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Greening News, Greening of Corporation, Greenwashing – Accountability Central

Every company seems to be going green, looking at the flow of “green” news from Corporate America.  Looking to the European Union, it appears that the trend may be more pronounced among continental and UK-based corporations.  A growing number of investors are interested in the greening practices, programs and policies of corporations; for an increasing number of investors these factors may be significant in their investment (or divestment) decision-making.

There is dramatically rising interest in corporate sector greening as well among important stakeholders – employees (and prospective employees), suppliers, business partners, customers, lenders, regulators, and others.  One of the key questions raised by stakeholders is:  Is this [greening] initiative by the company substantive or is it just PR?  The answers matter!  In this section of Accountability Central the editors bring you news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and identify key players and stakeholders to help you understand better the greening of corporations and the business sector.

News & Updates

November 25, 2015 China Is Absolutely Destroying the US on Clean Energy

Source: Mother Jones

When world leaders convene on Monday in Paris for two weeks of high-stakes climate negotiations, one of the top items on the agenda will be how developing nations should prepare for and help to slow global warming. Opponents to...

November 25, 2015 Slow but steady progress on sustainable energy

Source: Green Biz

Energy sustainability is not only an opportunity to transform societies and grow economies, but it is also a necessity — a prerequisite to meet growing energy demand in many parts of the world and to reduce the global carbon...

November 25, 2015 'Too quiet' electric and hybrid cars create headache for US regulators

Source: The Guardian

US regulators are grappling with new rules for electric and hybrid cars that are too quiet, leading to fears of collisions with cyclists and sight-impaired pedestrians unless the vehicles are fitted with artificial noise-making...

Research & Insights

November 13, 2015 These Charts Show the Bright Future Ahead for Clean Energy

Source: Mother Jones

With high-stakes climate negotiations just around the corner, things are looking rosy for the producers and sellers of wind turbines and solar panels.

September 3, 2015 Three trillion trees on Earth - new study suggests - text/video

Source: BBC

There are about three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new estimate – eight times higher than previous estimates

July 15, 2015 Renewables outpace nuclear in economies making up 45 percent of world population: report

Source: Reuters

Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an...

Commentary & Opinion

November 5, 2015 How Walmart Became A Green Energy Giant, Using Other People's Money

Source: Forbes

Wal-Mart, long a bogeyman of the left, is making one of their long-held dreams a reality: affordable green energy deployed on an industrial scale.

August 25, 2015 Batteries Will Do To Energy What Cellphones Did To Telecom: Advanced Microgrid & Tesla

Source: Forbes

Cheap battery storage will prove as disruptive to the energy industry as the cellphone has been to telecommunications, executives from two California startups—Tesla Energy and Advanced Microgrid Solutions—said today at the...

August 18, 2015 Something is happening here

Source: Business Green

Environmentalists have long been vulnerable to their own passions. At times this can make us sound shrill and self-righteous. On other occasions it can blind us to political traps. The oil industry is now busy setting a big one...


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