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Report: Catalyst Top Canadian Forest Industry CSR Performer

catalyst.jpgTransforming the forest industrty into an environmentally sustainable one remains a challenge, The Globe and Mail reports. Producing paper and wood products still generates significant air and water pollution, and companies such as Abitibi-Consolidated, Norbord, Tembec and West Fraser Timber have all paid significant fines for violating environmental regulations in recent years. The Globe article grades nine Canadian Forest industry companies on their corporate social responsibility performance…

Foss Maritime to Build Hybrid Tug

fosstugs.jpgFoss Maritime plans to build the world’s first true hybrid tug boat that will significantly reduce nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and carbon emissions. It will also consume less fuel and be quieter than its conventional predecessors.

Officials of the Seattle-based marine services company say the project must still gain final board approval…

Starbucks Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

starbuckscup.jpgStarbucks Coffee has released its 2006 Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report (PDF). The company is releasing two versions of it. The abridged version is available now on the company’s CSR page and focuses on “Starbucks most material issues identified through an extensive assessment of the important issues to stakeholders and to Starbucks.” A comprehensive version of the report will be available on March 21.

In fiscal 2007, Starbucks says it will…

EPA Cuts Diesel Locomotive and Vessel Pollution

locomotive.jpgEPA is proposing a new rule to reduce air pollution from locomotive and marine diesel engines.

The Clean Air Locomotive and Marine Diesel Rule would set stringent emission standards and require the use of advanced technology to reduce emissions. When fully implemented, the initiative would cut particulate matter emissions from these engines by 90 percent and nitrogen oxides emissions by 80 percent. Overall benefits are estimated by the EPA to outweigh costs by more than…

Mattel Joins World Environment Center

mattel.jpgMattel has joined the World Environment Center to address such issues as implementing sustainability practices throughout the company’s global supply chain.

“We believe our participation with the World Environment Center will further extend our ability to achieve sustained improvements in manufacturing and other key business processes by working with other global leaders,â€? said Jeff Denchfield, Mattel’s Senior Director of Global Sustainability. “The World Environment Center provides us with direct access to leading companies across a number of business sectors and the ability to enhance our partnerships and dialogue…

EPA Seeks Comment on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

ghginventory1.jpgThe EPA is seeking public comment on a draft report that analyzes sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The report, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2005, will be open for public comment for 30 days after the Federal Register notice is published.

Overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions during 2005…

Bayer, Citigroup, GE Among Companies That Back ‘De-Carbonization’ Plan

grcc.jpgA group of companies and organizations from around the world, including Allianz, Bayer, Citigroup, DuPont, General Electric, and Volvo have endorsed a post-Kyoto framework for affecting change at the levels of policy and industry, particularly in regard to creating sustainable energy systems necessary for achieving economic growth.

The Path to Climate Sustainability: A Joint Statement by the Global Roundtable on Climate Change (PDF Summary) (PDF Full Statement) calls on governments to set scientifically informed targets for…

GEMI Rolls Out Interactive Sustainable Development Tool

gemi.jpgThe Global Environmental Management Initiative has released an interactive version of its sustainable development tool, the GEMI SD Planner, as well as a new tool, the GEMI SD Planner Gateway.

GEMI says that user surveys showed a clear need to make the SD Planner easier to use. The organization says that the interactive web tool version of the GEMI SD Planner and the SD Gateway delivers that ease-of-use…

MeadWestvaco Gives $1 Million to Climate Change Policy Partnership

meadwestvaco.jpgGlobal packaging company MeadWestvaco has pledged $1 million to support an industry-university collaboration that is working to develop policies to address the problems of global climate change, Duke reports…

NAM Delivers Energy Strategy

nam.jpgThe National Association of Manufacturers has unveiled an energy strategy, “Energy Security for American Competitiveness,” that the organization says is designed to diversify the nation’s energy mix and lay a foundation for meeting the nation’s energy needs in the future…

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