Phil Covington holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. In the past, he spent 16 years in the freight transportation and logistics industry. Today, Phil's writing focuses on transportation, forestry, technology and matters of sustainability in business.

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U.K. Companies Share Clean Tech Expertise at Globe 2014 in Vancouver

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.


Desalination is Now a Billion Dollar Industry, Report Shows

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.


Investment Fund Launches Model For Energy Efficiency Financing

“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.”

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Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ To Produce More Than Car Batteries

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.


Asia Pulp and Paper: One Year After the Forest-Clearing Moratorium

Feb. 5 marked the anniversary of APP’s announcement by company Chairman Teguh Ganda Wijaya that it had stopped the destruction of natural forest lands in Indonesia, and in marking this milestone, the company has announced further areas of focus going forward.

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Greenlots Introduces Open-Standards EV Charging

Based in San Francisco, Greenlots is global provider of open-standard technology solutions for electric vehicle networks — allowing for automated demand response between the utilities and the charging infrastructure.


Ford CEO Alan Mulally Talks Straight with Bloggers at Detroit Auto Show

CEO Alan Mulally said Ford will continue to improve fuel economy across their range, asserting that the internal combustion engine won’t be going away anytime soon. “The number one thing we can do is improve fuel mileage every year” via a need to “continually improve the internal combustion engine,” he told bloggers this week.


What Does Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles Mean for the Grid?

In a Texas study, only 22 percent of weekday EV charging occurred during peak demand hours, and better still, those participants in the study who were taking advantage of time-of-use rates – favorable charges for using power at off-peak times – only plugged in during peak times 12 percent of the time

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PlugInsights Says More Fast Chargers Will Alleviate EV Range Anxiety

PlugInsights believes the solution to overcome the BEV leash problem lies in greater deployment of level 3 fast chargers which would allow a mid-range BEV to be recharged in as little as 30 minutes. The report says this would begin to approach the “pit-stop practicality” of gasoline stations, and 93% of those drivers who have used fast chargers agree that they are easy to use.

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Coca-Cola Issues 2013 GRI Report

The chairman of the board, Muhtar Kent, outlines in his letter accompanying Coca-Cola’s third GRI report that, “there are no issues that will more shape or define the 21st Century than the global empowerment of women, the management of the world’s precious water resources, and the well-being of the worlds growing population.”


Greenpeace: Positive Progress Report On APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

“Our view, nine months in, is that the company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments. The risk of APP again reneging on its promises appears limited at this time.” – Greenpeace. Formerly at odds, now Greenpeace is wholeheartedly supporting Asia Pulp and Paper’s efforts to fulfill its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) goals.