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State of Green Business Report 2012 2012-08-17 - No Comments



The fifth edition of the State of Green Business Report 2012 of GreenBiz was published at the beginning of this year. The aim of this report is to measure environmental impacts of the emerging green economies. It measures 20 different aspects of environmental performance:






  • Carbon intensity: emissions of energy-related carbon dioxide per unit of GDP
  • Carbon transparency: S&P 500 companies responding to Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Cleantech Investments: Venture capital investments in clean technology
  • Clean-energy patents: patents issued by US Patent Office
  • Corporate reporting: number of reports from S&P 500 companies
  • Employee Commuting: Number of workers driving solo, carpooling or using mass transit
  • Employee telecommuting: number of US telecommuter household
  • Energy efficiency: energy use per unit of GDP
  • Environmental financial impacts: environmental damage costs as a percentage of economic output
  • E-waste: percentage of recovered equipment
  • Fleet impacts: estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle
  • Green IT: products certified under Energy Star and EPEAT
  • Green office space: renewable energy as a percentage of all electricity generation
  • Organic agriculture: sales of organic food in the US
  • Packaging intensity: materials used per unit of GDP
  • Paper use and recycling: paper and recycling per unit of GDP
  • Toxic emissions: toxic releases per unit of GDP
  • Toxics of manufacturing: emissions per year of 27 bio-accumulative and toxic chemicals
  • Transparency: how much data companies disclose on environmental impacts

According to this report, companies are on the right track: they continue to dedicate time and resources to setting and meeting ambitious environmental goals. However, in some cases, the evolution into greener businesses is slowing on some indicators, such as investments in clean technology innovations, overall energy intensity, certifications of LEED buildings, paper use and recycling.


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