Green Energy TV gave FedEx the 2012 Top Green Company Award. FedEx has numerous sustainability initiatives that have won awards. From using recycled paper and reducing carbon emissions, to building solar-electric shipping hubs, FedEx does not just talk about sustainability — they deliver on it. Recent video talk airing on Green Energy TV, from FedEx CEO, Fred Smith. Keep up the great work!
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Green Energy TV gave Suburu, the Top Green Carmaker Award for 2012.
Subaru and the Environment
Subaru of America understands, as should all manufacturers, that it has a great responsibility to the environment. But clean vehicles are just one part of it. Learn what we’re doing to keep the world clean and beautiful.
Subaru is committed sustainability and environmental responsibility. Learn more about our zero landfill plant, Share the Love garden, and other eco-friendly measure at http://www.subaru.com/company/environment-sustainability.html Keep ip the great work Suburu!
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The 2012 Green Energy TV Awards (GETV) will be announced soon. Green Energy TV will announce the Top Green Awards 2012 to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated original leadership in Green. Through this National Award, GETV will recognize extraordinary contributions that advance green practices, renewable energy, and environmental stewardship.
The 2012 Top Green Awards will be given to outstanding individual(s) and organizations in each of the following categories:
- Top Celebrities
- Top Green Companies
- Top Green Non-Profits
- Top Green Products
- Top Green Franchises
- Top Green Autos
- Top Green Restaurant and Food Providers
- Top Green Global Companies
Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of nationally renowned thought-leaders. For more information, please visit www.GreenEnergyTV.com
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Sustainability criteria in Cisco’s supplier scorecards help us to better monitor supplier performance and to collaborate with our supply chain partners, such as D.W. Morgan, to optimize environmental and labor improvements. About Cisco Systems Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com
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The BSR Conference 2012 highlight video features BSR CEO & President Aron Cramer, Global Philanthropy Forum’s Jane Wales, will.i.am, Allen L. White of the Tellus Institute, BeCause’s Mats Lederhausen, Levi’s Michael Kobori, Cisco’s Tae Yoo, Andy Revkin of The New York Times, Worldwatch Institute’s Robert Engelman, Richard Gillies of Marks & Spencer, and many other speakers and attendees.
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For many, refueling their vehicle can be disappointing. It’s the only activity where consumers watch the cost add up, dollar by dollar, quickly eating up disposable income. And much of that money goes right out the tail pipe — only 14-26 percent of the energy from fuel is used to move a vehicle down the road.
Fortunately, the Obama Administration’s new national fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles will improve vehicle efficiency and save Americans money at the pump, all while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and growing the U.S. economy.
Finalized in August, the new standards build on the Obama Administration’s first set of fuel economy increases — the first increase since 1985 — that raised the average fuel economy of passenger vehicles to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Under the new rules, cars and light-duty trucks built for model years 2017-2025 are expected to achieve industry-average fuel efficiency equivalents of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 — nearly double the efficiency of cars on the road today.
These changes in vehicle efficiency will directly benefit consumers. By 2025 Americans can expect to save an estimated $8,200 in fuel costs over the lifetime of a new vehicle — or almost four years worth of gasoline costs for the average household. The standards will also help clean the air we breathe, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 65 percent compared to cars in 2016 and cutting other pollutants that cause soot and smog.
While the standards are based on an industry average fuel economy goal, a manufacturer’s individual requirements depend on the vehicles it produces. This helps preserve consumer choice, meaning Americans can still buy the vehicle that best fits their needs. Consumers don’t have to wait until 2025 to start saving. They are already seeing more efficient vehicles in the showrooms as a result of President Obama’s first round of fuel economy standards, and consumers are responding positively. The average fuel economy of new cars sold in October reached an all-time high of 24.1 miles per gallon, according to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.
Improving light-duty vehicle fuel economy is also one of the fastest ways to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, helping to build an American economy to last. The program will save an estimated 12.2 billion barrels of oil, and by 2025 the standards will cut oil consumption by an estimated 2.2 million barrels a day. The fuel economy program alone with get us more than halfway to President Obama’s goal of cutting oil imports by a third by 2025.
Currently there is a wide range of technologies available to help automakers meet the standards, but achieving these historic goals will also require innovative new technologies and manufacturing. This innovation will spur economic growth and create high-quality domestic jobs. Employing 700,000 Americans, the auto industry is the lifeblood of U.S. manufacturing, and the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the new fuel economy standards will create more than 148,000 jobs from 2017-2025.
At the Energy Department, we are working to promote the innovation required to meet the new fuel economy standards, while making America more competitive and creating the jobs of tomorrow here at home. We are investing in groundbreaking research that will result in cars that have more efficient engines, weigh less and drive further.
Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting companies and the technologies they are developing — with the help of the Energy Department — to reduce vehicle fuel consumption. Be sure to check on Energy.gov to learn about the advancements that will get us to 54.5 mpg by 2025.
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Energy Department Support Brings Game-Changing Advancements in Solar Energy. When it comes to the Energy Department’s investment in solar research, the ways — and the impacts — are numerous. In 2012, solar energy technologies have continued to advance at a record pace. The solar market is also gaining momentum as evidenced by the latest jobs report from the Solar Foundation, which showed that the solar industry is creating jobssix times faster than the overall job market.
Through the SunShot Initiative, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) helps companies overcome both technical and market barriers unique to the energy sector to make solar cost-competitive with non-renewable sources of electricity. For example, San Jose, California-based Solar Junction shattered an existing technical barrier with its commercial-ready SJ3 multijunction solar cell this year. This concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) cell — which uses a focused lens to magnify light to 418 times the intensity of the sun — earned an R&D100 Award and set a new world record of 43.5 percent for solar cell conversion efficiency. The technology, funded in part by the SunShot Initiative’s Incubator program, is based on high-efficiency multijunction research pioneered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With an innovative design that captures both the high-energy and low-energy ends of the solar spectrum, it has the potential to achieve 50 percent conversion efficiency.
Solar Junction’s SJ3 cell is just one of many efficiency records achieved thanks to the support of the Energy Department. And efficiency is just one of many ways that EERE’s far-reaching impact is measured. Independent analyses detailed in the Retrospective Benefit-Cost Evaluation of DOE Investment in Photovoltaic Energy Systems and Linkages from DOE’s Solar Photovoltaic R&D to Commercial Renewable Power from Solar Energy found that EERE investments brought:
- Triple Return on Investment: From 1975 to 2008, the Energy Department spent about $2.3 billion on R&D to advance PV technology, with net economic benefits totaling more than $15 billion with a conservatively-estimated 17 percent internal rate of return.
- 50 Percent Cost Reduction: Since the Energy Department began investing in solar research development and deployment, production costs per watt of photovoltaic (PV) modules fell from more than $100 in the mid-1970s to between $1 and $2 per watt by 2008 with system reliability increasing from 2 to 25 years during this same period.
- Significant Emission Reduction: About 6.8 million tons of CO2 emissions were avoided, with approximately 1.1 million tons of those emissions directly attributable to EERE’s investments.
- Knowledge and Technology Transfer: Energy Department support of early solar PV research led to foundational knowledge that drives today’s private sector innovation, including an estimated 274 patent families.
- Innovation Spillover: Over time, the influence of Energy Department-funded thin film PV research has spread extensively to the broader semiconductor device industry.
Originally funded by the U.S. government in response to disruptions to the nation’s energy supply in the 1970s, solar energy technologies are now providing a reliable source of domestic energy that can improve the nation’s energy security and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness. EERE’s continued support remains essential for accelerating the development of advanced, low-cost PV modules and fostering a thriving solar industry that can compete in the global clean energy race.