Environmental Management

Environmental Risk Management: A Critical Driver of Sustainability

Jun 21st, 2012 | By
Environmental Risk Management: A Critical Driver of Sustainability

Environmental risks pose a multi-dimensional threat to business that if ignored could consume an enterprise. The reputational risk alone of that “one-in-a-million chance” or “enterprise ending event” can no longer be ignored—ask BP. But beyond the negative ramifications of environmental risks is the often overlooked opportunity for business success that can result from sustainable business
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The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

Jun 17th, 2012 | By
The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

ExxonMobil’s view of the world’s energy future through the year 2040 was recently published in The Outlook for Energy. According to The Outlook for Energy, the future of energy use and development will vary by region, reflecting diverse economic and demographic trends as well as the evolution of technology and government policies. ExxonMobil predicts that
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E-Waste: A Growing Problem

May 7th, 2012 | By
E-Waste: A Growing Problem

My cell phone is 5 years old. It has a tiny screen, an awkward keyboard, and no applications at all, but I stubbornly refuse to trade it in for a new one. It still functions, and for the work I do, it’s really all I need.  Also, I know that if I exchange it, my
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Globally Harmonized System: U.S. Final Rule

Apr 28th, 2012 | By
Globally Harmonized System: U.S. Final Rule

  On March 26, 2012 the United States Federal Register published the final rule on the Hazard Communication Standard/Globally Harmonized System. This final rule will become effective 60 days after the date of publication. The changes will bring the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, which was first adopted in 1983,
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U.S. EPA Releases 2010 Toxics Release Inventory Analysis

Jan 25th, 2012 | By
U.S. EPA Releases 2010 Toxics Release Inventory Analysis

The EPA released its annual national analysis of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2010 on January 5, 2012. The TRI program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into the air, land, and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. Total releases including disposals for the latest reporting year, 2010, are higher than the previous two years but lower than 2007 and prior year totals . . .



The Australian Carbon Tax

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By
The Australian Carbon Tax

In its efforts to tackle the problem of climate change, the Australian government will introduce a carbon tax starting July 1, 2012. Australia’s goal is to reduce the country’s total emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2020; to achieve this goal, the country is starting with a carbon tax,
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China: Environmental Protection Through the Resources Tax Reform

Dec 16th, 2011 | By
China: Environmental Protection Through the Resources Tax Reform

On November 1, 2011, the amended China Provisional Regulation of Resources Tax (资源税暂行条例)[1] came into force. The amended regulation imposes a five to ten percent tax rate on the sale of crude oil and natural gas. The tax rate for rare earth ores and coking coal also increased, while the tax rate for regular coal,
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Oil Sands: Overview of Environmental Law for Alberta, Canada

Dec 11th, 2011 | By
Oil Sands: Overview of Environmental Law for Alberta, Canada

Canadian law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has issued a summary of environmental law that applies to projects in the Alberta, Canada oil sands in western Canada. Oil sands are composed primarily of sand, bitumen, mineral-rich clays and water. Bitumen, in its raw state, is a heavy, viscous, crude oil. According to the Alberta government, Alberta’s oil sands have 170.4 billion barrels of proven reversible reserves. These reserves are the second-highest source of proven crude oil reserves in the world, second only to Saudi Arabia , , ,



VP EHS: Endangered Species or Emerging Hybrid?

Dec 5th, 2011 | By
VP EHS: Endangered Species or Emerging Hybrid?

In this “as good as it gets” economic recovery, companies are intent on growing the top line while minimizing costs. Corporate staffs are shrinking or disappearing entirely, and the traditional EHS role faces internal competition from other groups that are taking on parts of the broader sustainability agenda. In this context, EHS VPs who keep their heads down and do their jobs well may be highly skilled, highly valuable, highly overworked—and highly likely to be headed to extinction. In contrast, entrepreneurial EHS leaders are keeping and expanding their roles by moving beyond their traditional comfort zones . . . .



Download the Macondo Well Investigation Report

Nov 30th, 2011 | By
Download the Macondo Well Investigation Report

Failure of a cement barrier in the production casing string was identified as a central cause of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to the Report Regarding the Cause of the April 20, 2010 Macondo Well Blowout released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
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