Beyond carbon: Emissions cuts the energy industry has missed

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As we enter the second half of the year, activity is picking up in advance of the United Nations’ COP21 climate summit in Paris this December.

China just released its “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” to peak its carbon-dioxide emissions around 2030. And in June, six oil and gas majors — BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total — published a joint letter to the U.N. and international governments to affirm their own climate commitments and call for action to ensure we remain within the 2 degrees Celsius threshold.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, responded with her own open letter to welcome the oil and gas industry’s efforts and suggest ways they can support government action.

Whatever Paris delivers, the energy sector can make immediate progress to build momentum for the transition to a low-emissions economy. The industry is uniquely positioned to address short-lived climate pollutants — black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons — through fast mitigation.

Indeed, up to 1 degree C (PDF) of temperature rise can be avoided this way. Based on BSR’s work with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), there are three main areas where the sector can make progress on short-lived climate pollutants:

GreenBiz 101: The slow but steady march toward Grid 2.0

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The phrase “power grid” calls up vivid images of high-voltage wires, gigantic transmission towers and meters spinning 24×7 to track every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed.

While that distribution infrastructure certainly will exist for decades to come, the information systems controlling how electricity supplies are added, how power flows and where it illuminates lights, air conditioners, manufacturing equipment, data centers and the rest of our power-hungry, wired world are undergoing a profound overhaul.

Central to that evolution are sensors, wireless communications, integration equipment and software applications that offer more insight than ever into consumption trends “behind the meter.” Taken collectively, these technologies are shaping what is being increasingly dubbed “Grid 2.0.”

How Adidas is pioneering open-source sustainability for sports

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Adidas is among the most admired companies in the world, especially when it comes to sustainability.

In January, Corporate Knights, “the magazine for clean capitalism,” ranked the sporting goods and apparel giant No. 3 on its list of the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.” In fact, Adidas was the only textile, apparel or luxury good company that made the list.

That raises the question of what makes the company tick so consistently when it comes to sustainability, despite the financial pressures of the athletic apparel marketplace. It uses an approach most commonly associated with the tech world: Open source innovation.

What a true ESPN of sustainability would look like

Over at GreenBiz, Raj Sapru responds to last week’s article “Can Collectively become the ESPN of sustainability?” He says, “We do need an ESPN-like presence that can provide timely data, pointed critiques and lively debate, and represent real-time critical voices in the field,” and goes on to detail the attributes necessary for such a site.

Webinar archive for Do You Want a Receipt With That? BPA and BPS in Thermal Receipt Papers

If you missed today’s webinar on BPA and BPS in thermal receipt paper, you can watch the recording, download the slides, and learn more at http://www.glrppr.org/meetings/#bpa.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has developed a retailer toolkit available at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/receipts. If you work in a restaurant or retail outlet that uses thermal paper, or know someone who does, you should definitely check this out.

At the Core of Sustainable Electronics

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There’s rightfully much ado about the climate — from extreme weather events, severe droughts and water crises to fossil fuels and the race to renewables. However, there’s far too little talk about electronics and their role in environmental ecosystems.

Improving Industrial Processes by Adopting a Renewable Approach

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The manufacturing industry is in constant need of innovation to survive — and many are not aware of the limitless potentials surrounding the crucial need for eco-friendly approaches within industrial manufacturing. Sustainable thinking must be implemented at all levels of the organization to address inefficiencies throughout all our systems, especially when it comes to the use of our finite natural resources — air and water. This is a worldwide imperative necessary to keep growing in an evolving international marketplace.