What’s in our supply chain and how they do it

Shoppers browse inside a Walmart in Los Angeles, California. (Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters) As Walmart shareholders gather in Bentonville, Arkansas, to hail the global retail giant’s expansion across global markets, angry workers are assembled outside, in perennial protest against Walmart’s low wages and harsh working conditions. But the workers who take the brunt of the company’s notoriously exploitative labor practices …

Actions needed to pave way for net zero energy buildings

Over 40 % of primary energy use and 24 % of greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to global energy use in buildings so architects and builders are being posed the challenge of creating highly energy-efficient structures. One vision promoted by stakeholders in many countries worldwide is Net Zero Energy Buildings (NetZEBs). To provide an analysis of the market potential and …

Moving from 95% fossil fuel to pollutant free truck traffic from the ports with 40% of US imports – Siemens LA pilot

The growing demand for transport will increase road freight emissions from 1.1 Gigatons (Gt) of CO2 in 2010 to 4.5 Gt by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum (ITF). The ITF predicts emissions from surface freight transport to overtake those from surface passenger transport in the period up to 2050. See References. It is therefore imperative to curb emissions …

Coal plants in India being shut down due to lack of water, and the crisis could get far, far worse – 40% of plants are in water-stressed areas

Drought hits Indian coal plants and expansion plans, by Bob Burton and Ashish Fernandes on 24 March 2016 Shuttershock Despite the Indian Government’s determination to double or even triple domestic coal production, the power sector is now being hit by water scarcity – with a new report warning the crisis could get far, far worse. A little over a week …

Renewable energy and energy efficiency can unlock climate solution, with rapid shift

Energy transformation mitigates climate change, increases energy access, and meets global sustainable development goals The energy sector, accounting for more than two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, must be at the heart of any effort to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. An energy transition is underway worldwide. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy, renewable …

Improving street lighting can be an easy win – National governments are critical

By Rodrigo Villarroel Walker – Cross-posted from the World Resources Institute’ CityFix Lighting represents about 15 percent of global power consumption and 5 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Street lighting alone represents about 3 percent of world electricity consumption. Extensive programs that replace obsolete street lighting systems—incandescent, mercury vapor, and sodium high pressure vapor—with more efficient technologies—ceramic metal halide …