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Third in a three-part series. Read Part One here and Part Two here. Let’s start by stipulating a couple of things: ESG ratings are first and foremost an independent opinion about the environmental, social and governance risks facing a company and its shareholders, not the risks to people and the planet. And the ratings can
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This article was originally published on World Resources Institute. Read it here. The last decade was defined by commitments to tackle the climate crisis. It began with a slow trickle and ended in a torrent of countries, cities and companies announcing goals to end deforestation, shift away from coal, transition to electric vehicles and more.
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This week’s run time is 1:02:27. WEEK IN REVIEW (4:45) FEATURES Funding underrepresented climate tech startups (27:00) Dimitry Gershenson, CEO and co-founder of Enduring Planet, discusses a new form of debt financing for entrepreneurs that don’t have the connections or collateral to play in the VC world. Considering circularity (40:30) James Murray, editor-in-chief of BusinessGreen,
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KYIV, UKRAINE: Director General of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine LLC (GTSOU) Serhiy Makogon. GTSOU will block Russian gas flows via two key entry points in Russian-occupied territory from Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Yuliia Ovsiannikova/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images European natural gas prices jumped after Ukraine’s state-owned grid operator suspended Russian flows through
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Part 2 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 here. Rating a company on its environmental, social and governance performance and policies is a daunting task. It can require mining mountains of data from dozens of sources, eventually boiling it all down to a single metric — a letter grade or numeric score, in most cases.
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Part 1 of a three-part series The letters E, S and G have become so intertwined with the world of sustainability that the three-letter acronym ESG can mean almost anything and, at times, nothing at all. But when it comes to the ratings of companies’ environmental, social and governance policies and performance, those definitions can
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Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm takes questions during a media briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 23, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Thursday it was taking its first steps to disburse more than $2.3 billion for carbon capture technology included in Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which the
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This week’s run time is 41:37. WEEK IN REVIEW (5:40) FEATURE Meet the firm advised by Leo DiCaprio and Bill McDonough (25:15) Regeneration.VC is dedicating $45 million to early-stage companies embodying regenerative and circular business models. Dan Fishman and Michael Smith, general partners of the venture capital firm, talk about what differentiates its investment thesis
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Nuclear energy’s star may be on the rise — again.  This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsome indicated that the state will seek federal funds to delay closing the state’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon.  The reason: Climate change. Diablo Canyon provided California 6 percent of its energy last year, making it the second largest
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In this article RUN Sunrun employee Gonzalo Najera carries a solar panel before installation at a home in Alamo, Calif., May 17, 2021. Scott Strazzante | San Francisco Chronicle | Hearst Newspapers | Getty Images Sunrun shares jumped 11% during extended trading Wednesday after the company posted first-quarter earnings results, including a 39% increase in
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The role of digitization and enterprise software in corporate climate action doesn’t snag the same headlines as other climate tech, but it’s vitally important in operationalizing sustainable business measures. Carbon accounting and management software really came into its own last year, spurred by corporate net-zero commitments, and it looks as if 2022 could represent a
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Brussels, Belgium, February 27, 2022. Stephanie Lecocq | Reuters The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU,
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The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) laid out a bleak future: adapting to climate change will become progressively harder if we fail to invest in protecting ourselves now. Examples of disasters from last year alone show the growing urgency. Multiple tornadoes left a trail of destruction across the midwestern United States, while
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Corporate fleet buyers have a rich array of potential choices when it comes to updating their last-mile delivery fleets to electric vehicle technology. The van portion of the market is particularly competitive, big names such as General Motors (with its Brightdrop subsidiary) and Rivian (with its public market status and all those Amazon orders) claimed
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Reprinted from GreenBuzz, a free weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. I’ve become reasonably immune, for better or worse, to most mind-numbing headlines. They seem to happen daily. The full plate of issues that comprise my daily media diet has been overflowing with dispiriting news as we humans seem to gorge ourselves on a smorgasbord of conflict
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This week’s run time is 47:50. WEEK IN REVIEW (3:10) FEATURES  Resale and our relationship with ‘stuff’ (18:30) Nellie Cohen, formerly of Patagonia’s Worn Wear used apparel program, talks about her new venture, circular fashion consulting firm Baleen.  Creativity abounds in carbon removal XPrize (35:30) The innovative approaches to removing excessive carbon emissions from the
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It’s been five years since Apple decided to get proactive about extending its ambitious renewable electricity commitments into its supply chain — an incredibly important gesture for any company serious about addressing its Scope 3 emissions. It continues to disclose impressive progress.  And slowly but surely, other multinationals including Walmart, PepsiCo and more than a
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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about climate change and protecting national forests on Earth Day at Seward Park in Seattle, Washington, April 22, 2022. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The Biden administration on Tuesday announced new energy efficiency regulations that will phase out old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs, a move that will drive down electricity use and
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Reprinted from GreenFin Weekly, a free newsletter. Subscribe here. China is the world’s largest economy in purchasing power parity, the world’s largest annual emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and the world’s largest renewable energy market. As a result, China-based investments are an important part of an institutional or retail investing portfolio for green and decarbonization