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Companies Save Billions by Going Green

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Paris climate agreement in 2015 sent a clear message to markets and businesses worldwide: a low-carbon future cannot be denied. While it was a wake-up call for some companies, for many others it was an affirmation that cleaner growth was not only possible, but also good for their bottom line.

Green Building Helps the Environment While Saving Money

(3BL Media/Just Means) Green building is a trend that is on the upswing. The number of global builders that have at least 60 percent of their projects certified green will double from 2015 to 2018, predicts the World Green Building Trends. By 2023, commercial building owners and managers will have invested an estimated $960 billion globally on making their existing built infrastructure green.

Carlsberg Aims To Produce Beer With Renewable Energy

(3BL Media/JustMeans) — When someone takes a swig from their favorite beer, they may not realize that brewing beer is an energy intensive process. But brewing companies that want to reduce their carbon emissions are well aware of the issue.

That's why Carlsberg Group, a global brewer headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, has set the lofty goal of powering its breweries with only renewable energy by 2022. 

Subaru of America Helps Reduce Landfill Waste Generated In National Parks

Waste is a bigger problem in national parks than many Americans realize. The National Park Service (NPS) manages over 100 million pounds of waste across the country. Much of that waste is generated by the more than 300 million people who visit national parks annually. Over half (59 percent) of Americans who responded to a survey are not aware of the waste management challenges facing the national parks.

70% Of The World Could Run Entirely On Renewable Energy by 2050

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – By 2050, there’s every possibility that 139 countries – including the UK, US, China and other major economies – could run entirely on energy created by wind, water and solar! That’s according to new research by scientists from Stanford University.

Turning Landfills Into Places Where Solar Power Is Developed

(3BL/JustMeans) The number of active landfills that receive municipal solid waste across the country have been decreasing. There were almost 8,000 of them in 1988, but less than 2,000 by the mid 2000s. What happens to landfills that are no longer active anymore?

How TD Bank Supports Flood Protection In Florida

(3BL/JustMeans) Sea level rise is affecting Florida. Most of Florida’s infrastructure was not built to accommodate major sea level rise, and much of the state’s current coastal infrastructure will need to be either improved or replaced as the sea level rises.

Hurricane Harvey Puts The Texas Trees Foundation’s Work Into Context

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the time of writing this story, Hurricane Harvey is hitting Texas with severe weather; it’s the first major hurricane to hit Texas in nine years and has been devastating—"an unprecedented" weather event. The storm puts the work of the Texas Trees Foundation into context, which has released findings from the 2017 Dallas Urban Heat Island

Vail Resorts Pursues Zero Environmental Footprint by 2030

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Environmentally sustainable resorts can transform the way people vacation and experience nature. If the resort developers focus on fostering healthy environments and supporting local communities, they can become a benchmark for sustainable business practices.  

Europe Shows a "Staggering Increase" in Demand for Renewables

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Last week, ECOHZ, the Oslo-based renewable energy advocacy and certification organization, committed to changing energy behavior, reported a “staggering increase” in the growth of European renewable power generation.

Based on data from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB), an organization that guarantees the origin of European power, the group reported a second quarter surge of 39% in demand for renewable power. “The YTD figure of 377 TWh is already exceeding the total volume for all of last year.”

Both businesses and residential users are specifying renewable power, an option provided by every supplier, though not the default. While many have installed rooftop panels, the majority remain connected to the grid.

Ten countries were largely responsible for the recent surge. The are shown below with the percentage renewable contribution (in parentheses). Note that these rankings may not include guaranteed renewables. (Based on 2015 data)

  • Romania (24.8)
  • Lithuania (25.8)
  • Portugal (28.0)
  • Estonia (28.6)
  • Croatia (29.0)
  • Denmark (30.8)
  • Austria (33)
  • Latvia (37.6)
  • Finland (39.3)
  • Sweden (53.9)

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