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Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens Ranked

Ecolab, Campbell Soup and Microsoft are among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens, according to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s fifth annual ranking. CR Magazine announced the top performers in the following sectors: business services, consumer items, consumer staples, energy, financial, healthcare, information technology, materials, media and entertainment, and utilities. By industry, … Read more »

Power Sector Emissions Continue to Drop

The largest electric utilities in the US — including Entergy, Hoosier Energy and Xcel — have seen significant reductions in global warming pollution in recent years, according to an analysis of power plant air pollution emissions. The report — a collaborative effort between Ceres, Bank of America, four power producers … Read more »

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra and Edison International rank the highest for renewable energy sales, with renewable resources accounting for nearly 17 to 21 percent of their retail electricity sales in 2012, according to a report from Ceres and Clean Edge that ranks the US’ largest electric utilities and their … Read more »

AEP, Duke Top Power Plant Carbon Pollution List

AEP, Duke Top Power Plant Carbon Pollution List

American Electric Power emitted the most carbon from power plants in 2012 — some 141,226,882 tons of CO2 — followed by Duke Energy at 134,277,330 tons, according to a report on US power plant carbon pollution. Benchmarking Air Emissions says the top five — AEP, Duke, Southern Company, NRG and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RFS Repeal Bill, Bayer Penalty, Superfund, PCBs

A bipartisan group of eight senators, led by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) has introduced a bill to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard’s ethanol mandate. The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013 would remove the “top-line mandate” for renewable fuels, The Hill reports, but not requirements for non-corn-based advanced biofuels. Meanwhile Christopher … Read more »

Big Oil, Major Firms Plan for Carbon Price

Big Oil, Major Firms Plan for Carbon Price

Walmart, BP, ExxonMobil, General Electric and about two dozen other major US companies have already integrated a price on carbon emissions into their long-term business plans, according to a CDP report. In 2013, 28 companies based or operating in the US disclosed that they use an internal carbon price in … Read more »

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Vegetable Farm Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant in the Works

A Japanese fast-food chain plans to grow food about 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Reuters reports. Yoshinoya Holdings, which sells stewed beef over rice called gyudon, has formed a joint-venture with local farmers to grow onions, cabbage and rice for use in outlets across Japan, according to … Read more »

BNY Mellon, Cisco, Entergy Top CDP’s S&P 500 Rankings

BNY Mellon, Cisco, Entergy Top CDP’s S&P 500 Rankings

BNY Mellon, Cisco Systems and Entergy top the CDP’s annual carbon performance and disclosure ratings for the S&P 500, released today. All three companies received a disclosure score of 100 — calculated to reflect each company’s transparency on climate change — and A performance ratings, which rank companies according to … Read more »

Nuclear Plant Closures at All-Time High

Another nuclear plant will soon close, bringing the number making such announcements this year to five – an all-time high. Entergy announced it would close the 41-year-old Vermont Yankee plant next year, citing low natural gas prices, high operating costs as well as “artificially low” power prices, Bloomberg reports. But … Read more »

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

US power plants cut emissions from nitrous oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, according to data from the Energy Information Administration and the EPA. In 2011, power plant NOx and SO2 emissions were 70 percent and 72 percent lower, respectively, than … Read more »

Cisco, IBM, Intel Win Climate Leadership Awards

Intel, Cisco Systems and IBM are among the 23 Climate Leadership Award winners selected by the EPA, the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR). The second annual awards honor companies, organizations and individuals that reduce GHG emissions … Read more »

‘Greenest’ Super Bowl Offsets 3.8m Pounds CO2

As part of what it calls the “greenest” Super Bowl in the game’s history, the New Orleans Host Committee says it will donate carbon credits to offset some 3.8 million pounds of CO2 emissions, among other sustainability initiatives. The Host Committee estimates that energy usage at major Super Bowl venues — … Read more »