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Houston Faces Opposition to One Bin Trash Plan

Houston’s One Bin for All trash plan, touted by the city as the next evolution in recycling, may be facing some opposition by a coalition of groups who do not agree with the program’s proposed environmental value. Houston’s One Bin for All plan would allow Houston residents to place all … Read more »

Natural Gas Exports Less Clean Than You May Think

Natural Gas Exports Less Clean Than You May Think

Natural gas is often trumpeted as a clean fuel that can cut global emissions by exporting it and subsequently crowding out coal use in Asia and Europe. But a report from the Department of Energy finds that doing so may be just as, if not more, carbon intensive as if … Read more »

Some Biofuels Create More Emissions

A new study claims that ethanol made from waste created by corn harvesting releases more greenhouse gases than gasoline over the short term. The Hill quotes a study published in Nature Climate Change that said that biofuel made from corn residue releases 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the first few years it … Read more »

GHG Emissions Fell 10% From 2005 to 2012

Greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to the latest national emissions inventory released by the EPA. Reuters reports that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due decreased energy consumption and the switch from coal to natural gas for power generation. The … Read more »

Study: CTO Diversion Provides No Benefits

Study: CTO Diversion Provides No Benefits

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Pine Chemistry Panel study found that diverting crude tall oil (CTO) into biofuel production in Europe will not have a significant effect in either reducing carbon emissions or fossil fuel consumption. The life cycle assessment (LCA), “Greenhouse Gas and Energy Life Cycle Assessment of Pine … Read more »

UNEP: Industry Must Cut GHGs at Least 1.5 Gt

Global industry will need to find emissions cuts of 1.5 to 4.6 gigatons of CO2e, as part of wider efforts to keep global temperature rises below 2°C, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme. The Emissions Gap Report 2013 warns that annual 2013-2020 “business as usual” emissions of … Read more »

FedEx Sustainability Report: Aircraft CO2 Intensity Drops 4%

FedEx Sustainability Report: Aircraft CO2 Intensity Drops 4%

FedEx reduced its aircraft CO2 emission intensity by 4 percent from FY 2011 to FY 2012, for a cumulative reduction of 18 percent compared to FY 2005, according to the company’s 2012 Global Citizenship Report. The company’s 650-plus aircraft generate the majority of its Scope 1 CO2 emissions. Last year, it … Read more »

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

The US could reduce petroleum use and cars’ greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels by using more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and implementing strong government policies, according to a study by the National Research Council. To reach the 2050 goals, vehicles must become dramatically more efficient … Read more »

Walmart Beats Emissions Goal a Year Early

Walmart has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from a 2005 baseline, meeting its target one year ahead of schedule. The metric applies to all facilities built before the baseline. The announcement represents something of a turnaround for the company. At Walmart’s 2009 Sustainability Milestones Meeting, CEO Mike Duke announced that … Read more »

ICLEI Releases National Standard for Measuring a Community’s Emissions

The first-ever national standard for how to measure the greenhouse gas emissions of cities, counties and other municipalities, has been released by the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA. The US Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions was designed to simplify and standardize the technical guidance necessary … Read more »

Renewable Energy Is No Longer a Pipe Dream

In October 2011, the global population reached seven billion. It is on its way to more than nine billion, and it took only a dozen years to add the last billion. While the population explodes and economies grow, a significant number of people are becoming increasingly affluent. With money to … Read more »

Fujitsu Aims to Cut 15m Tons of Customer GHGs; Verdantix’s 5 Steps to Metric Enhancement

Fujitsu Aims to Cut 15m Tons of Customer GHGs; Verdantix’s 5 Steps to Metric Enhancement

Fujitsu has retooled its environmental metrics to take account not only of its own emissions, but those of its customers, according to Alison Rowe, global executive director of sustainability Rowe was speaking to participants in Environmental Leader’s latest webinar, The Business Processes of Sustainability. (Click the link to listen to … Read more »