Was the Hype Around Bloom Energy Two Years Ago Justified?

About two years ago Bloom Energy revealed its top secret “Bloom Box” fuel cell system and immediately created an incredible buzz around it. It was amazing to see how much hype was created around what the company described as “a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site.” For a while, it seemed that there was nothing more exciting than Bloom’s fuel cells that presented a promise to change the world someday. So what happened with Bloom Energy since then? Was the hype justified?

Solving Snow at Heathrow the Green Way

Currently on the runways at Heathrow airport chemicals are used to stop ice forming on the runways. This proved not to be enough in late 2010 when some 4000 flights got cancelled just before Christmas. Now we might soon be seeing a new green solution on the horizon.

The Rising Trend of Take Back Programs

A number of companies have take back programs that allow customers to return products at the end of their life cycles.

As You Sow on Creating Greener Solar PV Panels

Surveying solar PV manufacturers around the world, a non-proift, in conultation with a wide range of experts, establishes environmental, health & safety, and business management best practices for the industry sector while at the same time criticizing current energy policies which favor production of fossil fuels.

Walmart’s Sustainability Efforts Stall Under New Leadership

Several years after Lee Scott’s departure as CEO, something has gone seriously wrong with Walmart’s sustainability progress. Was Walmart ever serious? Yes. I’ve looked Lee Scott in the eyes – he was a believer. When things started out, it wasn’t about greenwashing. The traditional Walmart business model was and remains broken, the stock was in the toilet. Sustainability was a smart strategic move with a sound business case.

Does a Tobacco Company’s Environmental Effort Really Matter?

The British American Tobacco (BAT) recently released its 2011 Sustainability Report. The report shows that BAT met its targets for energy, water and waste ahead of schedule. BAT bills itself as the world’s largest tobacco group by global market share. It sells its brands in about 180 markets worldwide, and has over 200 brands in … Continued

The Limitations of the Triple Bottom Line

By: Ben Vivian Following a hectic day in London at Ecobuild and in a stakeholder workshop on research into a construction product framework, my thoughts centre on the triple bottom line (3BL). At the workshop, which had 25 or so people well versed in sustainability, we were asked to chose whether 3BL was split with … Continued

Supreme Court Rules Against the EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor on March 21 of anIdahocouple that challenged an EPA Clean Water Act compliance order which carried up to $75,000 in fines.

Saudi Arabia Powering Up With Solar & Steam

Saudi Arabia is an interesting country when it comes to energy. First of all, they have more oil than anyone else. They also get a huge amount of solar energy, approximately 2200 kWh per square meter. At the same time, they have tremendous energy demands, both for air conditioning and desalination. It is, after all, not an inherently hospitable environment. Until quite recently, they mostly used oil to generate electricity, since it was so plentiful and cheap there. But, given that oil production has now peaked and with the price of oil going up now, along with increased demand, they are looking in to other alternatives.

The Gravitational Force of Social Entrepreneurship

One by one, states are adopting new legislation that gives corporate directors legal protections for making decisions to maximize stakeholder value in addition to shareholder value. These new corporate structures are spawning an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors eager to build firms that simultaneously scale profits and social or environmental impact.

Is San Francisco Trying to Kill AirBnb With a 15% Tax?

A proposed 15% tax on “transient occupancy” is being considered at San Francisco city hall. The rule would force Airbnb to collect an additional 15% on rentals – a move that some say may severely hinder its ability to function. Is this just the access economy just growing up?

4 Reasons GM is Investing in Car-Sharing

It looks like GM is playing an important role in the growth of RelayRides, which announced earlier this month that it is expanding its service nationwide. And the question that comes in mind is why GM is doing it? Did the company forget it makes money from selling more cars, not less? Here are four possible explanations for GM’s growing involvement with the peer-to-peer sharing service.