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CDP: Eight-Fold Increase in Global Companies Pricing Carbon Since 2013
CDP: Eight-Fold Increase in Global Companies Pricing Carbon Since 2013

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Putting a price on carbon is becoming the new normal for major multinationals, with almost 1,400 companies[1] factoring an internal carbon price into business plans, according to a new report from CDP. This represents an eight-fold leap in take up in the last four years, compared to just 150 companies in 2014, and includes more than 100 Fortune Global 500 companies with collective annual revenues of US$7 trillion[2].

Corporate Climate Action Aims Higher to Lead the Way to a 1.5°C Future
Corporate Climate Action Aims Higher to Lead the Way to a 1.5°C Future

LEADERSHIP - With the signing of the Paris Agreement, governments resolved to pursue efforts to go beyond the agreed 2°C goal and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, nearly two years later, national and organizational commitments that align with a 1.5°C pathway are practically non-existent. A new report from Carbon Trust, however, aims to help position businesses to lead the low-carbon transition.

Tesla in Talks with Puerto Rico to Rebuild Power Grid
Tesla in Talks with Puerto Rico to Rebuild Power Grid

CLEANTECH - Nearly three weeks after Puerto Rico was pummeled by Hurricane Maria, the island is still feeling the storm’s disastrous effects. The destruction of transmission lines across the island has left much of Puerto Rico’s population in darkness and without access to information technologies. The problem is critical, but Elon Musk believes Tesla technology may hold the key to rebuilding the US territory’s antiquated grid.

Visa Named Among Leading Companies for Political Disclosures
Visa Named Among Leading Companies for Political Disclosures

PRESS RELEASE - Visa’s commitment to transparency in political disclosures has led to the company being named a “Trendsetter” on the 2017 CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, one of the most comprehensive rankings of the political disclosures and accountability practices of leading public companies in the U.S.

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Larta Institute Scores Contract for DOE Commercialization Assistance Program
Larta Institute Scores Contract for DOE Commercialization Assistance Program

CLEANTECH - Earlier this week, the Larta Institute, an accelerator for small businesses and startups in science-based innovation, announced that its subsidiary, Larta Inc. has been awarded an exclusive contract by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to manage its national Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for as many as 450 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and II awardees per year beginning in September 2017. The DOE granted over $224 million to SBIR recipients in 2016.

UPS Partners with UNICEF USA & Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Relief Effort to Support Puerto Rico
UPS Partners with UNICEF USA & Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Relief Effort to Support Puerto Rico

PRESS RELEASE - Today, UNICEF USA and UPS announced an impactful partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to support the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Providing relief to those in need of clean water and other basic supplies, UNICEF USA, in close cooperation with the Governor’s teams and nonprofit partners, will leverage the vast UPS logistics network to deliver supplies from various points around the world, including from the company’s Worldport global air hub in Louisville, Kentucky. One plane will carry more than 60 pallets of water from Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, departing on Tuesday morning.

EU Launches Tool to Embed Circularity, Sustainability into Built Environment
EU Launches Tool to Embed Circularity, Sustainability into Built Environment

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The European Commission has launched the pilot of a new framework for sustainable buildings in partnership the World Green Building Council.

Ben & Jerry's, Phone2Action Team Up to Turn Ice Cream Lovers Into Activists
Ben & Jerry's, Phone2Action Team Up to Turn Ice Cream Lovers Into Activists

MARKETING AND COMMS - To provide its customers with a simple and effective way to take action in support of its advocacy campaigns and engage with local lawmakers and members of Congress, Ben & Jerry’s has struck up a new partnership with Phone2Action, a digital advocacy platform that connects citizens to lawmakers via Facebook, Twitter, text and email.

Trending: Auto Industry Introduces Scrappage Schemes for Diesel Vehicles Across Europe, UK
Trending: Auto Industry Introduces Scrappage Schemes for Diesel Vehicles Across Europe, UK

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Scrappage schemes seem to be popping up almost daily as auto manufacturers across the UK and Europe ramp up efforts to drive polluting vehicles off the roads in anticipation of tightening governments regulations on air quality and emissions.

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U.S. Wind Power Gets a Boost from Startups, T-Mobile and … Big Oil
U.S. Wind Power Gets a Boost from Startups, T-Mobile and … Big Oil

CLEANTECH - 2017 marks the dividing line. This is the year U.S. companies must decide whether they will make and keep sustainability initiatives outside of any federal mandate to do so. With the current administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and weakening of the EPA, a governmental push towards environmental sustainability is virtually nonexistent.

US Cities Plagued by Poor Performance on SDGs
US Cities Plagued by Poor Performance on SDGs

NEW METRICS - US cities still have a long way to go towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the first-ever US Cities SDG Index, which ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the US based on their performance on the SDGs.

Lack of Waste Infrastructure Could Leave UK Open to 'Potential Disaster Scenario' Post-Brexit
Lack of Waste Infrastructure Could Leave UK Open to 'Potential Disaster Scenario' Post-Brexit

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The realities of a hard Brexit are beginning to come to fruition. Immigration issues notwithstanding, the UK stands to face significant challenges in meeting its Paris commitments and upholding its pledge to maintain high environmental standards after its separation from the EU.

Trending: European Automakers Roll Out Retrofits to Drive Down Diesel Emissions
Trending: European Automakers Roll Out Retrofits to Drive Down Diesel Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As the environmental impact of the internal combustion engine — particularly those powered by diesel fuel – begins to rear its ugly head, governments across the globe are cracking down on automakers to address critical air pollution problems, curb emissions and mitigate climate change.

Lower Emissions In Car Interiors With Improved BASF Polyether Polyols
Lower Emissions In Car Interiors With Improved BASF Polyether Polyols

PRESS RELEASE - BASF has now improved the process for manufacturing Lupranol® (polyether polyol) so that car components which are made of BASF polyurethane systems emit an average of 20 percent less aldehyde. This allows automotive suppliers, that manufacture e.g. acoustic parts, seats and steering wheels or back-foam instrument panels and doors, to meet the increasing requirements of car manufacturers and the law for lower emissions (VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds) in vehicle interiors. Following the process change at BASF’s Asian production sites at the beginning of 2017, the modification is now being made in Europe and will take place in the US plants during the course of this year. Alongside isocyanate, polyol is the starting product for polyurethane foam systems.

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Origin Green Ambassadors Paving the Way in Sustainable Food, Beverage Collaboration
Origin Green Ambassadors Paving the Way in Sustainable Food, Beverage Collaboration

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - New types of partnerships can enable systemic changes to flourish. That thinking is behind the Origin Green Ambassadors programme, which brings education, leading global brands and entrepreneurial sustainability professionals together to collaborate and learn. Five years on, there’s strong evidence that the approach is driving best practice and industry-wide innovation.

'America's Pledge' to Track, Quantify Non-Party Contributions to US Climate Commitments
'America's Pledge' to Track, Quantify Non-Party Contributions to US Climate Commitments

LEADERSHIP - In response to the federal government’s failure to take action against climate change, Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown have launched a new initiative to track and quantify the contributions of local governments and businesses to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Business Has Much to Do If It Wants to Be a Climate Leader
Business Has Much to Do If It Wants to Be a Climate Leader

WALKING THE TALK - If there’s one group that’s basking in the long shadow cast by Donald Trump’s ill-fated decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, it’s business.

Gold Standard Launches New Framework to Accelerate, Track Progress on SDGs
Gold Standard Launches New Framework to Accelerate, Track Progress on SDGs

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Just weeks after the UN Secretary General released a report detailing sluggish progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), efforts are already underway to bolster support for their widespread adoption.

HPE Inspiring Progress Blog: Our Power is in Collective Action
HPE Inspiring Progress Blog: Our Power is in Collective Action

PRESS RELEASE - The mobilization of businesses, governments, and individuals in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has been heartening and inspiring. Within just days of President Trump’s announcement, businesses contributing $6.2 trillion to the US economy, and states accounting for more than one-third of national GDP, have joined together to declare their intent to continue the path towards a low-carbon economy. But we aren’t just forging ahead because it’s good for the planet, we also understand that it’s good for business.

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C40 Mayors Urge G20 Leaders to Work with Cities to Tackle Climate Change
C40 Mayors Urge G20 Leaders to Work with Cities to Tackle Climate Change

MARKETING AND COMMS - Mayors of 52 of the world’s largest cities, representing more than 275 million citizens, have called upon G20 leaders to address climate change at the upcoming G20 Summit.

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