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SC Johnson Used 40% Renewable Power in 2011

SC Johnson sourced 40 percent of its electricity from renewable resources in 2011 and aims to increase that amount to 44% over the next five years, according to its annual public report, 360o of Greener Choices. The company says it met or exceeded all of its sustainability objectives for 2011 and set new five-year goals with an increased focus on product lifecycle — from supply chain and manufacturing, to reducing packaging, greater recyclability, and more consumer education. Though privately held, SC Johnson has shared information about its corporate responsibility goals over the last 20 years. Highlights of the report include: SC Johnson has reduced its global greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent since 200, and reduced U.S. emissions by 27 percent since 2005, far surpassing a stated goal of 8 percent. SC Johnson announced that it is planning to build wind turbines at its largest worldwide manufacturing facility, Waxdale, which will enable the plant to produce 100 percent of its electrical energy on-site. Using its patented Greenlist™ process, SC Johnson has continued to improve its products. Since 2001, the percent of “better” or “best” ingredients** used in the company’s products increased by 33 percentage points. The 2016 Plan The report introduces SC Johnson’s next set of five-year sustainability objectives. These include: Increasing the use of Greenlist ingredients rated “better” or “best” 58 percent by 2016. Communicate to the people who buy SC Johnson products about the materials used and the impact of the company’s operations. Increasing post-consumer-recycled content across product packaging to 30 percent. Decreasing packaging across product lines by 5 percent. Offsetting 30 percent of virgin material use through innovative partnership and packaging advances. Reducing emissions from SC Johnson operations by another 6 percent. Additionally, the company says it will continue its work to improve lives through infectious disease prevention, efforts at the base of the economic pyramid, and community investment and volunteerism. SC Johnson is using Twitter to communicate about its sustainability goals at @SCJGreenChoices....

Green Building to grow by 23% to $245.4 billion by 2016

In the five years to 2016, revenue in the Green & Sustainable Building Construction Industry is forecast to increase at an average annual rate of 23% to $245.4 billion, including a rise of 18.3% in 2012. An upturn in total building construction activity will drive this growth, as the sector recovers from the aftermath of the Great Recession and the real estate market collapse. Additionally, firms will likely benefit from growing environmental concerns, consumer sentiment toward energy-efficient products and sustainable materials and demand for energy cost-savings renovations. This trend will likely be supported by ongoing government incentive programs, designed to promote sustainable building practices. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Green & Sustainable Building Construction industry to its growing Commercial & Institutional Buildings report collection. Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) December 06, 2011 In the five years to 2016, revenue in the Green & Sustainable Building Construction Industry is forecast to increase at an average annual rate of 23% to $245.4 billion, including a rise of 18.3% in 2012. An upturn in total building construction activity will drive this growth, as the sector recovers from the aftermath of the Great Recession and the real estate market collapse. Additionally, firms will likely benefit from growing environmental concerns, consumer sentiment toward energy-efficient products and sustainable materials and demand for energy cost-savings renovations. This trend will likely be supported by ongoing government incentive programs, designed to promote sustainable building practices. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Green & Sustainable Building Construction industry to its growing Commercial & Institutional Buildings report collection. Over much of the past decade, environmental concerns have emphasized the importance of building design and construction that maximize the energy-efficiency and sustainability of homes, buildings and structures. Cities, counties and states have altered building codes to promote the use of energy-efficient building designs and products and sustainable materials, helping drive demand for green building construction. Tax subsidies and measurable cost savings have also supported this trend. Also, the establishment and acceptance of green building and energy-efficiency rating standards has invigorated demand for green and sustainable building construction. These standards include the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and the federal government’s Energy Star program. As a result of these trends, demand for green and sustainable building construction has increased dramatically over the five years to 2011, though overall construction has fallen. Consequently, IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the Green and Sustainable Building industry has risen at an average annual rate of 26.9% to $87.1 billion in the five years to 2011, including a 13.3% increase in 2011 alone. IBISWorld’s latest report provides an overview of the Green & Sustainable Building Construction Industry in the US which constructs energy-efficient buildings, such as LEED-certified buildings. In addition to being energy efficient, green buildings are largely composed of sustainable materials made from plastics and recyclable goods. Many contractors in the industry operate over a range of construction sectors; as demand in one falters, operators will shift to more stable markets. A growing number of contractors have entered the green building construction market after traditional markets were decimated in the recession. As a result, competition within the industry has grown. According to IBISWorld’s latest report, Turner Construction has a prominent presence in the Green and Sustainable Building industry. The Turner Corporation is owned by Germany’s largest construction firm, Hochtief, and operates one of America’s largest construction firms, Turner Construction Company. Despite booming demand, profit margins have contracted slightly as operators increasingly compete for projects on price. According to IBISWorld analyst, Kathleen Ripley, over the five years to 2016, the Green & Sustainable Building Industry is expected to experience exceptional growth, with revenue projected to increase at an average annual rate of about 23.0% to $245.4 billion. “Many types of construction projects and activities will drive demand for green building construction, as property owners, developers and regulators increasingly emphasize environmental protection, energy conservation and cost savings,” says Ripley. A recovery in construction activity will further support this growth, as demand for new construction projects rebounds in the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis and real estate bubble collapse....

Pepsi trae la primer botella ecologica vegetal y con cero petroleo

Afortunadamente, algunos de los gigantes de la producción están comenzando a poner atención a la necesidad de prácticas de consumo ecológico. Y la buena noticia es que la empresa PEPSI ha desarrollado un botella ecológica para sus bebidas que es100% vegetal y 0% petróleo, la primera en el mundo con estas características. Su producción comenzará el año próximo. Para la elaboración de esta botella sin petróleo, se utilizan materiales naturales como pasto, corteza de pino, hojas de maíz, entre otros. A partir de ellos crean una estructura molecular identica a la del polietileno tereftalato (PET) -el material más utilizado en las botellas plásticas– y con sus mismas características. Los benificios de esta nueva botella vegetal son muchos. Para empezar, su fabricación implica disminuir altamente las emisiones de carbono relacionadas a la fabricación de plásticos. Además, el resultado es un material biodegradable. La empresa Pepsi, reutilizará a su vez los desechos de su producción de jugos (cáscaras de naranja) y snacks (cáscaras de papa)....

Honda Reveals All-Electric Fit Hatchback

Honda already offers a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles – gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell electric and natural gas-powered. But this week, the automaker revealed its first all-electric plug-in vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show: the 2013 Honda Fit electric vehicle (EV). Based on Honda’s popular Fit hatchback, the EV model offers a driving range of 123 miles on a single charge, Honda estimates using the EPA’s city cycle test methods.  The company anticipates that the car will receive a combined city/highway EV range of 76 miles on the new fuel economy labels. The Fit’s lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in three hours using a 240-volt outlet, the company says. Starting at $36,325 – or less than $400 a month – the Fit EV will be available for lease to customers in select California and Oregon cities next summer and in six East Coast markets in early 2013. Interested customers can sign up for the car’s waiting list at www.FitEV.Honda.com. READ: Inside the New 2012 Ford Focus Electric Fit EV drivers can maximize the car’s driving range or improve acceleration by using the three-mode electric drive system, which features Econ, Normal and Sport modes. When the driver selects Econ mode, driving range can increase by as much as 17 percent over Normal mode. If the driver needs to pick up speed, he can switch into Sport mode. The Fit EV also features a standard telematics system that helps drivers monitor the vehicle’s charging status through their smartphone and computer or through an interactive remote that Honda supplies. The car’s standard navigation system can locate public charging stations, as well as provide updated traffic information. A day after Honda unveiled its Fit EV, the editors of Green Car Journal announced at the LA Auto Show that Honda’s natural gas-powered Civic won the 2012 Green Car of the Year award....

Google Stops Its Mission to Make Cheap Renewable Energy

San Francisco:  Google has deserted the mission to make cheap renewable energy, which was begun in 2007 focusing on solar power technology. Instead of, it would continue to create “cleaner, more efficient energy”, as well as to obtain renewable energy for its data centers as noted in its blog post. Google also said that it has stopped seven of their projects counting Renewable Energy with Knol, also a Google project that aims to include user-written articles on a range of topics, reports Reuters. “To recap, we’re in the process of shutting down a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward,” wrote Google Senior Vice President of Operations Urs Holzle in the blog post. Google also plans to signify the third so-called “spring cleaning” message that has made by Google Co-Founder Page who took the initiative in April on its corporate blog. Other projects included in “spring cleaning” were Google Knol, Google search timeline, Google Gear, Google Friend Connect, Google Bookmarks Lists and Google Wave. Drastic change has come as google is facing hard competition in the era of mobile computing and social networking from Apple and Facebook. Google said its email and calendar applications will no longer support Gears technology which allows some online files to be used offline. As an alternative, it is now working to make offline capabilities into HTML5 technology....

Bombilla LED de Panasonic, no echarás en falta ni el filamento

Panasonic ha presentado una bombilla LED que reproduce fielmente la apariencia de una bombilla típica de incandescencia. Tiene un casquillo estándar y supone un paso más en la línea de iluminación que persigue imitar el aspecto de la bombilla tradicional de incandescencia, aunque, eso sí, con muchísima más eficiencia. La bombilla LDAHV4L27CG tiene una potencia lumínica equivalente a la de una de 20 W consumiendo sólo 4.4W. Posee un índice de color (CRI) de 80 y una temperatura de color de 2.700 K (similar a la mayoría de las de incandescencia). Su duración, como la de la mayoría de las bombillas LED, es de unas 40.000 horas. Tiene un ángulo de 300º, lo que la hace similar a una incandescente....

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