Energy

Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Lippendorf power plant south of Leipzig, Germany. picture alliance | picture alliance | Getty Images Energy prices around the world are at record highs as a power crunch hits Europe and Asia — and the International Energy Agency warned Wednesday that volatility is here to stay. In
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All hail accountants! The green-eyeshades profession’s stock has risen recently, as companies seek to address their sustainability challenges. Accountants’ ability to translate risks and opportunities into numbers, the theory goes, will enable the rest of us to evaluate the financial impacts and assess the resilience of a given product, brand or company. And by embedding
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Whether it’s a sportsperson trying to outdo their rival on the playing field or a tech giant attempting to develop the latest cellphone and dominate the market, competition and going it alone can drive innovation and success. When it comes to the environment and climate change, however, things are different. As COP26 nears, calls for
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Mars has ramped up its net-zero target to cover its entire business and supply chain, including the greenhouse gases generated by its agriculture and suppliers as well as emissions produced by consumers using its food, drink and pet food products, the multinational firm announced this week. The new net zero by 2050 target marks a
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Magali Sanchez-Hall, a Wilmington resident for over two decades, has struggled with asthma her entire life. She says the health issue stems from her proximity to oil and gas drilling. Emma Newburger | CNBC LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Stepping out of a coffee shop near Interstate 110 in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles, you’re
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This week’s run time is 37:05. WEEK IN REVIEW (2:40) FEATURES How Logitech calculates product-level carbon disclosures (11:55) Prakash Arunkundrum, global head of operations and sustainability for consumer electronics company Logitech, discusses the methodology it uses to produce carbon disclosures on all of its product packaging and why it hopes others will borrow its approach.  
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Date/Time: November 2, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Strategies for addressing air quality and climate change challenges  need to be more nuanced than making all vehicles electric. This is particularly true for commercial vehicles such as buses, which have different power needs and workloads than passenger cars. Learn about tangible actions cities and companies
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Last spring, as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered disruptions and demand imbalances throughout the global food supply chain, Gro Intelligence founder and CEO Sara Menker found herself worried about another crisis: a Biblical plague of locusts that had descended on Africa, threatening already stressed farming communities. Predictive models from Gro’s agricultural intelligence platform,
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Ford CEO Jim Farley, whose grandfather devoted his professional life to the automaker’s Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, worries everyday about employment risks related to the electric vehicle transition. As Farley and other industry executives have noted, it takes fewer workers to assemble EVs, and dealers could see much of the profit-rich repair business associated
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SunPower, a solar power and energy services provider, is starting to ship solar panels in electric heavy-duty trucks powered by — you guessed it — solar energy. The question that communities and investors are starting to ask is, why isn’t everybody? How long can a company go without a plan to end goods transport powered
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An icon of sustainable business has a new book. Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, has co-authored — along with sustainability consultant Andrew Winston — ”Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take.” Given that intriguing title, I thought it would be time to check back in with Paul Pullman, who I interviewed
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This is an excerpt from “Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis — A Strategic Design Approach.” It is reproduced here with permission. [Editor’s note: The text has been lightly edited to meet GreenBiz style standards.] Interest in the circular economy has been growing over the last three decades. The introduction of the
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What’s the question you are most frequently asked when trying to set up a new sustainability initiative? I bet “how much will it cost?” is a leading contender. It’s no different for farmers — the CEOs of businesses with often slim margins.  That’s why the challenge of financing the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices comes
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This week’s run time is 47:03. WEEK IN REVIEW (2:30) FEATURES Brave enough to be positive (18:44) Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman, now co-chair of consultancy Imagine, chats about his new book, “Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take.” He’s hoping to start a movement: “We really have to start
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Like politics or religion, artificial intelligence is a topic that elicits strong opinions. Many in the environmental and sustainability communities sing its praises as a technology for combating climate change, citing its superhuman ability to optimize the integration of renewables into electric grids, or to detect deforestation and other threats to biodiversity, or drive corporate
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A general view shows the Wujing Coal-Electricity Power Station in Shanghai on September 28, 2021. Hector Retamal | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — Local Chinese authorities have abruptly ordered power cuts at many factories in the last week, reflecting a system trying to react to a number of directives from Beijing, and macroeconomic developments.
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This past week, I attended my first in-person conference since 2019 — Micromobility America, held at a beautiful port-side venue in Richmond, California.  The conference claims to attract “micromobility’s top builders, investors and thinkers — including more than 500 global brands — focusing on the companies, business models, enabling technologies and macro trends that are
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If we’re to solve the climate crisis, we’ll need to deploy every trick in the book. We’ll also need to engage people where they live, work, invest and vote. It’s not one or the other: We’re now in an all-of-the-above world. None of this is news to sustainability professionals. But what about our colleagues and
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In this article GS Workers at the Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation in Changzhou, China’s Jiangsu province on May 12, 2016. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images News | Getty Images Goldman Sachs economists have cut their forecasts for China’s economic growth in 2021 as the world’s second-largest economy faces “yet another growth shock” in
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This article is sponsored by American Forests. In August, two American Forests researchers spent a week clocking 15-mile-a-day hikes in Idaho’s remote Beaverhead Mountains, on the hunt for an increasingly rare treasure. There, among the perfumed sagebrush, the team found its prize: Whitebark pines, some flecked in lichens and scarred by fire, others sculpted into
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