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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 »

Standard Aims to Improve Aluminum ESG Performance

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, in collaboration with Ball Corporation and other aluminum industry leaders, has introduced a global standard for sustainable aluminum production that aims to improve environmental, social and governance performance throughout the entire aluminum value chain. In Ball’s 2014 sustainability report, the company announced its goal to work … Read more »

Rio Tinto Abandoning Pebble Mine

Rio Tinto will divest its 19 percent stake in the Pebble Mine project in Alaska and donates its shares to two state charities. The proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine is under review by the federal government for its impacts on the nearby Bristol Bay watershed and its sockeye salmon breeding … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Climate Data, B Corp, Green Printing

ASHRAE has updated Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, which it says serves as a comprehensive source of climate data for those involved in building design. Standard 169 now includes climate zone maps for the entire world, and an additional “Extremely Hot” Climate Zone 0 with humid (0A) and dry (0B) zones. … Read more »

Privately Owned Desalination on the Uptick

Privately Owned Desalination on the Uptick

Private ownership is expected to account for 51 percent of the 25 million cubic meters per day of large-scale desalination projects currently planned or under construction, according to a report from Bluefield Research. The research firm specializing in global water markets and technologies says this new phase of increased private … Read more »

GE's Durathon battery powered mining scoop

GE Trials Cleaner Battery-Powered Mining Scoop

General Electric says its Durathon battery has successfully powered its Mining Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy in Alum Creek, W. Va. GE Mining and GE Energy Storage, two businesses within GE Transportation, collaborated to combine the Durathon battery, an Ecomagination-qualified product, with GE’s … Read more »

Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient

Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient

Mining companies such as Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold are beginning to adopt greener technologies, spawning a cottage industry of companies aimed at helping the mining industry clean up after hundreds of years of inefficiencies and waste, according to a report by cleantech research and advisory firm Kachan & Co. The … Read more »

Dennis McGinn

Environmental Executive Moves: Kennecott, US Navy, City of Los Angeles, Flare

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Kennecott Utah Copper: The mining, smelting and refining company’s parent company, Rio Tinto, says Kennecott president and CEO Kelly Sanders will step down Sept. 1 following an April landslide that damaged an ore pit west of Salt Lake … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 20121 for Events, ISO 50001, RJC

ISO has released a new standard – ISO 20121 – supporting events organizers looking to integrate sustainability into events management. The standard is suitable for local celebrations or large scale events such as the Olympic Games. The standard is relevant to all members of the event industry supply chain including organizers, event … Read more »