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Saudi Arabia Looks Beyond Oil Towards Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Saudi Arabia is a fairly new country, so it would be obvious that its environmental standards lag behind those the Western world. However, the Kingdom is working hard to catch up. It recognises that it needs to train and engage its small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to have a better understanding about sustainability and its practices.

Cities Pushing Beyond Climate Change

Guest blog by David Connor, UK Regional Voice Lead

As the world conversely becomes better connected in an increasingly uncertain future, we are seeing the roles of cities and governments fluctuate to meet the needs of their people and our environment.

JPMorgan Chase Proves Business Can Lead On Climate Change

(3BL/JustMeans) JPMorgan Chase has a big global reach. It has offices and operations in over 60 countries in more than 5,500 properties that cover about 75 million square feet—about 27 times the square footage of the office space in the Empire State Building. When a company that big announces new environmental sustainability goals, it has an impact.

Tinder Urges Users To Swipe Away Selfies With Tigers

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Dating app Tinder has asked its users last month to stop using selfies with tigers on their profiles. “It’s time for the tiger selfies to go,” the company wrote in a blogpost. More often than not, these photos take advantage of beautiful creatures that have been torn from their natural environment. Wild animals deserve to live in the wild.” 

How the Dutch Are Moved By Wind

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Man’s first use of wind technology goes back some 5,000 years when wind-powered boats were first seen on the Nile. For centuries wind-driven ships plowed the waves, as some still do. In time, wind was put to work pumping water and grinding grain. The Dutch refined this technology in the 15th Century, using it to drain lakes and reclaim land that had eroded into the ocean, creating polders, where millions now live. The first wind turbine for electric generation was invented by Charles Brush, in Cleveland, Ohio in 1888.

Wind power. Transportation. Holland. In a nutshell, that’s our story for today.

The Royal Schiphol Group, the aviation company that owns and operates several major airports in the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam airport bearing its name, the 14th busiest in the world, has just made an announcement. As of January 1, 2018, all their business units will run on sustainable power.

The announcement states that the group will purchase 200GWh of electricity from Eneco Group of Rotterdam for the next 15 years. The intent is that, in time, all of the wind power will be produced in the Netherlands. Eneco, while not well known in the US, has interests in Germany as well. The company was ranked #8 in the 2017 Sustainable Brands Top 100.

Included in this agreement are Schiphol (Amsterdam), Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport. All will receive sustainable power. Together, the airports consume around 200 GWh, which is roughly equivalent to the consumption of 60,000 households.

Reducing Food Waste In Canada

(3BL/JustMeans) Food waste is a big problem in Canada. About one third of all food produced in that country for human consumption is wasted. This food waste costs about $31 billion a year. Most of the food waste winds up in landfills where it rots and emits methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon.

Las Vegas Sands Aligns Environmental Performance with UN SDGs

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The conversation on sustainability is ever evolving, and now it includescompanies such as a Las Vegas entertainment business. For a developer and operator of integrated resorts surrounded by a desert, efforts at energy efficiency and environmental sustainability not only reflect a commitment in corporate responsibility, but are also a smart financial decision.

Nespresso Proves That Single Serve Coffee Makers Can Be Environmentally Friendly

(3BL/Justmeans) Machines that brew single cups of coffee are extremely popular. Single serving coffee brewing machines are the second most popular brewing system in the US after drip coffee makers. In 2017, 29 percent of American coffee drinkers used them to brew their favorite drink.

Renewables on the Rise: A Look at How Far We’ve Come

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — When you’re climbing a big mountain, sometimes it’s good to turn around and see how far you’ve come, even if you still have a long way to go. Certainly, the transition to a clean energy economy is a huge mountain, but the folks at the Environment New York Research & Policy Center, have given us a breathtaking look back on what has been accomplished on this climb over the past ten years. At a time when so little is getting done in Washington, and what little movement there has been, has been in the wrong direction, it’s heartening to see how much has been accomplished, primarily as the result of efforts by other actors.

The group reports in Renewables on the Rise, that “Clean energy is sweeping across America, and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead. “

Here are some highlights.

  • America produced almost 8 times as much electricity from sun and wind as we did in 2007, and those two sources combined to produce 10% of the nation’s total for the first time this past March.
  • At the same time, the country is using nearly 10% less energy per capita than a decade ago. Nearly all of that decline was in fossil fuels. [in 2007, fossil fuel consumption was 85.927 quads, compared to 2016 when it was 78.569].
  • Breaking it down further, solar produced 43x more power than ten years ago, while wind produced 7x as much.
  • Energy consumption fell 14% relative to GDP, which should put to rest the idea that more energy is needed to grow the economy.
  • Electric vehicle sales surged in 2016 by 40% to 157,000 vehicles
  • Utility scale energy storage grew twenty-fold between 2007-2016.

The report also breaks down the data along several dimensions including geography. Not only did no one region of the country dominate the renewable scene, neither did political affiliation. A number of traditional “Red states,” including Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina played leading roles in the deployment of solar or wind technology.

The Environmental Challenges and Opportunities Facing Food and Beverage Companies

(3BL/JustMeans) — Food and beverage companies need to buy agricultural commodities to make their products. Commodity sourcing can be very challenging. Agricultural productivity is affected by the increasingly erratic weather patterns that climate change brings, plus groundwater depletion and soil erosion. Illegal and questionable practices in supply chains are brought to light by campaign groups.

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