Chevy Volt Still Tops EV Sales

The Chevy Volt is still outselling other EVs, even Tesla’s Model S. It’ll be interesting to see how battery technology accelerates and how it impacts pricing.

Climate Progress had a snippet on that recently.

“investment pundits think that Tesla Motors is on the verge of achieving something big: A battery cheap enough to make electric vehicles cost-competitive with conventional cars..Motley Fool is reporting that the company is on the right track towards developing a battery that costs only $100 per kilowatt-hour — a cost widely believed to be the threshold where electric vehicles can finally be cost-competitive.”

And besides the obvious price difference, Nissan doesn’t have limits on distribution, something Tesla’s fighting in several states.

Give it a few years and we’ll be laughing even harder at the Lexus ad below.

Some Staggering Stats On Food Waste

American consumers, manufacturers and retailers let 60m tonnes of food go to waste in 2010; in the European Union nearly 90m tonnes are spoiled annually. According to the United Nations the developed world wastes almost as much food as sub-Saharan Africa produces in a given year. Unsurprisingly, startups are lining up to tackle this “market”.

via Food waste: Reusing refuse | The Economist.

Houston’s One Bin Waste Management Strategy

“The process utilized in Houston will remove materials of less than two inches early in the sorting process to minimize contamination.  From there, products will be sorted into various “streams” for resale, reuse, or disposal. In addition to mining all conventional recyclable commodities, the design will produce compost or carbon-neutral fuel streams from the remaining organic waste.  All components of the facility and process are field-tested and proven, arranged to maximize productivity, uptime, and diversion rates.”

via One Bin For All: Houston Finds Hidden Value in Waste | Data-Smart City Solutions.

The Business Case For Going Green

When I hear the term “going green,” these days, it seems a bit campy. And that’s a good thing. Green has moved past the realm of recycling and into the C-Suite’s psyche. Smart companies realize there’s no magical point where all the check boxes are filled and a company suddenly becomes “green.” It’s a roadmap that needs to be developed, nurtured, and sustained for the long haul. So what are some of the compelling reasons to for pushing a green agenda this Earth Day?

Efficiency Equals Cost Savings

One of the best ways to upsell green benefits is to frame the discussion around efficiency. From processes and supply chain tweaks, to resource utilization and facilities management, there’s plenty of areas to find the low hanging fruit that can be optimized or eliminated to create savings. Watch for this area to explode in 2014 as more businesses become aware of energy costs and buildings and office environments become better equipped to monitor and report usage. An added bonus for efficiency evangelists is the consumerization of smarter infrastructure. Companies like Tesla and Nest have brought clean energy and smart technologies into the American household. It’s just a matter of time before that infiltrates offices everywhere.

Push The Paperless Mentality

If there’s a no-brainer initiative, it’s going paperless. With today’s technology, you’ve run out of excuses for not doing it. Paperless projects usually end up being much larger than companies anticipate. That’s because once things are digitized, there’s an organizational epiphany that occurs. One department is suddenly efficient, better organized, and less dependent on paper. Why aren’t we all doing this? Exactly. If you’ve ever needed a reason to reduce paper, use this Earth Day to build the business case. Get with a vendor that can help you analyze which processes are best suited for a digital upgrade. Less paper is so

Recruitment and Retention

The lifeblood of your company is your people. Use your green commitments as a recruiting tool. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that has a conscience? The key is to market your sustainability roadmap as well as you market your products and services. A business needs to show how green practices are baked into its service and delivery model. It’s not so much the why, but the how. Get good at explaining the how.

New Business Opportunities

Lucky businesses or entrepreneurs probably weren’t lucky at all. They made their own breaks. In other words, they saw opportunities that were out of sight to competitors. Companies that adopt green practices have the same opportunity. Every industry is being reshaped by the need to mitigate risk. Whether it’s climate change, resource scarcity, or energy costs, organizations that understand what it means to be resilient will be the ones to uncover new business opportunities. When a company becomes so good at managing a resource, (i.e. waste) there’s probably others willing to pay for that expertise. This Earth Day, make it a point to scrutinize your company’s sustainability plan. There’s a good chance you might uncover opportunities to expand a business line of service offering.

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