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Trash Trucks Make the Switch to Clean-Burning CNG Fuel

Waste management operators in Florida, New Jersey, Idaho and California have opened compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel stations to support the deployment of their CNG trash collection truck fleets. CNG trash trucks cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 23 percent compared to diesel-powered models, according to natural gas provider Clean … Read more »

Sobeys Aims to Reduce GHG Emissions 15% by 2013

Sobeys Inc., a national grocery retailer and food distributor in Canada, plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 15 percent and total waste production 30 percent by 2013, according to the company’s first annual sustainability report (PDF). As part of the retailer’s plan to reduce waste production, Sobeys targets a … Read more »

Australia Considers E-Waste Law

The Australian government is supporting a recycling scheme initiated by the television and computer industries to increase electronic waste or e-waste recycling, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC). But recycling experts say it will be difficult for industry and government to decide on how to run it, according to the … Read more »

Whirlpool Cuts Water Use by Nearly 22% from 2004 to 2008

Whirlpool Corp. is on track to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6.6 percent by 2012, according to the company’s first global sustainability report. The company also cut water use by 21.5 percent and overall waste generated per unit decreased by nearly 4 percent from 2004 to 2008. The … Read more »

E-Waste Rising, Electronics Makers Boost Recycling

Transboundary movement of hazardous waste shows a disastrous accumulation of e-waste, roughly about 6 billion tons, according to an upcoming report from the Basel Convention, reports RedOrbit. Part of the accumulation is attributed to increasing demand for electronic gaming, high definition TVs and smart cars, according to the article. But … Read more »

Heinz On Track to Reduce GHG Emissions, Waste, Energy Use and Water Consumption 20% by 2015

H. J. Heinz Company has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, solid waste, energy use and water consumption over the past year, keeping the company on track to meet its 20 percent reduction target across the board by 2015, according the firm’s 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Here are … Read more »

Best-in-Class Manufacturers Cut Energy Use by 24%, Study Shows

Best-in-Class Manufacturers Cut Energy Use by 24%, Study Shows

Best-in-class manufacturers typically reduce their energy consumption by 24 percent compared to laggard companies that increase their energy use by 6 percent, according to new benchmarking research from Aberdeen Group. Other findings reveal that best-in-class companies also reduce their emissions by 30 percent, outperform goals for operating margin by 19 … Read more »

Delta Dental Racks Up Savings with Varied Environmental Efforts

As part of its “green program initiative,” Delta Dental has stopped using disposable paper cups at its headquarters office, saving the company $30,000 annually. The company also has retrofitted light fixtures at its Mechanicsburg, Pa., location, which has yielded about $29,000 in energy savings. Affiliated companies saved $167,000 as a … Read more »

Healthcare Sector Accounts for 8% of U.S. Carbon Footprint

The U.S. healthcare sector accounts for nearly a tenth of the country’s carbon-dioxide emissions, according to University of Chicago researchers. The research takes into account activities such as hospital care, scientific research and the production and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs. The study shows that the healthcare sector produces 8 percent … Read more »

YKK Group’s Recycling Rate Hits Nearly 98%

The YKK Group, based in Japan, is targeting zero emissions at all its global production sites by recycling, according to its Social and Environmental Report 2009. The group’s recycling rate increased to 97.9 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2008, up from 97.6 percent in FY 2007. In fiscal 2005, the … Read more »

Yokohama Rubber Cuts GHG Emissions 13.4% in 2008

Yokohama Rubber Group’s greenhouse gas emissions at operations in Japan were 13.4 percent lower in fiscal year (FY) 2008 than in the base year (1990), marking the third year in a row that the company has exceeded the target reduction in emissions set for Japan under the Kyoto Protocol, according … Read more »

Xerox Cuts GHG Emissions by 20% from 2002

Xerox Corp. reports greenhouse gas emissions fell 20 percent from 2002 to 2008, and says it will deliver a 25 percent reduction in total GHG emissions by 2012 from a 2002 baseline, according to the company’s 2009 Report on Global Citizenship (PDF). Xerox’s environmental sustainability goals (PDF) center on climate … Read more »