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Smithfield Foods Invests in Sustainable Agronomics: Q&A with Bill Gill

Smithfield Foods Invests in Sustainable Agronomics: Q&A with Bill Gill

Bill Gill, assistant vice president for sustainability at Smithfield Foods, shares how two major agronomics efforts could help the world’s largest pork producer cut GHG emissions — and costs.

Ceres Report: Large US Companies Slow To Act on Sustainability

Ceres Report: Large US Companies Slow To Act on Sustainability

A Ceres report published today analyzed how 600 of the largest US companies are faring as they try to meet key sustainability leadership expectations. The answer: not as well as the sustainability nonprofit organization had hoped. “Turning Point: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability” found that many of … Read more »

T. Rowe Price’s CSR Report Shows Emissions and Waste Reductions

T. Rowe Price’s CSR Report Shows Emissions and Waste Reductions

T. Rowe Price has published its 2016 – 2017 corporate social responsibility report. The Baltimore-based global investment management organization demonstrated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions per associate over a six-year period. Between 2010 and 2016, the firm’s total GHG emissions went down 4% and were reduced by 31% per associate, … Read more »

Economists: Taxing Meat Products Unlikely To Lower Global GHG

Economists: Taxing Meat Products Unlikely To Lower Global GHG

New taxes on meat products promise to have positive effects on the environment and public health, but they are unlikely to actually lower global greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector, two University of Guelph economists wrote in The Conversation. Michael von Massow, an associate professor of food economics and … Read more »

GOL Completes First International Flight with Alternative Biofuel

Brazilian airline GOL completed its first international commercial flight this week using farnesane, a recently approved renewable jet fuel that is made from sugarcane and produced by industrial bioscience company Amyris. The flight departed from Orlando, Florida on July 30, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. ET and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil. … Read more »

Biodiesel Market to Grow 8.1 Percent

The global biodiesel market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.1 percent between 2013 and 2018, according to a report by Research and Markets. According to the report, one prominent driver in the market is the advantage of using biodiesel over diesel, noting that the market is … Read more »

Inspector General: EPA Met or Exceeded Most Internal Climate Change Goals

The EPA adhered to most climate change requirements for federal agencies and in some cases exceeded its goals and requirements related to water use, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy, according to the Office of the Inspector General. The EPA was one of only three agencies out of 25 reporting … Read more »

Bacardi Employees Embrace Company-Wide Sustainability Initiative

Bacardi’s “Good Spirited” green initiative, launched earlier this year with the goal of eliminating landfill waste at all of its production sites globally by 2022, is off to a good start according to company reports. According to Jennifer Eckberg of Bacardi, employees have been quick to embrace the sustainability concept, and … Read more »

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

In the past year, five companies – Dell, HP, Lenovo, Best Buy and Wal-Mart – have come together to ask their LCD panel suppliers to reduce the amount of potent fluorinated greenhouse gases used during their manufacturing process, according to the EPA. Specifically, the companies asked that suppliers 1) develop … Read more »

ACEEE to EPA: Add Building Codes to Clean Power Plan

Building codes should be a part of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and omitting them means missing an opportunity for substantial energy savings, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fired electric-generating … Read more »

Plastic Waste Causes $13 Billion in Marine Life Damage

  Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual financial damage to marine ecosystems, though the actual cost of plastic waste to the overall environment may be much higher, according to two reports released at a meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly. One report, the UN Environment Programme Year Book, … Read more »

Greenhouse Gas Emissions May Peak This Decade

China’s plan to cut coal use could mean global greenhouse-gas emissions may peak before 2020, Bloomberg reports, quoting a Greenpeace study. Twelve of 34 Chinese provinces have set targets that would lower coal consumption by 655 million metric tons by the end of the decade, which would reduce CO2 emissions … Read more »

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