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Consumer Products Industry Ahead Of Retailers On Sustainability

gma.jpgEighty-five percent of U.S. consumer business companies have active sustainability initiatives; most common are recycling and energy conservation programs, according to a study, Sustainability: Balancing Opportunity and Risk in the Consumer Products Industry, conducted by Deloitte Consulting for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

While

Marks & Spencer Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

ms2007.jpgMarks & Spencer has released its 2007 corporate responsibility report (PDF).

The company estimates that its UK and Republic of Ireland stores, offices, warehouses, transport fleets and business travel contributed around 400,000 tons of CO2 in 2005/06. If you add all the emissions caused by producing and selling, and add to that the impact of customers using and disposing…

Nau Buys Carbon Offsets, RECs

nau5.jpgClothing company Nau is purchasing carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates to reduce its carbon footprint in several parts of its business.

The carbon offsets, from The Climate Trust, will be applied to CO2 emissions associated with shipping products from factories to distribution centers, and from the distribution centers to Nau’s retail “Webfrontâ€? stores and to customers’ homes. Instead of encouraging in-store shopping, Nau…

Best Buy Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

bestbuy.jpgBest Buy has released its 2007 corporate responsibility report (PDF) and unveiled a new corporate responsibility Web site.

In total, through Best Buy’s combined programs, U.S. consumers recycled more than 30,000 tons of e-waste (appliances and consumer electronics) in fiscal 2007.

According to the report…

Is It Time To Consider “Embodied” Emissions?

it.jpgUsing the Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment model developed at Carnegie Mellon, a VentureBeat article estimates the total amount of carbon that was emitted outside the U.S. (ie ‘out of sight’) to make all the IT, telecom and consumer electronics imported into the U.S.

The U.S. imported $84 billion of computers and related equipment in 2006, and an estimated 66 MMTCO2 (million metric tons of carbon dioxide) at least were emitted outside the U.S. to produce these products. These emissions are said to be “embodied” in those imported products. If

Study: ‘Food Miles’ Benefit Of Organic Food Overrated

organicfood.jpgA new study from the University of Alberta finds that organic food may not be any better for the planet, Supermarket News reports (via MediaPost).

Based on the concept of food miles, the annual environmental cost for a city the size of Edmonton, Canada, for transporting organic produce ranged from $156,000 to $175,000 (Canadian) and discharged up to 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Conventional produce…

PCA Gets SFI Certification

pca.jpgPackaging Corporation of America has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification for its primary mills and its network of corrugated combining plants.

“The Sustainable Forestry Initiative and these certifications are important elements in providing environmentally responsible packaging to our customers,â€? commented Paul Stecko, Chairman and CEO, Packaging Corporation of America…

Dell To Favor Suppliers That Report GHG Emissions

dell5.jpgDell says it has set its sights on becoming the “greenest technology company on Earth.” The company says that this zero-carbon initiative will include IT lifecycle assessments, management of Dell’s direct and indirect climate impacts, reduction of the company’s carbon intensity and partnership with customers.

Dell has requested that its primary suppliers…

Coca-Cola To ‘Replace’ Water It Uses

coke.jpgThe Coca-Cola Company is giving the World Wildlife Fund $20 million to conserve and protect freshwater resources. In doing so, the company says its global beverage operations, including those of its franchise bottlers will “replace” the water it uses in its beverages and their production. But there is a problem with exactly how Coca-Cola will measure if it is really “putting back” the water it takes out since, as the company states, “the concept of balancing water use is not well defined…”

New Carbon Reporting Tools Hit Market

carbonview5.jpgA wave of new carbon reporting tools have hit the market recently, BusinessGreen blog reports.

IBM unveiled an extension to its Zodiac service providing customers with a new toolset for measuring the carbon emissions associated with their data centers – the new functionality forms part of IBM’s recently announced Big Green initiative…

Top 10 Greenest Companies In The World

vestas.jpgThe Independent, along with Ethical Investment Research Services, has put together a guide to the greenest companies in the world.

1. Vestas Wind Systems has more than…

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