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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.
White House Lauds Ceres' Sustainable Water Initiatives at World Water Day Summit
Mar 22, 2016
Ceres’ Connect the Drops campaign in California and its climate-resilient water bonds initiative were both recognized at a White House ceremony commemorating World Water Day.
Is Your Mutual Fund a Climate Change Denier or Climate Champion?
Mar 15, 2016
New proxy data showcasing how mutual fund companies voted on climate-related resolutions in 2015 reveals a major divide in their thinking on the mega issue. These common sense requests are believed by investors to be financially material to the companies receiving the resolutions and to mutual fund companies who have a fiduciary duty to vote in the best interests of their clients.
The Best Options for Groundwater Recharge
Mar 14, 2016
The water bond passed by voters in 2014 provides funding for projects to help recharge groundwater. But some of the best and most cost-effective options may be smaller-scale projects. Ceres' Kirsten James takes a look at some promising options in both urban and agricultural areas.
Major Companies Weigh in on Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program
Mar 14, 2016
As the California Water Commission readies for a March 16 public hearing on implementation of California’s Proposition 1 Water Bond, six major businesses—Clif Bar, The Coca-Cola Company, Dignity Health, Driscoll's, Fetzer Vineyards, General Mills, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Symantec and The North Face—urged the Commission to adopt regulations that would allow for the widest range of projects to strengthen California’s water system, including groundwater recharge projects, and initiatives of all sizes.
Digging Into the Regulatory Process for Water Conservation
Mar 11, 2016
By the time California homes have fully embraced these new water-efficiency fixtures, the annual savings will be on the order of 38 billion gallons of water - nearly 58,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or enough water for almost 290,000 California homes for a year.
Ceres Commends U.S.-Canadian Agreement on Climate and Energy and the Arctic
Mar 10, 2016
Investors and companies are concerned that methane emissions pose a serious threat to climate stability, accelerating the rate of warming in the near term and threatening infrastructure and economic harm. Curbing this air pollution from existing sources as well as new facilities will help confront climate change while also promoting economic growth and regulatory clarity.
Investors Raising Heat on Fossil Fuel Companies and Their Strategies for Emerging Low-carbon Economy
Mar 07, 2016
On the heels of a historic global climate agreement in Paris, investors have filed a record number of shareholder resolutions this year with major U.S. energy companies asking them to disclose their strategies for competing in a global economy that is shifting towards clean energy and away from fossil fuels.
Statement from Ceres President Mindy Lubber on Nasdaq Exchanges’ Announcement to Produce Sustainability Reporting Guidance for Listed Companies
Mar 01, 2016
After several years of Ceres and our investor members working with individual exchanges and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on sustainability reporting standards, we welcome today’s commitment by seven Nasdaq stock exchanges in Europe to create sustainability reporting guidance for their listed companies in 2016.