Deloitte opens center dedicated to sustainability reporting
New York City Deloitte, provider of a range of business services, has unveiled its new Center for Sustainability Performance, which will focus on corporate sustainability measurement and reporting.
The Waltham, Mass., center will offer on-site client training, research and development, white papers and research reports, a Sustainability Measurement and Reporting Maturity Model, and consulting and sales support.
The center will provide clients with customized metrics and tools to help them measure, report on and manage non-financial performance, for both regulatory and non-regulatory reporting.
Delhaize discloses global carbon footprint
Belgium The Delhaize Group, which operates Food Lion and Hannaford supermarkets in the United States, said Monday it is disclosing its global carbon footprint and developing further plans to lighten its impact on the environment.
According to a report on GreenBiz.com, Delhaize has pegged its CO2e emissions at 2.7 million tonnes, or .59 tonnes per square meter of sales area, for 2008, the firm said in its latest corporate responsibility report.
The range of emissions per square meter of sales area for similar international retailers is .21 tonnes CO2 per square meter to .64 tonnes per square meter, according to the report.
The assessment for Delhaize, conducted by Environmental Resources Management, and its disclosure fulfill a promise made in the company’s initial CR report, which was issued in 2008 and covered corporate responsibility efforts in 2007.
The group’s stores accounted for almost 86% of emissions, with transportation at 8%; distribution centers at 5.6% and offices at .5%.
In terms of source, 63.6% of the emissions resulted from use of electricity, followed by refrigerants at 25%; natural gas at 2.6%, propane at .6% and light fuel at .2%.
The company said it intends to use the measurement to set further environmental goals and benchmark its progress.
Chipotle is first restaurant to achieve LEED Platinum certification
Denver Chipotle Mexican Grill has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its restaurant in Gurnee, Ill. Built in 2008 under the LEED for Retail pilot program, it the first eatery to receive Platinum certification, the highest LEED-certification level.
“Our team worked hard to ensure that sustainable elements that made sense for this location were seamlessly incorporated into the design of the restaurant, while still giving it the iconic look of a Chipotle,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle.
The restaurant opened in the fall of 2008 and was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use. In addition to a variety of recycled building materials and environmentally friendly systems, the Gurnee location includes a 6 kilowatt wind turbine that generates a portion of the restaurant’s energy on site, as well as a 2,500-gal. underground cistern that harvests rainwater to irrigate the landscape.
Chipotle has designed and built other restaurants in Minneapolis and Long Island, N.Y., to comply with LEED certification standards and is awaiting final certifications on those projects.