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

Voting for NUS referendum approaches; debate continues

first_imgCampaigns for the NUS referendum were launched this week, with both ‘Yes to NUS’ and ‘No Thanks, NUS’ unveiling their official manifestos and beginning to canvas throughout the university.The campaign launches come a week before polling opens for the referendum, which follows a period of controversy in the national union due to the election of Malia Bouattia, who was accused of anti-semitism, as NUS national president.Speaking about the campaign launch, Becky Howe, OUSU president and co-leader of ‘Yes to NUS’ said, “We have got a really amazing bunch of students we’re working with on this, and whilst it is really, really time consuming, it is definitely being helped by how many people are giving time and energy to this.”Her co-leader and OUSU vice-president Lucy Delaney, added, “We’re pretty exhausted but also still quite spurred on. I think adrenaline characterises it, and we’ve got a fantastic, fantastic, dedicated campaign. Everybody is equally doing so much: there’s no hierarchy.”Howe continued, “What we want to try and do with the campaign is make sure as many voices as possible are heard and as many people get to express why the NUS is invaluable to them but, hand-in-hand with that, making sure that people are aware of actually what NUS does.”Representative of ‘No Thanks NUS’ and former OUSU vice-president Jack Matthews told Cherwell, “It’s been a great start to the campaign, with so many people offering their time and support. What’s especially encouraging is hearing from those who voted ‘yes’ two years ago, who’ve seen for themselves how promises of reform from within have proved false, and are now supporting a ‘no’ vote.The key thing for us is to engage students from across Oxford in this debate, give them the facts and figures, and show them we have a strong and sensible OUSU that can represent us. We’ve been out at the common room debates where the response has been really positive and, as polling day approaches, you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more from the ‘No Thanks, NUS’ team.”Since the launches, a number of independent organisations have released official statements outlining their position.The university’s Jewish Society has announced its support for ‘No Thanks NUS’, but will not be contributing to campaigns as an organisation nor releasing further comment beyond their initial statement, president Isaac Virchis told Cherwell. However, their individual members will be free to campaign as they wish.Mind Your Head, an Oxford-based student mental health charity, have gone on record in support of ‘Yes to NUS’ but take a similar line regarding campaigning.Co-chair Jack Schofield commented, “I don’t think we’re going to get too involved. Individual members of committee are welcome in a private way to do as they wish. Yes, it is our official policy that we endorse a vote to remain in the NUS, but in general I think we have made our statement and we probably won’t be doing too much more, as we do, in general, try not to be political, and we do just want to keep campaigning on issues of mental health in Oxford.”The campaigners themselves are, by their own admission, unsure about what level of voter turnout to expect, but the general mood around the city seems apathetic, and at best ambivalent. Some students expressed uncertainty as to the nature and causation of the referendum, while others told Cherwell they are unlikely to vote.There were some undecided voters present at a well-attended referendum debate at St. Hilda’s on Wednesday 25 May, where Howe and Matthews delivered pre-drafted speeches in addition to fielding questions from the audience just six days before polls open on May 31.last_img read more


first_imgBillington’s (Peterborough) has been selling organic cane sugar in the UK since 1992, as an extension to its range of natural unrefined cane sugars. The firm now supplies the food manufacturing, retail and foodservice sector with the widest range of organic cane sugars, it says. The range includes: Organic Unrefined Granulated Sugar, an organic alternative to white refined sugar; Organic Unrefined Caster Sugar, a light, free-flowing sugar with a buttery taste; and Organic Unrefined Demerara Sugar, with a coarser crystal.last_img read more

Canada to try again on Trans Mountain project

first_imgCanada to try again on Trans Mountain project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Canada will not appeal a court ruling that overturned its approval of an oil pipeline expansion project, opting instead for more consultations with aboriginal groups unhappy about the plan, a top official said on Wednesday.The problem-plagued bid to almost treble the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline is becoming one of the biggest political challenges for the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the run-up to an election in 2019.In August, the Federal Court of Appeal said Ottawa had failed to adequately consider aboriginal concerns before giving the green light to the expansion. That same month, amid increasing protests by aboriginal and environmental activists, Ottawa bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.“The government will not appeal the court’s decision … we are going to do things differently this time,” Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told a news conference. Instead, Ottawa will reinitiate consultations with all 117 indigenous groups who would be affected by plans to pump more oil from Alberta to the Pacific province of British Columbia.Sohi said on Wednesday that he would not impose a time limit on the consultations but added that “we are not starting from scratch”, given the government already had plenty of information from earlier discussions. He also reiterated that there would be no aboriginal veto over the project. Indigenous communities insist they have the final say over projects which would cross their land.More: Canada won’t appeal ruling that overturned pipeline, to consult morelast_img read more

The 6 biggest mistakes people make when saving for retirement

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Katey TroutmanRetirement is one of those important milestones that proves perennially challenging for generation after generation of Americans, and, unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. According to the 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey, conducted by the Employee Benefits Institute, more than half of American workers have not calculated how much money they will need in retirement, meaning that millions may never achieve their retirement goals.Indeed, studies have shown that retirement in America is becoming something of a luxury. More and more Americans report that they expect to work during their retirement, for instance, and the “majority of workers (55%) expect to retire after age 65, or do not plan to retire at all,” according to a Gallup poll released last April. Further, the same study found that the average retirement age in the U.S. has risen to 62, the highest average Gallup has ever found since it first started collecting data on the retirement age in 1991.The Gallup study also found that “the average working household has virtually no retirement savings,” and cites stagnating wages as a key culprit. “The hope of retirement security is out of reach for many Americans in the face of crumbling retirement infrastructure,” the study notes, adding that the average American family has a median retirement balance of $3,000.The Gallup poll found that retirement savings are closely linked to income and wealth. Unsurprisingly, wealthier Americans are much more likely to own a retirement account, while lower-income families are much more likely to have little or no savings. According to the study, more than 38 million working-age households (45%) do not own any retirement account assets. continue reading »last_img read more

Young families: Considerations for staying at home versus working

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr That new bundle of joy – who is sure to enrich your life – also comes with a very hefty price tag. New parents have many financial decisions to make right from the start. One thing to consider includes whether a parent should stay at home or return to work after a child is born.center_img The average cost of raising a child (from birth to age 18) for a middle-income family is $233,618. And that doesn’t include the cost of college, which is on the rise and outpacing inflation.1 In fact, the cost of raising a child has increased greatly — by 40 percent from 2000 to 2010 — within a relatively short amount of time.2The cost of child careEveryone knows that child care isn’t cheap. But the majority of working parents who start a family (70 percent) say the high cost of child care is the expense that surprises them the most.3 The most expensive place in the U.S. when it comes to child care is Washington, D.C., with costs coming in at $22,631 a year. Conversely, the least expensive state for child care is Mississippi at $4,822 a year.2Some mothers and fathers decide to stay at home after doing a cost/benefit comparison of the income earned to the cost of child care. The U.S. government defines affordable child care as being no more than 7 percent of a family’s household income. However, most Americans pay more than that; in fact, more than 40 percent pay 15 percent, more than twice the recommended amount.3last_img read more

How credit unions can prevent revenue loss in 2021

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Fattore Anthony Fattore is an Arizona-born writer, currently working on multiple novels, short stories, and articles. For now, he pays the bills with content creation. He studied English Literature at Northern … Details It often feels counterintuitive for financial institutions to write off bad debts. After all, a loan portfolio is an asset to any financial institution’s future revenue. Also, if a financial institution cannot practice debt collection effectively, how can other businesses follow suit?With more people losing their incomes due to this pandemic, credit unions have asked themselves this same question.The ProblemThese days, lending organizations are facing more regulatory scrutiny than ever before. As a result, operating costs and risk has gone up. Margins are tighter, and regulation has increased. So, if debtors don’t make payments, the situation looks bleak. The skyrocketing number of past due debts has exacerbated the problem, and the future becomes more and more unclear as to whether businesses will recover.An environment now exists where practices surrounding debt collection need to change to accommodate this increased risk. Yet, if collection practices are aggressive, the possibility of breaking the compliance regulation exists, not to mention the sheer reluctance to pay.How can financial institutions resolve this problem?Every financial institution has in place a reserve for bad debt. However, the traditional solution of writing off bad debts after 90 days is just not acceptable anymore. So, what can companies do? In the end, it comes down to making it easier to make payments while also analyzing the previous behavior.The SolutionToday, financial institutions’ tight margins mean it is essential to take a different approach toward mitigating risk. Intelligent analytics could prove to be important in this respect. It’s possible to identify patterns and avoid a higher percentage of risk by analyzing previous payment behavior. This allows companies to develop new strategies and make a more accurate forecast of incoming revenue. The latest predictive analytics and machine learning can optimize revenue recovery.It can do this by helping to determine the debtors who have the greatest likelihood of paying. This allows a company to put in place a more efficient accounts receivable management system. Our software will enable businesses to create custom reporting to choose what data is most important to them.Improving Payment SystemsWhile intelligent analytics have a role to play, making the process of paying easier is the right solution. The more difficult it is to make payments, the less revenue a company will receive. This is the reason why it is paramount to find the right card services for credit unions.Credit unions and other smaller financial institutions need to increase the number of ways in which people can make payments. By relying on paper checks, the chances of receiving monies owed on time dwindle dramatically. In the modern world, institutions that fail to utilize the internet are on a losing streak. They will lose out to competitors that can offer the facilities and systems that consumers demand.Streamlining the payment process is key to this. By offering IVR systems and web portals, institutions cater to the needs of today’s consumers. These systems make it easy to use preferred payment methods. They also allow debtors to make payments at a time and location to suit them. By merely facilitating easy payments, the chances of receiving timely payments increase.In short, data suggests providing more convenient payment methods to your members is the easiest way to increase on-time payments in general.How BillingTree Can HelpBillingTree offers cutting-edge payment solutions for financial institutions. By providing advanced card services for credit unions, we simplify the process of making payments. No longer do credit unions, and small financial institutions need to write off bad debts. By taking steps to streamline the payments system, the process of debt recovery becomes simpler. Not only can financial institutions increase their revenue, but they can also maintain their brand integrity. Your member’s safety should take priority, so it only makes sense to couple that with convenience. By utilizing contactless forms of payment, you’re setting yourself up for success in 2021 and beyond. To learn more about what BillingTree can do for your business, schedule a free demo today! This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Plymouth Township, Luzerne County is Ready to Terminate Distressed Status

first_img May 03, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Plymouth Township, Luzerne County is Ready to Terminate Distressed Status Economy,  Press Release,  Results Plymouth, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Plymouth Township’s status as a distressed municipality, under Act 47, has been terminated. Plymouth Township is the third municipality to exit Act 47 under the Wolf administration.“Today’s signing is a celebration of the hard work and commitment by Plymouth Township’s leaders and residents to taking the necessary steps for improving the financial position of the township,” said Governor Wolf. “The road to fiscal stability is paved with tough decisions, teamwork, and dedication. It’s through these hard moments that strong, stable communities are established in Pennsylvania.”Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin issued a determination letter in Plymouth Township’s Municipal Building today, finding that termination of the township’s distressed status was appropriate under Section 255.1 of Act 47. Davin made the decision after a thorough review of the city’s audits, financial data, and the record from a public hearing held on March 10, 2016.“It’s been a long haul. It was a rough ride with nearly a million dollars in debt. We’ve had a lot of help from a lot of people,” said Gale Conrad, Chairperson of the Plymouth Township Board of Supervisors. “I thank the residents because they did without and they had faith in us. It has been a very hard, long storm, but with everybody, we weathered it. “The Hearing Officer’s report indicated the township is demonstrating sound financial management practices, is on stable financial footing and that all operating fund deficits have been eliminated. The Hearing Officer also determined that the city now has the tools to make the decisions necessary to maintain responsible budgets, meet its obligations to vendors and creditors and provide essential services to township residents.“Today’s ceremony is the result of hard work and effective, dedicated leadership. Twelve years ago Township Supervisors Gail Conrad, Ed Brennan, and the late Mike Manley made the difficult decision to ask the DCED for help. Plymouth Township was faced with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and needed a plan for its future,” said Senator John Yudichak. “In later years, township leaders, including my father Joseph Yudichak and Christine Koturak, helped keep the recovery on track and met the challenge of overcoming three floods. This exit from Act 47 is truly a credit to the entire community that rallied around their leaders to secure their future.”“It’s been a long journey for township officials to get to this point,” said Representative Gerald Mullery. “I applaud everyone for coming together to shed the label of being a distressed municipality.”Plymouth Township was designated as distressed under Act 47 on July 27, 2004. This determination was made after years of uncontrolled spending and inadequate financial day-to-day management. The township suffered from insufficient revenues, the inability to control expenditures, and using debt to maintain necessary services.The township, working with the Act 47 Coordinator and DCED, developed its original Recovery Plan in 2005. The plan, and its update in 2010, was designed to stabilize the township’s finances and operations. Along with many other components, the township’s recovery efforts included a change to a Home Rule Charter form of government, an increase in revenues supported by increasing the resident earned income tax rate, a countywide property reassessment in 2009, controls on expenditures, better overall management, and elimination of indebtedness.The Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act 47 of 1987, was enacted to provide a broad-based program of fiscal management oversight, technical assistance, planning and financial aid to municipalities experiencing severe fiscal distress.For more information on Act 47 or the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Spain needs football, claims Real Madrid star

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has claimed Spain needs football for economic support and to provide a distraction for fans. Players across Spanish football have begun to return to individualised training sessions after all 42 member clubs of La Liga – representing the top two divisions – underwent coronavirus testing last week. Spanish football has been suspended since the middle of March but 11 rounds of league action remain in the 2019/20 campaign, which La Liga chief Javier Tebas has continually insisted will be finished. “The country needs football for economic support and as a distraction for people,” Ramos told Movistar, as cited by Marca. “I’m dying to compete again and for La Liga to get back to normal, but we have to be disciplined to defeat this virus. “I would like to play at the Bernabéu but it is under construction at the moment. The important thing is they (the matches) are played.Advertisement Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 Tebas insisted on Movistar, as cited by Marca, that whilst the league will continue to adhere to advice from Spanish health authorities, they remain confident that there is a minimal risk of staging the remainder of the games. Diario AS have built upon an initial report from Cadena Ser that the league plan to get the campaign back underway with a Seville derby on 12 June and that there is a plan to complete the league fixtures by July with fixtures on every day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img “Our goal is to be champions.” Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of AmericaThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap Operaslast_img read more