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New Report Reveals States and Utilities with Highest and Lowest Power Plant Emissions; Overall U.S. Emissions Decline
May 15, 2013
A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the top 100 power producers shows that the electric industry cut emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, largely due to increased use of natural gas and growing reliance on renewable energy.
Benchmarking Air Emissions
May 15, 2013
This report analyzes the latest emissions from the 100 largest power producers in the U.S. The report shows that the electric industry cut emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, largely due to increased use of natural gas and growing reliance on renewable energy.
Investor Group Proposes ESG Disclosure Rules
May 13, 2013
The Ceres-led Investor Network on Climate Risk has proposed that companies listed on US and global stock exchanges be required to include a series of environmental, social and governance sustainability disclosures in their annual financial filings.
Sustainable Profits: Managerial Failure Vs. Visionary Leadership
May 13, 2013
Sustainability advocacy organization Ceres held its annual conference in San Francisco last week, and it was full of thought-provoking presentations and conversations about sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges.
Comment Period Extended to May 30 on Proposed Sustainability Listing Standard for Global Stock Exchanges
May 10, 2013
Due to strong investor interest and requests for additional time, the comment period for the INCR Listing Standards Paper has been extended until May 30.
GISR launches principles for rating the raters
May 09, 2013
Currently, more than 100 sustainability ratings, ranking and indices evaluate the performance of more than 10,000 companies, using more than 2,000 different indicators. The idea that this cacophony could be harmonized has long been an unattainable dream for companies.
Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm
May 09, 2013
It has been six months since Hurricane Sandy redrew the northern Mid-Atlantic coastline with its record storm surge and strong winds, paralyzing New York City for days, all the while offering a disturbing preview of what future storms may do to other coastal locations as sea levels continue to rise.
As Oil and Gas Drilling Competes for Water, One New Mexico County Says No
May 09, 2013
In drought-plagued New Mexico, water is gold. And this week, Mora County in the northern part of the state took a firm stand to protect its precious liquid: it banned all oil and gas extraction from county lands.
Insuring Against Heavy Weather
May 08, 2013
Insurance premiums are on the rise as extreme weather events take their toll. It's as a result, they say, of climate change. But is insurance, and business generally, doing enough to prepare for the tougher storms yet to come?
Nearly half of fracking happens in places short on water
May 08, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing uses large amounts of pressurized water — mixed with sand and chemicals — to crack subterranean rocks and release oil or natural gas. Up to 10 million gallons of water can go into a single well. And according to a new study, it’s happening in many places where water supplies are already stretched perilously thin.
Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds
May 08, 2013
The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado.
The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing Summary
May 02, 2013
This is a summary report of The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing (the “Ceres Investor Blueprint”), released in June 2013.
New Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Faces Growing Competition for Water Supplies in Water-Stressed Regions
May 01, 2013
A new Ceres research paper on water use in hydraulic fracturing operations shows that a significant portion of this activity is happening in water stressed regions of the United States, most prominently Texas and Colorado, which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions.
Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures for Water
May 01, 2013
This Ceres research paper analyzes water use in hydraulic fracturing operations across the United States and the extent to which this activity is taking place in water stressed regions. It provides an overview of efforts underway, such as the use of recycled water and nonfreshwater resources, to mitigate these impacts and suggests key questions that industry, water managers and investors should be asking.
Phil Angelides, a Leader in Shareholder Activism and Green Investment, Wins the Joan Bavaria Award
May 01, 2013
Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The announcement was made today, the first day of the annual Ceres Conference, which is running May 1-2 at The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA.
General Motors is First Automaker to Join Growing Group of Businesses Calling for U.S. Policy Action on Climate Change
May 01, 2013
Seven more U.S. businesses, including U.S. automaker General Motors, have signed the Climate Declaration, a statement from Ceres and its BICEP coalition that urges federal policymakers to take action on climate change.
GISR Takes Major Step Towards Establishing a Standard of Excellence for Corporate Sustainability Ratings
Apr 30, 2013
The Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) announced the Beta Version of a set of core Principles as part of an international effort to drive excellence in corporate sustainability ratings, rankings and indices.
The New Alphabet of Renewable Energy Investing: MLPs and REITs
Apr 24, 2013
Institutional investors manage more than $70 trillion in assets globally. But when it comes to renewable energy, a large portion of that capital is sitting on the sidelines.
BICEP Backs Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation
Apr 18, 2013
BICEP announces its support for the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act S.1000, re-introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
The shareholders putting sustainability on the agenda
Apr 17, 2013
For long-term shareholders such as institutions and pension funds, there's power in consistent ownership, and it's measured in clear increments. One vote per share.