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Major Companies Announce Support for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Sep 22, 2015
Thirty-six companies, including 11 based in California, issued a letter to California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols expressing strong support for the re-adoption of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), citing the standard’s influence on investment in cleaner transportation fuels. The letter was coordinated by Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a project of the nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, Ceres.
The Global Imperative of the 'Clean Trillion'
Sep 18, 2015
Climate change is the most significant threat to sustainable development. Left unchecked, it threatens to undermine progress on nearly all of the other Sustainable Development Goals -- from ending poverty and hunger to ensuring access to clean water and decent work.
How can we create a more sustainable financial system?
Sep 17, 2015
Seven years ago, we woke to news of the Lehman Brothers collapse and the landmark moment in this century’s biggest financial crisis. Amid all the blame, bailouts and bursting bubbles back in 2008, there was one universal action that everyone seemed to agree on: the need for transparency to better manage hidden risks in the financial system.
Water: The New Screen for Investment Risk
Sep 09, 2015
Investors make big decisions based on the outlook of such fundamentals as interest rates and energy costs. What is more fundamental than water? For many companies, not much. Water disruptions potentially can have a significant effect on a company’s supply chain. As a result, money managers, fund managers and individual investors are putting more weight on the potential for water shortages as a risk factor for investments.
The Key To Improving Corporate Disclosure? Stock Exchanges
Sep 08, 2015
The phrase “ESG disclosure” was on the lips of hundreds of investors at the annual Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) conference in London today. And there’s a reason why the much-debated corporate disclosure gap on global sustainability challenges was center-stage: today, the United Nations released long-awaited Model Guidance on ESG Reporting for use by global stock exchanges.
Accelerating U.S. Clean Energy Deployment: Investor Policy Priorities
Sep 08, 2015
International investment to mitigate climate change is far below levels needed to reach the two-degree target. The International Energy Agency estimates that an average of an additional $1 trillion in incremental financing for clean energy is needed to meet the temperature target.
4 Reasons Why El Nino Won’t Solve California’s Epic Drought
Sep 05, 2015
El Nino will solve the drought. You’re hearing this sentiment around California these days. After four years of bone-dry winters, warmer Pacific Ocean waters are expected to bring lots of precipitation to California this winter—a huge opportunity for replenishing California’s depleted reservoirs and aquifers.
Words Matter in the Paris Climate Agreement
Sep 02, 2015
Words matter. This is especially true for the Paris Agreement on climate change to be concluded this December. Businesses and investors have a clear stake in the words in the agreement and in the political commitment behind them, which will underpin the policy certainty they need to build the low-carbon economy. Getting the right words in the right place is essential to success.
Ceres Applauds Governor Snyder’s Commitment to Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Sep 01, 2015
Citing strong business support for Michigan’s emerging clean-energy economy, Ceres president Mindy Lubber praised Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) for his announcement today that the state will be filing a state implementation plan to comply with the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Join Ceres and Skytop Strategies for the Symposium on Water & Long-Term Value
Aug 31, 2015
On December 14, 2015 Skytop Strategies will be hosting a “Symposium on Water & Long-Term Value”, a full-day program that explores best practices in successful corporate water policy, featuring sustainability advocacy group Ceres as a strategic partner.
Why Big Corporations Like Gap And eBay Are Mobilizing Against Climate Change
Aug 31, 2015
This week, California legislators received a pair of letters signed by dozens of corporations in support of two bills that would require the state to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through 2050.
Symantec, Levi Strauss & Co., Mars, Dignity Health, and Autodesk Join Dozens of Companies Supporting California’s Sweeping Climate Change Bills
Aug 25, 2015
With barely two weeks left in the state legislative session, more than two-dozen California companies today announced their support for two major climate bills – SB 32 and SB 350.
Food industry needs to step up on responsible groundwater use
Aug 25, 2015
Californians are all too familiar with what happens when water is not treated as the precious resource it is. But most of us are unaware of the enormous power we have through our day-to-day purchases, social media campaigns and petition drives to push food companies to take more responsibility in protecting global water supplies.
How to Conserve Water Without Bankrupting Water Utilities
Aug 20, 2015
The more water people save, the more money utilities lose. But new pricing models could change that.
Leading Global Investors Urge Food and Beverage Companies to Better Manage Water Risks
Aug 19, 2015
Amid growing concerns over escalating water scarcity and pollution risks, more than 60 leading North American and European institutional investors sent joint letters to 15 food and beverage companies calling for increased water risk management and disclosure practices.
Investors Applaud EPA’s Methane Emissions Rule
Aug 18, 2015
Ceres and members of its $13 trillion Investor Network on Climate Risk applauded the EPA’s announcement today of draft rules to address and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry – the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the U.S.
Liquidity Risks of the H2O Variety
Aug 12, 2015
The fact is water — or the lack of it — poses investor risks. Companies and investors can no longer ignore increasing competition over limited water resources. Some investors view water as one of the many environmental, social, and governance (ESG) variables that can have very tangible payoffs — if studied and the lessons applied properly.
Water Connection Charges: A Tool for Encouraging Water-Efficient Growth
Aug 11, 2015
As many U.S. communities are struggling to support growing populations with limited water resources, very few of them are utilizing water connection charges to increase water-savvy residential development projects in their communities.
Most Water Utilities Missing Opportunity to Stretch Water Supplies
Aug 11, 2015
As many U.S. communities are struggling to support growing populations with limited water resources, very few of them are utilizing water connection charges to increase water-savvy residential development projects in their communities.
It’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa
Aug 06, 2015
The math for Africa’s clean energy future is adding up. Solar lamps are spreading like fireflies across Ghana. A first-of-its-kind solar farm in Rwanda is providing electricity for 15,000 rural homes. Utility-scale solar and wind projects are being built in Morocco and Kenya.