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Why Sustainable Business Leaders Must ‘Think Exponentially’

As corporations increasingly embed sustainability into their long-term plans and decision-making processes, new business models are emerging that promise to deliver financial and non-financial (such as environmental and societal) values while working toward a net-zero emissions economy. A new paper by Volans, commissioned by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, … Read more »

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41 Oil & Gas Companies Agree to Cut Methane Emissions

Duke Energy, National Grid and TransCanada Pipelines are among the 41 energy companies that have agreed to voluntarily reduce their methane emissions as part of an EPA partnership program launched last week. The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program builds upon the Natural Gas STAR Program, a voluntary partnership between … Read more »

Largest Ever Controlled CO2 Release from Underwater Pipeline Planned

DNV GL is conducting the oil and gas industry’s largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its Spadeadam Testing and Research Center in Cumbria, United Kingdom. The installation of offshore CO2 pipelines linked to depleted subsea gas reservoirs is a possible solution to mitigate CO2 … Read more »

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Major Firms Call for Climate Agreement in Paris

Fourteen major companies based or with large-scale operations in the US have voiced strong support for a new global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In a statement organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the companies — Alcoa, Alstom, … Read more »

Net-Zero by 2050

Climate Week NYC 2015 Roundup: Microsoft, Siemens, Unilever, Royal DSM

As world leaders meet in New York this week to formally adopt the Global Goals for sustainable development, many businesses are announcing commitments to help build a low-carbon economy. Here are some highlights from Climate Week NYC 2015. Microsoft, Sony, Adidas and Marks & Spencer are among the companies backing … Read more »

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Waste-to-Energy Project to Reduce GHGs by 40K Tons Annually

The New York City metro area’s first large-scale waste-to-energy project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 40,000 tons annually, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently announced the launch of the anaerobic digester. The project is located at Long Island Compost’s 62-acre facility in Yaphank, New York. … Read more »

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Utilities Join Xeros Water, Energy Incentive Program

Xeros, which makes an ultra-low water laundry system, says utility companies Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Connecticut Natural Gas, Pacific Gas and Electricity Company, Questar Gas, Southwest Gas and Xcel Energy are offering incentives for customers to use the polymer bead cleaning system. Xeros says its polymer bead cleaning machines are … Read more »

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Hotel Cuts Nat Gas Use 98% with Low-Water Laundry System

A Massachusetts hotel has earned a $9,369 incentive from National Grid as part of a program to promote various energy-saving cleaning technologies after installing Xeros’ ultra-low water laundry system. The Choice Hotel property is the first hotel to receive this cleaning technology incentive from National Grid after installing the Xeros … Read more »

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT and Marks & Spencer have scored joint first place in Carbon Clear’s 2014 ranking of the carbon reporting performance of FTSE 100 companies. Rounding out the top 10 are: Unilever, Tui Travel, Sainsbury’s, National Grid, BskyB, Kingfisher, Coca-Cola HBC, Aviva and Mondi, with the last two companies both ranking … Read more »

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URS to Develop Natural Capital System for National Grid

National Grid awarded a contract to engineering and construction firm URS to develop a framework on natural capital and ecosystem services—a system that will place a value on the goods and services provided by nature. URS will advise National Grid on how its business operations might affect the natural world … Read more »

Business, UK Government Pledge to Cut Carbon in Infrastructure

London Heathrow Airport, construction group Skanska and energy company National Grid are among the businesses that have signed on to a joint industry and UK government initiative that aims to reduce carbon in infrastructure, which the government says could save as much as 24 million metric tons of carbon and … Read more »