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Groups To Develop Facility-Level Environmental And Social Corporate Reporting Standard
Jan 13, 2011
In an effort to enhance public disclosure of environmental and social performance, Ceres and the Tellus Institute announced today the launch of the FACILITY REPORTING PROJECT (FRP)
Report Benchmarks Pollution from Top 100 Electric Companies, Shows Disparities Among Competitors
Jan 13, 2011
In a finding that highlights the financial and political stakes in the current debate over reducing power plant emissions, a report released today reveals wide disparities in air pollution emissions from the 100 largest electric generating companies. The report concludes that fewer than 20 power generation companies in the United States account for 50% of carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury (Hg), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted into the air by the 100 largest public and private electric power companies in the U.S. Between 4 and 6 companies accounted for 25% of emissions of each pollutant.
GM Environmental Performance Measured
Jan 13, 2011
The first outside assessment of General Motors Corporation's environmental performance concludes that the automaker has made significant improvements since 1994 in reducing its factory emissions, publishing annual reports on its progress, and engaging non-corporate stakeholders in its environmental performance, but that despite the improvement of individual vehicles, it has not improved the overall fuel economy of its fleet.
Environmental Defense and the Alliance for Environmental Innovation Join Ceres Network to Promote Environmental Responsibility
Jan 13, 2011
Ceres, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, today announced two new participants in its network. Environmental Defense, a national nonprofit organization representing 300,000 members and The Alliance for Environmental Innovation, it's corporate partnership program, have joined the Ceres Coalition, a network of more than 75 organizations promoting corporate responsibility.
Leading Investors Urge CEO's to Adopt Standardized Sustainability Reporting
Jan 13, 2011
Thirty-nine leading financial investors, managing combined assets in excess of $140 billion, today urged the CEO's of the 500 largest US companies to undertake standardized sustainability reporting measures for Year 2000. Sustainability reporting, as defined by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), links the three aspects of sustainable business practices-economic, social and environmental-in a standardized format reflective of financial reporting standards that have been common practice for decades.
Nike makes New Environmental Commitment
Jan 13, 2011
The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres) announced today that Nike has endorsed the Ceres Principles, a ten-point code of environmental conduct that encourages companies to commit to continual improvement in their environmental performance.
Hoteliers and Corporate Travel Buyers Partner In Major Environmental Effort
Jan 13, 2011
Leading representatives of the hospitality industry, corporate travel buyers, government and environmental experts gathered in Atlanta, initiating a project to increase the supply and demand of environmentally friendly hotels. Never before have both procurers and providers of the lodging industry spearheaded such an effort.
Engaging North American Stock Exchanges on Sustainability Disclosure Webinar
Jan 13, 2011
January 13, 2011 - This webinar discusses ways INCR members can work with stock exchanges to implement sustainability best practices for the exchanges themselves and their issuer companies.
The Ripple Effect: Water Risks In The Municipal Bond Market
Jan 12, 2011
Investing in municipal bonds for major infrastructure projects bears hidden risks, says a newly issued report “The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market” by CERES. Many local and state governments are running the risk of defaulting on bonds because of massive financial problems. Worse, many electric and water utilities are experiencing surging water demand, pollution and more frequent drought. Despite these challenges, some municipal bonds still enjoy stable ratings agencies like Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s and fail to point out apparent risk factors.
Ceres & Trillium Seek Nominations to Honor Leaders in Building Sustainable Global Economy
Jan 11, 2011
January 11, 2011 – Ceres and Trillium Asset Management are seeking nominations for the fourth annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The Joan Bavaria Awards are given annually to two leaders working to move the capital markets toward a system that balances economic prosperity with social and environmental concerns. One award is given for long-term impact; the second award is for innovation.
CA Technologies Joins Ceres Network of Companies
Jan 11, 2011
January 11, 2011 – Ceres announced today that it is has approved CA Technologies, a global IT software management company, as a Ceres network company. The New York-based company is the first software firm to join the Ceres company network.
Support U.S. Business Making Green Investments
Jan 07, 2011
If there’s one thing Americans agree on in these divided times, it’s the urgent need to move toward cleaner energy. Polls as recently as November show a majority of Americans favoring comprehensive energy reform that limits pollution, develops domestic sources and stimulates renewable power.
Finding the Fingerprints of Climate Change in Storm Damage -- a Very Long Detective Story
Jan 04, 2011
Some U.S. insurers have expanded their focus to look at the warming impacts on things like flooding, ice storms and nor'easters, said Sharlene Leurig, senior manager of the insurance program at Ceres, an organization for institutional investors concerned about climate change.
Cleantech Momentum Gives Reason to Be Optimistic in 2011
Jan 03, 2011
Even though comprehensive reform for clean energy is not likely to happen in the year ahead, there are still strong paths toward a cleaner, more sustainable economy, according to Ceres' President Mindy Lubber. That's because smart entrepreneurs are taking the lead.
Major Investors Urge Oil Spill Commission to Seek SEC-Required Disclosure of Offshore Drilling Risks
Dec 14, 2010
December 14, 2010 – The Securities and Exchange Commission should play a critical role in requiring oil companies to boost their public disclosure of material financial risks they face from offshore oil drilling projects. To that end, a group of leading U.S. investors has asked the national commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to recommend development of new disclosure guidance from the SEC for energy companies involved in ever-increasing deepwater drilling activity globally.
US investor groups want companies to disclose deepwater drill risks
Dec 14, 2010
A coalition of US state pension funds and other institutional investors said Tuesday they want the Securities and Exchange Commission to force companies that explore for oil and gas in deepwater to disclose how they are addressing the risks and weaknesses identified in the wake of April's Deepwater Horizon disaster. Ceres, a network of investor and environmental groups, along with the Investor Network on Climate Risk, has sent a letter to the National Oil Spill Commission, asking members to include an SEC disclosure requirement in their final report, which is due in January.
Swimming for Wind Power in America
Dec 09, 2010
Ceres' President Mindy Lubber blogs about what her team is learning at COP-16 in Cancun, such as that exciting wind projects are popping up all across the globe - except in America. For the first time in history, wind energy installations in developing countries this year will outpace those in industrialized countries.
New Report: Coal-to-Liquids and Oil Shale Pose Significant Financial and Environmental Risks to Investors
Dec 09, 2010
December 9, 2010 – As pressure mounts to develop unconventional fuel sources to enhance U.S. energy security, a new Ceres report released today shows that coal-to-liquid (CTL) and oil shale technologies face significant environmental and financial obstacles - from water constraints, to technological uncertainties to regulatory and market risks - that pose substantial financial risks for investors involved in such projects.
Investors face regulation risks in shale oil and coal-to-liquid fuels -- study
Dec 09, 2010
As the United States tries to wean itself off Middle Eastern oil, dollars are flowing to companies promising to produce alternative fuels. That includes crude extracted from oil shale and coal through the coal-to-liquids process. According to the Department of Energy, a production surge in both fuels could lead to their supplying almost 3 percent of U.S. oil in the next 25 years. But the investor group Ceres warns in a new report that both fuels offer significant risks for investors because of their water needs and associated carbon emissions. Both spew more carbon dioxide during the production process than conventional oil, and financiers need to look more closely at the costs of possible carbon controls at the national and local levels, the group said.
Energy Efficiency Investment Webinar
Dec 09, 2010
December 9, 2010 - This webinar explores how investors can unlock the $1.2 trillion in gross energy savings potential over the next decade.