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Climate Week 2016: Apple, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, GRI, RE100

Climate Week 2016 opened yesterday with business and government leaders convening in New York City for dozens of events that focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy. This year’s Climate Week includes a sharp focus on countries ratifying the Paris climate agreement — and what this means for global … Read more »

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Apple Buys Forests to Produce Sustainable Packaging

Apple is working with environmental nonprofit The Conservation Fund to buy more than 36,000 acres of forests in Maine and North Carolina, which the partners say will be harvested sustainably and used in Apple’s packaging. Other companies will also be able to buy fiber from these two forests. Apple’s environmental … Read more »

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Apple’s Jackson: Little Progress Reducing Suppliers’ Carbon Footprint

Apple’s environmental chief and former EPA head Lisa Jackson spoke at The Wall Street Journal’s Eco:nomics conference last week and said the company has had a tough road trying to reduce the 70 percent of its carbon footprint outside its direct control, such as manufacturers and suppliers in countries including … Read more »

Apples Bans Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

Apple says it will ban two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press reports. The move follows pressure from environmental and workers-rights groups that have called on Apple to stop using benzene, a carcinogen, and n-hexane, which has been linked to nerve damage, … Read more »

Apple Hires Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson

Apple has hired former US EPA chief Lisa Jackson to head up the tech company’s environmental efforts. CEO Tim Cook made the announcement yesterday in an interview with All Things D co-executive editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the D: All Things Digital conference. Jackson’s official title will be … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: House DOE Cuts, Ozone Fallout, China Air Standards

A day after Democrats and group of Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives scuttled a spending bill, the chamber won enough conservative votes and passed a measure with an added $100 million in cuts to an Energy Department loan guarantee program that has been assailed by Republicans, The … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Light Bulbs, Mercury, BPA, Tidal Power

Presidential candidate and member of congress Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has hit out at a federal law that requires light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient starting next year. “President Bachmann will allow you to buy any light bulb you want,” Bachmann said at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Calif. Cap-and-Trade, Nuclear Delays, Logging Ban

A state superior court judge ruled on Friday that California must halt plans for a cap-and-trade system until regulators can consider alternatives to emissions trading, the New York Times reports. Judge Ernest Goldsmith said the California Air Resources Board should “take no action” to start up cap-and-trade until it completes … Read more »

EPA Chief Defends GHG Rules on Capitol Hill

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday defended the agency’s greenhouse gas regulations before House Republicans. Lisa Jackson was a witness at a hearing held by the Energy and Commerce Committee, to review the economic impact of the EPA’s limits on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. She … Read more »

EPA Delays Pollution Permit Phase-in to 2011

The EPA will not require pollution permits until January of 2011 for power plants, industrial plants and other large stationary greenhouse gas sources. This confirmation from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson follows her statement before Congress March 3, when she said she intended to phase in requirements for large sources of … Read more »

U.S. Chamber Asks EPA to Reconsider Endangerment Finding

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed a petition asking the EPA to reconsider the legal underpinning of its Endangerment Finding, which would open the door to emissions regulations. At the same time, the EPA continues studying its own plan for a cap-and-trade plan. The Chamber of Commerce on March … Read more »