“Most responsible companies are thrilled to be able to help; they want to help, and it’s easier to help with product and services than it is with money.”
Author: Phil Covington
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
How will peering into the future drive the industry to adapt to growing resource constraints, and how will this impact the design process to make the fashion industry more sustainable?
Asia Pulp & Paper is taking sustainability a step further has gone a step further still with its announcement that it will conserve and restore 1 million hectares of forest across vital landscapes in Indonesia.
This week at the Abu Dhabi Ascent meeting in the UAE, renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), announced that it will sponsor the region’s first solar electric car competition to take place in the United Arab Emirates next January.
Masdar Chairman Dr. Ahmed Al Jaber said, “Seawater desalination is an energy intensive process that if left unchecked will become unsustainable over time. We must innovate and discover commercially viable solutions to meet our long-terms water needs.”
The opening speeches at the high-level U.N. meeting on climate change at Abu Dhabi Ascent on Sunday constituted a rallying call to world leaders; a declaration that it’s time to stop talking and start taking action.
May 4-5, a special two-day, high-level United Nations meeting — “Abu Dhabi Ascent” — will convene in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the aim “to reinvigorate government and private sector actions needed to seriously address global climate change.”
David Berdish recently turned over his seat as social sustainability manager at Ford to fellow company veteran Thomas Niemann. Having served in the seat since 1999, Berdish leaves a vast legacy behind, but Neimann told us he plans to keep the momentum going.
Last week a delegation of British companies supported by U.K. Trade and Investment attended the sustainable-development advocacy conference Globe 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to showcase the country’s expertise in low-carbon solutions and sustainability innovations. I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul – USA Clean Technology Sector Lead for UKTI, about the strengths of the U.K. clean tech industry and how its businesses are poised to be competitive players on the global stage.
The components alone for desalination activity will constitute a $5 billion industry by 2015. While this spend would not be confined to California, a new report conducted by the McIlvaine Co. describes the state as being at the epicenter of global desalination activity.
According to a new survey from Cone Communications, 77 percent of American shoppers said sustainability was an important factor in deciding what to buy, while 74 percent said buying locally was a significant factor.
“What is missing in the energy efficiency industry is akin to what is allowing solar to take off now,” says Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, “There has been no ability to create investments, which can be re-bundled and sold to investors down the line.”
Perhaps its best to encourage APRIL to refine and improve their plan rather than slam them, because this could be a fresh start that can be improved upon too
Last week, Tesla announced that it would build a new “Gigafactory” to produce lithium-ion batteries at a rate able to support the manufacture of 500,000 electric cars per year. Additionally, documents filed with the SEC indicted that some of the batteries will be used for “stationary storage applications,” or storing energy for use in homes, commercial sites and utilities.
A new report by Stanford University finds that America’s natural gas system is much more leaky than previously estimated, and maybe up to 50 percent more so than the EPA estimates.