The organization Next Ten recently released their 2015 California Green Innovation Index, which compares the state of California to, among other things, the energy efficiency and emissions rate of countries around the world. On an international scale, the state ranks second-lowest in terms of carbon intensity and obtained nearly a quarter of its electricity from renewable sources of energy last year alone.
This report intends to compare California to the 50 nations that emit the most greenhouse gases, according to the Next 10 website, in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place next month.
Although the Golden State ranked number 20 overall for total greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption, it rated fifth in terms of energy productivity for 2012, placing above the entire United States and large countries like China.
The report also referenced proposed plans for targeting emissions rates in the state, including a series of State Senate bills that could increase building energy efficiency by 50 percent. Green materials have also been targeted by clean technology patents in increasing amounts over the past five years as the general number of patents grows. Overall, California accounted for 7 percent of clean technology patents last year.
“California has been at the forefront of energy efficiency policy and business activity since the 1970s,” the report says. “This early start is bearing results as California continues to grow its GDP faster than its energy use, leading to improved energy productivity.”
Furniture materials reuse is a way for companies to reduce the size of their carbon footprints while supporting regional manufacturers. By pursuing environmental guidelines and obtaining Bay Area used office furniture, local offices can contribute to California’s high energy standard while improving their own functions. The reused materials must be high quality and used in proper proportions for businesses to qualify for LEED credits.