(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In a global show of support for increased efforts to tackle diet-related ill health, leading health campaigners and consumer advocates from across the world have publically endorsed calls for a tobacco-style Global Convention to protect and promote healthy diets.
FROM THE EDITOR
Green Power Leadership Awards Given Out by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards. The 2014 winners were selected for their use of green power from more than 1,300 organizations that make up EPA’s Green Power Partnership. This year’s winning 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers use a combined total of more than 7.6 billion kilowatt hours of green power annually. Through the Partnership, EPA works with Fortune 500 companies; small and medium size businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. Big brand business winners include Apple, Google, Steelcase, REI, Intel, and Kohl’s. The awards are a reminder of the part that business can play in developing the energy of the future—now.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Today’s energy picture is a complex one, with many factors influencing the direction a given region might take in selecting the type of energy technology they want to move forward with.
Obviously, resource availability is a crucial concern. If you want to choose solar, you’ll want to have lots of sunshine. The same is true for wind, hydro, geothermal, or even coal, for that matter. But there are many other factors that come into play including policy, infrastructure, as well as the level of concern over issues that go well beyond the local area.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – It is easy to be cynical about business awards, but in the area of CSR and sustainability, awards have a special role and meaning. An award in this area not only draws attention towards initiatives and achievements of the winner, but the recognition it brings also serves as a source of motivation for other players in the industry. Consumers, investors and other stakeholders are in a position to make better informed choices when there is clear recognition for a responsible corporate citizen.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s largest cloud-computing company, Amazon, has made a major commitment to run its cloud services entirely on renewable energy. With this comprehensive environmental pledge, Amazon has finally chosen to follow the same path as already taken by tech giants Google, Apple, and Facebook.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — We have seen impressive growth in renewables over the past several years, but much of that growth is based on the somewhat shaky foundation of continuing subsidies. So argues Eduardo Porter in the New York Times. Porter points out that while wind power added 13 GW of new capacity in 2012, only one additional GW was added in 2013. The reason why: expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).
Referring to the rapid expansion in the market, Letha Tawney of World Resources...
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Solar power is the cleanest form of generation as far as the source of power is concerned. But as things stand now there’s one catch: we still rely on toxic materials to produce the cells that harness solar light and convert it into electricity. These include arsenic, cadmium telluride, lead and polyvinyl fluoride, and others. This by no means dethrones solar as the king of renewable power as those materials are safe once the panels are put to work.