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In this article 9501.T-JP Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean will have “zero environmental impact,” according to one professor who spoke to CNBC. Japan said Tuesday the Fukushima plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co or TEPCO, will treat and dilute the water before pumping it
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In this article IBE-ES The proposed hydrogen project will be located near Whitelee Windfarm, a major facility near Glasgow, Scotland. Billy Currie Photography | Moment | Getty Images ScottishPower has submitted plans to develop a major “green” hydrogen facility that it says will use the U.K.’s largest electrolyzer. In a statement earlier this week the
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Date/Time: April 27, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) As corporations of all sizes increase sustainability commitments and take decisive action on climate change, some companies have begun engaging their employees in corporate-sponsored sustainability initiatives.  These initiatives can directly reduce employee carbon emissions and can also have many indirect benefits, including increasing overall employee engagement
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Date/Time: May 11, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Today’s corporate energy manager faces a challenging balancing act: how to accommodate cost and renewable energy goals, all within an organization’s risk tolerance.  The status quo “transactional” process of buying energy is not the same as the best practices of a well-managed energy portfolio. This webcast
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As the world’s largest financial institutions jockey for leadership positions in financing the transition to a clean economy, JPMorgan Chase is creating a team dedicated to building deeper relationships with companies that sell “environmentally-friendly” products and services or that focus on environmental conservation. The new Green Economy team is explicitly tasked with providing services for
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Reprinted from GreenFin Weekly, a free weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. It started with intangibles. I spent about a decade of my life writing about corporate accounting before I began focusing on sustainability and sustainable finance. In between all the conversations on accounting for stock options and leases, one megatrend in corporate accounting beat them all:
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:05). Features Learning through simulation (16:30) Last spring, GreenBiz teamed up with leadership development firm WholeWorks on the “Leading the Sustainability Transformation” professional certificate program, organized as a simulation exercise. GreenBiz Senior Vice President and Senior Analyst John Davies drops by with a progress report. Making community investments count
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Sports leagues are seeing the impacts and the surge of climate-responsible athletes using their platforms to promote positive environmental and social impact — it’s something for the history books. The golf industry, for one, is increasing its efforts to promote environmental sustainability and marketing to the general public its desire to embrace a more diverse demographic.
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For me, the most important element of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure and climate action plan is the administration’s conviction that “historically marginalized and polluted overburdened communities” should have a loud say in the policy decisions. It’s not just talk: The Biden bunch has committed to directing at least 40 percent of related investments toward those
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Date/Time: May 6, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) From global automakers announcing billion-dollar investments in EVs, to the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to electrify the federal fleet, the time for electrification is here. Fleet operators and business owners will need to meet a new set of demands and complexities with battery-electric vehicles and infrastructure.  
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In the waning months of 2020, the European Union took ambitious steps to address the more than 12 million tons of electronic waste the bloc produces annually. Acknowledging that “Europe is living well beyond planetary boundaries,” a European Parliamen vote called for mandatory repairability scores for consumer electronics, amongst a host of other initiatives intended
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Cargill’s new sustainability program, SeaFuther, expands its carbon reduction commitments from the terrestrial to the oceanic. The commitment focuses on Cargill’s aquaculture and aquaculture feed business, targeting a reduction in Scope 3 emissions of 30 percent by 2030, from a 2017 baseline.  As sustainable and environmentally friendly diets increase in popularity, the seafood market is
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During the 20th century, coal was a cheap and reliable source of electricity. Today it’s relatively expensive and highly polluting. The shift to cleaner, less expensive renewable energy is rapidly underway, and it’s happening faster than anyone expected. Our nation’s task now is to manage that transition in a just and sustainable way so that
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When I returned to the office after having my first child, I noticed for the first time that all of the offices and conference rooms either had windows or non-locking doors, which left me without any safe spaces for pumping. Fortunately, I work for a supportive company that requested modification from building management to convert
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This article originally appeared in the State of Green Business 2021. You can download the entire report here. As the circular economy ramps up, we’ve seen impressive innovation in materials, products, models and processes — but innovation on how we treat people has been notably absent. However, as companies, cities and countries alike adopt a more
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When we talk about infrastructure, we usually mean big, heavy stuff: roads; bridges; seawalls and the like. But as Democrats turn their attention to infrastructure measures potentially costing trillions of dollars, that focus needs broadening. Often the most cost-effective infrastructure is not made of concrete or steel, but soil. To see what I mean, check
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The grid faces twin challenges: It needs to become resilient and clean. Alone, either would be daunting. Together, with the right policy support, they might just be urgent enough to get something done.  This week, the Biden administration announced a major infrastructure package, with clean energy and updates to the U.S. electrical grid playing a
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (4:22). Features A new wave for ocean adaptation? (19:30) Oceanographer John Englander chats with Senior Editor Deonna Anderson about his upcoming book, “Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward.”   BSR’s take on resilient business strategies (36:55) A new guide from the nonprofit BSR
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As discussions over the Biden administration’s $3 trillion infrastructure vision take shape, one principle central to the president’s ideas to help America “build back better” after COVID-19 is ensuring that investments shaping a clean economy are firmly rooted in social and environmental justice.  What better way to actually do that than by more intentionally including
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This commentary is part of a series on emerging issues from Adaptation Leader. The Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), an initiative of the influential Financial Stability Board (FSB), offers a framework for disclosure of climate risks. Despite the generally positive response and resulting buzz, in particular among advocates for climate action by businesses and
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Interest in corporate sustainability metrics has skyrocketed in the last few years, particularly in the financial industry. With it has come a surge in demand for information related to these activities, one accommodated by existing reporting standards and frameworks produced by organizations such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB),
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“I am discovering a whole new respect for chief sustainability officers,” I texted the facilitator of Leading the Sustainability Transformation. I was general manager of a mock company, Rio Negro Bioproducts, with the express goal to transform it from a traditional business to a sustainable one — economically, environmentally and socially — over a 20-year
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This article originally appeared in the State of Green Business 2021. You can download the entire report here. Modern aviation had never seen a year like 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a near-total halt in air travel, with airlines hemorrhaging billions of dollars and shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs. It wasn’t just that
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Under the traditional capitalist model, financial performance for shareholders has been the primary measure of the success of a business. However, a growing awareness of ESG trends has given rise to the concept of “stakeholder value,” whereby the focus is on long-term value creation for customers, employees, society and the environment rather than just short-term