that power plant emissions of SO2 and … Read more »

Carbon, Energy Management Tools Automate Tracking, Reduce Costs

Carbon, Energy Management Tools Automate Tracking, Reduce Costs

Small to large businesses can take advantage of carbon and energy management tools to help them gather emissions, energy and other environmental data. These tools with easy-to-use interfaces are designed to help businesses improve their efficiency and productivity, while reducing costs. As an example, Village Green Global in a joint … Read more »

Survey Finds Consumers Still Buying ‘Green’ Products

U.S. consumers are buying the same or more environmentally responsible products, regardless of region, age, gender or state of the economy, according to a second annual survey commissioned by SCA and conducted by Harris Interactive. The survey finds that 67 percent of U.S. adults who consider themselves buyers of green … Read more »

AF&PA Sustainability Report: U.S. Paper Recovery Beats Target Rate

AF&PA Sustainability Report: U.S. Paper Recovery Beats Target Rate

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) reports that 63.4 percent of U.S. paper consumed was recovered in 2009, exceeding the group’s 60 percent recovery goal three years ahead of schedule, according to the association’s 2010 sustainability report. The report also reveals that both direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, … Read more »

GE Loses Legal Battle with EPA over Hudson River Clean-Up

GE has lost a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit its Superfund liabilities related to the clean-up of pollution in the Hudson River, reports Business Green. GE is currently liable for clean-up operations at 52 Superfund sites, according to the agency. GE contested a provision … Read more »

Global GHG Emissions Remained Stable in 2009

Global GHG Emissions Remained Stable in 2009

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrialized countries fell a record seven percent in 2009 primarily due to the recession, but the cut was cancelled out by increased carbon emissions from China and India, according to a report from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (NEAA), reports The Guardian. Finding that CO2 … Read more »

Major Retailers Sign Voluntary Sustainable Business Code

The European Retail Round Table (ERRT) and EuroCommerce have announced a voluntary sustainable business code for Europe’s retailers one year after the launch of the Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme (REAP). Under the new business code, retailers commit to sustainable actions in six areas: sourcing, resource efficiency, transport and distribution, waste … Read more »