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SRF Plant Turns Waste Shoes into Fuel

A solid recovered fuel (SRF) manufacturing plant in Vietnam will process solid footwear production waste from the county’s main shoe factory to create a fossil fuel substitute to power cement and aggregates company Holcim’s local cement kiln calciner. Following a global search for the best-fit technology for this complex facility, … Read more »

Corporate Sustainability Initiatives ‘Lack Critical Data, Analytics’

Corporate Sustainability Initiatives ‘Lack Critical Data, Analytics’

More large companies are tracking, reporting, and striving to meet corporate sustainability goals. However, once the low-hanging fruit is picked, further improvements demand sophisticated tools, like emerging big data and geospatial analytics, to help companies make more informed decisions about sustainability goals, according to Lux Research. Ryan Dolen, Lux Research … Read more »

Unilever Tops Tomorrow’s Value Rating 2014

Unilever is the top sustainability leader in the Tomorrow’s Value Rating 2014, published by DNV GL, for the second consecutive year. Holcim, Intel and Nestle follow tied for second position, with Diageo ranking third. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World 2014 published last week also ranked Unilever the most sustainable … Read more »

Waste Fires Cement Kilns, Cuts Costs

Toxic toys, contraband cigarettes and old sunglasses are among the waste products being burnt to manufacture cement by Holcim, Bloomberg reports. Holcim — the world’s largest cement manufacturer — is increasing its use of waste in place of coal to heat cement kilns as a means of cutting costs. Holcim … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Spill Loopholes, McCarthy Vote

Gina McCarthy’s nomination for EPA administrator could face a Senate vote on Tuesday, after majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) yesterday filed for cloture, the Hill reports. But procedural battles continue, with Reid threatening to use the “nuclear option,” by changing Senate rules to bar a filibuster. A loophole and declining revenues have cut … Read more »

Beyond Energy Companies: Who are the Big Emitters?

Not surprisingly, the Greenhouse 100 index of the nation’s top greenhouse gas emitters – released yesterday by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst – is dominated by utilities and oil and gas companies. So who are the outliers? The highest-emitting company not hailing from the … Read more »