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How to Boost Brand Value, Sales from GHG Management

How to Boost Brand Value, Sales from GHG Management

Tetra Pak’s climate impact reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. It is one of a growing number of companies realizing business value from emissions management.

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Recycled Paper’s Climate Impact 100 Times Lower than Virgin Paper

Recycled papers have less than 1 percent of the impact in terms of global climate change and ocean acidification than virgin paper, according to a new Life Cycle Analysis (LCS) released by New Leaf Paper. The study, conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), is the first in the paper industry to … Read more »

CDP Endorses SCS’ Carbon Footprint Services

CDP has approved carbon footprint services provider SCS Global Services as an accredited US Consultancy Partner. In this capacity, SCS will use its expertise to assist companies in their efforts to disclose their carbon footprint and other climate change data to CDP. In addition, SCS will consult with reporting entities … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Consultation, GBI Seeks Applicants, R2 Addresses Concerns

The RoHS 2014 Consultation No. 2, including a substance assessment of diisobutylphthalat (DIBP) and review of quantitative information for substances on a shortlist, is now closed, and contributions are posted on the consultation website. The 2013 consultation No. 2, concerning Exemption Request 2013-6, is due to close on April 11. A new … Read more »

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Sustainability Assessment Firms Develop HPD Third-Party Verification

Seven product sustainability assessment companies have partnered with the Health Product Declaration Collaborative to develop an official protocol for third-party verification of Health Product Declarations (HPDs). The companies are: GreenCE, GreenCircle, NSF International, PE International, SCS Global Services, ToxServices and UL Environment. The organizations say a similar process is underway … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Samsung’s ISO 50001, CSX’s LEED, WhiteWave

Samsung Electronics has received ISO 50001 energy management certification for all sites worldwide. The company’s Gumi, South Korea site was the first to receive certification, in July 2011. Samsung has cut GHG emissions 57 percent since 2008, and plans further reductions by minimizing energy waste. SCS Global Services has verified Fruit … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASHRAE Update, Green Products Guide, Metering

ASHRAE has debuted an updated standard for energy use in buildings that is up to 50 percent more stringent than the 2004 version. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, incorporates 110 addenda, including major changes to requirements for building envelops and lighting. Energy Manager Today will be covering … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Grocery Stewardship, LEED, REDD+ Project

The Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) expanded beyond its pilot stage recently with the addition of four new stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The GSC recognizes stores for reducing energy consumption, water use, food waste and other related measures. Cox Enterprises achieved LEED Gold certification for a 600,000 square foot … Read more »

Standards & Certification: Embarcadero, Prop.65, RoHS2

San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center has earned LEED Gold certification for existing buildings operations and maintenance, for its entire complex of four buildings, totaling 3 million sq ft of office space and 300,000 sq ft of retail. Owner Boston Properties has spent almost $13 million since 2001 on energy and water efficiency improvements, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance: Fracking Water, Denver ISO, Gazprom

An ASTM International subcommittee has formed to develop standards to assess water quality of fracking fluids and determine impacts of a spill, including possible contamination. Subcommittee D19.09 on Water – Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids is developing the proposed standard WK40832, Test Method for Measurement of Dissolved Gases Methane, Ethane, Ethylene and Propane … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Lead in Baby Food, Clif Bar Lawsuit

A California judge said that Gerber, Smucker’s, Dole and more than a dozen other manufacturers do not need to place Proposition 65 warnings on baby food containing small amounts of lead. In a preliminary ruling, Judge Steven Brick said all the products are below the regulatory “safe harbor” exposure level, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: GM, Net Zero Energy, Arctic Climate

General Motors’ Rosario Automotive Complex is the first GM plant in the Americas, and the fifth globally, to obtain 50001 certification from the ISO.  To obtain the certification, GM Argentina trained 20 internal auditors for 20 hours, then trained 70 percent of the complex’s employees, contractors and suppliers on energy efficiency … Read more »