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Veolia Pledges 30% Waste Recovery Rate by 2015

Waste services provider Veolia Environmental Services has pledged to achieve a material recovery rate of 30 percent by 2015 as part of a raft environmental performance targets that cover pollution prevention, conservation of natural resources, protection of biodiversity, combating climate change and environmental awareness. Veolia has also committed to increase … Read more »

O2 Sustainability Goals: 100% Renewables, an End to Bundled Chargers

O2 will use 100 percent renewable energy and will no longer offer chargers free with mobile phone purchases, as part of a three-year sustainability plan launched today. The Think Big Blueprint will deliver up to 4 million tons of carbon savings through three core objectives and 40 individual commitments, according … Read more »

GM Sets Energy, Carbon, Water Goals in First Report as New Firm

GM Sets Energy, Carbon, Water Goals in First Report as New Firm

The General Motors Company has committed to reduce its facilities’ energy intensity and carbon intensity by 20 percent, and water intensity by 15 percent, all by 2020, according to its first sustainability report since re-organizing in 2009. The company also committed to 2020 goals of: Reducing facilities’ waste by 10 … Read more »

Amazon to Triple ‘Frustration-Free Packaging’ Shipments

Amazon to Triple ‘Frustration-Free Packaging’ Shipments

Amazon aims to triple the number of items shipped under its “Frustration-Free Packaging” initiative next year, BusinessWeek reports. Amazon kicked off the program, which pushes suppliers to cut out excessive and hard-to-open packaging such as plastic clamshells and plastic-coated wire ties, in 2008. The initiative began with 19 items from … Read more »

Exclusive: Sprint Toughens GHG Goal by 5% Under WWF Agreement

Sprint has upped its carbon reduction goal by five percentage points as it becomes one of just 28 companies to join the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program. The company now aims to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 20 percent by 2017, from a 2007 baseline. In an … Read more »

Comcast, Honeywell Slammed by CDP; UPS Tops Latest Rankings

Comcast, Honeywell Slammed by CDP; UPS Tops Latest Rankings

UPS, Consolidated Edison and Dow Chemical are among the top-ranked U.S. companies in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s annual carbon performance and disclosure ratings for the S&P 500, as more and more corporations are putting senior executives in charge of climate change programs. The CDP S&P 500 Report 2011, written by … Read more »

Most Soft Drink Makers Lack Recycling Goals

Most Soft Drink Makers Lack Recycling Goals

Only three out of eight major soft drink companies have recycling goals, according to a study by Green Research. PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, and Nestlé Waters North America all have recycling goals, according to Benchmarking Sustainability Goals: Non-Alcoholic Beverages. But Coca-Cola Amatil, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola HBC, Dr. Pepper-Snapple Group and … Read more »

APP-China Revises Sustainability Commitments

Asia Pulp & Paper says it has published new sustainability commitments for its Chinese operations, but the company has not announced specific numeric targets. APP’s Paper Contract with China 2011 manifesto builds upon its first Paper Contract from 2008. APP says the upgraded version provides further details on APP-China’s commitment … Read more »

Thales Beats Four Goals, French Water Use Down 72%

Thales Beats Four Goals, French Water Use Down 72%

Thales beat four 2010 environmental goals, according to its latest Corporate Responsibility Annual Report – but the report did not say whether the aerospace and defense electronics company had missed any targets. According to the only environmental data table in the report (see above left), Thales beat 2010 targets on … Read more »

Alcohol Makers Set Fewer Sustainability Goals

Alcohol Makers Set Fewer Sustainability Goals

Makers of alcoholic beverages have fewer public sustainability goals than firms in many other industries, according to a study by Green Research. The review of goals set by 11 top beer, wine and spirits companies on the Forbes Global 2000 list found that all have between two and five public … Read more »

Pharma Sets Few Supply Chain Goals, Report Finds

Pharma Sets Few Supply Chain Goals, Report Finds

Pharmaceutical companies are “all over the map” in terms of their environmental goals and transparency, but largely don’t set targets for their supply chains, according to a new report. Green Research found that major pharmaceutical companies have between five and six public environmental sustainability goals, each on average. AstraZeneca leads … Read more »

Owens Corning Cuts GHG 24%, Sets Out 8 New Goals

Owens Corning Cuts GHG 24%, Sets Out 8 New Goals

Owens Corning cut its greenhouse gas intensity by 24 percent in 2010, according to its 2010 sustainability report, which also sets out the company’s eight-point goals for 2020. The company reduced its GHG emissions from 5.2 million metric tons in 2009 to 4.5 million metric tons in 2010. It has … Read more »