Carson-Neste Partnership Makes It Easier for Cities and Businesses to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_img Carson partners with Neste. (Credit: PRNewsfoto/Neste.) As part of its commitment to provide sustainable products to its customers, Carson has long sought a reliable, permanent source of renewable diesel fuel to help its customers affordably comply with regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon’s transportation sector.Today, Carson is proud to announce that it has achieved this goal by extending its renewable diesel agreement with Neste – expanding it into a multi-year contract. Through this partnership, Carson will be able to continue to provide its extensive government and commercial customer base across the Pacific Northwest with a reliable supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel at a competitive price.Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, was one of the first companies to introduce renewable diesel into Oregon after the state adopted its Clean Fuels Program. Neste MY Renewable Diesel delivers up to 80% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over its life cycle when compared with fossil diesel. Additionally, the fuel is shown to deliver superior performance and reduce maintenance costs.“This new, long term partnership with Carson is part of our commitment to bring more renewable diesel into Oregon,” says Carrie Song, vice president for Renewable Road Transport for Neste in North America. “We are proud to play our part in helping keep the state’s vitally important large, heavy road vehicles – whether they are big rigs, emergency response vehicles, or construction equipment – moving with less greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.”Jeff Rouse, Carson’s VP of Business Development, agrees: “Through our partnership with Neste we’ve hit upon not just a quality fuel that’s good for the environment, but a fuel that is good for our customers’ equipment and fleets as well.”Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made from renewable and sustainably sourced waste materials such as used cooking oil and grease, not crude oil. The company collects this waste from thousands of hotels, restaurants, stadiums and other venues with industrial kitchens across North America. Renewable diesel is different from other biofuels, as it can be safely used either in neat form with no engine modifications.Carson’s partnership with Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ will help Oregon businesses and fleets transition to a more efficient, cleaner fuel alternative.Because Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a “drop-in” fuel, fully compatible with all diesel engines and the existing fuel distribution infrastructure, it requires no special equipment or modification to transition fleets away from fossil fuels. This makes it an accessible way for governments and businesses to more quickly achieve their climate or sustainability goals by immediately reducing emissions and phasing out the use of fossil fuels.While similar in chemical composition to fossil diesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is unique when it comes to performance. Because it contains no impurities, it combusts more efficiently, and engines run cleaner. As a result, vehicles that use Neste MY Renewable Diesel typically require less maintenance.Beyond improved performance and lowered emissions, Neste MY Renewable Diesel performs better in extreme cold conditions (down to -4°F/-20°C) and can be stored over longer periods of time without deterioration in quality or water accumulation when compared to fossil diesel. For businesses with a lot of variety in usage during different seasons, this can bring substantial savings in fuel costs.“We have uncovered absolutely no performance hiccups by switching to renewable diesel — it’s almost too good to be true,” reported Gary Lentsch, Carson customer and fleet manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board.A member of the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, Carson looks forward to continuing to contribute to advancing environmentally responsible, sustainable, and renewable fuel sources for its Oregon customers through its partnership with Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Source: Company Press Release Carson’s partnership with Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ will help Oregon businesses and fleets last_img read more

Technology and innovation

first_imgAs a rather young credit union operations manager I vividly recall a down economy that was driving our industry towards operational efficiency through the integration and effective use of various technologies. I remember the credit union rallying around the member, internal and external, to see ourselves through the lean times and thinking that the movement is learning very important lessons about the need for technological improvement and the pace of change surrounding it. As we collectively rebounded in the previous decade did the hard lessons learned resonate with the industry? Statistics tell me they did not. According to the NCUA, since June 2008 we have added 34.4 million members for a total of 133 million members, a whopping 39% increase. At the same time credit unions added 81,353 full time employees (FTE) for a total of 300 thousand, wait for it…an increase of 37%. We now serve 406 members per FTE as opposed to 400. Our scale should allow for significantly more efficient operations if we act on the presumption that the majority of the 2,600 real person credit unions that no longer exist since 2008 were less technologically sophisticated. Given the lean times we are all currently experiencing—what is the path to a more efficient organization and resilient credit union in the face of multiple “once-in-a-generation” challenges? We can start with a look toward Managed IT and “as a Service” or aaS solutions.What is the current state of your Data Center? Do you have the availability you need to serve a geographically dispersed member group? First, ensure your Disaster Recovery procedures are updated and accurate. Do you have a technology partner hosting your Data Center that is appropriately geo-dispersed or are you inhouse? How engaged is your partner in reviewing and setting procedures?Redundancy can be expensive as it relates to network solutions. Sit down for a conversation with your technology partner and review your architecture for proper connectivity, redundancies and to look for expense reduction opportunities. After all, what is the point of a robust Data Center solution if your internet and connectivity are unreliable?With a properly connected set of network solutions how comprehensive is your voice solution? Is it complete, properly managed and do you have an actionable schedule of required and desired upgrades? As the various aspects of your IT area are reviewed, make a priority list, step back and determine if a plan is actionable or if you have obstacles such as staffing that need to be addressed. Speaking of “as a Service” (aaS); risk is always growing, and it is certainly outpacing the 39%-member growth since 2008. Like many aspects of the growing as a Service solution set, risk can also be addressed through technology partners. One of the keys here is the adequate assessment of risk associated with operating your credit union, as you are reviewing enterprise risk, GLBA risk or your cyber security environment—understanding potential threats is paramount in consistent and secure credit union operations. Is your technology partner properly engaging as you review your business continuity and disaster recovery planning? What does your managed security service look like from your firewalls to patch and maximize your vulnerability management process? Are your controls designed with security and functionality at top of mind or is it an ad-hoc solution? Is your combination of managed and hosted security set by institutional design or through the skill and persistence of a select few determined employees? What do you do as a management team when those talented individuals take on new challenges? If nothing else, ideally this article prompts you to review your internal processes.  There is so much that cannot be adequately covered in our new work environment from a single-entry; but it can serve to drive important conversations that should not be sidelined during a downturn in net revenue. Does your credit union:Have a proper audit process in place?A plan to address your data center needs this year and in 2025?A proper update and upgrade plan?For partner solutions, SLAs in place?An internal team to review and act on SLAs?This is just a start and a key point to keep in mind is that IT is not a silo. IT can feel like that sometimes because of the intimidation factor around the technology; it has been my credit union management experience that questions may be avoided because a genius in lending does not want to be perceived as ignorant or unprepared. Be mindful of that when speaking with non-technologists. Everything your internal committee decides to do directly impacts Accounting, Branch Operations, Card Services and your Contact Center. The decisions you make should include engagement with the areas impacted, not to avoid necessary changes but to properly vet the plan to ensure adequate resources are assigned to achieve the proper improvement in the member experience. So much can be said for great and not just acceptable member service but one for one growth in the member/FTE ratio indicates we have not embraced the technology available to create a more efficient and effective work force. Like in 2008, we can change that starting in 2020 so that our movement is better prepared for the challenges that await us in 2032.  “As a former Director of Emergency Operations, I can say that redundancy and connectivity is important for disaster preparedness. Each of the considerations above take vision, leadership, and actionable steps to ensure mission continuity—which is what our credit union members expect!” – Tony Hernandez, President&CEO, Defense Credit Union Council This is placeholder text 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Gukeisen Mr. James Gukeisen is the Director of Business, Credit Union Division for FIS, a strategic partner of the Armed Forces Financial Network.  He is a 19-year credit union movement veteran, … Detailscenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

NBA: James’ ‘dream shake’ helps lift Lakers over Celtics

first_img “I just gave a little dream shake to the baseline and was able to open up the middle and get my fadeaway,” James said. Loading… LeBron James delivered the go-ahead jumper with 30 seconds left to help lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-112 victory over the Boston Celtics Sunday as the two decorated franchises renewed their historic rivalry.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!Who Earns More Than Ronaldo? The NBA powerhouses went down to the wire in a back-and-forth thriller in front of a crowd of almost 19,000 at the Staples Center arena.Boston and Los Angeles have 33 championships between them and have met in the finals a record 12 times.Both are once again title contenders, with the Lakers on top of the Western Conference standings and the Celtics in third in the Eastern Conference.“It’s just special to be part of this rivalry,” James said. “We understand that this has been going on since the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, all the way through.”James’ fadeaway shot gave the Lakers the lead for good, and Anthony Davis sealed the win with three free throws over the final 12 seconds.“He got to his money shot, the shot he always makes, a shot he always takes in practice and in games, and he did what he does best and made the shot.”James finished with 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, while Davis tallied a team-high 32 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers also showed good defensive strategy late in the game.“The more that you’re in that environment of a close game, of an intense game like that, I think everybody just gets a chance to grow together,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.Jayson Tatum scored a career-high-tying 41 points for Boston, who have survived all season on their superior offensive balance.All five Boston starters scored in double figures, with Daniel Theis adding 16 points and nine rebounds and Marcus Smart registering 14 points and seven rebounds.Gordon Hayward scored 10 points but shot zero-of-five from behind the three-point line.Hayward flirted with a triple-double, handing out a team-high nine assists and grabbing eight rebounds.Boston was coming off a Friday’s 127-117 win over Minnesota where four Celtics – Jaylen Brown, Tatum, Hayward and Theis – each scored at least 25 points.– Career high –Tatum’s 41 points Sunday equalled his career-high set January 11th against New Orleans.Eighteen of Tatum’s 41 came in the third quarter, which ended with the teams tied 87-87.The Celtics took a 110-108 lead with 77 seconds left in the fourth when Brown drained a three-pointer. Brown finished with 20 points against the Lakers.Boston played without all-star guard Kemba Walker.Elsewhere, Coby White came off the bench to score 33 points as the Chicago Bulls weathered a career-high 53-point performance from Bradley Beal to defeat the Washington Wizards 126-117.Zach LaVine added 32 points, and Thaddeus Young finished with 25 points for the Bulls, who ended an eight-game losing streak.Tomas Satoransky posted a double-double against his former team with 15 points and 13 assists.Beal shot 15 of 27 from the field, five of 11 from three point range and 18 of 20 from the free throw line for the Wizards who have lost two straight.James’ ‘dream shake’ helps lift Lakers over Celtics[email protected] @Lakers @celtics @AFP— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 24, 2020Read Also: NBA: Heat crush Cavaliers, honour WadeThe Wizards loss also meant the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the earliest playoff spot in 15 years despite not playing.Milwaukee is 48-8 and on pace to win 70 games – a feat accomplished only by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72 wins) and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (73 wins).In Toronto, Pascal Siakam scored 21 points and the Raptors led all the way to defeat the Indiana Pacers 127-81.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

O’Connell hails Schmidt impact

first_img “It gives the younger guys in the squad a winning habit, and that’s important with the challenges ahead, especially leading into the World Cup. “We’ve got to harness that confidence and belief in that build-up now, to give ourselves every chance.” Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam, their first in 48 years, was meant to be the watershed moment for a golden generation. Instead stalwarts like O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy and O’Connell had to endure a barren five-year run, as Wales wrestled European dominance. Ireland’s 13-10 Twickenham defeat this term dashed dreams of another Grand Slam, but O’Connell does not believe that dilutes the achievement of winning the championship. O’Connell believes Ireland have won the Six Nations the hard way, with trips to England and France, and now hopes that winning feeling will permeate deep into the squad’s roots. “We made real progress in the autumn; we took a step backwards against England but learned a lot from it,” said O’Connell. “It’s very important to win a second championship in my career, every time you start a Six Nations you want to achieve something. “Historically this is always our toughest Six Nations, with England and France away from home. “To be able to win the championship with those two fixtures is a great achievement. “There’s a measure of satisfaction certainly, there’s been an awful lot of close calls in the past. “We’ve achieved a lot of provincial success, with Munster and Leinster, but this is where you really want to achieve it as an Irishman. “To have made the progress we have in a year is great, but also have that progress endorsed with a trophy is a great feeling.” And O’Connell was keen to hail Schmidt’s methods after celebrating his first international victory on French soil, believing the New Zealander’s relentless attention to detail frees up Ireland’s stars to perform, no matter what pressure. “I’ve been going to Paris since I was 22 and that’s my first win,” said O’Connell, already eyeing next autumn’s World Cup in England. “Joe’s had a massive impact, no doubt. “It was a poor, disappointing, frustrating season last year, albeit injury-plagued as well. “He’s brought what you’d hear Leinster players saying for the last few years. “He’s brought real clarity, a very effective way of rucking, and people are in no doubt of their role. “I just think when you have a good team and you can give players that kind of clarity, it allows them to be good players. “He instils a lot of confidence in those around him with his philosophy, his strategy and his detail. Joe Schmidt’s crucial “clarity” will allow Ireland to realise their Rugby World Cup 2015 potential after landing the RBS 6 Nations title, according to captain Paul O’Connell. Press Association Talismanic lock O’Connell said head coach Schmidt’s visionary management was pivotal to Ireland turning their fifth-place Six Nations finish in 2013 on its head. Ireland clinched this year’s title with Saturday’s 22-20 triumph over France in Paris and is the latest in a string of notable successes on Schmidt’s coaching CV, which also includes one Ranfurly Shield win, two Heineken Cups, the PRO12 league title, an Amlin Challenge Cup and a French Top 14. last_img read more