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This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.

How Old Materials Can Make New Construction Green

Posted by Rachel Reese on Apr 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Construction is one of humankind’s dirtiest practices, and makes green construction a challenging idea. Conservative estimates suggest construction is to blame for more than 4 percent of worldwide particulate emissions, which is a significant cause of changing climate and deteriorating air quality, as well as more water pollution incidents, which include those from the notoriously dirty oil industry. 

The Importance of Sustainable Packaging

Posted by Michele Carchman on Apr 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM


A crucial aspect of delivering sustainable products and services is sustainable packaging. In designing sustainable packaging for a product, companies need to answer a few questions, including: will it attract consumers to the product; how much will it cost; and will it provide needed protection for my product?

How Tech Companies are Promoting Sustainability

Posted by Ben Wilde on Mar 29, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Tech companies realize that sustainability is a good investment. Sustainability ensures business continuity by conserving resources. A company cannot produce goods and services without sufficient raw materials (e.g., clean water, wood, minerals, etc.). This, in turn, means decreased revenue for the company. In 2014, Unilever CEO Paul Polman declared that climate change-related natural disasters are costing Unilever at least USD300 million a year.

Setting Emissions Reduction Targets within the Corporate Sector – Part 2

Posted by Megan Crawford on Mar 2, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Check out Part 1 of this series if you missed it!

What is a science-based target?

Emissions reduction targets adopted by companies to reduce GHG emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase from pre-industrial times to below 2°C, as described in the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5). Our planets current trajectory is leaning toward a 4°C temperature increase above pre-industrial levels.

Setting Emissions Reduction Targets within the Corporate Sector – Part 1

Posted by Megan Crawford on Feb 29, 2016 10:30:00 AM


According to CDP, more than 80% of the world’s 500 largest companies established emissions reduction or energy-specific targets in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Since you cannot manage what you do not measure, setting emissions reduction targets allow companies to measure and track the progress of their annual GHG emissions associated with direct operations and their supply chains.

Thank you, Saudi Arabia! For Making it Possible to Implement a Carbon Tax to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Feb 23, 2016 10:30:00 AM


On Monday, December 7, 2015, governments and companies were lamenting the lowest price of oil in 6 years (US$37.50/barrel of West Texas Intermediate) when Saudi Arabia chose not to cut its oil production due to a lack of agreement by OPEC members. Experts are now speculating that the price of oil will drop further to below $30/barrel when Iran, a significant oil producer, has full market access.

Ten Tips on how to Survive a Winter Power Outage

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Feb 9, 2016 11:16:30 AM


My heart goes out to the millions of residents in the Eastern United States who have been hit with a massive, high wind, winter blizzard and  extended power outages lasting more than a few hours.

How Sweden Became the World’s Most Sustainable Country: Top 5 Reasons

Posted by Ben Wilde on Jan 12, 2016 2:47:41 PM


Sweden is ranked as the Most Sustainable Country in the World for 2015 according to the Country Sustainability Ranking study. The Scandinavian nation emerged ahead of 59 other countries evaluated on a broad range of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) components, retaining the lead position it secured last year. The Country Sustainability Ranking is based on crucial risk and return drivers important for investors, and consists of 17 indicators that provide insights into the investment risks and opportunities associated with each country.