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Why Sustainable Business Leaders Must ‘Think Exponentially’

As corporations increasingly embed sustainability into their long-term plans and decision-making processes, new business models are emerging that promise to deliver financial and non-financial (such as environmental and societal) values while working toward a net-zero emissions economy. A new paper by Volans, commissioned by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, … Read more »

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Climate Policy Is Coming. Is Business Prepared?

Businesses can expect stricter carbon pollution regulations coming soon — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to some. We saw this reasoning explained in companies’ briefs supporting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan last week, with major tech firms Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, along with Ikea and Mars … Read more »

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COP21 Climate Deal: What’s Next for Business

The world’s 195 countries signed a historic climate agreement this weekend in Paris at COP21. And although the agreement doesn’t bind businesses to making and reporting on emissions cuts, it will require ambitious efforts by private corporations, according to COP21 attendees. “At COP 21 businesses showed they supported an ambitious … Read more »

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COP21: 114 Companies Set ‘Science-Based’ Emissions Targets, Business Climate Tool Launched

Some 114 companies — including Ikea, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Walmart, Kellogg and Dell — have committed to set emissions reduction targets in line with what scientists say is necessary to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of 2 degrees Celsius, according to the Science Based Targets initiative. The announcement was made … Read more »

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Future Trends in Sustainability Reporting

New data technology will lead to greater transparency with corporate reporting moving fully into the digital realm and occurring in real-time instead of annually, according analysis by the Global Reporting Initiative that looks at future trends in sustainability reporting. GRI’s Reporting 2025 paper is based on interviews and examines the … Read more »

What the World’s Largest Companies Are Doing to Limit Climate Change

What the World’s Largest Companies Are Doing to Limit Climate Change

Despite setting emissions reduction targets, most of the world’s largest companies aren’t doing enough to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to analysis by CDP. The report, Mind the Science, assesses emissions targets for 70 energy-intensive companies, which together account for 9 percent of global carbon emissions. … Read more »

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What is the Future of Sustainability Reporting?

The Global Reporting Initiative has launched a project aimed at promoting an international discussion about the future of sustainability reporting and disclosures. As part of the project, called Reporting 2025, GRI will, over the next year, interview thought leaders from various fields to identify the main issues that will be … Read more »

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Heat Wave Provides Good Timing to Tout Battery Storage Pilot

As the Northeast and Midwest sizzle in the heat, Eos Energy Storage is drawing attention to its battery storage technology that could help alleviate outages during such times. Eos Energy Storage is partnering with Con Edison of New York, National Grid, Public Service Company of New Mexico and the large … Read more »

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall and E.On have topped Carbon Data’s rankings of the most carbon-intensive companies in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, same as last year. Steel manufacturers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel and cement maker LaFarge were the three companies with the most freely allocated surplus EU carbon allowance for 2012. RWE … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: TSCA Update, Utility Shield Law, Mining Guidance

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) announced bipartisan legislation to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Vitter said the bill would both strengthen consumer confidence in chemical safety, and permit further innovation, the Times-Picayune reported. If passed, their bill would be the first major change to the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Carbon Tax, Australia Carbon, EU ETS Oversupply, Renewable Energy Support

A $20 per metric ton carbon tax in the US could reduce the country’s budget deficit by 50 percent over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. The tax would generate $88 billion in 2012, rising to $144 billion by 2020, reducing US debt by between 12 … Read more »