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GM Sustainability Report: Renewable Capacity Down, But So is Carbon

GM Sustainability Report: Renewable Capacity Down, But So is Carbon

GM drew on 62.3 MW of renewable power last year, down from 73 MW in 2011 – but at the same time, the company’s scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity fell 2 percent, from 0.9 to 0.88 metric tons of CO2e per vehicle, according to its 2012 sustainability report. GM’s … Read more »

GE Sustainability Report: Water Use Down 18%

GE Sustainability Report: Water Use Down 18%

General Electric’s total water use fell 18.3 percent from 9.1 billion gallons in 2011 to 7.43 billion in 2012, according to an EL PRO analysis of the company’s 2012 and 2011 sustainable growth reports. From 2006 to 2012 water use fell 46 percent, far exceeding the company’s target of a … Read more »

Intel Sustainability Report: GHGs Per Chip Up 48%

Intel Sustainability Report: GHGs Per Chip Up 48%

Intel’s per-chip GHG emissions rose 48 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to its latest corporate responsibility report. The measure, which Intel terms its Normalized Production Index, is indexed to a year 2000 baseline. The company assumes a typical chip size of 1 sq m. The CO2 NPI rose from … Read more »

Adidas Sustainability Report: Misses Goal to Verify Supplier Data

Adidas missed its goal to verify supplier data last year, according to the company’s 2012 Sustainability Progress Report. The verification is a necessary step towards Adidas’s targeted 10-15 percent cut in relative energy consumption at core suppliers by 2015. The sportswear maker says it could not fully verify the data in … Read more »

AB InBev Sustainability Report: Waste Down 55% in a Year

AB InBev Sustainability Report: Waste Down 55% in a Year

Anheuser-Busch InBev cut the amount of waste it sent to landfills by 54.8 percent year-on-year, from 104,946 metric tons in 2011 to 47,341 in 2012, according to its 2012 Global Citizenship Report. The brewer says it managed this achievement even though its overall materials use increased slightly. In the same period, … Read more »

Energy, Deforestation Among ‘Top 2013 Stories to Watch’

Energy, Deforestation Among ‘Top 2013 Stories to Watch’

Energy demand and supply, deforestation and President Obama’s political leadership on climate change are among the top environmental and sustainability stories to watch in 2013, according to the World Resources Institute. CO2 emissions are on the rise globally, from 6 billion tons in 1950 to 35 billion tons in 2012 … Read more »

On-Site Energy Generation ‘Not Cost-Effective’

A new report questions whether small-scale renewable energy generators for office buildings make economic sense. The report about on-site renewables was prepared by Sturgis Carbon Profiling for the British Council for Offices (BCO). The research assessed 77 central London commercial office developments, and claims that reducing carbon emissions through on-site … Read more »

Burning Down the House: The Shocking Economics of Energy

Imagine if Mitt Romney’s sons burned through their entire family fortune in less time than it takes to watch Titanic in 3D. That would be crazy, right? But that’s exactly what we’re doing when it comes to energy: we’re burning our inheritance instead of collecting our income. We don’t normally … Read more »

Apple Facilities Report: ‘Biggest On-Site Fuel Cell’ Planned for N.C. Data Center

Apple Facilities Report: ‘Biggest On-Site Fuel Cell’ Planned for N.C. Data Center

Apple is building the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the country, the company has announced in its 2012 facilities report. The 5 MW system at Apple’s Maiden, N.C. data center will be powered entirely by biogas and will generate over 40 million kWh a year. As previously reported, Apple … Read more »

Ikea Sustainability Report: Over Half of Energy Now From Renewables

Ikea Sustainability Report: Over Half of Energy Now From Renewables

Renewable energy now provides 51 percent of Ikea’s energy, up from 47 percent in FY10, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report. In FY11 (September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011), the company’s 60 wind turbines and 40 solar arrays generated about 152 GWH of electricity. Ikea’s renewable installations now … Read more »

Anheuser-Busch Signs MOU for Bio-Refinery Pilot

Anheuser-Busch and Blue Marble Biomaterials have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a bio-refinery pilot at one of the brewer’s North American facilities. The project will use Blue Marble technology to convert spent grains and biogas from the brewing process into chemicals that can be used in other applications, … Read more »