Cheers to Making Beer More Sustainable
“As a consumer of natural resources, it's our responsibility to limit our consumption but at the same time to advocate for healthy, sound resource management policy,” says New Belgium’s Bryan Simpson.
That is why New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Aspen Brewing Company and more than 50 other breweries, have all signed the Climate Declaration to call for action on climate policy. And they’re not just talking the talk. Brewers are using renewable energy, cutting transportation emissions, reducing energy use and more to tackle climate change.
Watch the video below to learn more about what three Colorado breweries are doing to make their beer more sustainable and encourage others to do the same.
L’Oréal USA Deepens Commitment to Action on Climate Change
In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will take place this fall in Paris, L’Oréal USA announced today that it will further its commitment to sustainability by joining the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition, which advocates for broader clean energy policies. BICEP, a project of Ceres, is a coalition of businesses committed to working with policy-makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation that will enable a rapid transition to a low-carbon, 21st century economy. In 2008, BICEP was launched with five companies and has since expanded to 35 leading companies, such as General Mills, Nike, and eBay Inc., which represent a broad spectrum of business sectors.
As a coalition member, L’Oréal will work directly with key allies in the business community and relevant policy-makers in the global transition to clean energy. This work includes advocating for support and implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan which will set the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power sources in the United States. Under its global sustainability program, Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal pledges that 100 percent of products will have an environmental or social benefit and 100 percent of strategic suppliers will be evaluated on their social and environmental performance. In addition, carbon emissions in absolute terms, as well as water consumption and waste per finished product, will be cut by 60 percent.
Increasingly, American Fortune 500 companies are focusing on reducing their energy footprints and investing in renewable energy. Industry and business leaders are attracted to policy environments that allow them to leverage efficiency and clean energy investments to save money, lock in fixed energy prices, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This week, companies and investors traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to defend the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, and to lend their support to a proposal to extend the state’s renewable energy investment tax credit.
Last week, BICEP’s director Anne Kelly attended the 2015 Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, where she moderated a panel on corporate engagement in climate policy alongside representatives from eBay and VF Corporation.
Aveda knows that caring for the world in which we live means helping to make it more beautiful while also caring for the environment. Their business of beauty hopes to sustain for years to come. That’s why Aveda supports expanding clean energy in their home state of Minnesota.
The 2015 Ceres Conference in San Francisco gave us a lot to be hopeful about in the world of clean energy, thanks to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Danny Kennedy of Sungevity, who both served as speakers at the conference.