Friday Green Energy News Roundup

Here’s a roundup of the top sustainability news stories from this week:

Obama says that more incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are what the US needs.

In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, Obama urged the Senate to move forward on climate change legislation. “To create more clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. It means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America,” he said.

New buildings in London cut carbon emissions by a third.

The capital’s Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged to cut emissions 60% by 2025 and has focused efforts on the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for 71% of emissions. The carbon savings from new developments has increased from an average of 29% in 2006 to 34% in 2009 above basic building regulations. Carbon savings are being made through the use of passive heating, energy efficient lighting, combined heat and power units and on-site renewables.

Clean Energy Week Feb 1-5 To Showcase Urgent Need To Move Clean Energy Legislation to Forefront of Nat’l Policy Agenda

70+ organizations in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental fields are joining forces to launch Clean Energy Week February 1-5. Clean Energy Week is meant to showcase the importance of enacting clean energy policy as a means of creating new jobs, ensuring U.S. global leadership in the emerging clean energy era, enhancing national security and preserving our planet for the generations to follow.

General Electric tops list of world’s most sustainable companies.

The first-ever ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies lists General Electric at the top. The ranking collected data on 3,000 global public companies and evaluated them according to 11 different metrics. To be considered sustainable, companies must “squeeze four times more wealth out of every resource they use.”

Securities and Exchange Commission voted to require that companies disclose the impact of climate change on their businesses.

The Securities and Exchange Commission decided on Wednesday to require that companies disclose in their public filings the impact of climate change on their businesses — from new regulations or legislation they may face domestically or abroad to potential changes in economic trends or physical risks to a company. The new requirements are “designed to improve the quality of disclosures filed by U.S. public companies for the benefit of investors.”

Costco Is Named 2009 Sustainable Grocer of the Year

Costco has proven to be an industry leader in the efforts in energy reduction, wallet friendly shopping, substantial organic food offerings, recycling programs, consumers and employees, private label principles, buying practices, packaging and value, geographic presence, and corporate social responsibility.