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GE Partners with Walmart, Intel, Statoil, 5 Others on Water, Energy Efficiency

General Electric Ecomagination is partnering with BHP Billiton, Goldman Sachs and MWH, Intel, Masdar, Statoil, Total and Walmart to accelerate innovation in water and energy efficiency. The partners have taken on the following initiatives to improve productivity, reduce impact and increase returns: GE and BHP Billiton will work jointly to … Read more »

Paris

Major Firms Call for Climate Agreement in Paris

Fourteen major companies based or with large-scale operations in the US have voiced strong support for a new global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In a statement organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the companies — Alcoa, Alstom, … Read more »

stock market

DJSI: Which Firms Made the Cut?

Bank of America, Telefonica and BHP Billiton are the three largest additions to the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices while Cisco Systems, PepsiCo and Royal Bank of Canada are the three largest deletions (by free-float market capitalization) to the DJSI World this year. S&P Dow Jones Indices and investment specialist … Read more »

Mining Water Treatment Market to Hit $17bn Annually

Mining Water Treatment Market to Hit $17bn Annually

The annual water treatment market for hard-rock mining (i.e., iron, copper, gold, nickel) will grow 85 percent over the next five years, from roughly $9 billion in 2014 to $17 billion by 2019, according to a forecast by Bluefield Research. The projected growth is driving increased competition across the sector’s … Read more »

Environmental Suits Loom for Chile’s Copper Mines

Usually business-friendly Chile may be witnessing a turning tide, as more and more mining and energy projects get stalled by environmental objectors. The $5 billion Castilla coal-fired plant was cancelled after fierce environmental opposition, and legal challenges are possible for the Chilean energy company AES Gener’s Alto Maipo hydropower project, Reuters … Read more »

Privately Owned Desalination on the Uptick

Privately Owned Desalination on the Uptick

Private ownership is expected to account for 51 percent of the 25 million cubic meters per day of large-scale desalination projects currently planned or under construction, according to a report from Bluefield Research. The research firm specializing in global water markets and technologies says this new phase of increased private … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Refrigerator Standards, Fracking Settlement, Lockheed Cleanup

The Department of Energy yesterday issued proposed energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment and for walk-in coolers and freezers. The rules could cut energy bills by up to $28 billion and cut CO2 emissions by over 350 million metric tons over 30 years, the White House said. Hydraulic fracturing fluids … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drought, Shell Arctic Drilling, Feed-In Tariff Damages

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drought, Shell Arctic Drilling, Feed-In Tariff Damages

Drought conditions in more than 1,000 counties in 26 states have led to the nation’s largest national disaster declaration in history. The declaration from the US Department of Agriculture includes most of the southwest, parts of the midwestern corn belt, and the southeast. With 56 percent of the country experiencing … Read more »