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UPS Announces New Sustainability Goals For 2020

According to a report released by UPS, the company has already met its goal of reducing its air and ground fleet’s carbon intensity by 10 percent, prompting the company to set a new goal of 20 percent reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020. The increases are calculated against … Read more »

US Coal Exports Aiding Global GHG Emissions

As the US shifts its emphasis to natural gas power plants and exports its coal to other parts of the world, it may be simply moving the potential for greenhouse gas emissions to another country, according to the Associated Press. The multi-billion dollar fossil fuel trade has thrived under the Obama administration. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Ruling, Exxon Fined $105m, Natgas Blowout

The US Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas, Wyoming and several industry groups, who objected to the EPA forcing states to set greenhouse gas limits on industrial facilities. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the parties did not have standing to sue because they could … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GOP’s EPA Budget, Wind Leases, Shippers to Pay $10 Million

Republicans in the House have proposed prohibiting the Obama administration from spending on greenhouse gas rules for power plants, Business Week reports. The GOP congressmen also proposed cutting the EPA budget by a third, or $2.8 billion, and banning the EPA from instituting new curbs on sulfur in gasoline and … 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 »

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 »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama-Utility Meeting, Efficiency Bill, EPA in Court

President Obama will meet with electric utility CEOs and power industry trade associations today to discuss lessons learned and actions taken since Hurricane Sandy, with an eye on the upcoming hurricane season, the Hill reports. The EPA yesterday defended its climate change regulations in two cases at the US Court of Appeals, GreenWire reports. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Arkansas GHG Plan, Science Advisory, Keystone Vote

The EPA has approved Arkansas’ program for permitting new and modified facilities that emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases – making the state the first in the region to replace a federal implementation plan with its own state program. This means businesses need to seek air permits from one regulatory agency … Read more »

EPA Proposes Carbon Regulations for New Power Plants

The EPA has released its first proposed Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. Under the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants, new fossil-fuel-fired power plants must emit no more than 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. The proposed rule does not apply to existing … Read more »

Global Reporting Initiative’s Own Sustainability Report: Emissions Rise

Global Reporting Initiative’s Own Sustainability Report: Emissions Rise

Direct and indirect carbon emissions from office operations at the Global Reporting Initiative increased from about 78 to 80 metric tons of CO2 between fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11, according to the body’s sustainability report. Similarly, the secretariat of the worldwide sustainability reporting standards body saw indirect energy used for … Read more »

Daimler Trucks Compliant with 2014 GHG Regulations

The EPA has certified Daimler Trucks North America’s complete 2013 portfolio of on-highway, vocational and medium duty vehicles as fully compliant with 2014 greenhouse gas regulations. DTNA’s GHG14 certification came a year ahead of the mandated compliance date for the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s first-ever program … Read more »