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Call for Submissions: 10th annual Ceres-ACCA Awards for Sustainability Reporting
Sep 14, 2010
Ceres - a national coalition of investor, environmental and public interest groups – and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Canada invite corporations and organizations to submit their sustainability reports to the 10th annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting.
Mining Companies Must Disclose Safety Violations Under New US Law
Aug 13, 2010
Workplace safety records for companies with US mining operations, in the spotlight since the Upper Big Branch blast, will be more visible to investors, as federal regulators prepare to enforce a law requiring them to detail violations and fines meted out by the Mine Safety and Health Administration in their financial disclosure forms.
Investors Ask Oil, Insurance Groups to Disclose Safety Plans
Aug 05, 2010
A coalition of mostly institutional investors is demanding oil and gas companies disclose their existing safeguards and plans of action in the event of another offshore rig disaster and possible oil spill like the one experienced by BP PLC and other companies in the Gulf of Mexico.
California, New York Pension Funds Demand Detail on Oil Groups Spill Plans
Aug 05, 2010
The investors sent letters to the chief executive officers at 27 oil and gas producers such as Exxon Mobil Corp and insurance companies including American International Group Inc., asking them to detail their capability to prevent or respond to an accident, as well as what they learned from the Gulf spill. U.S. states, through their public pension funds, invest in such companies as ConocoPhillips and Chevron Corp.
Appetite for Infrastructure: Building the Renewable Energy Sector
Aug 05, 2010
In this episode, Bill Green, Managing Director of Macquarie Capital's renewable infrastructure investing team explains the world of renewable energy infrastructure and makes the case for why scaling up the physical infrastructure for renewable energy is a good bet for investors even in the absence of an immediate price on carbon.
Extracting Oil from Canadian Sand Pits
Aug 03, 2010
Canada has some of the most oil in the world, and about half of it comes from the "oil sands." Oil companies use some of the most expensive, energy intensive technology to extract the oil from the sand -- which leaves an impact on the environment too.
The 21st Century Electric Utility: Positioning for a Low-Carbon Future
Jul 27, 2010
July 2010 - This report identifies five key elements of a 21st century electric utility business model and makes specific recommendations to utilities as they transition to a low-carbon future. It is by no means the final word on this complex and constantly evolving subject. Rather it is a starting point for utilities, policymakers, regulators, investors, analysts, and advocates to consider the utility decisions and behaviors best suited to helping us realize the energy future we all want – a future that, as the report says, “minimizes cost, risk and environmental impact, and maximizes opportunity, options and societal benefit.”
New Report: U.S. Electric Utilities Must Embrace Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency to Compete in 21st Century
Jul 26, 2010
The most successful utilities in the 21st Century will be very different from those of the 20th Century. To remain competitive, U.S. utilities will need to provide cleaner, low-carbon electricity while enabling customers to better manage and reduce their energy use. Achieving this will require significant changes to the traditional utility business model.
The Senate Punts Recklessly on Energy and Climate
Jul 26, 2010
Even in hyper-partisan modern Washington one would have thought that, in the end, the Senate would have more plain sense than to turn its back on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year. But that's exactly what it did last week.
Health Rules Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions
Jul 25, 2010
A proposed rule on mercury, a pollutant bad for fish and the people who eat too many of them, could help the administration of President Barack Obama get near its short-term climate goal, even if the U.S. Congress fails this year or next to pass a bill tackling greenhouse gases directly.
Green Firms Uniting to Flex Political Muscle
Jul 11, 2010
Several green-friendly businesses — including many young tech companies not yet household names — are the regional face of a multimillion dollar lobbying effort aimed at key senators across the country. Their effort is backed by some of the world’s most recognizable consumer brands and Fortune 500 companies, lending their corporate names to persuade Congress to support climate and energy legislation on Capitol Hill.
Utilities Face the Decision Point of Big Shifts -- to Gas, Renewables and Efficiency
Jul 09, 2010
With or without a climate bill, electric utilities are shifting their investments to efficiency measures that cut long-term costs and integrate more natural gas and renewable energy into their power supplies, according to a new report.
BP Drops the Ball, Nike Scores
Jul 09, 2010
The World Cup. The BP Oil Spill. Both are reverberating around the world. But in one, you have a company who responded poorly to risk. In the other, you have one meeting it head on -- a soccer header if you will. What exactly do the World Cup and the BP oil spill have in common?
Record Proxy Season as Shareholders Crank Up Climate Demands
Jul 08, 2010
Pressure on US firms to develop climate change policies has reached record levels, according to new figures from ethical investor coalition Ceres showing that more than 100 climate and energy-related shareholder resolutions were filed during this year's proxy season.
Outdoor Industries: Feeling the Heat from Climate Change
Jul 01, 2010
Outdoor pursuits will be among the first activities widely altered by climate change, and many of the $750 billion outdoor industry's largest companies are getting vocal about it.
In Hot Water: The Trouble with the Virtual Water Trade and the Role of Corporations, Investors and Governments in Solving the World Water Crisis.
Jun 29, 2010
In this episode, we speak with Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, about the virtual global water trade, how it affects local communities as well as multinational corporations and what companies, investors and governments need to do to avert the global water crisis.
$10 Trillion Investor Group to Act Big on Big Oil and Insurance
Jun 24, 2010
The Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), an investor coalition representing $10trn of assets, is planning to write to oil majors – as well as insurers and re-insurers – in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Rob Berridge, senior manager of investor programs at Ceres, said the INCR is currently drafting the letter.
Mutual Funds Boosting Focus on Climate Change When Voting Their Proxies, New Report Finds
Jun 16, 2010
June 16, 2010 – The financial world increasingly understands that climate change will have far-reaching business impacts on a wide array of industries. And that’s translating into ever-growing support by many of the nation’s largest mutual funds in favor of climate-related shareholder resolutions filed with U.S. companies. That’s the finding of this year’s fifth annual Ceres analysis of mutual fund votes by 46 leading mutual fund families collectively managing more than $5 trillion in assets.
Outdoor Operators Urge Senate to Pass Climate Legislation
Jun 15, 2010
While our Senate leaders decide whether to begin debate this summer on the nation's first comprehensive climate change and energy legislation, businesses like ours in Montana and throughout the nation are concerned about the impacts of climate change on our $3 billion a year tourism and recreation economy.
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States 2010
Jun 14, 2010
June 2010 - The 2010 Benchmarking report is the seventh collaborative effort highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The Benchmarking series began in 1997 and uses publicly reported data to compare the emissions performance of the 100 largest power producers in the United States. The current report is based on 2008 generation and emissions data.