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Emerging Sustainability Accounting and Investment Methodologies Dig Deep

Emerging Sustainability Accounting and Investment Methodologies Dig Deep

Investors frequently assess companies based on their sustainability data, but corporations currently lack a standardized and widely accepted framework to share that information. As major fund providers like Vanguard, State Street, and BlackRock push for better ESG disclosures, new methodologies are emerging. One is an industry-specific disclosure framework from the … Read more »

Sustainability Accounting on the Rise: Q&A with SASB’s David Parham

Sustainability Accounting on the Rise: Q&A with SASB’s David Parham

What does the new wave of ESG accounting mean for corporate leaders? David Parham, deputy director of research at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, offers key insights.

EPA Withdrew ‘Once In Always In’ Policy – So What Does That Mean?

EPA Withdrew ‘Once In Always In’ Policy – So What Does That Mean?

On January 25, 2018, the EPA issued a guidance memorandum withdrawing the “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Within the air compliance and permitting community, this guidance memorandum has been thought of as

Permit Approval Process May Take Just Two Years, per Infrastructure Plan

Permit Approval Process May Take Just Two Years, per Infrastructure Plan

The time it takes to nab environmental permits for infrastructure projects could soon be reduced to less than two years. A draft memo from the White House – which, when finalized, would help implement President Trump’s executive order from August to speed the permitting process – has been sent to more than a dozen federal agencies to approve

Supply Chain Transparency Map Reduces Time, Expense for Big Brands

Supply Chain Transparency Map Reduces Time, Expense for Big Brands

Six apparel sector brands have joined a new real-time supply chain transparency tool launched this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council in the United States and the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) in China. Target, Esprit, New Balance, PUMA, Gap Inc., and Inditex are now publicly linked … Read more »

EPA Seeks to Peel Back Regs Overseeing ‘Major Polluters’

EPA Seeks to Peel Back Regs Overseeing ‘Major Polluters’

As part of the Trump administration’s to peel back environmental regulations that it has deemed overly burdensome, it is now going after the “once in, always in” policy that is part of the Clean Air Act and that deals with mercury, arsenic and lead.

Audi Faces Emissions Scandal as Companies Upgrade Fleets to Meet EU Directives

Audi Faces Emissions Scandal as Companies Upgrade Fleets to Meet EU Directives

A global logistics company announced it has invested in a new vehicle fleet that will increase fuel economy and reduce running costs with the latest Euro 6 technology, even as Audi faces accusations of using emissions-cheating software in its latest Euro 6 diesel models. 

Tubes Must Be Tougher in 2018 to Trim Bills, Save Bucks (AC & Ice Makers, Too)

Tubes Must Be Tougher in 2018 to Trim Bills, Save Bucks (AC & Ice Makers, Too)

Schools, hospitals and offices across the country will start saving money on their utility bills as a result of the new energy efficiency standards for fluorescent tube lights going into effect Friday. With more than 2 billion of these bulbs in use nationwide, the total savings will add up

Trump To Rollback Obama-era Fracking Rules to Help Manufacturers

Trump To Rollback Obama-era Fracking Rules to Help Manufacturers

The Trump administration has now given formal notice that it will repeal an Obama-era rule that has strict standards for hydraulic fracking on public lands — all part of what the president says is his ongoing effort to rollback regulations and to encourage domestic energy production that will reduce cost for US manufacturers. 

Strong Opposition Forcing Trump Administration to Reconsider Rewriting Black Lung Rules

Strong Opposition Forcing Trump Administration to Reconsider Rewriting Black Lung Rules

After coming under sharp criticism for attempting to ease the rules to protect coal miners from black lung disease, the Trump administration is now asking for public comment on the issue. The issue pits worker safety concerns against coal company desires, and profits.