Why Leading Global Companies Are Using a New Food Waste Standard to Reduce Waste

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Food loss and waste costs businesses billions of dollars each year and it generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for the carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten.

This means if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet behind China and the US.

While many companies have set food waste reduction targets, there hasn’t been a uniform way to measure where and how much food is lost across operations — some consider food that goes to compost as waste; some companies don’t.

A new international standard, launched today at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) Summit 2016, addresses this issue. According to its developers, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) will create a globally consistent framework for measuring and managing food waste.

National Green Building Standard Approved for Use

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The latest version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved for use by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The residential construction standard provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party green building certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects. Many cities and states offer incentives, such as rebates and additional density allowances, to builders and developers whose projects are NGBS-certified.

ISO 14004: Bring Environmental Management System Benefits to Your Business

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Following the new ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard, the revision of its complementary standard, ISO 14004, has reached final draft stage and is slated for release on March 1, 2016.

Webinar: Laundry Care Products – A Review of Performance, Innovation, and Environmental Leadership

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1245166502584243201

Webinar Topics

  • Laundry detergent formulas
  • Environmental and health impacts of laundry care products
  • Performance testing
  • National standards
  • Environmental leadership and product stewardship

Webinar Panelists

Joe McCarthy, Lab Services Manager, Dell Tech Laboratories
Joe oversees Dell Tech’s laboratory operations, Ecologo and Green Seal initiatives, product-testing activities as well as spearheading client projects with Environment Canada regarding New Substance Notifications, Trade Secret Applications, Domestic Substance regulations and Natural Health Products. Joe is a trained ISO 17025 Internal Auditor, sits on the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Cleaning Products Executive Board and is a member of many committees including the International Harmonization Committee, Test & Standard Methods Committee Cleaning Products Scientific Committee.

John Paulun, Communications Manager, PortionPac
John joined PortionPac Chemical Corporation in 2011 and is responsible for third-party product certifications, regulatory compliance issues and the implementation of customer education strategies.  Involved in maintaining the fidelity of detergent formulations, he helps to ensure a high standard of quality and performance for PortionPac® detergents throughout the manufacturing process.  In addition, John has successfully shepherded numerous PortionPac® products through the rigorous Green Seal certification process.  He is also certified by the ManageMen OS(1) Executive Management Program for janitorial operations.

Webinar: North American ISO 50001/SEP Pilot Program

November 18, 2015 2:30PM to 3:30PM EST

The U.S. DOE invites applications for a pilot program to help companies implement ISO 50001 and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program across multiple facilities throughout North America and worldwide. This pilot program is in partnership with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the national energy agencies in Canada and Mexico, National Resources Canada and Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy).

Applications are due by December 7, 2015. Please join this webinar to find out more information about SEP and the North American Energy Management Pilot Program.

The pilot program involves a series of training workshops to be held in 2016 in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Each country will have a cohort of companies and facilities to participate. Energy management experts will train and coach company staff on ISO 50001 and SEP implementation to identify energy cost-saving opportunities. Companies will also receive international recognition for their commitment to energy efficiency through their ISO 50001 and SEP certifications.

The newly revised ISO 14001 is here

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ISO 14001:2015, which sets out the requirements for an environmental management standard, is one of the world’s most widely used standards and a key business tool for many organizations. With more than 300 000 certificates currently issued around the world, it ranks high on the agenda of many organizations worldwide who place importance on their environmental impact.

A newly revised version has just been published, to ensure it remains relevant to the marketplace. ISO 14001:2015 responds to the latest trends, such as an increasing recognition by companies of the need to factor in both external and internal elements that influence their impact, including climate volatility.

Other key improvements in the new version include:

  • A greater commitment from leadership
  • An increased alignment with strategic direction
  • Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
  • More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life

Using less energy to keep drinks cold

Read the full post from ACEEE.

Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used.