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Cutting Back on Water Use

It may be late for New Year’s resolutions, but as Corporate America looks ahead to 2012 annual results, many businesses have vowed to cut back on water consumption. They’re not just motivated by concern for the environment; nor is it a basic matter of lowering expenses; in many cases, it’s … Read more »

Henkel Sustainability Report: Energy Consumption, Carbon Emissions Drop 9% Year-On-Year

Henkel Sustainability Report: Energy Consumption, Carbon Emissions Drop 9% Year-On-Year

Henkel, the company behind Dial, Purex, Right Guard and other personal care brands, reduced its energy consumption by over nine percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report. In 2011, the German multinational used 2.2 million MWh of energy compared to 2.4 million in the previous … Read more »

Colgate Sustainability Report: Goals Met for GHGs, Water Use, Energy, COD

Colgate Sustainability Report: Goals Met for GHGs, Water Use, Energy, COD

Colgate-Palmolive beat goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and water use by five and 25 percent from 2002 to 2010, achieving reductions of 7.8 percent and 34.6 percent respectively, according to its 2011 sustainability report. In that time the company also beat a five percent energy reduction goal, cutting energy … Read more »

TD Bank Aims to Go ‘Paper Neutral’

TD Bank Group has announced a commitment to become “paper neutral” within its North American operations by the end of 2012. The bank says the paper neutrality goal is two-pronged: first, TD aims to cut its paper use by 20 percent by 2015. Second, it will introduce a forest conservation … Read more »

Put a Price on Industrial Water Use, Report Urges Government

A federal advisory body has recommended that the Canadian government put a price on water used by industry, the Toronto Star reports. In Charting a Course,  the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy argues that a price on water will reduce intake by industry, leading to better … Read more »

Anheuser-Busch, GE Form Alliance to Cut CO2, Water

Anheuser-Busch InBev and GE have formed a strategic alliance that they expect to cut 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year from AB InBev plants across China. The initiative will also develop solutions to improve energy efficiency and cut water consumption. The agreement formed part of $3 billion in new … Read more »

Data Revealed: Google Uses More Power than Salt Lake City

Data Revealed: Google Uses More Power than Salt Lake City

Google has broken its silence on energy consumption, announcing that it consumed 2,259,998 MWh in 2010. In a new section on the Google Green site, called “The Big Picture,” Google also said that it generated 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide last year. Average annual carbon footprint per user … Read more »

Patagonia to Help Customers Reuse Clothing, in an Ebay ‘First’

Patagonia is encouraging consumers to buy and sell its clothing through a new storefront on Ebay, paired with a customer pledge system. The outdoor apparel manufacturer yesterday launched its Common Threads Initiative, which the company describes as a partnership with customers to reduce consumption. The program asks customers to make … Read more »

Allstate Cuts Internal Paper Use 41% in Two Years

Allstate Cuts Internal Paper Use 41% in Two Years

Allstate has cut its paper consumption dramatically and has continued cutting its carbon emissions, but saw its energy use increase slightly last year, according to the company’s 2010 Social Responsibility Report. By the end of 2010 the insurance company achieved a 41 percent reduction in overall internal use of office … Read more »

Cisco, 1E to Integrate IT and Building Management

Cisco and 1E have signed a partnership agreement to integrate their energy consumption software, according to news reports. Business Green reported that 1E is producing a version of its NightWatchman application that integrates with Cisco’s EnergyWise platform, allowing users to track the energy use of their IT infrastructure as well … Read more »

Building Cap-and-Trade System ‘An Ingenious Approach’

The world’s first cap and trade system just for buildings could prove a model for other municipalities seeking to cut emissions, according to a forthcoming journal article. Tokyo’s emissions trading program, launched in April 2010, demonstrates that effective regulation of building emissions is possible, according to the article by Yuko … Read more »

DuPont Plant Saves 540 Billion Btu

A DuPont plant in Orange, Texas has been honored by the American Chemistry Council for energy-efficiency improvements that saved about 540 billion btu. The DuPont packaging and industrial polymers operations site cut consumption by enough to power 3,800 households, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30,000, the company said. The … Read more »