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Iron Mountain Drives Renewable Energy Goals for Global Electricity Use in 2018 through Partnerships with NextEra Energy Resources
Iron Mountain Drives Renewable Energy Goals for Global Electricity Use in 2018 through Partnerships with NextEra Energy Resources

PRESS RELEASE - Iron Mountain Incorporated™ (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced the signing of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, for 145 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy from the Pretty Prairie Wind Farm, located in Reno County, KS. With this agreement, coupled with other recent green power purchases, Iron Mountain expects to exceed 75 percent global renewable electricity usage in 2018, and move the company closer to its goal of 100 percent renewable power by 2050. Iron Mountain worked with Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services to identify and evaluate projects and arrange the deal.

REI, Microsoft Rallying Companies to Support Washington’s Proposed Carbon Fee
REI, Microsoft Rallying Companies to Support Washington’s Proposed Carbon Fee

WALKING THE TALK - Next month’s election could potentially be historic for Washington State, where voters will have the choice of enacting the first-in-the-nation carbon fee — a concrete measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Measure 1631 has the support of several prominent Washington-based businesses including REI, Expedia, Microsoft and Northwest Energy, and over 100 businesses in total.

Nestlé Waters North America Signs Renewable Energy Agreement with ENGIE Resources
Nestlé Waters North America Signs Renewable Energy Agreement with ENGIE Resources

PRESS RELEASE - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), together with ENGIE Resources, today announced that they have signed a renewable energy agreement through which ENGIE will supply over 50 percent of the energy needed for NWNA’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in Texas. With this agreement, NWNA operations in Travis, McLennan, Dallas, and Harris counties will be supplied by renewable wind energy from the Midway Wind Farm in San Patricio County, Texas, supporting Nestlé’s global goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy use in its operations.

NRG Launches Renewable Select, Simplified Renewables without the PPA
NRG Launches Renewable Select, Simplified Renewables without the PPA

PRESS RELEASE - NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) announces the availability of Renewable Select, simplifying the renewables procurement process and making it easier for businesses to choose renewable energy. The plan transforms the lengthy and complex traditional energy procurement process into a cost competitive, easy to execute transaction. Today’s customers demand renewable energy at grid parity to meet their fiscal requirements while achieving their sustainability goals. Renewable Select uniquely delivers to customers:

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Kohler Co.’s Innovation For Good Program Recognized as Changemaker with 2018 Mahatma Award
Kohler Co.’s Innovation For Good Program Recognized as Changemaker with 2018 Mahatma Award

PRESS RELEASE - Kohler Co. has been presented with a 2018 Mahatma Award for Social Good for its “Innovation for Good” (IfG) efforts. Laura Kohler, Senior Vice President-Human Resources, Stewardship & Sustainability for Kohler Co., accepted the award on behalf of IfG and Kohler Co. in New York City during the recently held UN General Assembly. The Mahatma Awards for Social Good spotlight changemakers and are awarded annually to individuals or organizations committed to addressing complex social issues like safe water, sanitation, disease, poverty and hunger.

BMW Group, Northvolt, Umicore to Develop Closed-Loop System for EV Batteries
BMW Group, Northvolt, Umicore to Develop Closed-Loop System for EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - The project aims to continue the sustainable industrialization of battery cells in Europe and the associated acquisition of skills — from cell chemistry and development through to production and ultimately recycling.

Danish CSR-prize recognizes Ørsted as a role model for sustainability reporting
Danish CSR-prize recognizes Ørsted as a role model for sustainability reporting

PRESS RELEASE - The annual CSR prize seeks out best practices in economic, social and governance (ESG) reporting among Denmark’s biggest companies.

Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe
Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe

PRESS RELEASE - Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced that its operations in Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have achieved the company’s stated goal of utilizing 100 percent of their electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. This milestone represents a significant achievement for the company following its joining of the RE100 initiative earlier this year in which Iron Mountain committed to using renewable energy sources for 100 percent of its worldwide electricity. In doing so, the company pledged to follow a rigorous standard for green power purchasing and achieving aggressive interim milestones on the way to a complete conversion by 2050.

Q&A: EcoAct on How the Dow 30 Measure Up on Climate Action
Q&A: EcoAct on How the Dow 30 Measure Up on Climate Action

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Since its founding in 2006, EcoAct Group has grown from raising awareness at the local level in France into a global collection of experts engaging with the private and public sectors to aid in the transition to a low-carbon economy. In addition to advising companies on climate change and carbon neutrality strategies, EcoAct also conducts research to assess publicly listed companies’ efforts in these areas.

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Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26T by 2030, But Only If We Hurry
Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26T by 2030, But Only If We Hurry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A major report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that we are significantly underestimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030, compared with business as usual.

Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?
Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?

CLEANTECH - It is possible to unlock a 100 percent renewably powered grid — without any coal, nuclear or gas storage baseload — within the next several years. And any driver or homeowner could contribute to the solution by using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile batteries that charge at one location when there’s a surge of renewable energy and deliver it back to the grid at another when it’s needed.

The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy
The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy

CLEANTECH - Last year, the leading economies in renewable energy investment growth were not to be found in North America or even Europe — the leaders in growth were countries often described as developing, such as China, Brazil, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Argentina. These big shifts in renewables investment have, in fact, been emerging since 2004, and portend a strong outlook for continued growth in global renewable energy investment and reaching carbon-reduction targets.

10 Women Entrepreneurs Make Up 1st Cohort of India's POWERED Accelerator
10 Women Entrepreneurs Make Up 1st Cohort of India's POWERED Accelerator

CLEANTECH - Ten women entrepreneurs have been selected as the first cohort entering the POWERED Accelerator program — a first-of-its-kind accelerator focusing on women-led businesses in the energy value chain, in an effort to address twin Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Affordable and Clean Energy (

Trending: Kingfisher, J. M. Smucker Supercharge Renewable Energy Ambitions
Trending: Kingfisher, J. M. Smucker Supercharge Renewable Energy Ambitions

CLEANTECH - Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has unveiled plans to install energy storage batteries at B&Q’s Swindon distribution center. The installations form a key part of Kingfisher’s aim to reduce grid energy consumption across its UK property portfolio, and are the latest milestone in Kingfisher’s strategic roadmap for sustainable growth to 2025, moving the company towards its goal of becoming net positive by 2050.

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Levi Strauss Sets Industry Bar with Science-Based Targets for Global Supply Chain
Levi Strauss Sets Industry Bar with Science-Based Targets for Global Supply Chain

LEADERSHIP - Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today announced a new climate action strategy, which sets aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions across its owned-and-operated facilities and global supply chain by 2025; among its goals are using 100 percent renewable electricity in its company-owned facilities.

Blockchain Will Make Carbon Visible for Everybody
Blockchain Will Make Carbon Visible for Everybody

THE NEXT ECONOMY - To understand, and report on, an organization’s carbon footprint is a complex undertaking — to say the least.

Inaugural Ocean Solutions Accelerator Cultivating Diverse Crop of Innovations
Inaugural Ocean Solutions Accelerator Cultivating Diverse Crop of Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Can market solutions and innovative technologies help the world solve its growing ocean crisis? That’s what the nonprofit Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) hopes, as it recently launched a new startup incubator program in Silicon Valley, the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, with five companies in the initial cohort.

Iron Mountain Joins RE100 and Commits to Setting Science Based Targets for Carbon Reductions
Iron Mountain Joins RE100 and Commits to Setting Science Based Targets for Carbon Reductions

PRESS RELEASE - BOSTON – June 4, 2018 –Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced two important environmental commitments that significantly advance the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its usage of renewable energy around the world.

Mars Australia to Match 100% of Its Electricity Use with Renewable Energy by 2020
Mars Australia to Match 100% of Its Electricity Use with Renewable Energy by 2020

CLEANTECH - Mars Australia has signed 20 year power-purchase agreements (PPA) with Total Eren to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of Mars’ electricity from renewable energy by 2020. In addition to its latest agreement in Australia, Mars is already using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover 100 percent of its operations in Belgium, Brazil, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Northwest Ohio Wind Farm to power General Motors’ Ohio, Indiana plants
Northwest Ohio Wind Farm to power General Motors’ Ohio, Indiana plants

PRESS RELEASE - Officials from General Motors and Starwood Energy Group joined Ohio lawmakers, county officials and local landowners today at a press conference to unveil the Northwest Ohio Wind Farm, a 100-megawatt wind project under construction in Paulding County, Ohio. Power purchased from the wind farm will help offset the power used at General Motors’ Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities with clean, renewable energy.

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