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Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the US increased from 5,267 million metric tons in 2012 to 5,396 million metric tons in 2013, or 2.5 percent, according to a report released yesterday by the US Energy Information Administration. The 2013 increase was largely the result of colder weather leading to an … Read more »

GM Sustainability Report: Renewable Capacity Down, But So is Carbon

GM Sustainability Report: Renewable Capacity Down, But So is Carbon

GM drew on 62.3 MW of renewable power last year, down from 73 MW in 2011 – but at the same time, the company’s scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity fell 2 percent, from 0.9 to 0.88 metric tons of CO2e per vehicle, according to its 2012 sustainability report. GM’s … Read more »

Another Blow for Renewable Standards

Renewable portfolio standards – perhaps the most effective driver of clean energy development in the US – could face a stiff new challenge from an unexpected source. An appeals court decision this month upheld a FERC plan for ratepayers in highly populated areas to help pay for the transmission that … Read more »

Truvia Smashes 2020 Water Goal

Truvia Smashes 2020 Water Goal

Calorie-free sweetener brand Truvia has surpassed its 2020 goal of a 25 percent reduction in its water intensity in just 18 months, according to an update on its sustainability performance. From June 2011 to December 2012 the brand cut its water use by 45 percent. The company says that its … Read more »

Novo Nordisk Sustainability Report: CO2 From Energy Jumps 30%

Novo Nordisk Sustainability Report: CO2 From Energy Jumps 30%

Novo Nordisk’s carbon emissions from energy consumption increased 30 percent year-on-year, according to the company’s latest combined annual and sustainability report. In 2012, the healthcare company’s energy consumption produced 122,000 tons of CO2, compared to 94,000 tons in 2011. Last year was the first year to see a rise in … Read more »

Most of Fortune 100 Have Renewable or GHG Goals

Most of Fortune 100 Have Renewable or GHG Goals

A new report from Calvert Investments, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows that most of the world’s largest companies aren’t waiting on governments to embrace renewable energy and lower emissions. The report shows that a majority of Fortune 100 companies have set a renewable energy commitment, a greenhouse gas (GHG) … Read more »

Panasonic Launches Business Unit for Renewables and Efficiency

Panasonic Launches Business Unit for Renewables and Efficiency

Panasonic has established Panasonic Eco Solutions North America, a new business unit that will focus on the design, implementation and financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the U.S. and Canada. The new unit also made public a strategic alliance with Denver, Colo.-based Renewable Social Benefit Funds, L3C … Read more »

Pac-12 Wins EPA College Green Power Challenge

The Pac-12 college athletic conference has claimed top spot among the 30 conferences in the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, which rewards the conference that buys the most green power in a year. Based in the western United States and home to colleges including UCLA and the University … Read more »

AK Steel Energy Project Hinges on Ohio Definition of Renewables

An Ohio Senate Bill would allow local steel maker AK Steel Corp. to convert waste gas released by its manufacturing process into power it can sell on the state’s renewable energy market, the Middletown Journal reports. Senate Bill 289 would widen the legal definition of “renewable energy resource” to include … Read more »

Apple Facilities Report: ‘Biggest On-Site Fuel Cell’ Planned for N.C. Data Center

Apple Facilities Report: ‘Biggest On-Site Fuel Cell’ Planned for N.C. Data Center

Apple is building the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the country, the company has announced in its 2012 facilities report. The 5 MW system at Apple’s Maiden, N.C. data center will be powered entirely by biogas and will generate over 40 million kWh a year. As previously reported, Apple … Read more »

Ikea Sustainability Report: Over Half of Energy Now From Renewables

Ikea Sustainability Report: Over Half of Energy Now From Renewables

Renewable energy now provides 51 percent of Ikea’s energy, up from 47 percent in FY10, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report. In FY11 (September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011), the company’s 60 wind turbines and 40 solar arrays generated about 152 GWH of electricity. Ikea’s renewable installations now … Read more »

US Foods to Go 85% Solar in NYC Area; Cox Installs Fuel Cells

US Foods has announced that nearly 85 percent of its New York City area division’s annual energy will come from solar power by July 2012. The installation of rooftop solar panels at the warehouse in Perth-Amboy, N.J., is currently underway. The solar installation is the fourth at a US Foods … Read more »