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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
July 22, 2016 The Growth of Green Investment StrategiesSource: Reit
Once a niche space within the world of financial products, green investment strategies have grown in terms of sophistication and diversity.
Geothermal wells usually provide a steady supply of clean energy flowing from the natural heat of the Earth. In Turkey, because of a quirk in the geology, some of those wells pollute as much as coal-fired power plants.
Source: Fast Codesign
The Lowline—the subterranean park project dreamt up by a former NASA engineer (and architect)—is one step closer to reality: the city of New York has provisionally approved the use of the space, requiring that the group fundraise...
Research & Insights
Concept says an electric vehicle could cut annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 tonnes over the long-term. The vehicles would be charged from low-emission power sources in New Zealand and usually at off-peak times, such as...
Source: The Guardian
An Australian research council has given two grants worth $3.3m to research the impact of wind turbines on human health despite concluding last year there was no evidence turbine noise was harmful.
Source: Tampa Bay Review
A new study has challenged the assumption of the positive impact of planting trees on climate change. In most cases, we all have learned that growing more trees would help reduce climate change, but growing the “wrong tree”...
Commentary & Opinion
April 13, 2016 Earth Day 2016: A Historic Day For Earth's FutureSource: Forbes
Earth Day in 2016 will be one to remember for its significance on a global scale climate agreement between two economic powerhouses. The Earth Day movement, started in the 1970?s by John McConnell, has since seen billions take...
Source: Gadgets 360
On the surface, Tesla cars are green because they don't emit poisonous gases. These cars run on electricity, so you are not involved in murdering the environment by using fossil fuels.
Greentech Media - Ben Kallo at equity analyst firm RW Baird believes that Tesla's current battery costs are ~$150 to ~$200 per kilowatt-hour, well below the industry average pack costs of ~$350 per kilowatt-hour (as estimated by...
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