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How Smart Waste Collection Can Reduce Costs, Improve EHS Performance

How Smart Waste Collection Can Reduce Costs, Improve EHS Performance

Waste collection can be a dirty job, with overflowing and rodent-infested bins being emptied too late and refuse trucks spewing carbon emissions and wasting fuel because of inefficient collection routes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Smart waste management technologies are cleaning up the sector, helping to reduce … Read more »

Puma Offers Financial Incentives to Improve Suppliers’ Environmental Management

Sports company Puma and European bank BNP Paribas have teamed up to offer a supplier financing program to Puma suppliers that improve their environmental, health and safety and social performance. Supply chain financing allows a large corporation to provide attractive financing options to its suppliers, which benefit from the corporation’s … Read more »

Insurance Companies’ Fossil Fuel Investments a ‘Potential $459 Billion Liability’

Insurance Companies’ Fossil Fuel Investments a ‘Potential $459 Billion Liability’

The insurance industry’s massive investments in fossil fuel companies — to the tune of $459 billion — represents a risky bet as demand for coal, oil and gas drops and renewable energy gains momentum, according to a Ceres report released yesterday. Insurance groups Ameriprise (12.4 percent), Lincoln National (11.8 percent) … Read more »

Fracking Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Which Will Emerge as the Most Popular?

Fracking Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Which Will Emerge as the Most Popular?

While fracking has produced cheap natural gas in the US, it has also increased competition for water, which is in short supply across many parts of the country. The process — injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations to release natural gas — uses vast … Read more »

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Cheap Oil’s Biggest Losers

Crude oil, which closed at about $32 a barrel yesterday, now costs less than a drum to transport it. A video from The Independent says the drums cost about $99 each — three times as expensive as the oil they carry. However, cheap oil isn’t giving the US economy the … Read more »

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Oil & Gas Firms Under-Reporting Methane Risk, EDF Says

Leading oil and gas companies are failing to adequately disclose meaningful information on emissions of methane, according to a new report by the Environmental Defense Fund. The report, Rising Risk: Improving Methane Disclosure in the Oil and Gas Sector, examines the current state of voluntary reporting on methane in the US … Read more »

From Green Bonds to Green Boom: What China’s New Green Bond Rules Mean for Sustainable Investment

China has become the first country in the world to issue official rules on issuing “green bonds” — bonds that are dedicated to financing sustainable solutions. The new rules are aimed at kickstarting a booming green bond market in China to raise much-needed capital from the private sector globally to … Read more »

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Is Carbon Divestment Just Useless Public Shaming?

The carbon divestment trend seemed to be slowing with Microsoft founder Bill Gates labeling divestment “a false solution” and universities with major endowments including Harvard and MIT resisting pressure from activists and deciding not to divest. But then last week at COP21, 350.org and Divest-Invest, two organizations coordinating the fossil … Read more »

ESG Software Helps Businesses Get a Grip on Analytics

ESG Software Helps Businesses Get a Grip on Analytics

Datamaran, an analytics software platform from eRevalue, can help business executives and their advisors stay on top of a growing number of financial and environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related regulations. The software extracts narrative from publicly available legislation, corporate reports, websites and social media sources to alert decision makers to … Read more »

Banks Support Environmental Risk Management Program

Banks Support Environmental Risk Management Program

The Natural Capital Declaration has launched an environmental risk management program, which develops methodologies and tools to map natural capital risks across lending and investment portfolios and to help embed them in credit risk assessments. The $4.3 million fund program is supported by a number of leading financial institutions including … Read more »

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Carbon Pricing Beats Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

Currently planned fuel economy standards (extended to the year 2050) would cost 10 percent of the economy’s global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2050, compared with only 6 percent under cap-and-trade carbon pricing, according to a study published in the Journal of Transport Economics and Policy. The study was conducted … Read more »