(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.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Water transportation can and needs to get cleaner. The largest ships sailing across the world’s oceans currently emit a great deal of toxic gases and particulates that often amount to the same as one million cars. The good news is that with new technology they can become energy independent electric vehicles emitting zero emissions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leading global investors increasingly recognize the challenges posed by climate change and its long-term impact on business and economy. Some of the major investors are already shifting capital in a way to support a low carbon global economy. Integrating carbon management into investment decisions is critical to achieving the larger goals of climate risk mitigation.
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.
(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.
(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.”
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Running a premier financial company in the world’s largest national market comes with a vital responsibility to all stakeholders and communities. These companies can use their core competency of financial knowledge to empower and educate the people as well as operate in way that positively impacts the society and the environment.
(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.