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Obama SOTU

Obama’s State of the Union Pushes Clean Energy, Calls for Coal-Lease Reform

President Obama took on big oil in last night’s State of the Union, emphasizing the US’ transition to clean energy. “Rather than subsidize the past,” he said, “we should invest in the future — especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to push to change … Read more »

Natural Gas Could Help Fleet Operators Save Money, Reduce Emissions

Natural Gas Could Help Fleet Operators Save Money, Reduce Emissions

Public and private fleet operators can save money by switching to natural gas vehicles and employing the business model that energy service companies (ESCOs) apply to energy efficiency projects, according to a report published by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). The report’s findings are part of a two-year … Read more »

Shell Scotford Upgrader

Is Carbon Capture the Clean Tech Solution to Industrial CO2 Emissions?

Some 22 carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects are operating or under construction worldwide — double the number at the beginning of the decade — according to the Global CCS Institute’s annual report, Global Status of CCS: 2015. “The CCS industry is poised to move through its most active construction … 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 »

C2ES Solutions Forum

GE Backs Climate Change Effort Between Business, States, Cities

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has launched a new initiative, the C2ES Solutions Forum, to bring together businesses, cities and states to expand clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthen resilience to climate change. The GE Foundation is a major sponsor of the C2ES Solutions Forum, … Read more »

How to Build Climate Resilience

How to Build Climate Resilience

A growing number of major global companies are assessing the risks posed by climate change, but many still struggle to translate climate data into actions to improve resilience, according to a new report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Weathering the Next Storm: A Closer Look at … Read more »

University of California to Keep Fossil Fuel Investments

The University of California announced a set of climate change initiatives this week to make the system more sustainable, but stopped short of divesting fossil fuel investments from its $91 billion portfolio. The recommendation not to divest was one of the findings of the president’s Task Force on Sustainable Investing. … Read more »

Report: Climate Change Offers Business Opportunities

Global disasters related to the weather offer significant opportunities for companies positioned to help clients prepare for the consequences of climate change, according to a report by Environmental Business International. In its report, EBI looks at how service providers are positioning their companies to work in this sector and also … Read more »

Michael Meehan

Environmental Executive Moves: GRI, C2ES, Meredian, HR Green

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Global Reporting Initiative: The sustainability reporting organization has named Michael Meehan (pictured) chief executive. He succeeds Ernst Ligteringen who is leaving GRI after 12 years. Meehan served as CEO at iVeridis Corporation from 2010 to 2013. Center for … Read more »

Two Climate Leaders Recognized

The Hartford and Hasbro were recognized by EPA in the third annual Climate Leadership Awards for greenhouse gas management policies. The Hartford of Hartford, Conn., received the “Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management – Goal Achievement Award.” The Hartford set a GHG emissions reduction goal of 20 percent by 2017, and … Read more »

Climate Leadership Awards Given

Fifteen organizations and two individuals were recognized as the 2014 winners of Climate Leadership Awards. The awards are given by the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in collaboration with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the Association of Climate Change Officers and The Climate Registry. Awardees came … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: GRI, LanzaTech, Recyclebank, Baswood

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Global Reporting Initiative: The issuer of sustainability reporting guidelines has elected institutional investor Christianna Wood as its chairman. Previously, Wood oversaw the management of the $150 billion global equity portfolio of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. GRI has also appointed five new … Read more »