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Most Read Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

At the dawn of a new year, we’ve been looking at different aspects of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention in 2012. Today we look at the most popular sustainable business stories that didn’t fall into the previous categories of energy management, … Read more »

Calif. to Auction Fewer Carbon Allowances

California’s next carbon auction, on February 19, will offer 12,924,822 current vintage allowances – a little over half as many as were offered in the last auction in November – with a reserve price set 71 cents higher, at $10.71 per metric ton. The price increase is in line with … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Turns Christmas Cards into FSC Cash

UK supermarket Sainsbury’s has opened Christmas card recycling stations at 500 stores, and is making donations to the Forest Stewardship Council for each card collected. Customers can bring their cards into the stores until January 15. They can also bring a variety of other waste left over from their holiday … Read more »

NY State Buildings Must Increase Energy Efficiency 20%

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years. Cuomo also launched Build Smart NY, which will use state building energy data to prioritize projects that will deliver the greatest energy savings per dollar. Read more at … Read more »

Toyota Leads Clean Energy Patent Growth Index

Toyota Leads Clean Energy Patent Growth Index

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted a record 798 clean energy patents in the third quarter of 2012, which saw Toyota receive the highest number of clean energy patents for the third consecutive quarter. The total clean energy patents granted in Q3 was up 199 over the third quarter … Read more »

Apple Patents Wind Energy Storage

Apple plans to develop a wind turbine that generates electricity from stored wind energy. The tech giant has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that proposes electricity generation from converting heat energy rather than rotational energy created by the rotation of the turbine’s blades. Read more … Read more »

Under Fire, EPA Withdraws Cadmium Rule

The EPA has withdrawn a controversial rule governing the reporting of cadmium and cadmium compounds, admitting the regulation had caused serious confusion and uncertainty. In an email dated December 14, the agency withdrew the rule it issued under section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, saying, “There is significant … Read more »

ChargePoint, DBT Offer Joint EV Stations

ChargePoint and DBT – the leading companies in the EV supply equipment market, according to a recent report – have announced a joint offering. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, DBT USA announced that its new North American portfolio of level II charging stations (pictured) will have the … Read more »

Google is Greenwashing, Paper Industry Claims

A paper industry-led campaign has accused Google of greenwashing and federal trade violations, and urged it to reconsider a campaign urging businesses to “go paperless.” Two Sides sent an open letter to Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt warning that by promoting its Go Paperless in 2013 campaign, Google is trying … Read more »

Utilities Can Save Big with Next-Gen Energy Efficiency Programs, ACEEE Says

Utilities Can Save Big with Next-Gen Energy Efficiency Programs, ACEEE Says

Next-generation energy-efficiency technologies and programs can help utilities save 27 percent of forecasted electricity use and 19 percent of forecasted natural gas use by 2030, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). “Frontiers of Energy Efficiency: Next Generation Programs Reach for High Energy Savings” … Read more »

Oracle Makes Dismal Debut in Greenpeace IT Rankings

Oracle Makes Dismal Debut in Greenpeace IT Rankings

Oracle has debuted in last place on Greenpeace’s semi-annual rankings of IT companies’ efforts to fight climate change. The hardware and software company scored just 12 points out of 100 on the Cool IT leaderboard, while fellow new entrant Wipro managed a 38. This edition of the rankings, dubbed “Version … Read more »

AT&T, Cisco Appointed to Green Shell’s IT

Shell has selected AT&T and Cisco to assess the energy efficiency of the oil and gas giant’s IT infrastructure. The telecoms and networking companies will calculate the CO2 output of Shell’s IT operations and map energy use patterns. AT&T said the program will examine aspects of Shell’s IT ranging from … Read more »