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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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.”

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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.

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Interview: Asia Pulp and Paper’s Aida Greenbury on APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

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.

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Deforestation and the Role of Paper Products

By far the most significant threat to forests is the expansion of agriculture and agricultural commodities. The expansion of soy and pasture land, palm oil production and other agricultural activities accounts for probably about 80% of tropical deforestation.

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Australian Carbon Tax to Go – What Lessons Can Be Learned?

The disparity in price between Australia and Europe – with Australia paying almost six times as much per tonne of carbon as Europeans – makes it easy to see why even if a sensible carbon tax rate were originally set, it can start to look unfair when carbon markets elsewhere in the world set the price much lower.

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Tesla Pays Off Department of Energy Loan Nine Years Early

In another piece of good news for electric vehicle maker, Tesla Motors, the company announced on Wednesday, May 22, that it has paid off the remainder of its Department of Energy loan, nine years early. The sum of $451.8 million was wired to the DOE, repaying the full loan with interest.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Community Apps Recargo and Xatori Merge

EV owners have come to rely on tools that ensure they are up-to-date as to where they can plug in. The two leading companies in providing such tools via their apps for EV owners, Recargo and Xatori, have just announced that they will merge to combine their resources to deliver a more powerful offering to their users.