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Carbon Emissions Reduction, Carbon Cap and Trade, Carbon Footprint Analysis

Carbon is a chemical element which is the stuff of life – carbon atoms are found in all living things on Earth.  Downside:  the combustion of carbon-based fuels (such as coal and oil) leads to a build up of “Greenhouse Gases,” (GhG’s) including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide (NoX), which trap heat in the atmosphere. We call this Global Warming as the atmospheric effects cause the Earth to heat up.

The effects of global warming could include changing climate conditions, rising seas (as polar caps melt), interruptions in agricultural production, and destruction of ecosystems. Governments, advocates, investors, lenders and others are encouraging corporations to reduce their carbon footprint. The objectives are to reduce risk, moderate the impact of the enterprise on the environment, reduce operating and capital costs, and to be a better corporate citizen.  Cutting carbon use / carbon emissions have become an important corporate strategy.*  In this section we bring you news and updates, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and other resources of value to all stakeholders in the effort to reduce GhG’s and the effects of global warming.

*As the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers observed in 2008:  Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) findings show a clear trend that carbon reduction is becoming a key component of business strategy.  As CEOs we see it and long-term institutional investors see it…

--Dennis Nally, PWC at global launch of the CDP

News & Updates

May 24, 2022 From alternative fuels to rationing trips: A guide to more sustainable flying

Source: CNN

As pandemic-related restrictions start to lift, and we emerge from the lockdown shadows, one thing is returning to the minds and spending of many people: travel.

May 11, 2022 The Best Airline Sustainability Thing Yet

Source: God Save The Points

Airlines aren’t the world’s largest emitters. No, aviation as a whole only accounts for circa 3% of global emissions, but that doesn’t excuse it, nor does it make it better.

May 11, 2022 US hits a record 20% of electricity from wind and solar in April

Source: Electrek

The US achieved a new record in April 2022 – for the first time, the US generated 20% of its electricity from wind and solar power, according to new data released today from global energy think tank Ember.

Research & Insights

May 3, 2022 The Environmental Price Of Clean Energy Is Still Too High: Report

Source: Jalopnik

In the face of that devastating IPCC report delivered in February, you might be considering taking some bare-minimum actions like buying an EV. This excellent deep dive published by Ars Technica Monday into what it really costs...

April 21, 2022 Your Guide to a More Eco-Friendly Packing List

Source: CN Traveler

“Sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” “upcycled”—these words are touted across the retail space as companies strive to tap into today’s sustainably-focused consumers’ interests (and wallets). The 2021 Global Sustainability Study found...

December 14, 2021 Philadelphia Gas Works, city release sustainability study

Source: Pennsylvania Bsiness Report

A new study defines and evaluates technological methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas in Philadelphia.

Commentary & Opinion

May 9, 2022 Grid operators warn of electricity shortage amid switch to renewables: Report

Source: Fox News

"I am concerned about it," MISO Chief Executive John Bear told the Wall Street Journal in a report Sunday. "As we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, it’s not the same as a thermal...

March 22, 2022 What about people? Sustainable work, sustainable life, sustainable packaging

Source: Packaging Europe

After twenty years of being a part of our industry, of which I’ve spent the last fifteen years helping companies to find the right people, I’ve seen the progress we’ve made so far. And in those years, I’ve spoken to thousands of...

December 6, 2021 Commentary: The Rotman Review: Why Sustainable Finance Is Critical To MBAs

Source: Poets and Quants

Some funding models that have been proposed to fund climate initiatives deviate significantly from conventional methods such as raising debt or equity.


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