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Global investors launch guide to drive engagement on climate risk with the electric utilities sector
Apr 28, 2016
A week after more than 170 countries signed the Paris Agreement and investors voted on a shareholder climate risk resolution at the AGM of US utility AES Corporation, a global network of more than 270 institutional investors (representing assets worth over €20 trillion) has published a guide setting out the threats facing the utilities sector and investor expectations for how these companies must act to adapt their business strategies to a 2°C climate change pathway.
Warren Buffett's Mixed Signals on Climate Risk and Insurance
Apr 28, 2016
When it comes to addressing climate change impacts to Berkshire Hathaway’s insurance business, Warren Buffett paints a somewhat misleading picture that minimizes the business risks posed by a demonstrably changing climate. In doing so, Buffett begs serious questions about his company’s planning for climate impacts and undermines confidence in the insurance division’s climate resilience.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI, Oil Industry Expert Amy Myers Jaffe, Food Tank’s Danielle Nierenberg and Fortune 500 Business Leaders to Headline Ceres Conference
Apr 26, 2016
On the heels of the historic signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, the nonprofit sustainability group Ceres will bring together 500 business, investor and nonprofit group leaders to discuss how leading businesses in key industries are responding to sustainability challenges and combating climate change threats on a rapidly warming planet.
Statement on the AES Shareholder Vote
Apr 22, 2016
Yesterday at the annual meeting of utility AES, shareholders had their first chance to vote on a resolution asking a U.S. based company to stress test its investments against the low carbon future that the Paris agreement will help bring about. The resolution received support from 42% of investors, the highest vote ever for a 2 degree stress testing resolution in the U.S.
Ceres President Mindy Lubber Commends World Leaders for Signing Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Apr 22, 2016
“Today will be marked not only as Earth Day, but the day that our world rebooted to set our climate back on track,” Ceres president Mindy Lubber said Friday at the historic signature ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations.
Investors Worth $3.6 Trillion Support Joint U.S. and Canadian Announcement on Limiting Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry
Apr 20, 2016
As attention turns to the Paris Agreement signing ceremony on Friday, leading global investors, representing $3.6 trillion in assets under management, released a statement of support today for U.S. and Canadian efforts to limit methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. This represents more than a doubling of support since July 2015.
100+ Companies Salute the Signing of the Paris Agreement and Call For Swift Action On Clean Power Plan
Apr 20, 2016
More than 100 companies, including leading global giants, expressed their support today for the Paris Agreement on climate change and called for swift action on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a proposal aimed at significantly cutting carbon pollution in the United States.
Global Investor Groups Urge World Leaders to Sign and Accede to the Paris Climate Agreement Rapidly
Apr 18, 2016
72 hours before more than 130 world leaders are expected to travel to New York to sign the Paris Agreement, organisations that collectively represent more than 400 institutional investors with USD 24 trillion of assets under management have called on world leaders to not only sign but accede to the Paris Agreement and implement it into national law as a matter of urgency.
While the SEC Ignores Climate Change Risks, Others Step Up
Apr 11, 2016
Six years ago, the SEC took one giant step toward acknowledging climate change as a financial risk and opportunity for markets. Their formal guidance on climate risk discusses climate risks, how they are material, and how they are disclosed—but the SEC has almost nothing to enforce that guidance.
'Sustainable' means different things in politics, but it's sound thinking in business
Apr 07, 2016
Mention the word "sustainable" to a liberal member of Congress and you immediately have credibility, common ground with many. Mention the word "sustainable" to a conservative member and you might have a disagreement on your hands or, at a minimum, whatever you say after that will go unheard. But what does "sustainable" mean?
Why Food Waste Means Water Waste
Apr 07, 2016
From an economic, environmental and social standpoint, keeping food out of landfills is imperative. We waste 40 percent of the food we buy each year while one in seven Americans go hungry, and the global agriculture industry emits one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But there’s another aspect of the food waste problem that gets much less discussion, one that is also critically important to water-stressed California: Saving food equals saving water.
Big Oil Gearing Up to Battle Electric Vehicles
Apr 07, 2016
Tesla recently unveiled the Model 3, a mass market, affordable electric vehicle with a starting price of $35,000 and a two hundred mile range. In just over five days, more than 276,000 people put down $1,000 to reserve their own Model 3, signaling that American appetite for electric vehicles (EVs) is on the rise. That’s good news because GHG emissions from transportation are growing faster than in any other sector in the U.S. and account for about 30 percent of the total. A major shift to electrified vehicles is necessary to give us a fighting chance to meet our climate goals.
Worms and Wine? Fetzer Vineyards First to Adopt Innovative Wastewater Treatment System to Save Water / Combat Climate Change
Apr 06, 2016
It takes a lot of water to make a glass of California wine, anywhere from two to 15 gallons of water, according to recent studies. And as the state moves into its fifth year of drought, many California wineries are rethinking how they use water and the way they do business.
CalPERS raises bar on corporate directors’ role in tackling climate change
Apr 06, 2016
Last month, the country’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees Retirement System, updated its Global Governance Principles, which drive its efforts on corporate engagements, proxy voting and investment decision making. The principles now state that board members of companies that CalPERS owns should have “expertise and experience in climate change risk management strategies.” This move is hugely important.
How Can We Ensure the Race for Clean Energy Doesn't Leave the World's Poorest Citizens Behind?
Apr 05, 2016
Wind power is booming in Mexico. With more than 3,200 megawatts in operation, the country is on par with Japan. By 2018 it expects to have 10,000 MW installed as part of the government’s Climate Action Plan. Promising, right?
World's Leading Companies Agree: Clean Power Plan Is Necessary Part of U.S. National Climate Plan
Apr 04, 2016
On Friday, the biggest players in technology and some of the largest consumer brands submitted separate friend-of-the-court briefs providing resounding support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which the Supreme Court placed a hold on in February while the D.C. Circuit Court reviews the legality of the regulations.
Major brand companies across industries filing legal brief supporting EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Apr 01, 2016
Four global brand companies with significant energy footprints in nearly every state in the country are filing an amicus brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon pollution from the nation’s electric sector.
Ceres’ Response to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures Scoping Report
Apr 01, 2016
Ceres president Mindy Lubber praised the members of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) on the release of their “Phase 1” report today, which lays out the scope and high level objectives for the task force’s work.
Finally, Clean Energy Opportunities Meet the Risk-Return Requirements of Investors. Now What?
Mar 29, 2016
The global climate agreement adopted in Paris in December is far more than just a roadmap for tackling climate change. It’s also a blueprint for rethinking how we bring energy to 1.3 billion people who live without electricity—a significant barrier to eradicating global poverty. On both of these fronts, clean energy, not fossil fuel energy, is a critical linchpin.
More than $90M Awarded to Promote Sustainable Supply Chains
Mar 24, 2016
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced more than $90 million in grants designed to advance conservation by decoupling food production from negative environmental impacts. As part of this, Ceres has been named a core collaborator of the Moore Foundation's Conservation and Finance Markets Initiative.