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Nuclear Industry Calls Clean Power Plan Unfair

States and energy utilities say the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan – designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions – would penalize nuclear energy, a sector that produces no greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Examiner. The Clean Power Plan is intended to produce a 30 percent cut in power-sector emissions … Read more »

Website Aims to Lower Fuel Cost for Trucks

The Carbon War Room, together with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, has launched Truckingefficiency.org, a website that aims to cut fuel costs for tractor-trailers by as much as 50 percent. The website includes about 70 trucking efficiency technologies, including aerodynamics, tires and idle reduction. According to the Carbon … Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Green Dream Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vt., expects to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 12,900 metric tons over the next 10 years and save $30,000 annually as the result of a partnership with ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and NativeEnergy, a carbon offset and project development company. The … Read more »

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Aviation GHG Plan ‘Only Has 50/50 Chance of Success’

A European negotiator says there’s only a 50 percent chance that talks on a greenhouse gas reduction plan for the aviation industry will succeed. European Parliament member Peter Liese of Germany led a delegation to meet with US officials last week, Reuters reports. Negotiators are scrambling to reach an agreement … 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 »

Bank of America Sustainability Report: GHGs Down 9%

Bank of America Sustainability Report: GHGs Down 9%

Bank of America cut its gross scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 9 percent last year, from 1,692,415 metric tons CO2e in 2011 to 1,538,495 in 2012, according to its latest corporate social responsibility report. Taking renewable energy credits into account, scope 1 and 2 emissions fell 8.6 percent, … 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 »

Walmart Sustainability Report: GHG Intensity Down 5.4%

Walmart’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 5.4 percent relative to revenue in 2011, from 49.7 to 47.0 metric tons per dollar, according to the company’s sixth annual Global Responsibility Report. GHGs for 2011 – the latest year for which it reports such emissions – were also down 3.8 percent per retail … Read more »

Most of Fortune 100 Have Renewable or GHG Goals

Most of Fortune 100 Have Renewable or GHG Goals

A new report from Calvert Investments, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows that most of the world’s largest companies aren’t waiting on governments to embrace renewable energy and lower emissions. The report shows that a majority of Fortune 100 companies have set a renewable energy commitment, a greenhouse gas (GHG) … Read more »

Honda Reports Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG Emissions

Honda Reports Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG Emissions

Honda says it has become the world’s first “mobility company” to disclose estimates of all GHGs related to the firm, stating total Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions of 225.06 million tons CO2e for the fiscal year that ended March 31. Honda has been disclosing all Scope 1 and Scope … Read more »

University of Texas Taps Locus’ ePortal for Compliance

The University of Texas at El Paso has selected software company Locus Technologies’ ePortal platform to provide an integrated system for monitoring and managing its compliance needs at its main campus. The UTEP EH&S department is responsible for a variety of regulatory compliance issues at the campus, which is undergoing … Read more »

Walmart Sustainability Report: Supplier Scorecards to Launch in 100 Categories this Year

Walmart Sustainability Report: Supplier Scorecards to Launch in 100 Categories this Year

Walmart expects to develop supplier scorecards in up to 100 major product categories by the end of this year, in the latest stage of development for its Sustainability Index, according to the company’s 2012 Global Responsibility Report. The move follows efforts last year to integrate the index into Walmart’s business. … Read more »