New York State will be the first in the nation to totally change its electric power market to become greener, more efficient and resilient. Gregg C. Sayre, a member of the New York State Public Service Commission, shared this and more at The Energy Times Executive Briefing in Washington on March 19, a new event launched by Penton’s Energy & Buildings division. The event brought utility executives and industry thought leaders together to outline the electric utility revolution. The objective, Sayre said, is “a complete restructuring of the utility distribution market, top to bottom. Nobody has done it before.” “One goal will be to spark widespread deployment and adoption of distributed generation. The state has already identified 100,000 people in the state who are off the grid – a finding that startled regulators,” Sayre added.
The prestigious Portafolio Awards are held annually in Colombia to recognise people and companies who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in areas including the environment, customer service, business and social initiatives. A large group of companies, including some of the world’s leading brands, were gathered at the event along with the country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos.
Alvaro Henao, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Colombia, said: “We are excited and proud to receive this award. It recognises Smurfit Kappa Group´s commitment to initiatives that help improve the environment and develop the communities in which we operate.
“At Smurfit Kappa, we believe in sustainability in every fibre and this includes running our plants and mills in a sustainable way and being socially responsible.”
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of Smurfit Kappa’s ongoing global sustainability programme, with the company investing in the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates.
‘People’ is one of the five strategic pillars of the company’s commitment to sustainability along with forest, climate change, water and waste. Smurfit Kappa engages with and actively supports people in local communities to build a sustainable future. Examples of successful initiatives delivered by the company to date include:
*Schools and education programmes in Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Poland and Venezuela
*Vocational training and work placements in Norway
*Recycling workshops in Spain and the Czech Republic
*Conservation projects to protect the flora and fauna in forests and plantations in Colombia
*Environmental clean-up of local area in Russia.
This latest award follows on from Smurfit Kappa ranking in the top 1% of Ecovadis’ worldwide sustainability ratings earlier this year.