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World Bank Climate Envoy Delivers Powerful Message on Coming Low-Carbon Revolution
Nov 12, 2015
The World Bank’s Rachel Kyte is a whirling dervish these days in advance of key international climate change negotiations. She recently made a stop at the University of Massachusetts-Boston to share her optimism that a big climate breakthrough is possible next month in Paris.
How Institutional Investors Can Alleviate Climate Change While Boosting the Global Economy
Nov 12, 2015
Institutional investors like to call themselves global investors, but when it comes to global clean energy financing that’s hardly the case. Pension funds, insurance companies and other investors manage trillions of dollars, but precious few of those dollars are being invested in renewable energy projects in developing countries — a key linchpin in curbing carbon pollution to avoid catastrophic global warming.
Ceres Releases Report Proposing New 21st Century Electric Utility Model Aligned with Clean Energy Goals
Nov 09, 2015
As regulators, industry representatives and advocates discuss power sector challenges at the 2015 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual meeting, Ceres released a report outlining a pathway to align the electric utility business model with increased clean energy deployment and long-term financial viability amid growing climate change concerns.
Ceres Statement on New York AG’s Investigation into ExxonMobil
Nov 06, 2015
Ceres and its investor members have engaged with ExxonMobil and its predecessor companies for decades. Our message all along has been clear: disclose the risks of climate change to investors, and tell us what you are doing to manage those risks. We have long warned the company that failure to do so could bring about significant liability.
Here's an unexpected answer for the groundwater shortage
Nov 05, 2015
Congressional representatives in October sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking about his plans to ensure that when El Niño’s storms hit, the water is captured. More dams, greater surface storage and looser environmental permitting do not add up to a sustainable water supply for California. We need to think outside of the box.
Mindy Lubber Statement, in response to the World Federation of Exchanges' Sustainability Reporting Guidance Launch
Nov 04, 2015
For several years, Ceres and our investor members have worked with individual exchanges and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on sustainability reporting standards. Ceres President Mindy Lubber issued a statement regarding the progress made and the work ahead for global exchanges and sustainability reporting.
35 Members of Congress Urge SEC to Take Robust Action to Improve Climate Risk Disclosure
Oct 29, 2015
Senators Jack Reed (RI) and Brian Schatz (HI), Representative Matt Cartwright (PA) and 31 other members of Congress wrote to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White seeking stronger action by the federal agency to ensure that companies are adequately disclosing material risks from climate change.
Ceres report: How board directors can elevate sustainability more effectively at companies
Oct 28, 2015
Broadening board compositions, reduced focus on quarterly returns and stronger compensation linkages are just a few of the ways that board directors can elevate sustainability concerns more effectively at the companies they serve on. A new Ceres report highlights the generally weak performance of U.S. corporate boards in prioritizing environmental and social issues and recommendations for boosting their effectiveness.
Statement on the formal publication of the Clean Power Plan by Ceres President, Mindy S. Lubber
Oct 23, 2015
Together with our member companies and investors, Ceres looks forward to working with the President, with Members of Congress and with state lawmakers to allow the Clean Power Plan to drive a robust, clean energy economy.
Big Business Steps Up on Climate Change
Oct 22, 2015
Ceres President Mindy Lubber had the honor of standing side-by-side with Vice President Joe Biden as he announced the latest round of companies to join the White House’s American Business Act on Climate pledge. Companies are supporting the Administration’s efforts to negotiate a robust international climate agreement in Paris – and more action is needed.
Major U.S. Companies Join White House Climate Action Pledge
Oct 19, 2015
Companies making the pledge have set significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond, and are focusing on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans.
Investors Urge World Leaders to Join Them - Now! - on Path to Low-Carbon Economy
Oct 19, 2015
From all corners of the world, we can hear sounds of applause at news that world leaders have agreed on a climate finance package. To be clear, it wasn't a congratulatory standing ovation at the finish line; it was the encouraging and excited applause that comes at the beginning of a long race.
On World Food Day, Seven Food & Beverage Giants Commit to Publicly Disclose Global Water Risks
Oct 16, 2015
Recognizing the growing threat that water risks pose to global food supplies, more than a half-dozen major food and beverage companies have agreed to publicly disclose information on how they are assessing and managing those risks.
Investors in Fossil Fuel Companies Boost Focus on Carbon Asset Risk in Warming World
Oct 16, 2015
A new report cites climate change pressures, regulatory trends and market forces that have triggered a heightened investor focus on how energy companies are grappling with the transition to a low-carbon global economy.
Shareholders achieve major corporate sustainability improvements
Oct 14, 2015
The analysis found that shareholder resolutions and company dialogues helped spur over 100 corporate commitments in 2014 and 2015 to address critical sustainability challenges.
How Much Do We Leak? At Last, California Will Know
Oct 13, 2015
California’s “severe drought” is now at 860 days and counting. Every Californian is feeling the ripples, whether in lawn watering bans, fallowed farmland or tap water limits at local restaurants. So when will the state’s water woes be over?
Farm Water Management Lessons from the Desert
Oct 05, 2015
Year-round warm temperatures and decades of smart water planning have earned the state its place in the market. Unlike California, however, Arizona is not currently facing a water crisis, even though it too is enduring prolonged drought.
Global Food Companies Unite On Climate Action
Sep 30, 2015
With key international climate negotiations fast approaching in Paris, the chief executive officers of major U.S. food and beverage companies released a joint letter to U.S. and world leaders pledging to accelerate business action on climate change and urging governments to do the same by forging a robust international agreement this December.
US Businesses, Investors Urge Stronger Truck Standards
Sep 30, 2015
Two major coalitions of business and investment leaders today called on the Obama Administration to strengthen its proposed rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, citing tens of billions of dollars and hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions that could be saved.
Statement from Mindy Lubber on Shell Announcement to Cease Offshore Oil Exploration in Arctic
Sep 28, 2015
Shell's failed Arctic drilling endeavor is powerful evidence that the specter of stranded carbon assets is a real and growing problem for oil & gas companies.