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Paul Polman

Major CEOs Call for Net-Zero Emissions Goal

CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies including Virgin founder Richard Branson and Unilever chief Paul Polman have called on world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 at the climate talks in Paris this December — and urged business leaders to match this … Read more »

Branson’s Carbon War Room Merges with Think Tank

Carbon War Room, the global nonprofit organization co-founded by Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson, has merged with alternative energy think tank Rocky Mountain Institute in an effort to combat climate change and accelerate demand and financing for low-carbon solutions that are technically feasible and cost effective today. The merger brings together CWR, … Read more »

Shipping NGOs Call for More Transparency

Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk and the Carbon War Room are urging the International Maritime Organization to be transparent regarding data on ship efficiency and fuel consumption. According to the NGOs, the IMO’s environment committee plans to restrict access to the energy efficiency design index data on newly built … Read more »

Website Aims to Lower Fuel Cost for Trucks

The Carbon War Room, together with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, has launched Truckingefficiency.org, a website that aims to cut fuel costs for tractor-trailers by as much as 50 percent. The website includes about 70 trucking efficiency technologies, including aerodynamics, tires and idle reduction. According to the Carbon … Read more »

Branson, NGO Aim for More Ports Fighting CO2

The number of sea ports using ship evaluation systems to encourage lower carbon emissions will go from two to 10 in the next year, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, as reported by Bloomberg. Branson is a founder of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that rates ship efficiency. … Read more »

Honeywell Green Fuel Powers World Cup Flights

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced from UOP’s renewable jet fuel process will power 200 commercial flights on GOL Airlines during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the company says. The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel was made from inedible corn oil and used cooking oil. Each flight will use a blend … Read more »

Port Metro Vancouver

Ports Offer Financial Incentives to Lower Ships’ GHGs

Canada’s two largest west coast ports are offering financial incentives to the most efficient vessels that enter the ports. Port Metro Vancouver’s Eco-Action program and Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA’s) Green Wave program will reward ship owners based on the Carbon War Room’s A to G Greenhouse Gas Emissions rating, … Read more »

Virgin’s Branson Urges Clean Fuel Competition, Carbon Removal

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says reducing the risk of global warming will require more competition in the clean fuel market place – and likely will also require removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. In a post on the Virgin blog, Branson says everyone – companies, but also individuals, government … Read more »

Dow Chemicals

Dow’s 6 Secrets to Corporate Sustainability Leadership

Corporations, like leaders, display habits that can identify their commitment to sustainability, says Dow Chemical’s vice president of sustainability and environment, Neil Hawkins. He singles out six habits that he says leading green businesses must embody in a column for Ensia magazine. Hawkins categorizes the habits under three core ideas: … Read more »

Sir Richard Branson

Industry Giants Launch ‘Plan B,’ Prioritize Planet Alongside Profit

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson (pictured) and former Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz today formed a global nonprofit to help companies develop a new way of doing business — a Plan B — that puts “people and planet alongside profit.” The founders also announced the group’s leadership team, dubbed the … Read more »

Bill Proposes PACE Financing for Water Conservation

Texas state Sen. John Carona (pictured) has introduced legislation that would allow building owners to use private sector financing for water conservation and energy-efficiency improvements through long-term loans paid with voluntary property assessments. The proposed bill, the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, would update an existing Texas law to include water … Read more »