Energy and Utility

Global Logistics Emissions Council releases new framework

Planes, trains, ships and automobiles form the backbone of a supply chain and are vital to the global economy. They also generate greenhouse gas emissions, which forward thinking companies aim to control. Carbon accounting and reduction provides a strong business case as well as meeting the expectations of customers, governments and investors.   In the [...]

Sustainability at the 2015 Rugby World Cup

15…14…13…hours until Rugby World Cup 2015. Tomorrow marks the first game of England v Fiji at Twickenham. The excitement in New Zealand has not been lost at FoundationFootprint.  As the returning champs for the World Cup, the pressure is on for New Zealand. But there is something out of Dan’s control, which, as sustainability professionals, [...]

By | 2015-09-23T23:29:18+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Buildings, Energy and Utility, FoundationFootprint|

China Goes Green

China is known to have the world’s largest installed capacity of wind farms, it is the world’s leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, and produces more hydroelectricity than any other country. Yet, it is also known to be the world's biggest polluter and energy consumer. According to a Forbes article , China's government is focused [...]

By | 2015-09-24T00:10:47+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Cities, Energy and Utility, Government|

Sky-Rocketing Global Carbon Dioxide Levels in Atmosphere

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is highest in a million years. This is based on air samples taken from 40 sites around the world. “This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide concentrations to rise more than 120 parts per million [...]

By | 2015-06-18T04:15:29+00:00 June 18th, 2015|Cities, Energy and Utility|

Which cities are the worst energy hogs?

A new study on 'megacity metabolism' -- the world's first comprehensive survey of resources says that New York is an energy hog, London and Paris use relatively less resources and Tokyo is great at conserving water. A study done by engineers at The University of Toronto found that today's megacities are home to only 6.7 [...]

By | 2017-01-02T13:30:43+00:00 May 24th, 2015|Cities, Energy and Utility, Government|

Coal Consumption Continues to Grow

Global coal consumption grew by 3% in 2013, well below the 10 year average of 3.9% but coal is still considered the fastest growing fossil fuel with Germany being considered as one of the countries to burn large quantities of coal.  The great news is that many researchers say that that coal use has shrunk [...]

By | 2015-09-23T23:38:20+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Energy and Utility, Energy Manager|

New Method for Carbon Accounting Proposed

It may be surprising to know that in some instances countries are rewarded for policies that increase global emissions and punished for policies that contribute to reducing them. A solution has been presented for the problem. An extremely useful study at Lund University has been proposed which suggests accounting for carbon emissions which enables policy [...]

US Water Unrest At A Rise

Have you ever wondered why a developed country such as the US is more likely to undergo water unrest than an underdeveloped country? For those who have not heard the term water unrest before, it might seem surprising how familiar the term actually is. It basically refers to the tensions between different geographical areas and [...]

By | 2017-01-02T14:22:17+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Cities, Energy and Utility, Financial, Government, Water|

Interest in Fossil Power Investment Wanes

Philippe Joubert, past Alstholm president has warned fossil stations they will become obsolete and run out of investors as things are going. This is quite a flip in attitude given his past employer’s historic record of contributing massively towards pollution caused by some older-generation power stations. Perhaps he has seen the light after rubbing shoulders [...]

By | 2017-01-02T13:59:30+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Energy and Utility|