Summit Carbon Solutions | February 02, 2022
Summit Carbon Solutions announced further progress on its carbon capture and storage project with the filing of its pipeline permit application in the state of Iowa with the Iowa Utilities Board. Summit's project will connect ethanol biorefineries across five states in the upper Midwest – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota – with the largest portion of the project, consisting of 12 ethanol biorefineries and over 680 miles of carbon dioxide pipeline, in Iowa.
By capturing and permanently storing carbon dioxide emissions from partner ethanol biorefineries, Summit Carbon Solutions will cut the carbon footprint of their ethanol in half, which will ensure the environmental and economic sustainability of these facilities for the long term by opening new markets and improving profitability.
Summit recently began acquiring right-of-way easements for the pipeline component of the project across its five-state footprint. As a company rooted in agriculture, Summit places a heavy emphasis on landowner engagement and is focused on working with landowners who wish to voluntarily participate.
"We're pleased to have begun the permitting process for Summit Carbon Solutions, which keeps us on schedule to be operational in the first half of 2024. This project will be transformational for the ethanol industry and, by extension, the agriculture industry. Farmers and landowners in Iowa understand that ethanol production consumes over 50% of our corn crop every year, which is a big reason why we've had early success signing hundreds of pipeline easements with farmers who have a vested interest in our success."
Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group
Summit will continue its permit application process with other states and jurisdictions in the coming months as it proceeds to develop the first interstate carbon capture and storage project in the United States.
RELEX Solutions | June 10, 2022
RELEX Solutions, provider of AI-driven supply chain and retail planning solutions, announced today that they have retroactively achieved carbon neutrality for 2021 and begun compensating annually for their emissions. RELEX partnered with offsetting provider Compensate to calculate and offset their carbon footprint. In practice, this means the company successfully removed or avoided 2,544 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
RELEX reached the milestone through investments in two initiatives: afforestation in Qianbei, China, where 47,061 hectares of barren land are being converted into a forest, and the Luangwa Community Forests Project in Zambia, which improves local communities and protects 1 million hectares of wilderness areas.
RELEX and Compensate calculated the solution provider’s carbon footprint across scopes 1, 2 and 3, addressing both direct and indirect emissions. The approach allowed RELEX to gain a holistic view of their carbon output, helping the company to innovate, execute, and track new ways to reduce emissions from all three scopes.
“Solving the carbon emissions challenge first requires understanding its scope, so our priority was to gain visibility into how our operations impacted the environment, then counteract those impacts successfully. Reducing and offsetting carbon emissions is everyone’s responsibility – whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or solution provider, it’s important to scrutinize your footprint and take meaningful steps to address it.”
Svante Göthe, Head of Sustainability at RELEX
These global carbon offset projects are in addition to strategies RELEX has already put in place to reduce their emissions. Flexible work-from-home policies, reducing non-essential business travel, successful remote implementations, and maximizing renewable energy coverage in RELEX’s cloud computing are a few examples of current initiatives that will continue to evolve.
“At RELEX, we pride ourselves on how our technology helps retailers, wholesalers, and consumer packaged goods companies become more sustainable, helping customers cut food waste by up to 40%. That’s why it’s even more important that we practice what we preach, both in the long term through emissions reduction, and the short term through emissions offsetting,” says Mikko Kärkkäinen, Co-Founder and Group CEO at RELEX. “We’re proud to support programs such as the Qianbei and Luangwa projects that will have tangible, positive impacts on their regions for years to come.”
About RELEX Solutions
RELEX Solutions helps retailers and consumer brands drive profitable growth across all sales and distribution channels by maximizing customer satisfaction and minimizing operative costs. Our market-leading, unified supply chain and retail planning platform helps retailers and consumer goods companies align and optimize demand, merchandising, supply chain, and operations planning across the end-to-end value chain. We drive record-high product availability, increased sales, improved sustainability, and the best return on investment in inventory, space, workforce, and capacity. Leading brands like Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, Stokke, Rite Aid, Sprouts Farmers Market, AutoZone, and PetSmart trust RELEX to optimize their supply chain and retail planning.
Compensate combats climate change by offering everyone easy access to carbon capture. To achieve this mission, Compensate combines a market-disrupting sustainability approach with scalable software solutions.
Evolve Lubricants, Inc. | February 23, 2022
Evolve Lubricants, Inc. maker of high-performance non-petroleum lubricants for passenger car motor oil and industrial applications, announced Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG tested Evolve's EvoSyn™ non-petroleum renewable and sustainable motor oil in July of 2021. Porsche AG has invited Evolve Lubricants, Inc.'s co-founder, President, & CEO Rick Lee to publish and present the results of the engine testing at the 9th International Engine Congress 2022 in Baden-Baden, Germany, Feb. 22-23.
"We are incredibly honored to have this new disruptive technology tested by Porsche AG, and the results presented in our paper to the 9th International Engine Congress," said Rick Lee. "We feel that this test has validated our EvoSyn™ lubricants performance with our results."
Rick Lee has published the paper Renewable Engine Oils Test at the invitation of Porsche AG at the 9th International Engine Congress. The paper outlines the performance characteristics results of the EvoSyn™ 0W-40 non-petroleum engine oil tested by Porsche AG. The paper is available on the Evolve Lubricants, Inc. website.
Evolve Lubricants EvoSyn™ non-petroleum motor oils are made with advanced technology that utilizes renewable synthetic hydrocarbon molecules. Derived from plant biomass, these motor oils significantly outperform petroleum-based products in a wide array of performance characteristics. These include volatility, oxidation, thermal breakdown resistance to maintain the original viscosity, shear stability, and the reduction of friction and wear, aiding in longer engine life.
Evolve Lubricants' high-performance renewable carbon-negative lubricants help organizations achieve performance and ESG goals while moving away from petroleum-based products. The EvoSyn™ non-petroleum motor oil portfolio meets and exceeds most manufacturer requirements and are drop-in replacements requiring no modification for use in new and older vehicles.
Evolve has the experience of being in some of the highest performing and iconic race cars in the world, including Porsche 917Ks, vintage Formula 1 cars, and modern race cars.
"EvoSyn™ non-petroleum motor oils, engineered using renewable synthetic hydrocarbon molecules, are a breakthrough in modern lubrication. Individuals and companies can begin moving away from petroleum without sacrificing performance."
EvoSyn products are currently available through Evolve Lubricants, Inc.'s website, www.evolvelube.com, and through an exclusive network of EvoSyn™ dealers. Products include 0W-40 European Car Formula, 5W-40 European Car Formula, 0W-20, 5W-20, 5W-30, with more products in development.
About Evolve Lubricants, Inc.
Evolve Lubricants Inc. is a green technology company that has developed and manufactures high-performance non-fossil sustainable lubricant solutions for the consumer, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors.
Evolve Lubricants, Inc. is headquartered in Reno, Nevada. Full lines of lubricants are marketed through this organization. Brands include EvoSyn™ and ECORSA Motorsport™.
Xilica Corporation | January 27, 2022
Xilica®, a provider of collaboration products that help unlock the power of human connection, announces its commitment to decrease the carbon emissions throughout its business to net zero and achieve Climate Neutral CertifiedSM status. Xilica will be carbon neutral across its global value chain, meaning that every Xilica product sold will have net zero climate impact and support the responsibility efforts of its partners and end customers.
As the first vendor in its category to publicly commit to carbon neutrality, Xilica intends to empower customers by enabling more informed purchasing decisions that tie back to a product's impact on the environment. It also hopes that increasing awareness around organizations' carbon footprints will help drive greater reduction efforts throughout the supply chain.
"Businesses have a profound opportunity to help tackle the climate crisis, and limit its impact on economic prosperity, human health and well-being that disproportionately affect segments of society. We know that fighting climate change requires strong, coordinated action across industries, and hope our own efforts will make a positive contribution to the larger movement for greater environmental responsibility."
James Knight, COO, Xilica
As part of its commitment to carbon neutrality, Xilica will work with a range of independent partners including Climate Neutral, an international non-profit organization that collaborates with brands to help offset the entirety of their carbon emissions through systematic measurement and analysis of direct and indirect emissions, supply and management of carbon offsets, and best practice guidance.
"Consumers today are yearning for evidence that companies are aware of their contribution to climate change and committed to erasing it," said Climate Neutral CEO Austin Whitman. "We're thrilled to have Xilica commit to this journey. They will join our growing list of certified companies that are proving that we're living in a new era of leadership on climate by top brands."
About Climate Neutral
Climate Neutral is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to decrease global carbon emissions by creating a trusted net-zero certification for consumer brands. The Climate Neutral Certified label empowers consumers to consciously support companies that measure their entire carbon footprint, offset it in its entirety, and implement strategies to reduce it moving forward. Climate Neutral's standardized process makes it easier for companies to estimate their greenhouse gas footprint, identify credible carbon offsets, and prioritize measures to reduce their emissions. To learn more about Climate Neutral, visit climateneutral.org.
Xilica® creates collaboration products that help unlock the power of human connection. Built on decades of reimagining how people use technology, Xilica's solutions bridge the distance between individuals, teams, ideas and organisations — unleashing the power of understanding to transform business and society for the better. Through our focus on the enterprise, education and government markets, Xilica and its partners touch the daily lives of people in more than 100 countries.