ENGIE North America’s Ken Cowan on its transformation and integration of acquired companies

March 3, 2020 by  
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Ken Cowan, vice president at ENGIE North America, says the energy company, which has a legacy in traditional energy sources, is committed to renewables, “both wind, solar and services to really meet our customers’ needs.”

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General Motors’ Rob Threlked on advancing utility-customer partnerships

November 11, 2019 by  
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Utility-customer partnerships are key to advancing clean energy programs in corporations. Hear Rob Threlked’s take on how General Motors are beginning to align their sustainability targets with their customers in order to move the industry forward.

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The Wally Shop is bringing zero-waste grocery delivery to Brooklyn

January 28, 2019 by  
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Zero-waste grocery delivery has made its way to Brooklyn. The Wally Shop is attempting to change the grocery game by delivering local, organic produce from farmers markets and bulk stores to customers. The food is placed in packaging that the company later picks up and reuses. The new delivery service wants to help with the global waste problem and reduce addiction to single-use plastic by making sustainable grocery shopping more convenient. The idea came from Wally Shop founder and CEO Tamara Lim after she noticed how much unnecessary packaging was used every day when she managed the packaging and shipping department at Amazon. Related: Precycle, a zero-waste grocery store, opens in Brooklyn “I want to help break down the boundaries that come with being a sustainable consumer — having a delivery service that brings you local , fresh produce in reusable packaging allows shoppers to make better choices without sacrificing time or convenience,” Lim said. “The reusable packaging supports a shift toward a circular economy, where there is no waste involved.” The Wally Shop is currently offering produce delivery, but in the coming weeks, it plans to expand to other product categories like meats , seafood, grains and herbs. The company is also committed to transparency with product sourcing by providing their customers with that information on their receipts. Lim said it is important to provide customers with locally sourced ingredients that have a low carbon footprint and are package-free. She added that this is the healthiest option for customers as well as the environment. When customers place their orders, The Wally Shop selects the produce and delivers them the same day. This means that the produce goes from farm to table in just hours. Couriers deliver all orders in reusable packaging that they pick up during a future delivery. This method creates a zero-waste “closed-loop system” that prevents packaging and shipping containers from ending up in a landfill. Currently, The Wally Shop is operating in select neighborhoods in Brooklyn , but it hopes to expand into other areas in New York City as well as cities like San Francisco and Boston. + The Wally Shop Image via Shutterstock

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How CMS Enterprises plans for the planet, profit and people, with president Rich Mukhtar

November 6, 2018 by  
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It might not be easy for an energy company to commit to the “Triple Bottom Line” paradigm, but CMS Enterprises, the non-regulated, non-utility arm of CMS Energy, is committed to science-based targets for environmental goals. Cutting carbon emissions, especially coal projects, investing in battery storage for portfolios are all strategies that the company is employing.”It’s about doing what’s right but also being responsible to our shareholders and our customers,” he said. “We cannot ignore climate change … as an energy company, we have a responsibility to address it.”

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The next BPA? Why businesses must get ahead of hormone-disrupting chemicals

July 20, 2018 by  
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Toxic substances are found throughout supply chains; here’s how to take action to keep your customers — and your business — safe.

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Does sustainability lead to better companies?

July 20, 2018 by  
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It’s the age-old chicken-and-egg question: Are sustainable businesses more successful? Or are successful businesses more sustainable?

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Cheers to clean power adopters, activists and evangelists

July 20, 2018 by  
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We’re also looking beyond you, big cities.

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IKEA renewable electricity plan could save customers 300 per year

February 23, 2018 by  
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IKEA has set a goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 — and they want their customers to live more sustainably too. That’s why they’ve partnered with Big Clean Switch to help people transition to clean power. Using a collective switch model, they’ve secured “an exclusive tariff on 100 percent renewable electricity” — which could save households more than £300 each year . IKEA aims to help people make the change to a renewable electricity provider. According to Big Clean Switch , renewable electricity tariffs work like this: “When you’re on a renewable electricity tariff, your supplier promises to match the amount of electricity you take out of the National Grid by ensuring the same amount of renewable electricity is put in. The more this happens, the greener the Grid should get.” Related: IKEA plans to cut food waste in half by 2020 — here’s how The deal is just for the United Kingdom — but if you live there, you could save hundreds of pounds on your electricity bill each year. Big Clean Switch said making the change is easy; they estimate it will take under five minutes, with no engineer visits necessary, and supply won’t be disrupted. IKEA UK sustainability manager Hege Sæbjørnsen said in a statement, “At IKEA, our commitment to sustainability goes beyond minimizing the impact of our own operations to having a positive impact on the world around us. We want to provide our customers with innovative solutions that will help them live a more sustainable life at home and save money in the short and long term.” IKEA UK started offering solar panels and battery storage for homes last year — we’d love to see the products in the United States! If you live in the UK and want to sign up for the IKEA renewable electricity offer, you can express your interest here . Suppliers will compete to offer their best value tariff, and when the campaign goes live on March 6, IKEA and Big Clean Switch will get in touch with people who expressed interest to let them know the cost. The tariff will only be available from March 6 through March 26. + IKEA + Big Clean Switch Images via Depositphotos and Karsten Würth on Unsplash

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Reinventing Infrastructure With Digital Efficiency

October 2, 2017 by  
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Digital efficiency is a critical differentiator enabling competitiveness and growth in companies and countries. The industrial internet enables efficiency improvements that yield economic gains and environmental benefits beyond the traditional development and introduction of new technology. Leaders from GE, Intel and MWH will share insights and global examples of how embracing digital efficiency has returned costs savings, reduced emissions, and created greater productivity within their own operations and for their customers.

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Cummins beats Tesla with a fully-electric semi truck

August 30, 2017 by  
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Tesla is expected to unveil its electric semi truck next month, but Cummins just beat them to the game with its own fully-electric heavy duty truck. Cummins is known for its hardworking diesel engines, but now the company is looking to the future with the debut of the electric Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV. The Cummins electric truck , known as AEOS, is powered by a new battery pack that is lighter and denser, giving the truck a longer driving range and faster charging times. The truck can carry up to 44,000 pounds and its 140 kWh battery pack only takes an hour to charge on a 140 kWh charging station. The AEOS only has a 100 mile-range, which means that it’s more ideal for shorter trips in urban environments. Tesla’s semi is expected to have a driving range of around 200-300 miles. Related: Tesla’s electric truck will have a 200-300 mile range Cummins hopes to cut the charging time down to 20 minutes by 2020. For drivers that need a longer driving range, the company is working on an extended-range model that will use a diesel engine to act as a generator for the battery pack. The extended-range model will have a much more usable driving range up to 300 miles and will cut emissions by 50 percent compared to diesel-hybrid trucks. “These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc. “We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future .” + Cummins Images @Cummins

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