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More U.S. insurance companies are preparing for climate change, but many still turning a blind eye
Oct 20, 2016
As much of the Southeast U.S. is cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew, the country’s 13th billion-dollar weather disaster this year, a new Ceres report ranks the nation’s largest insurance companies on their responses to escalating climate risks, including severe weather events.
A Trickle of Hope: Bringing Clean Water to Ghana’s Poorest
Oct 18, 2016
Access to safe drinking water is a colossal challenge globally and no place more than in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among the many problem areas is northern Ghana, a remote savannah dotted with small villages, tin-roofed mud huts and 800,000 people who drink bacteria-laden water. Most of the villages get their water from murky-brown surface water sources known as dugouts.
Living in a Material World
Oct 17, 2016
Sustainability is a broad term, and not every environmental or social issue belongs on the board agenda. But when an environmental or social issue has the potential to affect corporate revenue and earnings in the short and long term, sustainability absolutely should be on the table.
Q&A With Monika Freyman: 'This Market Will Continue To Evolve Quickly'
Oct 14, 2016
Ceres is launching a new Q&A series as part of its Clean Trillion campaign aimed at elevating clean energy investments globally by an additional $1 trillion a year in order to minimize damaging climate change impacts. The series will focus on investment thought leaders who are paving the way in this fast-growing space. Today’s interview is with Monika Freyman, director of Investor Initiatives, Ceres’ Water Program about the launch of a new ‘green’ standard for water bonds.
Climate Standards Board Approves New Standard for Climate-Resilient Water Bonds
Oct 14, 2016
The Climate Standards Board has approved a new standard for climate-resilient water bonds, providing investors with a verifiable, science-based screening process to evaluate bond investments earmarked for financing sustainable water-based infrastructure projects.
Global investors launch guide to drive engagement on climate risk with the automotive sector
Oct 11, 2016
Less than a week after the UN confirmed the Paris Agreement would come into effect on 04 November this year, a global network of more than 250 institutional investors (representing assets worth over $24 Trn) has published a guide setting out the threats facing the automotive sector and investor expectations for how these companies must shift gear to adapt their business strategies to address climate related risk and build a sustainable low carbon transport system for the future.
New Data: Water Use in Hydraulic Fracturing a Key Risk in Water-Stressed Regions in Texas and Colorado
Oct 06, 2016
New Ceres research, released today via an interactive map, shows that 57 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells over the past five years were in regions of high water competition, particularly in Texas and Colorado, creating significant long-term water sourcing risks for communities, companies operating in these regions, and their investors.
Ceres’ Mindy Lubber Statement On Paris Climate Agreement's Entry Into Force
Oct 05, 2016
“The Paris Agreement’s entry into force is a crystal-clear market signal that the transition to a low-carbon global economy is underway and accelerating. I applaud the European Parliament and other governments that have formally joined the accord.
The Clean Power Plan: The Power Sector's Stepping Stone to the Future
Sep 26, 2016
The electric power sector will be closely watching this week’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on the Clean Power Plan and eagerly awaiting the clarity that the court, and likely the U.S. Supreme Court, will provide.
Backing Clean Power Plan Will Accelerate The Clean Energy Future
Sep 22, 2016
While legal experts are debating EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Washington next Tuesday, the U.S. business community is galloping ahead on the clean energy future.
Statement by Ceres President, Mindy S. Lubber on White House Announcement to Call for Ambitious Amendment to Montreal Protocol
Sep 22, 2016
Ceres congratulates the White House for its leadership in calling for the increased phase down of HFC’s (hydrofluorocarbons) through the Montreal Protocol. The HFC phase down amendment is one of the most important ways that the world can deliver on the vital goals of the Paris Agreement by avoiding up to 0.5 C of warming by the end of the century.
Major investors caution against weakening MPG rules
Sep 22, 2016
As the comment period closes on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Technical Assessment Report released by federal and state agencies, major investors are releasing statements in favor of strong fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.
Getting boards on board with sustainability
Sep 20, 2016
Despite growing evidence that environmental and social issues affect corporate bottom lines, Ceres research has shown that corporate directors at most major U.S. companies are not engaging on these issues in ways that are effective and meaningful. While many of these companies have sustainability programs, only a few companies consider these issues to be "board relevant."
General Motors’ Commitment to 100 Percent Renewable Energy Demonstrates Clear Leadership in Helping Secure a Clean Energy Future
Sep 14, 2016
Statement from Ceres President Mindy Lubber in response to General Motors’ announcement that it will join the RE100 initiative, with a commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy sourcing for its global operations by 2050.
New Report Shows Public-Private Partnerships Advance Low-Carbon State Energy Policies
Sep 12, 2016
A new report released today provides unique insight from high-level experts into how improved public-private coordination on state energy policies and programs can significantly drive clean energy investment
10 Steps Companies Can Take To Address Child and Forced Labor
Sep 09, 2016
As we march past Labor Day and into the classroom, we are reminded of an essential component for building a global sustainable economy: protecting the human rights of workers.
Ceres President Mindy Lubber Praises U.S. and China for Formally Joining the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Sep 05, 2016
“Today’s action sends a powerful signal to the markets that the shift to a low-carbon, clean energy economy is now accelerating. The rest of the world’s countries should take notice."
Aug 24, 2016
As leaders of the world’s largest economies prepare to attend the upcoming G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, 130 investors (with over $13 Trillion AUM) from a coalition of six organisations(1) have written to the G20 heads of state urging them to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement this year and call on G20 nations to double global investment in clean energy, tighten up climate disclosure mandates, develop carbon pricing and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.
Ceres, Investors and Companies Celebrate Passage of California Climate Bill
Aug 23, 2016
The climate law, Senate Bill 32, extends the basic framework of the state’s current climate law, which runs until 2020, and sets new targets for greenhouse gas reductions by 2030 – specifically reducing GHG emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The current climate law, AB32, required the state to reach 1990 levels by 2020.
Ceres Q&A With Nancy Pfund: 'The progress we are making is undeniable'
Aug 18, 2016
As part of a new Q&A series from our Clean Trillion campaign, we discussed clean energy investing with Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of DBL Partners.