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– 18 oktober 2012 Nieuws , Renovatie & nieuwbouw Bouwend Nederland, de brancheorganisatie voor de bouw, wil de bouwsector op de (middel) lange termijn vergroenen. Elco Brinkman, voorzitter van Bouwend Nederland zegt: “Ketensamenwerking en duurzaamheid gaan hand in hand. Wil de sector echt duurzamer zijn, dan moeten marktpartijen met elkaar om tafel om van elkaar te leren. Ik nodig de markt daarom uit om met innovatieve ideeën te komen”.
Microsoft will charge an internal carbon offset fee starting in fiscal year 2012-2013 in its effort to be carbon neutral beginning July 1, according to the company’s blog . The carbon price will be based on market pricing for renewable energy and carbon offsets, and Microsoft will apply it to operations in more than 100 countries. The pricing is part of the software company’s strategy to achieve net-zero emissions in its data centers, software development labs, offices and employee air travel, outlined in a white paper published this month.
A top GE executive is calling the political battle between economy and environment “nonsense.” In a video interview (featured below) at an international clean energy investment conference last week, Mark Vachon, vice president of GE’s successful Ecomagination program, hailed “environmental performance” as a key driver for business. “There’s this theory that you have to pick one: economics or environmental performance.
Tom Furlong, Facebook's director of site operations, unveils the new datacentre in Lulea, Sweden. Photograph: Scanpix Sweden/Reuters Facebook is building a 'green' datacentre in Sweden , the social networking giant's first datacentre outside the US.
by Cole Mellino (with JR’s commentary at the end) Walmart’s million-dollar donation to Growing Power , an urban farm that employs teens in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee, has created a lot of controversy. This is nothing new for the world’s largest retailer, grocer, and private employer.
Home » Unilever, Sainsbury’s: ‘Don’t Wait for Customer Demand – Create It’ October 11, 2011 Unilever, Sainsbury’s: ‘Don’t Wait for Customer Demand – Create It’ A report from Sainsbury’s, Unilever and Forum for the Future says companies must drive sustainability, rather than waiting for consumers to demand more sustainable products and services.
Accepting the award for Best Sustainability Report last month at the annual Ceres conference, Nike’s Hannah Jones said that it was time to move from “environmental to value reporting.” In her speech, she made a compelling case for why sustainability reporting is moving from an off-balance sheet activity to being core data for manager, investor, and customer decision-making. In other words, sustainability is becoming vital performance data for modern corporations and organizations. We know that all that fuzzy green and social data tells us a lot about communities, people, and the environment, but is it really ready to take center stage in determining a company’s future? How is such data likely to serve top managers, corporate strategy, and external stake/shareholders?
The green movement is without a doubt affecting companies both large and small. Telecommuting, the virtual office and Web conferencing are all ways that companies can keep energy costs down while at the same time finding better ways to communicate and optimize business functions. This brief from Qwest Business explores the ways that businesses can leverage environmentally sound practices and technologies to build environmentally sustainable business architectures that save money through enhanced productivity and business efficiencies. Green IT Boosts Your Bottom Line
Improving energy efficiency in buildings is the top European strategy for reducing carbon footprints, according to a new study from Johnson Controls, and the resulting cost savings paired with government incentives are what is driving energy efficiency initiatives. The report, “ 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator Study: European Regional Results Summary ,” surveyed 857 private- and public-sector leaders responsible for energy-related decisions for nonresidential buildings in six of Europe’s largest economies: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Poland and Italy. Respondents ranked energy cost savings as the no. 1 influencer on energy efficiency decisions in both 2010 and 2011, while government and utility incentives ranked second, up from no. 6 in 2010. Additionally, nearly 3 in 4 decision-makers (73 percent) believe the price of energy will increase over the next 12 months.
Elise Kuit − 11/05/11, 11:21 Rotterdam gaat inzetten op een groene toekomst. FOTO ANP Rotterdam gaat de knop definitief omzetten. De tijd van praten is voorbij. Als het op duurzaamheid aankomt stroopt de havenstad de mouwen op om te doen waar Rotterdam het beste in is: geld verdienen.
Not much opining to add to this other than the say the energy efficient improvements and carbon emission reduction are certainly impressive: Shipper Maersk has announced that it will be buying ten of the world's largest, most efficient container ships ever built. Dubbed the Triple-E, the massive ships will be the largest seagoing vessels every built at 400m long and a capacity of 18,000 shipping containers--16% larger than the current biggest ships.The environmental cred: The Triple-E will produce 20% lower CO2 per container shipped than the most efficient ships in operation today and 50% lower CO2 than the average container ship traveling between Asia and Europe. On a per-container basis it will also use 35% less fuel. More: Maersk More on Container Shipping : Modern Cargo Ships Now Traveling Slower Than 19th Century Clippers Danish Cargo Ship Fleet Cuts Fuel Use 30% By Going Half Speed <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Eric van Eerdenburg: Lowlands wil energieleverancier worden Sargasso plaatst de serie Tien over Groen van Duurzaamnieuws.nl door op haar site. Muziekfestival Lowlands wil de eerste zonne-energiecentrale van Nederland bouwen en al haar afval op een verantwoorde manier verwerken. Festival-directeur Eric van Eerdenburg legt uit waarom. “Alles wat op Lowlands kan, kan ook in jouw stad.”
More than two-thirds of companies plan to increase their commitment to sustainability this year, despite the stuttering economic recovery, according to a study by the MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group. The study found that 69 percent of companies plan to increase their investment in and management of sustainability this year. Just over one-quarter (26 percent) plan no change, and only two percent plan to cut back on their commitment. The report finds that corporate approaches to the environment tend to fall into two camps, with a gap between sustainability “embracers” and “cautious adopters”.
China Automaker BYD is in no hurry to launch in the U.S., and it shows in its plan. BYD has been showing cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit for three years now, originally planning to launch an electric car by the end of 2012 to consumers. Now that's looking like 2013, according to Mike Austin, VP of BYD's U.S. division. In the meantime, BYD is testing some cars in a fleet with the Housing Authority of Los Angeles. The plan is for the company to find at least five dealers who are willing to not only sell a BYD e6 electric and a plug-in hybrid, called the f3DM, but also BYD LED lights, solar panels and other products related to "green" living.
Decennialang waren de rollen helder: bedrijven waren er in de eerste plaats om winst te maken, en letten daarbij op het eigen belang en de korte termijn. De overheid had daarentegen oog voor het algemeen belang en de lange termijn en stelde daarom milieuregels op, om bedrijven zo tot ‘schoon’ en verantwoord gedrag te dwingen. Maar inmiddels lijken de rollen 180 graden omgedraaid. Het bedrijfsleven trekt steeds vaker de kar als het gaat om duurzaamheid, verwijzend naar de lange termijn.