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How to Implement a Sustainable Packaging Initiative

The first step a business should take when trying to realize a sustainable packaging initiative is determining the objective that its packaging is seeking to attain, according to a white paper from sustainability software and consulting firm PE International. Despite the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s recognized definition of sustainable packaging being nearly a … Read more »

CSCI: Understanding Network Energy Use Is Key to Efficiency

CSCI: Understanding Network Energy Use Is Key to Efficiency

Measuring, monitoring and responding to system energy use are key to optimizing the overall energy performance of network systems, according to a white paper released by IT consortium Climate Savers Computing Initiative. According to Power Management for Networking Devices, mapping the components of power consumption in a system – including … Read more »

Deloitte Developing Water Tool; Outlines Integrated Reporting Benefits

Deloitte Developing Water Tool; Outlines Integrated Reporting Benefits

Deloitte is helping to develop the Water Action Hub, a public online tool to help companies collaborate with governments, non-profits, communities and each other to improve sustainable water management. The consulting firm is teaming with the International Business Leaders Forum, the Pacific Institute and the German International Development Agency in … Read more »

Feed-in Tariff Systems Take Hold in North America

Even as state-level feed-in tariffs start to take off, global programs are the most effective way to ensure sustainable growth in the photovoltaic (PV) market. A white paper on solar feed-in tariffs from the SEMI PV Group says stable, transparent and substantial national feed-in tariffs will fuel rapid growth and … Read more »

Appliance Industry Delivers Smart-Grid Guidelines

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has laid out guidelines for establishing a smart grid in a newly released white paper at the Copenhagen Climate Conference. The U.S.-based trade group said smart-grid-enabled home appliances, through a fully functional smart grid, will significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and provide … Read more »

Carbon Traders Adjust to New Copenhagen Expectations

With it now practically a given that Copenhagen will yield no global climate deal, carbon traders say that a final agreement in 2010 is crucial to the vitality of the carbon offset sector. Companies that have invested in carbon offset projects in anticipation of a climate deal being struck may … Read more »

For Food Retailers, LEDs Light the Way to Energy Savings, Higher Sales

A significant increase in utility rebates, a steady rise in electricity costs and the Obama administration’s funding earmarked for energy-efficiency projects makes it the best time for food retailers to upgrade to LED lighting in the U.S., according to a white paper from Nualight Ltd. At least one retailer is … Read more »

Feed-in Tariffs May Push Renewables More Than RECs

By establishing a set price, feed-in tariff (FiT) policies reduce the need for multiple incentives and complex financing through tax liabilities currently used to supplement renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets in the U.S., according to a white paper from Greener Dawn Climate. The report also indicates that FiT policies may … Read more »

75% of Firms Incorporate CSR into Procurement Bidding Process

About 90 percent of European procurement directors view sustainable procurement as “critical” or “important,” and three-quarters of firms are integrating CSR into the supply chain bidding process, according to a sustainable supply survey from Ecovadis. About 37 percent of companies have instituted sustainable procurement departments, although CSR evaluations of suppliers … Read more »

Broadband, Wireless Services to Play Vital Role in Smart Grid

While Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm are starting a new joint venture to provide machine-to-machine (M2) wireless communications and smart services to a wide range of markets including utilities, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) has hired an energy and environmental director to look at how the U.S. broadband/communications infrastructure and policies … Read more »

Lack of Guidance, Metrics, Incentives Impede Environmental Cleanup

Lack of Guidance, Metrics, Incentives Impede Environmental Cleanup

Aimed at site owners, remediation businesses and other industry services providers, the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) has released a white paper that delivers an independent assessment of sustainable remediation, which the forum defines as a movement to encourage environmental cleanups that minimize carbon emissions, conserve fossil fuels and remove potentially … Read more »

Green Buildings – Boon or Liability?

Much hay has been made about the benefits of green building. However, a recent report from Harvard Law School points to potential liability issues with green buildings. The study, by Harvard Law School and sponsored by Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, uncovers potential legal liabilities and risks for builders, … Read more »