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  • Product information can promote sustainable food consumption

    Providing information to consumers on the environmental and social impacts of their food purchases could help change their consumption choices, research from Norway suggests. In a psychological study, researchers noted an increase in the number of organic and fair trade products bought per week when participating consumers were informed of the products’ benefits for the environment and the ...

  • Business opportunities in sustainable consumption

    BSR"s latest report examines the newest frontier of sustainability, outlining the opportunities for companies to deliver value to customers, society, and the planet by promoting sustainable consumption-an economic and social system that allows all individuals to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Groundwater footprint reveals unsustainable water consumption

    Reservoirs of water stored under the earth’s surface, otherwise known as groundwater, are a valuable resource. However, using a footprinting method, a new global study has indicated that about 1.7 billion people live in areas where groundwater is being used more quickly than it can be replenished. Groundwater supplies water to billions of people and is important for agricultural ...

  • Persuading the public to reduce bottled water consumption

    Despite tap water being freely available and safe in many countries, bottled water is widely consumed around the world. This has negative effects on the environment, including water wastage and pollution. This study assessed beliefs about purchasing bottled water and tested three strategies to change behaviour, showing that combining persuasive information and social pressure can create the most ...

  • Business takes a lead on sustainable consumption

    Business can play a leading role in fostering more sustainable consumption patterns, according to a report released by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The report, Sustainable Consumption: Facts and trends from a business perspective (1.3 MB), is the result of a year-long study of the relationship between business activities, consumer behavior and environmental and social ...

  • Commission urges Italy to ensure that water intended for human consumption is healthy and clean

    The European Commission is opening infringement proceedings against Italy for its failure to ensure that water intended for human consumption meets European standards. Water contamination from arsenic and fluoride is a long-standing problem in Italy, and for the Latium Region in particular. Under the ...

  • Water used for EU power production equivalent to annual consumption of Germany

    Nuclear, coal and gas plants in Europe use 4.5 billion m³ of water a year, equivalent to that of 82 million EU citizens – the same as the population of Germany – new research shows. Energy production represents 44% of the EU’s total water use: more than any other activity. Yet wind energy, which uses no water, avoids the use of 1.2 billion m³ of water per year , ...


  • Grundfos Pumps to Halve Water Consumption For Irrigation at Fresno Facility During 2011

    Grundfos Pumps Corporation today announced that it will voluntarily cut in half the amount of potable water used to irrigate its 27-acre campus here during 2011, with plans to eliminate the practice entirely by the end of 2012.  As a result, the global pumps and pumping systems manufacturer will save roughly 3 million gallons of potable water during 2011 – enough to fill four ...


    By Grundfos

  • Global Consumption Trends Break New Records

    From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution, and climate change may come with underappreciated social and environmental costs ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Global Consumption Trends Break New Records

    From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution, and climate change may come with underappreciated social and environmental costs (www.worldwatch.org). ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • GE’s New LEAPprimary Technology reduces the energy consumption

    Characteristics of GE´s new LEAPrimary technology: High Removal of Total Suspended Solids (50-70 Percent) and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (25-40 Percent) Reduces Energy for Biological Treatment by 25 Percent and Enables Energy Recovery Replaces Conventional Clarifier/Fine Screen Technology and Fits in as ...


    By General Electric

  • Efficiency of Buildings Critical to Reducing U.S. Energy Consumption

    Addressing our nation’s existing and future building inventory presents one of the greatest opportunities in the United States for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, according to Ingersoll Rand Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Lamach, who took part in an event today during the Democratic National Convention titled ...


    By Ingersoll-Rand Company

  • EPA and TDSHS warn against consumption of contaminated fish

    During the week of February 6-12, 2012, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) will be in the area of South Alamo, Texas, to speak with residents about the contamination in the Donna Reservoir and Canal. This effort is being made to provide local residents with information about the health risks of consuming fish ...

  • Understanding environmental consequences of population growth and consumption

    Interactions between population growth, consumption and the use of natural products and services have created an unsustainable pressure on the environment. New research has provided a detailed investigation into the relationships between these three trends, providing insight into how to alleviate these pressures. It concludes they cannot be addressed by market mechanisms or technological advances ...

  • How to measure environmental pressures from production and consumption?

    The consumption and production of goods and services is currently unsustainable in Europe, with ‘decoupling’ of environmental pressures from economic growth insufficient to date. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) describes methods for quantifying environmental pressures caused by European consumption patterns and economic production sectors. These methods can ...

  • Sustainable water management: better information for better choices

    'Clear information and citizen involvement are crucial if we are to bring about improvements in Europe's environment, particularly in the field of water', says Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the EEA. In a keynote speech at the European Water Partnership workshop (4th September 2008) in Zaragoza, Spain, Professor McGlade described sustainable water management as 'one of our ...

  • GE smart grid technology, enabling customers in Germany to track energy and water consumption

    The 33,000 citizens of Erding, Germany, will benefit from the environmental advantages of GE smart grid technologies in a major step toward managing energy and water consumption. Stadtwerke Erding, the city’s public works department, is implementing a groundbreaking pilot installation that will consolidate and report data to homeowners on energy and utility usage, including electricity, gas, ...


    By General Electric

  • Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company Reduces Water Consumption by 50% at All Three Mines

    Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company, a Fairmount Minerals company, has reduced its freshwater consumption by more than 50% during the last three years at all of its mines, which are located in Maiden Rock, Bay City, and Menomonie. The mines are recapturing, recycling, and reusing nearly all of the process water following significant capital investment in new technology. In Pierce County, the ...


    By Fairmount Santrol

  • GE to reduce annual energy consumption by more than 11% and water usage by 20% in company data center

    GE has used for cooling at its Ohio data center. In addition, the new solution will save two to three million gallons of water – or 20 percent – while also reducing use of water treatment chemicals at the facility by 50 percent. “GE technology can address more than 50 percent of data center energy usage from power supply, distribution, cooling and lighting, and its solutions can result in a 40 ...

  • Assured Automation Reports on Metering and Monitoring Water Consumption Across America’s Golf Courses

    The economic challenges currently facing America’s golf courses boil down to four major problems: the impact of the recession, two decades of over-construction, a lack of new players, and increased water costs. With unemployment in the US hovering around 10%, and underemployment between 5 and 6%, many golfers are either reducing their annual golf expenditures or ...


    By Assured Automation

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