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Complications of ‘New’ Deep Groundwater
Jul 22, 2016
As exciting as it was to learn of deep groundwater reserves in California, the state’s efforts now are better spent pursuing more cost-effective solutions already at our fingertips.
In Unprecedented Response, Investors Call On SEC To Improve Reporting Of Climate Risks And Other Sustainability Challenges
Jul 19, 2016
In response to a formal review of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s corporate disclosure requirements, dozens of institutional investors have submitted letters to the federal agency requesting quick action to require stronger reporting of sustainability risks such as climate change, water scarcity and global deforestation.
Ceres Responds To Fuel Economy Report, Argues Against Weakening MPG Standards
Jul 18, 2016
A recent economic analysis prepared by independent automotive industry analysts and commissioned by Ceres, found that even with wide-ranging unpredictable gas prices, U.S. automakers will remain profitable and suppliers will benefit if existing national fuel economy standards are retained.
SEC Climate Risk Disclosure Effort Under Serious Attack from Congress
Jul 18, 2016
The lifeblood of financial markets is accurate information, and a major part of the SEC’s mission is to ensure that publicly traded companies provide investors with information material to their performance. A misguided proposal countering these needs is becoming part of recent federal funding negotiations.
New Report: U.S. Power Sector Continues Significant Reductions of Air Pollutant Emissions
Jul 13, 2016
The nation’s largest electric producers continue to substantially reduce emissions of key air pollutants, the latest comprehensive analysis of U.S. power plant emissions shows.
Wine, Beer and Medicine: 3 Companies Helping Solve California’s Water Woes
Jul 11, 2016
Despite recent news that drought-ridden California is sitting on top of large reserves of previously unrecognized, deep groundwater resources, the state still faces significant water challenges.
Why We Believe the Auto Alliance Review of Fuel Economy Standards Misses the Mark
Jul 06, 2016
Last week, we published an analysis of how future fuel economy standards could affect the auto industry and its suppliers. Federal agencies are now reviewing these standards (the Rule), and auto analysts like us are eager to see what the new standards, which stretch out to 2025, will be like.
Ceres Applauds Senate Committee's Action On Climate Change
Jun 29, 2016
Ceres welcomed today’s bipartisan action by a U.S Senate committee to approve a spending bill amendment that would send $500 million to the Green Climate Fund.
State Policies Drive Utilities to Invest in Clean Energy Boom
Jun 28, 2016
Midwest utilities are embracing renewable energy and energy efficiency and supportive state policy is a major driver of this trend.
Ceres Ranks U.S. Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance
Jun 28, 2016
A new analysis released by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries are moving toward lower carbon fuel sources and that ambitious state policies and strong corporate demand for renewable energy are key drivers of this trend.
New analysis shows keeping national MPG standards protects profits of automakers and suppliers
Jun 27, 2016
Even with wide-ranging unpredictable gas prices, U.S. automakers will remain profitable and suppliers will benefit under existing national fuel economy standards slated to be in place until 2025, according to a new economic analysis.
Watershed Protection Comes From Corporate Partners
Jun 24, 2016
Coca-Cola is backing efforts to help restore key watersheds in southern California, signaling a new era in corporate water stewardship, writes Kirsten James, who oversees the California policy program at Ceres.
Ceres Commends PG&E On Its Plan To Retire Its Nuclear Power Plant
Jun 21, 2016
Statement from Ceres President Mindy Lubber in response to PG&E’s proposal to retire the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant at the end of its current licenses and replace the plant’s output with a combination of zero-carbon resources, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage.
Investors Must Keep Pressuring Oil Majors on Climate Risk
Jun 06, 2016
Annual general meetings are usually a time for reflecting on strategies to increase revenues for the coming year, global energy outlooks, and governance. But last week’s meetings at ExxonMobil and Chevron were different. They represented a watershed moment in combating the threats posed by climate change.
Ceres Statement on Exxon and Chevron Shareholder Votes
May 25, 2016
Today’s strong votes at Exxon and Chevron send a powerful message that investors see climate change as a material financial risk, which underscores the ongoing momentum post-Paris and urgency to prepare for a low-carbon transition.
Global Food and Beverage Companies Call On House Lawmakers For Urgent Action On Climate Change
May 25, 2016
In the wake of the Earth Day signing of the historic global climate agreement, more than a half-dozen leading food and beverage companies converged on Capitol Hill to press U.S. House lawmakers for federal action on climate change.
Recycled Water Key to California’s Water Security
May 25, 2016
Recycled water could play a major role in helping to secure a more sustainable water future for California, but the state needs to take some key steps to move implementation along quicker. Polls indicate that the public is ready.
New Ceres Report: U.S. insurance sector heavily invested in fossil fuel sectors, despite growing awareness of climate change risks
May 24, 2016
Many leading U.S. insurance groups are significantly invested in oil & gas and other fossil fuel industries, even as these sectors face growing pressure from the global clean energy transition and physical impacts associated with climate change, according to a first-of-its-kind report announced today.
The Reality Behind Exxon's Claims on Item 12
May 19, 2016
See Ceres' point-by-point response to a shareholder letter sent by ExxonMobil's Vice President of Investor Relations and Secretary, Jeffrey J. Woodbury.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Issues World’s First Certified Green Bond for Water Infrastructure
May 18, 2016
In a world first, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has become the first entity to issue a green bond certified under the Water Climate Bonds Standard, a screening tool that specifies the criteria that must be met for bonds labelled as “green” or earmarked for funding water-related, low carbon initiatives.