Philips, United Nations Global Compact, and Cargill Choose Partnerships for New Corporate Responsibility Programs - Energy Minute for January 30, 2013

Jan 30, 2013 5:30 AM ET
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Philips and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have announced a partnership to introduce more energy-efficient lighting in cities. The Mayor’s Lighting Partnership enables mayors to access free energy assessments from Philips to show how new lighting technologies save money, deliver greater energy efficiency, and help turn iconic landmarks into destination points. With state-of-the-art lighting technologies such as LED, cities can lower their energy consumption while enhancing the security and lighting of streets, buildings, and public spaces. Philips will develop turnkey lighting solutions that integrate energy assessments, design, installation, financing, project management, and maintenance. The company will also offer innovative financing with no up-front costs and a short payback period so the cities’ savings cover the cost of implementation.

The United Nations Global Compact and the Nobel Sustainability Trust are collaborating to accelerate the transition to global sustainability. As part of the new partnership, the Trust will support Caring for Climate, the world’s largest climate action platform for business. This online platform identifies targeted action areas in various locations and creates concrete opportunities for business and other stakeholders to implement green solutions. The UN Global Compact will support the portfolio of the Nobel Sustainability Trust, which is designed to encourage the research and practice of sustainable and renewable energy. The two organizations will also leverage their networks and matchmaking competencies to advance the Global Compact’s social enterprise and impact investing framework and NST’s Sustainability Projects Value Chain Platform.

Cargill’s Truvia brand is the first stevia-based sweetener to earn certification of its product carbon footprint. The makers of Truvia worked with the Carbon Trust to certify greenhouse gas emissions throughout its supply chain, including cultivation, processing, packaging, transporting, and use and disposal. Waste and water footprints were also verified. The certified metrics are part of Truvia’s plan to manage the carbon footprint of the stevia leaf extract, with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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