Sappi Limited continues to reach new milestones by completing the Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification audit at its Cloquet Mill. Based in Northern Minnesota (United States), the mill is one of the first dissolving pulp facilities to complete this external verification process. A final score of greater than 80% was achieved which is an endorsement of sound environmental practices employed by the mill. Supporting the call to accelerate transparency in the textile and apparel sector, a detailed performance report will be made available to all key stakeholders on request. Developed by the SAC, the Higg FEM is part of a suite of tools that enables manufacturing facilities of all sizes to measure and score their environmental performance against a standard set of criteria, allowing for meaningful and credible performance benchmarking in the apparel and textile sector. Across topics such as water use, carbon emissions and labour conditions, consumer goods brands, retailers, manufacturers, governments, NGOs and consumers can use the Higg Index to inform their individual sustainability strategies and drive collective industry transformation.
U.S. renewable power just hit an important milestone, as the percentage of the nation’s power coming from wind and solar just hit double digits for the first time. A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that 10 percent of the nation’s power was supplied by wind and solar during the month of March.
While 10 percent of the nation’s power might not seem like a lot, this is a significant milestone for renewable energy. Meeting this goal proves that wind and solar aren’t vanity projects, but are a real and important part of U.S. energy infrastructure.
It also demonstrates how far renewable energy has come in the last decade. In 2007, wind and solar generated less than 1 percent of the nation’s energy. Just ten years later, renewables are on the verge of outpacing coal and nuclear in the U.S. energy portfolio.
If this trend continues, we could easily hit 15 percent by 2020, and many cities and states are interested in seeing that happen. Several municipalities around the country are committed to getting all or most of their energy from renewable sources in the next decade, and several states like California and New York have promised to generate 50 percent of their energy from renewables by 2030. In a few years, energy from wind and solar might even be competing with natural gas as our country’s dominant energy source.