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Microsoft Increases Carbon Fee, Doubles Down on AI for Sustainability

Microsoft Increases Carbon Fee, Doubles Down on AI for Sustainability

Informed by new research from PwC UK that shows AI can boost global GDP by up to 4.4% and reduce emissions by 4% by 2030, Microsoft commits to a tech-first approach to drive progress across operations, products, customers and data science.

Why We Built the World’s First Website Carbon Calculator

Every time someone loads a web page, it emits an average of 6 grams of CO2. Collectively, this means the web accounts for 2% of all global GHG emissions — equivalent to the global aviation industry.

Solar Mamas: Empowering Women to ‘Flip the Switch’ to Better Health, Renewable Energy

Law firm Hogan Lovells has partnered with Barefoot College International to empower mostly illiterate women from off-grid areas around the world by training them as solar engineers, or “Solar Mamas.”

Bright Ideas Will Usher in the Clean Energy Future

A clean energy future will require innovation, creativity and increased investment in high-efficiency energy solutions. But once we eliminate the kinks — and the misconceptions — it is a bright future.

Collaboration Unlocking Renewable Energy Solutions for Small Buyers

When it comes to renewable energy, smaller buyers have more options than ever before. Solutions are increasingly becoming available for businesses of all sizes to develop a robust sustainability strategy and ensure their programs are meeting their goals.

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Target Sets Its Sights on Scope 3 Emissions with New Climate Goals

The new goals will reduce the retail giant’s carbon footprint from source to shelf, as it works alongside its supply chain partners to lower emissions throughout its value chain.

BP’s Energy Outlook, 2019 Clean200 Show Undeniable Power of Renewables

The Carbon Clean 200 are already capitalizing on the transition to a low-carbon future; BP’s latest scenarios support that strategy

Gap, Salesforce Sign Landmark Deal for Renewable Energy Aggregation

Five global brands sign joint 42.5-MW energy deal, creating a new blueprint for renewable energy aggregation

World's First Carbon-Negative Fuel to be Unveiled at COP24

Next week, at the COP24 climate summit in Poland, a Swedish startup is set to unveil what it hails as the world's first carbon-negative fuel. NextFuel briquettes  

sonnen, Pearl Homes Launch First Affordable, Carbon-Free Housing Community

sonnen, a global market leader in smart residential energy storage, has partnered with Pearl Homes — the U.S. leader in LEED residential development — and Google Home to bring their vision of a 'Net-Zero-Plus and Climate-Positive' community, complete with solar + storage and home automation, to life in Manatee County, Florida.

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Targeting Energy Use Along Product Life Cycles: 4 Steps to Achieving SDG 7

20 percent of the world population lacks access to modern electricity, but access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial to achieving many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from poverty alleviation via advancements in health, education, water supply and industrialization to mitigating climate change.

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

BMW Group, Swedish energy startup Northvolt and Belgium-based materials giant Umicore have formed a joint technology consortium to develop a circular value chain for battery cells for electrified vehicles (EVs) in Europe.

Lime Green: A Commitment to Our Colors

Sustainability is at the core of Lime’s mission. Over the last 16 months, we’ve led an exciting mobility shift towards free-floating scooters and bikes in communities across the U.S. and Europe. The resulting 13+ million trips have underlined a growing demand worldwide for cleaner air, safer infrastructure and more sustainable mobility options. But rides alone are not enough. At a time when the transportation industry leads the world in CO2 emissions, we must all do more to support meaningful environmental stewardship.

Q&A: Schneider Electric Banking on Science, Smarter Cities to Power a Sustainable Future

In the past few years, Schneider Electric — a global specialist in energy management and automation — has partnered with its customers around the world in various capacities to co-create smart solutions for a more sustainable future. It focuses its energy on prioritizing resource productivity and management, promoting energy efficiency and rethinking energy consumption. It has also adopted science-based emissions targets and helped its clients set their own. We spoke with Erik Mohn, Director of Americas Sustainability Services at Schneider Electric, to learn more about the company’s multi-pronged strategy to spread sustainability.

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Help Businesses Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

Self-driving cars are on the horizon and widespread adoption holds many promises. On top of reducing collisions and alleviating traffic, autonomous vehicles have the potential to dramatically shrink our carbon footprint. That’s a major win — not only for the public but for businesses, too.

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Could Nuclear Power Save Us from Climate Disaster?

A documentary called The New Fire tells a controversial yet hopeful story about the young entrepreneurs fueling a new energy revolution, working to turn a vilified technology — nuclear power — into a global solution to climate change.

Lyft Commits to Full Carbon Neutrality, 100% Renewables

Earlier this year, we announced our Green Cities Initiative, a new business unit dedicating significant resources to tackling climate change. As Lyft continues to grow, we have an increasing responsibility to commit additional resources towards our values in order to maximize the positive impact of the Lyft platform.

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

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

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

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 (

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