On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance that provides tribal governments and entities with support to produce clean and renewable energy. The START program was launched in December 2011 and has helped 21 tribal communities advance solar, wind, biofuels, and energy efficiency projects. The program is open to Indian Tribes, Alaska Native regional corporations, and formally organized tribal energy resource development organizations. Applications are due to the DOE Office of Indian Energy by May 1, 2015, and up to five projects will be selected by the end of June 2015.
ISO 50001: the route to successful energy and carbon management
ISO 50001 isn`t one of those certificates that you work hard to gain and then quietly forget; it`s the backbone of successful day-to-day energy and carbon management. The international energy management standard draws on global best practice from more than 50 countries. Evidence shows that ISO50001 accredited organisations are achieving energy performance improvements of 10 per cent or more, often through low and no-cost measures. It specifies the requirements for building, maintaining and continually improving...
Corporate sustainability: A guide to measuring and improving energy efficiencies
As environmental scrutiny of global industries continues to grow, governments are seeking to impose energy efficiency targets on companies in order to comply with new directives. One solution is to encourage energy suppliers to become energy service companies, who work with customers to identify potential savings and share the benefits this delivers. For the global food processing industry, this provides a welcome opportunity to measure and accurately assess the energy utilization of the manufacturing process...
Are you wasting the cashback potential of energy audits?
If the government offered your business £20 cashback on every £100 you spent on energy, you would probably head for the front of the queue. Yet that`s exactly the sort of money saving opportunity an energy audit can deliver. The Carbon Trust`s analysis of a sample of recent ESOS energy savings opportunities assessments showed that an average cost reduction of 20% was achievable through cost-effective energy saving measures. On an average energy spend of £1.8m, this translates into potential...
How can we ensure the race for clean energy doesn’t leave the world’s poorest citizens behind?
As in other places around the world, Mexico’s wind boom runs the risk of bypassing the poor, which is why we need new global standards. Wind power is booming in Mexico. With more than 3,200 megawatts in operation, the country is on par with Japan. By 2018 it expects to have 10,000 MW installed as part of the government’s Climate Action Plan. Promising, right? Scratch the surface of that boom, however, and you’ll find uncomfortable truths: land rights conflicts and perceived inequities in...
What smart businesses know about corporate social responsibility
Companies that are most successful in turning CSR into a business advantage do these three things well. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world (see more). In this installment, Alice Korngold, author of A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Finding Solutions to Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot...