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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

February 26, 2015 By the Time You Read This, They've Slapped a Solar Panel on Your Roof

Source: Bloomberg

A new panel goes up in America every 150 seconds. Solar is so cheap, the problem now is how to pay for it. Prices for panels are down more than 65 percent in five years, to less than 70¢ a watt. What's next?

February 25, 2015 How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

Computer World - The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS), a nonprofit science advocacy organization, believes pressure on legislators to reduce the benefits consumers reap from renewable energy are being led by a...

February 24, 2015 Bill Gates and Other Business Leaders Urge U.S. to Increase Energy Research

Source: NY Times

The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report.

Research & Insights

February 11, 2015 Wind farm study finds 'no direct evidence' they affect health

Source: The Guardian

There is “no direct evidence” that windfarms affect health in humans, a report by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has found. However the chairman of the NHMRC wind farms and health reference group, the...

January 29, 2015 New-generation solar panels far cheaper, more efficient: scientists

Source: Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study...

January 15, 2015 Oceana report: Offshore wind would reap twice the energy, jobs as offshore drilling

Source: Daily Press

As factions face off over how best to generate energy and jobs in the coming decades, the Washington-based global conservation group Oceana released a new report Wednesday that claims harnessing offshore wind in the Atlantic...

Commentary & Opinion

February 27, 2015 Ethics and the environment - Eco-waverers

Source: The Economist

“VIRTUE,” according to George Bernard Shaw, “is insufficient temptation.” But new research on the consumption patterns of the environmentally minded suggests that virtue and self-indulgence often go hand-in-hand.

February 5, 2015 5 Reasons the Future of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger than Ever

The Energy Collective - according to îClean Edgeî Inc. A strong start to 2015 indicates these trends will continue for the foreseeable future. Just take a look at some of the transactions that have already taken place...

November 28, 2014 Good News on Energy

Source: NY Times

WHEN the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the...


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