As I was reviewing the financial headlines of the day, I noticed Nike’s Q2 earning posting and decided to peruse their corporate website for more information … on their progress in sustainability. Nike has been a leader in tackling all dimensions of sustainability, including those across their supply chain. I was a little disappointed when I couldn’t find an updated version of their Corporate Sustainability Report online and the first word that pop in my head was: marathon.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
More Corporations Turn to Sustainability for Competitive Edge and Profits - Forbes
In a challenging global economy, a growing number of corporations are turning to sustainability to keep competitive, according to a Tuesday report from MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group.
Storage Key to ‘Round-the-Clock Solar,’ Idealab’s CEO Gross Says - Bloomberg
Storing solar- and wind-generated energy may prove nearly as important as creating it, according to the chairman and chief executive officer of Idealab, a technology venture-capital firm. “If you ever want to have round-the-clock solar, which the whole world does want to have, you have to have storage,” Bill Gross, who founded Idealab in 1996, said in a telephone interview before traveling to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. “Anything that can make it so that we have more on-demand power, especially with renewables, is going to be a big factor.”
Green Bond Underwriters From Japan to Sweden Top U.S. in $7 Billion Market - Bloomberg
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEBA) and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. (8601) have underwritten the most green bonds since the securities were first issued in 2007, indicating the dominance of Swedish and Japanese banks in the market. Five of the 10 top underwriters on about $7 billion of the bonds issued by international finance institutions were drawn from the two countries, according to a ranking by Bloomberg New Energy Finance released today. London-based HSBC Bank Plc and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) & Co. of New York took third and fourth place.
How Kenya Is Building a Sustainable Banana - Bloomberg
The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute is banana paradise. The artificial sun shines on plants for 16 hours a day and hides for eight. Tender green shoots luxuriate in pint jars containing a milky liquid that’s rich in all the nutrients a growing banana needs. It’s a sterile environment, devoid of the pathogens and nematodes that stunt and kill bananas. Through a mask, researcher Susan Muli shushes me when I open my mouth with a question: “There are microbes!”
Travel Biz Monitor :: Countries against carbon tax weigh joint action against EU
Countries opposed to the European Union’s tax on airline carbon emissions are meeting early next month to discuss retaliatory action, a top Indian official said. The meeting may take place either in Delhi or in Moscow and will discuss a joint action plan against the EU measures, which have angered most countries.
GE backs aviation biofuel from eucalyptus trees | Eco News
A consortium of local and global companies is behind a move to develop the use of Australia’s gumtrees to produce an aviation biofuel.
Economic downturn didn’t drop carbon emissions | Eco News
Worldwide carbon emissions increased by record levels in the aftermath of the global financial crisis (GFC), contrary to expectations, according to a new report just published.
U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change | Reuters
(Reuters) - Representatives from around the world gather in Rio in June to try to hammer out goals for sustainable development at a U.N. conference designed to avoid being tripped up by the intractable issue of climate change. But there is concern in the lead-up to the conference, known as Rio+20 or the Earth Summit, that it risks ending up as all talk and little action.
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VCS and Thailand’s Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) have established a mechanism for linking VCS credits to TGO’s Crown Standard. Effective immediately, projects that meet the requirements of both standards can issue Verified Carbon Units, or VCUs, specially tagged with a Crown Standard label.
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Reliance Group firm RPower has received an $87 million loan from the US Ex-Im Bank for a 40-MW solar plant being set up in Rajasthan.
The Convergence of Sustainability and Social Media to Become Prevalent in 2012 - MarketWatch
CHICAGO, IL and PARIS, Jan 24, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wizness, the online network dedicated to sustainability professionals, today announced it has partnered with the Social Media Sustainability Index (SMI) to identify social media sustainability best practices and trends. The newly released report, "The SMI and Wizness Social Media Sustainability Index," http://socialmediainfluence.com/SMI-report/ found that the number of companies embracing social media for their sustainability initiatives more than doubled in 2011 and predicts further increases in 2012. Today, more than 250 brands are using social media as a key tool to communicate sustainability initiatives and bring audiences together for the greater good.
Sun rises on Manhattan’s highest rooftop solar scheme - 24 Jan 2012 - News from BusinessGreen
Towering 225 metres above the ground, the skyscraper at 60 Wall Street has just become home to Manhattan's largest rooftop solar scheme.
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