Monthly Archives: February 2012

Enthusiasm for renewables in Asia Pacific

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Dave Gralnik
Energy and Sustainability 

I just read our new Global Sustainability Perspective report on China’s approach to sustainability, and can attest that our people in Asia Pacific who put this together captured the can-do spirit of the region.

After a week in China and another in India—every day filled with back-to-back meetings with solar developers and portfolio owners—I feel as… Read More

Funding energy upgrades, California style

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Moh Palizi
Energy and Sustainability Services

The California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC) is working with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to create a program with some similarities to solar power purchase agreements and PACE programs, enabling commercial and residential owners to pay for energy upgrades with the cost savings that those upgrades produce. Called On Bill Repayment, the proposed program… Read More

Categories: Sustainability.

Low cost, high impact sustainability strategies

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Parker White
Energy and Sustainability Services, Asia Pacific

Owners can spend a lot on sustainability measures that don’t yield much benefit, or they can spend very little and improve properties a lot. If the second option sounds more appealing, here are three key ways to make sure you’re getting the best results at the lowest cost:

• Focus on process improvements.… Read More

Here come the hybrids!

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

Over this past weekend I went to the Chicago Auto Show, expecting to see the newest in all-electric vehicles.  I did not see many at all.

But, I did notice a different trend … nearly every car manufacturer now has a hybrid.  Toyota, Chevrolet, Ford, Lexus … even Porsche and Mercedes.

What’s happening?

I think we are… Read More

Categories: Sustainability.

Rating systems are a beginning, not an end

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Chris Wallbank 
Head of Energy and Sustainability Services, Asia Pacific

In the early phases of an organization’s sustainability strategy, green rating systems and certification are often seen as the final goal, when in reality they are a means to an end. Rating systems are useful to improving awareness and establishing a baseline for improvement. Over time,  the more sophisticated and active participants… Read More