First the good news. Carbon dioxide emissions from coal have been falling over the last five years in the U.S., hitting the lowest point for any quarter since 1986 in March 2012. Cheap natural gas allowed utilities to cut back on coal, the most “carbon-intense” fossil fuel used for power generation. But coal-fired power plants are not going away anytime soon in the U.S., and countries like China and India, which already burn half of the world’s coal, are leading in building new ones.
According to analysis just released by the Governance & Accountability Institute, there has been a dramatic increase from 2010 to 2011 in the number of the largest U.S. companies issuing ESG, CSR or Sustainability reports.
Seven Environmentally Friendly Locomotives are working at Union Pacific’s Rail Yard in Northlake, Ill.
OMAHA, Neb., December 13, 2012 /3BL Media/ – Union Pacific Railroad today unveiled one of the seven ultra low-emitting diesel locomotives that are being used in a rail yard in the Chicago area. This locomotive was developed by Union Pacific and is part of the railroad's ongoing efforts to continue reducing air emissions in cooperation with federal, state and local environmental agencies.
Brazil proves it is possible: A country can be a laboratory for ideas about creating a future that protects, respects, and restores the environment, while meeting the needs of the prospering masses. The environmentally savvy population, business community, and policy leaders can lead by example as Brazil “leapfrogs” directly to technologies that make the most of precious natural resources.
Yesterday, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced it awarded the 2012 Professional Environmental Excellence Award to Union Pacific Railroad Director of Environmental Affairs Lanny Schmid. The award is the highest honor for environmental professionals in the rail industry, AAR officials said in a prepared statement.
GE Transportation has unveiled the prototype for its next-generation freight locomotive that it says will decrease emissions by more than 70 percent compared to 2005 engines and save railroad customers more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure and operational costs.
With a second wave of fuel cell installations in California and Connecticut, AT&T facilities will produce 17.1 MW of cleaner power from Bloom Energy servers
(3BL Media) Dallas, TX and Sunnyvale, CA - October 2, 2012 – Reliable and affordable alternative power generation is crucial for a clean energy future. AT&T took a step toward that future with the announcement of a planned additional 9.6 MW of fuel cell power from clean energy provider Bloom Energy. The new installations will make AT&T Bloom Energy’s largest non-utility customer.
FedEx scope emissions measure direct emissions from our fleet and facilities as well as indirect emissions from sources like feeder aircraft. As we continue to grow revenue, our aim is to lessen our impact on the environment. In FY11, revenue grew by 13% yet scope 1 emissions only grew by 4% and scope 2 emissions decreased slightly – all thanks to efficiency efforts and fleet upgrades.
Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
How many eco actions does it take for them to count? According to the post, Does Size Matter for Ideas?, "the basic logic we use is the bigger the idea, the bigger the value, but often that's not true. There's a myth at work here: the assumption that big results only come from radical changes."