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Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners to develop recyclable, compostable cup solution

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“Our store partners proudly pour sustainably sourced coffee in our 28,000 locations around the world, but everyone wants to take our ability to serve it sustainably to the next level,” said Colleen Chapman, vice president of Starbucks global social impact overseeing sustainability. “No one is satisfied with the incremental industry progress made to date, it’s just not moving fast enough. So today, we are declaring a moon shot for sustainability to work together as an industry to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to the market, with a... Read More »

Gazprom improving efficiency through innovations

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It was noted that Gazprom made consistent and targeted efforts to improve the efficiency of its innovations. The Innovative Development Program until 2025 serves as an effective instrument for setting the priority objectives and lines of work in this area. The Program makes a substantial contribution to the sustainable and efficient development of Gazprom. The Company pays great attention to R&D (research and development) and pre-investment studies, allocating significant resources for that purpose every year. In 2017 alone, that amount ... Read More »

World Water Day: Impressive conservation of natural resources and water recycling at ŠKODA AUTO

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To mark the United Nations’ World Water Day today, ŠKODA AUTO is offering a closer look at its new paint shop, which is currently under construction at the company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. As one of the most state-of-the-art paint shops in Europe, it sets benchmarks in terms of environmental compatibility as well as conservation of resources, and enables a particularly sustainable use of resources. This measure is one of numerous environmental activities, which ŠKODA AUTO groups under the umbrella of its ‘GreenFuture’ Strategy. “Wit... Read More »

Sustainable drive on the dream road: the MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid

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Additional headlights, tires with emergency running characteristics and a roof rack for transporting a spare wheel will make the compact five-door fit for a road trip in a class of its own. Based on the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 2.3 - 2.1 l / 100 km, combined power consumption: 14.0 - 13.2 kWh / 100 km, combined CO2 emissions from fuel: 52 - 49 g / km), the combined power and versatility of its two engines make it the perfect endurance athlete for the Panamericana adventure. Three MINI Countryman Panamericana... Read More »

Samsung Electronics Offices Turn Off Lights to ‘Share the Light’

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This year marks the second global lights-out campaign by Samsung. Last year, Samsung delivered LED lamps to Tiom, a rural village in Indonesia’s Papua province. Tiom residents are now able to continue their livelihood even at night time. This year, solar-powered LED lamps, assembled by employee volunteers in Suwon, will be delivered to rural villages in Mactan, Philippines, and Phitsanulok, Thailand where residents suffer from power shortages. ”Building an LED lantern is not, in itself, a difficult task,” said Kyosung Koo, a Samsung employee... Read More »

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, DSM, Google and Philips receive first power from new Dutch wind farm Bouwdokken

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In October 2016 and January 2017, the companies signed two long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) that enabled construction of two Dutch wind farm projects – Krammer and Bouwdokken. These wind farms, both of which are located in the southwest of the Netherlands, have a total capacity of over 140 MW, enough to power approximately 140,000 households. It is the first time that a group of multinationals in the Netherlands have teamed up to negotiate long-term PPAs directly with project developers, bypassing the involvement of an energy utili... Read More »

New LEED-certified Starbucks a hidden gem in Yosemite National Park

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Now, there’s a one-of-a-kind Starbucks café tucked away in California’s Yosemite National Park, which attracts visitors from around the world. There is no sign on the store's exterior, just the warm glow from floor-to-ceiling windows that beckon visitors like a campfire amongst the towering ponderosa pines and sequoias. The café is part of the new Base Camp Eatery, a remodeled space that occupies the lodge’s old food court in one its original mid-century buildings. The project is a collaboration between the U.S. National Park Service and Ara... Read More »

Gazprom signs Guiding Principles to reduce methane emissions across natural gas value chain

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By signing the document, Gazprom made a commitment to further reduce methane emissions from the Company’s facilities and encourage other market participants across the natural gas value chain – from production to the final consumer – to do the same. The commitment was made as part of the wider efforts by the global energy industry to ensure that natural gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while addressing climate change. Since natural gas consists mainly of methane, a greenhouse gas, its role in the tra... Read More »

Audi Brussels receives certificate for CO2-neutral automobile production

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Audi Brussels will start production of the first all-electric series-produced model from the Four Rings before the end of this year. It makes a statement with a range suitable for everyday use and with innovative, digital technology on board. Audi pursues a holistic approach with regard to sustainable premium mobility. For this reason, the company attaches great importance to the resource-conserving production of its electric SUV. Right from the start of production, Audi Brussels will produce the series version of the Audi e-tron prototype with... Read More »

Volkswagen Group to expand production of electric vehicles worldwide on a massive scale

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The Group currently produces electric vehicles at three locations, and in two years’ time a further nine Group plants are scheduled to be equipped for this purpose. To ensure adequate battery capacity for the massive expansion of environmentally-friendly electric mobility, partnerships with battery manufacturers for Europe and China have already been agreed. The contracts already awarded have a total volume of around EUR 20 billion. A supplier decision for North America will be taken shortly. “Over the last few months, we have pulled out all... Read More »

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