Data, integration and global alignment: Salesforce’s approach to ESG

May 3, 2022 by  
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Salesforce Vice President Sunya Norman chats about partnering with the finance team on disclosure, reaching net zero on residual emissions and the need for international alignment on ESG disclosure.

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Sustainable from the start: Clean power demands greater circularity

May 3, 2022 by  
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Sponsored: ESG profiles of renewable energy projects vary widely. It’s critical to strive for an inclusive sustainable energy future, not just net zero.

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HP moves toward 100% plastic free with Choose Packaging

March 29, 2022 by  
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As consumers, we make countless purchasing decisions daily. Moreover, we are often limited by the options companies provide. It becomes challenging to find environmentally-responsible alternatives. A newly-developed packaging company, however, is changing the entire landscape of single-use plastic. Their zero-plastic bottles can be used for countless everyday products.  Choose Packaging, based out of Edinburgh, is determined to eliminate all petroleum-based bottles with a better solution. Their innovative paper bottle is now the first and only commercially-available, zero- plastic bottle of its kind. While some of the sizes and shapes are standardized, each bottle can be customized to meet the customer’s needs with options from 30 milliliter up to one liter. Related: Notpla plant-based packaging is helping the world plastic problem HP Inc. recently acquired the brand in alignment with its own sustainability goals. Hewlett-Packard (HP), primarily known for computers and printers, might seem like an odd parent for a packaging development company. However, HP is already uniquely positioned to expand their position in sustainable packaging. They are building on their introduction of a fiber-based, 3D printing-enabled molded fiber tooling solution. “As a plastic-free packaging development company, we’ve successfully created technology that can provide a viable alternative to plastic bottles to help eliminate single-use PET packaging,” said James Longcroft, founder and managing director of Choose Packaging. “HP’s world-class capabilities and expertise can help scale our impact at a global level. We are thrilled to join the HP team and couldn’t have chosen a better match in terms of our shared goals for business, technology, sustainability and a values-oriented culture.” The Choose technology can be used for a variety of liquid products. Additionally, the paper-based bottles are made from natural materials that are organically non-toxic. The bottles are constructed from a paper casing lined with a plant-based waterproof liner. Best of all, the materials used to make Choose bottles are 100% plastic-free. Labels are made from paper or companies can choose to skip the label and have their message or logo directly imprinted onto the bottle. The bottle’s paper exterior is made from recycled newspaper and the cap is metal. The cap is sealed using a cellulose-based tape.  “Henkel drives active progress towards a circular economy by creating smarter packaging for the benefit of people and the planet,” said Berthold Schreck, R&D Vice President Laundry Care, Henkel.  “Choose and HP bring together a game-changing combination of packaging technologies and we are excited to collaborate to develop new sustainable packaging solutions and reduce plastics in our consumer goods products.” + HP Inc.  Images via Choose Packaging

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Indigenous leaders hold Ecuador accountable for oil spill

February 2, 2022 by  
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Indigenous groups in Ecuador have confronted the government and oil investors to demand justice. On Tuesday, Indigenous leaders and the regional pan-Amazon Indigenous organization protested outside Ecuador’s Annual Conference for Oil and Energy (ENAEP). In response to the Amazon oil spill on Jan. 28, the group called on officials to help those affected and end new drilling projects. “The impact of this spill has left the Amazon in a critical situation. We want territories free of resource extraction. It has caused so much damage to our territories, it is killing people. We call for climate justice,” Nemo Andy Guiquita, a Waorani Indigenous leader and Coordinator of Women and Health for CONFENIAE, said . Related: These blue flags celebrate the Indigenous First Nations people ENAEP is the Ecuadorian government’s effort to attract oil investments. The government plans to double oil production by expanding extraction and exploring new territories. Indigenous groups strongly oppose this endeavor. The government has advanced its explorations into Indigenous territories and the Amazon rainforest, areas protected by law. Biodiversity hotspots such as the Yasuní National Park have not been spared either. The Jan. 28 oil spill loomed over Tuesday’s conference. After the OCP pipeline burst and spilled crude oil into Coca Cayambe National Park, rivers turned black from pollution . The oil reached the Coca River, affecting the primary water source for thousands of Kichwa Indigenous people downstream. “We are here, again. Behind these walls are people who think there is no life,” Gregorio Mirabal, Executive Coordinator of the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), told reporters. “It hasn’t even been 100 days since COP26 , where all the presidents promised to defend the rights of nature and human rights. And yet, here they are, already negotiating our rights. Right now our rights are under negotiation and the rights of our children are at stake!” Sources report that no speakers at ENAEP acknowledged the recent oil spill. In response to continued oil projects, Leonidas Iza, Executive Coordinator of Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), said, “As long as collective rights and consent are not respected, there is a liability. We tell international investors that do not respect our communities that we have in fact won and secured several legal cases against the oil industry.” Iza added, “About the oil spill – the government did not guarantee our rights. We call on the president to respect his own words and the agreements signed with environmental groups before he became president.” Via Amazon Watch Lead image via Ceibo Alliance

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Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease invalidated by judge

February 1, 2022 by  
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On Thursday, a federal judge annulled an oil and gas lease in the Gulf of Mexico . According to Judge Rudolph Contreras of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia, the Biden administration failed to account for the auction’s climate impact. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Lease Sale 257 offered over 80 million acres of potential oil fields for sale last year. Of the 80 million acres, 1.7 million acres were sold for over $190 million. This is the highest sale price since 2019. However, Judge Contreras’s recent decision invalidates these sales. Related: Climate change lawsuit to hold oil companies accountable Leading up to this decision, environmental protection group Earthjustice, alongside other groups, challenged the lease. The groups argued that the government relied on old data that did not accurately demonstrate the climate impacts of drilling oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Critics want the government to factor in the potential projects’ greenhouse gas emissions , including all emissions from consumption abroad. “We are pleased that the court invalidated Interior’s illegal lease sale,” said Brettny Hardy, Earthjustice’s senior attorney, in a statement. “We simply cannot continue to make investments in the fossil fuel industry to the peril of our communities and increasingly warming planet.” The ruling has thrown the U.S. gas and oil industry into confusion. While U.S. federal offshore drilling has been a big revenue source, President Biden made campaign pledges to end further oil and gas exploration. This promise failed to materialize when Gulf Coast states sued. As Reuters reported, it’s “unclear how the ruling would affect the administration’s plans to offer more than 300,000 acres of onshore leases to drillers by the end of this quarter.” Amid this uncertainty, the offshore drilling industry has been vocal in critiquing the recent court decision. “Uncertainty around the future of the U.S. federal offshore leasing program may only strengthen the geopolitical influence of higher emitting – and adversarial – nations, such as Russia ,” Erik Milito, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said. The NOIA website describes the organization as serving “the offshore oil, gas, wind and ocean minerals industries.” Via Reuters Lead image via Pixabay

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Aptera upgrades its unique solar-charging EV

January 20, 2022 by  
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Aptera’s three-wheeler enclosed electric car has already made its mark as a unique new offering on the EV scene. The solar-charging EV never needs to be plugged in, all while competing with mid-level Teslas for range when charged as a traditional EV. Now, Aptera says it has completed some major upgrades to make the cars even more competitive. Here’s what’s new with Aptera’s revolutionary EVs. Aptera’s solar-charging EV already has the longest range of any production vehicle with 1,000 miles per charge and the ability to travel up to 40 miles a day on free power from its integrated solar panels . Now, the solar panels have been future-proofed, designed to be switched out for updates as solar technology improves. The solar cells integrated into the car’s roof panels have also been hail tested and undergone other testing to maximize efficiency. Related: Ambitious new EV charging network launches in the US The car’s body is created with 3D-printed components that have six key structural parts. They have been integrated with a new suspension designed for even better aerodynamics, which makes them use less energy than any other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today. Is one of the key differences the light weight from only three wheels and very little cargo space? Yes, but it’s more than that. The new Beta models have improved structural stability to reduce shake and increased efficiency by improving the airflow over the lowered vehicle stance. The company slightly increased the front-row headroom and hip room for more driving comfort. Aptera has looked at both sleek shape and light weight and combined that with self-charging tech that can charge while you drive to improve range. Turning radius, stability and maneuverability have all improved. The mobility startup will use these changes in the Beta to model their first production cars, coming soon. Over 13,000 people have already reserved an Aptera. The vehicles are expected to use only 100 Wh per mile, making them the most efficient vehicles in production. Each Aptera features 2.4 square meters of solar panels that produce enough energy for 40 miles of driving off-grid per day. “We’ll start by producing our first few hundred vehicles, our Paradigm Editions,” said Pablo Ucar, Aptera’s Vice President of Production and Procurement. “As our supply chain becomes more established, we’ll ramp to 250 per month, and eventually reach our target of producing 40 vehicles per day. To support this demand, we’re predicting growth of our manufacturing and engineering staff by 3-5x over the next three years.” + Aptera Via Medium Images via Aptera

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Collaborating for a Carbon Neutral Built Environment

January 13, 2022 by  
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Date/Time: January 13, 2022 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Reducing emissions across all sectors is critical if we are to combat climate change. With the passage of the infrastructure bill and the urgent need to improve and expand our cities, it’s critical that we build in a way that is both resilient and sustainable.  Join us to learn about opportunities across the construction value chain to achieve carbon neutrality for the future built environment. The cement and concrete industry recently charted a path to carbon neutrality and there will be a focus on how others within the value chain can collaborate to help reach this goal.  Among the topics: What sustainable and resilient infrastructure looks like in the future. Collaboration opportunities to bring down emissions in the built environment. The PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality and how a key sector of our economy can dramatically reduce emissions.  Near-term actions to reduce cement and concrete industry emissions. Speakers: Rick Bohan, Vice President, Sustainability at Portland Cement Association Gina Lotito, Corporate Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Strategy at GCC Nick Popoff, Vice President of Product Performance and Development at Votorantim Cimentos/St Marys Cement If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the webcast recording and resources, available to you on-demand after the live webcast.

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Hydropoint’s Chris Spain on the last-mile of water networks and the full cost of water

November 20, 2021 by  
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This video is sponsored by Hydropoint.    Pete May, Co-Founder & Board Member at GreenBiz, interviewed Chris Spain, CEO & President at Hydropoint, during VERGE 21 (October 25-28, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/tag/verge-21-archive

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Terrestrial Energy’s Simon Irish on the potential of their Integral Molten Salt Reactors

November 20, 2021 by  
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This video is sponsored by Terrestrial Energy.    John Davies, Senior Vice President & Analyst at GreenBiz, interviewed Simon Irish, Chief Executive Officer at Terrestrial Energy, during VERGE 21 (October 25-28, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/tag/verge-21-archive

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Enviva’s John Keppler on biomass’s role in the energy transition

November 20, 2021 by  
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This video is sponsored by Enviva.    Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair at GreenBiz, interviewed John Keppler, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Enviva, during VERGE 21 (October 25-28, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/tag/verge-21-archive

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