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Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla Harness Renewables to Reduce Impacts, Tackle Energy Security
Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla Harness Renewables to Reduce Impacts, Tackle Energy Security

4 years ago - Renewables continue to gain traction both with businesses and governments, offering solutions to reduce impacts and address issues of energy security. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the latest to embrace renewables, signing a new agreement with EDF Energy to buy all of its electricity for its manufacturing and production sites from renewable sources up to March 2020.

PG&E Becomes First US Energy Company to Pilot Methane-Detection Device
PG&E Becomes First US Energy Company to Pilot Methane-Detection Device

4 years ago - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has officially become the first U.S. energy company to pilot a methane-detection device.

Ag, Food Giants Partner with NGOs to Support Midwest Farmers, Strengthen Conservation
Ag, Food Giants Partner with NGOs to Support Midwest Farmers, Strengthen Conservation

4 years ago - For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an “end-to-end” partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil health and water quality.

Walmart Details Progress on Chemicals, Starts Selling Ugly Produce
Walmart Details Progress on Chemicals, Starts Selling Ugly Produce

4 years ago - Walmart announced back in April that it had achieved a 95 percent reduction by weight in the use of high priority chemicals of concern. Now, it has released detailed information on the progress it has made, and experts at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) seem impressed.

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New Science Advisory Council Looks to Shape Ag Sustainability Measurement
New Science Advisory Council Looks to Shape Ag Sustainability Measurement

4 years ago - Yesterday, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new Science Advisory Council focused on informing the membership-based organization’s “science-based approach to delivering sustainable outcomes at the field and landscape levels.” Comprised of 12 experts, the Council is being asked to develop a sustainability standard for commodity crop production in the United States that “helps catalyze continuous improvement in environmental outcomes.”

How the Power of Partnerships Is Helping Volvo Cut Energy Use Across North America
How the Power of Partnerships Is Helping Volvo Cut Energy Use Across North America

5 years ago - The motor vehicle industry in the United States spends about $3.6 billion on energy annually, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In the U.S., over 70 assembly plants currently produce 13 million cars and trucks each year. While energy expenditures are a relatively small cost factor in the total production process, energy-efficiency improvements are helping manufacturers gain an edge in an increasingly competitive environment.

Storytelling for Sustainability: It's Time for Corporate Leaders to Gather 'Round the Campfire
Storytelling for Sustainability: It's Time for Corporate Leaders to Gather 'Round the Campfire

5 years ago - The term ‘greenwashing’ might be officially outdated. In 2016, the number of companies making unmerited PR splashes over sustainability is far outweighed by those who are taking significant strides forward and not talking about it. When faced with the science of climate change and transparency into corporate accountability in 2016, sustainability is simply part of doing business. Yet many leading companies still shy away from fully embracing their sustainability stories. Excellent, groundbreaking work is happening across the private sector with no-one around to hear. To re-philosophize the old saying … if a tree grows in a deforestation zone, and no one is around to hear the re-surging wildlife, does it make an impact? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Supreme Court Halts Obama's Clean Power Plan
Supreme Court Halts Obama's Clean Power Plan

5 years ago - On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with conservatives seeking to delay the enforcement of President Obama's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. The move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab."The temporary stay came from a 5-4 majority of the justices; the high court's four liberal justices said Tuesday they would have denied the request for delay.

California Methane Leak Exposes Risks of Oil and Gas Operations
California Methane Leak Exposes Risks of Oil and Gas Operations

5 years ago - Methane is a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide, and some 1,000 tons of it has been leaking into the air each day at the Southern California Gas Company's (SoCal Gas) Aliso Canyon storage field since October 23. So far, more than 80 thousand tons of methane has poured into the atmosphere, which has forced evacuations of nearby neighborhoods, and could have long-term impacts far beyond the hills above Los Angeles. Around 1,700 homes and two schools were evacuated because of the leak, as noxious odors settled over Porter Ranch, about 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. California officials have helped the company in a series of efforts to stop the leak, but it could be weeks or months before the gas flow is halted.

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Starting Your Green Freight Journey
Starting Your Green Freight Journey

5 years ago - Logistics can be a sustainability manager’s “secret weapon,” because this theater of operations often gets passed over. It’s easy to think addressing logistics will be too complicated, given that most of the emissions are from equipment owned and operated by suppliers (i.e. scope 3). But freight operations often sit in the top five contributors of greenhouse gas emissions at any given corporation, so there are rich pickings to be had here.

EDF Climate Corps Helps Businesses and Governments Uncover $90M in Energy Savings
EDF Climate Corps Helps Businesses and Governments Uncover $90M in Energy Savings

5 years ago - Fellows from the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program this summer helped more than 90 organizations in the United States and China identify energy efficiency and clean energy opportunities that could decrease energy usage by 134 million kWh per year, according to a recent announcement. These energy savings could help cut these organizations’ collective energy bills by $90 million dollars, and reduce carbon emissions by 130,000 metrics tons per year — equivalent to the annual emissions of 27,000 cars.

Freight: Ripe (and Largely Uncharted) Territory to Add to Your Company's Sustainability Map
Freight: Ripe (and Largely Uncharted) Territory to Add to Your Company's Sustainability Map

5 years ago - In a recent review of corporate responsibility reports from major consumer-facing brands, Environmental Defense Fund found that barely half of the companies mentioned the environmental impact of their freight supply chain and the steps they were taking to reduce this impact. This is unfortunate for two reasons: Freight transportation is a major source of corporate-caused climate pollution, and it’s ripe for rapidly achieving significant cost-savings and emissions reductions.

How Brands Can Act Now to Benefit from New Efficiency Standards for Trucking
How Brands Can Act Now to Benefit from New Efficiency Standards for Trucking

5 years ago - Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.I spoke with Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund to find out how these new regulations affect U.S. brands. Jason leads EDF’s Green Freight initiative, which works with consumer product companies and large fleets to reduce the environmental impact of product distribution in the U.S.

Catalyzing Change: Georgia Tech Establishes Hub for Sustainable Business Collaboration
Catalyzing Change: Georgia Tech Establishes Hub for Sustainable Business Collaboration

6 years ago - Howard Connell, managing director of Georgia Tech’s new Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, points to the panel of presenters at the Center’s inaugural event as an example of how it plans to address the systemic complexities of sustainability.

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The Business-Policy Nexus: Why the Time for Leadership Is Now
The Business-Policy Nexus: Why the Time for Leadership Is Now

6 years ago - As we approach the 25-year anniversary of EDF’s work with the corporate sector, it’s an opportune time to reflect on our successes and plan for the work ahead.Over the years we have worked with McDonald's, Walmart, FedEx, KKR and many others to integrate sustainability into their operations, strategy, and supply chain management. Together, we have kick-started market transformations in sectors including fast food, shipping, retail, private equity and commercial building energy efficiency. While we’ve made great strides, there remains a huge distance to go in order to fully protect our natural resources, clean up our dirty energy system, and turn the corner on global greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Working Towards Zero Deforestation: Lessons from Acre, Brazil
Working Towards Zero Deforestation: Lessons from Acre, Brazil

6 years ago - This post is our second in a series on how companies can reduce deforestation from their supply chains. Read the first post here.What do companies, governments, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples have in common? Despite their differences, they share a common interest in reducing deforestation, which accounts for 12 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Shell joins EDF’s Methane Detectors Challenge
Shell joins EDF’s Methane Detectors Challenge

6 years ago - Shell has joined the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) “Methane Detectors Challenge,” a collaborative project between EDF and five other oil and natural gas companies aimed at identifying and bringing to market cutting-edge technologies that could ultimately help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations.Shell joins Apache Corporation, BG Group, Hess Corporation, Noble Energy and Southwestern Energy as an industry partner in this effort to help catalyze new technologies for enhanced detection of oil and gas emissions.

Chevron, Shell Join Environmentalists To Regulate Fracking Standards
Chevron, Shell Join Environmentalists To Regulate Fracking Standards

8 years ago - A group of energy companies, philanthropic foundations and environmental groups have formed a new organization providing shale gas producers with performance standards certification for shale development.

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