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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

August 9, 2018 NY ratepayers will pay for $2.1B offshore wind plan, but won't get the energy

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

New York state ratepayers will pick up the tab for the Cuomo Administration’s multi-billion dollar plan to jump-start the offshore wind industry, but most won’t benefit from the energy produced.

August 3, 2018 Community Choice Is Driving California's Precocious Energy Revolution

Source: Forbes

California is on track to meet its clean-energy goals a decade early thanks in part to communities demanding and delivering renewable energy faster and cheaper than utilities can, according to a report released this morning.

August 3, 2018 Trump administration seeks to freeze gas mileage standards for new cars

Source: ABC News

The Trump administration wants to stop requiring automakers to make cars more fuel efficient beginning in 2020, setting up a potential fight with states that have voluntarily set higher gas mileage standards.

Research & Insights

April 20, 2018 By 5:1 Ratio, Americans Think Global Warming is Happening, New Survey Finds

Source: Yale.edu

A new nationally representative survey finds that a large majority of Americans think global warming is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by 5 to 1. Americans are also growing more certain that global warming is happening....

November 6, 2017 Top 10 countries most attractive to renewable energy

Source: China Daily

China continues to be the world's most favorable market for renewable energy development and investment, according to a new study.

October 19, 2017 Regreening the Planet Could Impact Carbon Levels as Much as Ending Oil Use

Source: Futurism.com

A new study suggests that a concerted effort at regreening the planet could be just as impactful as completely ending our reliance on oil as a source of fuel. This natural climate solution would include such initiatives as...

Commentary & Opinion

May 9, 2018 Union of Concerned Scientists: Driving Electric Is Cleaner Than Ever

Source: The Business Journals

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric vehicles have lower global warming emissions than the average new gasoline car everywhere in the country, even when the electricity comes from the dirtiest coal-dominated electric...

July 31, 2017 Swapping cars for bikes, not diesel for electric, is the best route to clean air

Source: The Guardian

he government’s air quality plan may make our air more breathable in the long run but it fails to tackle some of the biggest issues facing cities and towns in the UK, and more people on bikes are a huge part of the answer.

October 14, 2016 Too Many Energy Discussions Ignore Prices

Source: Forbes

Far too often, articles about energy policy fail to mention prices. Not only do many renewable energy advocates ignore the question, but it sometimes seems as if prices for the output from large scale wind and solar...


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