Author: Thomas Miner

  • Italy Bans Plastic Shopping Bags Starting January 1

    The government of Italy has become the first in the European Union to outlaw the use of plastic bags by all retailers, signaling a large shift in a country which uses over 20 billion bags per year (400 per person) – an amount equal to 25% of the total produced and used in the entire…

  • To Hit CO2 Targets, SAP will focus on Employee Engagement

    October 28, 2010 – SAP has released its preliminary and unaudited global CO2 emissions for the third quarter of 2010, which total 115,000 kilotons. While the number is on trend with first and second quarter numbers, the company will need to take focused action to avoid exceeding its target of 460 kilotons by year end.

  • Sunny Delight Achieves Zero Waste in U.S.

    Sunny Delight Beverages Company’s recently released 2009 Sustainability Report outlines the company’s accomplishments over the past year, the most significant being the achievement of their Zero Waste to Landfill Goal by all U.S. and Spanish manufacturing plants more than 3 years ahead of schedule. The zero waste goals were achieved at Sunny’s Anaheim, Mataro and…

  • Proposed Vehicle Labels to Include GHG Emissions and Fuel Economy Comparisons

    August 31, 2010 – The U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation today proposed two new fuel economy labels for passenger vehicles and light trucks, both of which change the way fuel efficiency information is communicated and includes detailed information about vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions. The first label design (see Image) proposed features a letter grade…

  • Whiskey Byproducts Could Produce Next Big Biofue

    Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have patented a process to produce biobutanol, a fuel that can be used in existing gasoline engines without any modifications, from whiskey by-products. In utilizing waste products, the process eliminates the need to use arable land and food crops to produce a more sustainable fuel.

  • MillerCoors Hits Waste Goals 5 Years Early

    June 30, 2010 – MillerCoors, a leader in brewing industry sustainability practices, released its 2010 Sustainable Development report yesterday in which the company announced that it had exceeded its 2015 waste reduction goals 5 years early, and has achieved “zero waste” at two of its brewing facilities.

  • Telepresence Could Save Business $19 Billion by 2020

    According to a new study of large companies using telepresence technology, U.S. and U.K. businesses that substitute some business travel with telepresence can cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total – the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing more than one million passenger vehicles from the road for one year – and…

  • Key Countries Partner to Reduce Deforestation Emissions

    May 31, 2010 – At the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference in Norway on Friday, over 50 developed and developing countries signed a “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD) partnership, committing to spend over $4 billion in the next three years to reduce emissions from deforestation activities.