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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.
Companies Tackle Climate Change Together
Dec 05, 2010
Anne Kelly, co-director of policy at Ceres, blogs from COP-16 in Cancun about how companies are working together to tackle supply chain climate problems, despite the fact that climate action is stalled in Cancun and Congress.
Investor Risks from Development of Oil Shale and Coal-to-Liquids
Dec 01, 2010
December 2010 - This report 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.
'Tis the Season for Greening Wall Street
Dec 01, 2010
Ceres' President Mindy Lubber blogs about the enormous worldwide business innovation that is taking place to build a clean sustainable economy - and how it's only a matter of time before it translates into huge financial rewards and a new business paradigm.
BICEP Companies Send Letter to Senate in Support of EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Nov 30, 2010
November 30, 2010 – We are writing as major US businesses to urge you to oppose all riders to the FY11 Interior Appropriations bill that would block or delay enforcement of the Clean Air Act and /or specifically curtail EPA’s ability to take action on the regulation of carbon.
9 Miles a Gallon - and Lovin' It
Nov 23, 2010
Ceres' President Mindy Lubber blogs about how the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are considering new mileage standards, and how standards for heavy-duty trucks should - and could - be 9 mpg.
Multiplying Our Impact: Ceres 2009-2010 Annual Report
Nov 20, 2010
November 2010 - This Ceres Annual Report highlights the remarkable achievements that we have made over the past year in working to build a sustainable global economy. It highlights our successes in four of today's most pressing sustainability issues: the scarcity of water, the need to replace fossil fuels with clean energy, supporting human rights and combating climate change. Ceres' Annual Report also includes case studies of the achievements we have made with our partners, including Oxfam America, Ford Motor Co. and the California Public Employees' Retirement System.
Disclosing Environmental Risks
Nov 20, 2010
Should public companies provide investors with disclosures related to climate change and environmental issues? Mindy Lubber, director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and president of Ceres, tells CFA Magazine that "investors don't want hidden risks."
Many 'New Faces' Make Shortlist For Ceres - Acca Sustainability Reporting Awards
Nov 20, 2010
Ceres and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) today announced the shortlist of candidate reports for the Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards 2003 program. Of the 52 applications received, 21 were selected for further consideration by the judges' panel that meets next month, including 16 for sustainability reporting and 5 for environmental reporting. This group includes several first-time reporters as well as small and medium sized reporters.
Investors press for progress on climate financing ahead of Cancun
Nov 17, 2010
Pension funds and other institutional investors eager to tap into financial opportunities tied to cutting greenhouse gas emissions say they would like nothing more than to put their money where their mouths are. Just ahead of the U.N.-led climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, starting at the end of this month, money managers are banging the drum for progress on adaptation financing, clean energy, reforestation and emissions targets. But they acknowledged yesterday that the smart bet is on incremental progress and not the frenzied expectations that defined the lead-up to the 2009 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Deutsche Bank, Investors Seek Climate Change Action
Nov 16, 2010
Deutsche Bank AG and the California Public Employees' Retirement System are among 259 investors urging policy makers to combat global warming or face mounting economic disruptions in the next 40 years. Losses stemming from climate change may trim as much as 20 percent from global economic output by 2050, according to a statement from Ceres, a coalition that joined investors holding $15 trillion in assets in seeking action.
The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market Webinar
Nov 15, 2010
November 15, 2010 - This webinar delves into a first-of-its-kind Ceres' report, "The Ripple Effect: Managing Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market".
The Ten Biggest American Cities That Are Running Out of Water
Oct 29, 2010
Some parts of the United States have begun to run low on water and the problem is worse than most people realize - particularly in several large cities that will almost certainly face shortfalls in a few years. Orlando, Fla., Atlanta and Tucson, Ariz. are just three of the cities who made 24/7 Wall St.'s water watch list.
Walmart and General Mills Bullish on Sustainable Palm Oil
Oct 22, 2010
Many consumers don't know that food producers, through their heavy use of palm oil, are a major driver of rainforest deforestation in Southeast Asia. Walmart and General Mills recently committed to changing that practice by "sourcing palm oil in a socially and environmentally responsible manner."
The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market
Oct 22, 2010
October 2010 - Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to this first-ever report by Ceres and Water Asset Management. The report evaluates and ranks water scarcity risks for public water and power utilities in some of the country's most water-stressed regions, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta.
Water Scarcity a Bond Risk, Study Warns
Oct 20, 2010
The municipal bonds that help finance a major portion of the nation’s water supply may be riskier than investors realize because their credit ratings do not adequately reflect the growing risks facing the water industry, according to a new Ceres study.