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U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced the...

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

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Technology

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a new catalyst that can remove oxygen from plant-based materials for a more efficient biof...

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Politics

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy....

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Living Green

Why saving chinchillas is important for saving the earth

Why saving chinchillas is important for saving the earth

Friday, 24 October 2014

Chinchillas make expensive pets and they are a long time commitment as well. They have a life span of around 15 to 20 years. Hence, people who adopt t...

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Renewables

World’s largest convention center solar array completed in Las Vegas

World’s largest convention center solar array completed in Las Vegas

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center has been completed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. NRG Energy, Inc....

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Low-Carbon

What needs to be injected In the core DNA of urbanity

What needs to be injected In the core DNA of urbanity

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Urbanization has taken an unprecedented upward turn in recent years. In 2007, half of the world’s population – around 3.6 billion people – lived in ur...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Most of world’s largest companies say clean energy is good business

Most of world’s largest companies say clean energy is good business
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Most of the world’s largest companies initiate and do not take cues from the government in taking efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and employ clean technologies, according to a new study.

“Power Forward: Why the World's Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy,” a report co-authored by environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature, sustainability leadership consultant Ceres and investment management company Calvert Investments, found that majority of Fortune 100 companies have implemented renewable energy and emissions reductions targets.

In an interview with Fortune and Global 100 executives and assessment of public disclosures, it is revealed that 56 percent of them have set up their own emissions reduction goals while 13 percent have set up renewable energy goals.

Hence, these figures proved that many companies are shifting from short-term to long-term commitment to renewable energy, through strategies like Power Purchase Agreement and on-site clean energy projects.

Similarly, the study suggested that clean energy practices are becoming standard procedures for some of the largest and most profitable companies worldwide, including AT&T, DuPont, General Motors, HP, Sprint, and Walmart.

“The world’s largest companies are expanding their use of renewable energy because it makes good business sense – they see the value in diversifying their energy supply, mitigating fuel cost risk, cutting their energy-related emissions, and, in some cases, providing a physical asset with real value for the enterprise,” said Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Research Policy of Calvert Investments.

“We strongly encourage all companies to set renewable energy targets and disclose these commitments, which we believe will help companies—and those who invest in them—address clear risks and seize concrete opportunities,” he added.

However, despite remarkable progress, the report noted that some companies still lag behind due to inconsistent policies.

The report suggested that the United States’ policymakers should promote tax credits or other incentives that level the cost renewable energy sources, specifically the extension of the Production tax Credit for wind energy in the United States, which will expire this year. Additionally, Renewable Portfolio Standards should be adopted in all states and policy hurdles in states that prevent companies from contracting to buy the cheapest renewable power available should be removed.

Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres, said one can truly recognize the “value” when most of the world’s largest companies are investing in clean energy. “It speaks volumes that almost all of these companies set their renewable energy and greenhouse gas goals after the economic downturn, precisely because they understand the economic benefits of efficiency and renewable energy. We encourage lawmakers to support policies that help companies meet and strengthen their clean energy goals.” – Catherine Dominguez



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