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.
Author: Phil Covington
“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.
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.
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.
Over the past 16 months, Scoot has enabled 10,000 rides while covering an aggregate distance of more than 50,000 miles. The company estimates its service has kept 62,000 pounds of CO2 from the environment.
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.
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
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.
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.”
“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.
Phil Covington interviews Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement at APP after having seen the company’s plantation forests in Riau Province, on Sumatra, and after having met with the NGO organizations (including Greenpeace) that are helping the company to conduct assessments of the forest concession lands which supply the pulp wood to their paper mills.
The following photo essay was created during my visit to Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) Perawang paper mill and plantation forests in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.