Catch up on the week’s green business news including an energy-efficient IT project at Shell, Target’s new five-year sustainability goals, eco-recognition for Holland America Line and renewable energy at New York City’s Barclay hotel.

Shell launches global energy-efficiency project

Shell has chosen AT&T and Cisco to facilitate a massive global wide energy-efficiency project. The three companies will work together to improve the oil company’s information technology (IT) infrastructure by first calculating the carbon footprint of Shell’s IT operations. After calculating the carbon footprint, energy usage patterns will be determined and reduction recommendations will be made.

Several changes will likely occur including the removal of redundant equipment, reducing the building space required by IT operations, optimizing underused IT systems and even implementing AT&T Telepresence Solutions to host virtual meetings and reduce business travel.

Target announces new sustainability initiatives

Retail giant Target announced several new company-wide sustainability initiatives this week. The company has set several five year-goals including:

  • Reducing landfill waste by 15 percent
  • Reducing water use by 10 percent per square foot
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per square foot and 20 percent per dollar of retail sales
  • Earn an EnergyStar rating from the EPA for 75 percent of its buildings
  • Improve inbound transportation fuel efficiency by 15 percent and outbound transportation fuel efficiency by 20 percent
Learn more about these goals by visiting the Target Here for Good website.

Holland America Line receives several green awards

If you’re in the market for a cruise, check out Holland America Line. The company recently received several different green awards including the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award from the U.S. Coast Guard. The award is granted to organizations that go above regulatory standards and shine in the marine environmental protection realm.

Holland America Line was also named as the World’s Leading Green Cruise Line during the World Travel Awards and received a Blue Circle Award from the Port of Vancouver for reducing air emissions.

InterContinental New York Barclay embraces renewable energy

The super luxurious InterContinental New York Barclay hotel is embracing renewable energy by committing to using 100 percent renewable energy. The company is able to achieve this by purchasing wind energy renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Sterling Planet.

The 685-room hotel will purchase more than 6.3 million kilowatt hours of Green-e Energy certified RECs from U.S.-based wind farms. The switch to clean energy will lead to a reduction of 8.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions while supporting the growing green economy in the United States.

Weekend reads: Green business
Shell's new green IT project, Target's sustainability goals, a green cruise line and wind energy for a luxury hotel in New York City.