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MIT-Staples Study Finds Electric Delivery Trucks Cost 9-12% Less to Operate

Electric delivery trucks can cost between nine and 12 percent less to operate than their diesel cousins, according to an MIT study using data from Staples. The paper by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, to be published in the proceedings of last month’s IEEE Power and Energy Society … Read more »

More Companies Say Sustainability Needed to be Competitive

More Companies Say Sustainability Needed to be Competitive

Two-thirds of corporate leaders say management attention to and investment in sustainability rose from 2010 to 2011, according to a global study by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group. In the third annual Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study, sponsored by SAP and Shell, two-thirds of companies … Read more »

90% of Manufacturers Think Their Sustainability is Better than Average

90% of Manufacturers Think Their Sustainability is Better than Average

Three-quarters of consumers think manufacturers have not taken enough steps to ensure that their production follows environmental procedures, according to a study from UL, and 70 percent feel companies do not conduct thorough testing before launching new products. But the study also found that more than 90 percent of manufacturers … Read more »

Compostable Biobags Have Higher Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Compostable Biobags Have Higher Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Non-biodegradable bioplastics have a smaller carbon footprint than those that are designed to decompose, according to a white paper by U.K. firm Biome Bioplastics. Bioplastics: an important component of global sustainability uses figures from Brazilian plastic and bioplastic company Braskem, among other sources, to show that for every kilogram of … Read more »

Water Reclamation Emits Significant N20

Water reclamation can cause significantly more nitrous oxide (N20) emissions than traditional water treatment, according to an article in the September Journal of Environmental Quality. The researchers, led by Amy Townsend-Small of the University of Cincinnati, measured N20 concentrations and fluxes from several wastewater treatment processes in urban southern California. … Read more »

‘Data Furnace’ Servers Could Heat Offices – On Purpose

‘Data Furnace’ Servers Could Heat Offices – On Purpose

Servers should be used as “data furnaces”, acting as primary heating sources for businesses and homes, according to a study co-authored by Microsoft scientists. In The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing, researchers from Microsoft and the University of Virginia argue that the problem of servers’ heat generation can … Read more »

Survey: Most Firms Beating Environmental Goals

Survey: Most Firms Beating Environmental Goals

Almost three-quarters – 72 percent – of C-level executives in the U.S., U.K. and China believe that the benefits of their sustainability initiatives have exceeded expectations, according to a survey by consultants Accenture. In the survey of 247 executives, only four per cent said these initiatives had fallen short of … Read more »

High Carbon Emitters ‘Are Valued Lower’

High Carbon Emitters ‘Are Valued Lower’

S&P 500 companies’ value declines by $202,000, on average, for every additional thousand metric tons of carbon they emit, according to new research. The study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin, University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University found that the negative correlation between emissions and value translates into … Read more »

MIT Sloan: Two Thirds of Companies Will Up Environmental Efforts This Year

More than two-thirds of companies plan to increase their commitment to sustainability this year, despite the stuttering economic recovery, according to a study by the MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group. The study found that 69 percent of companies plan to increase their investment in and management of … Read more »

White House Calls for Emissions Studies for Federally Approved Projects

A range of projects, from power plants to mines to landfills, would require an emissions study under a proposal from the Obama Administration. The guidelines would require a GHG emissions impact study from any new project that would emit 25,000 tons of CO2 a year or more. The emissions study … Read more »

Forest Carbon Market Branches Out, Worth $150M to Date

Forest Carbon Market Branches Out, Worth $150M to Date

While nearly $150 million has been spent to date on carbon offsets from planting trees and preserving forests, the market is in a precipitous position. Passage of a U.S. climate bill or a meaningful global climate deal would push the market to new heights. Without such government help, the market … Read more »

‘Eco’ Managers Likely to Over Comply With Regulations

Senior managers with a strong commitment to protecting the environment who also believe it makes financial sense to implement sustainable business practices are more likely to over comply with environmental regulations, according to a new study by an economist at Oregon State University (OSU). The study, based on survey data … Read more »