This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.

Olympics

How the Sochi Olympic Winter Games Went Carbon Neutral

With the Sochi Olympic Winter Games upon us, athletes and fans around the world are now captivated with one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Although this heightened activity can also be associated with an emissions burden from the organization and staging of such a massive event, an innovative partnership has been formulated to ensure that this facet of the games brings yet another positive to the legacy of the Olympics at large.

Cisco AGT

Interview: Cisco and AGT Launch Strategic Partnership on Smart Cities

Cisco has been working in the smart cities space for seven years now — providing services including traffic management, parking assistance, waste management, pollution reduction, virtualized learning, security and health care.

This week they took another major step, announcing a strategic partnership with AGT International — a solutions provider that works specifically in the smart cities space, where they have fielded an impressive array of solutions ranging from law enforcement, to environmental monitoring to citizen services.

GreenStation2_vertical_300dpi

Smart Energy Storage Becomes the New Power Source

Fossil fuels have long held an advantage over renewables in that they provide a combined energy source and storage medium in one substance, be it gasoline, coal, oil or natural gas. The fact that you can save it, store it, then use it continuously whenever you need it is a tremendous convenience.

That gap is now being reduced with the advent of combined solar-storage systems. These new systems not only match the capability of fossil fuels, but can actually go them one better. How?

5060085608_ff0c67953d

DOE Helps Sprint Put Fuel Cells on Cell Towers

What do you get when you cross a fuel cell with a cell tower? Would that be a fuel tower? Or perhaps a fuel cell cell tower? Probably the best people to ask would be the folks at Sprint since they just received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) technology as backup power to a number of their network sites.

The technology, still in development, would actually provide innovative approaches for rooftop fuel cell deployments. One approach being explored is a modular and lightweight fuel cell solution that can be installed without cranes and can be refueled from the ground – eliminating the need to transport fuel to rooftops.

Image credit: Doug88888, Flickr

Tricks of the Trade that Block Climate Change Progress

Last week the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new report examining company responses to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) to see whether companies were replying accurately to the question on whether they were members of groups that might “directly or indirectly influence climate policy.”

Itron Logo

Resourcefulness Survey Shows Disconnect Between Utilities and Customers

Itron Incorporated, a global company that provides metering equipment, software and solutions to the electric power, natural gas and water utility industries, just released the results of a customer survey in a report that they call The Resourceful Index.

Why resourcefulness? Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs speaks of resourcefulness in terms of “the ability to run more efficiently with solutions that empower both utilities and consumers.” In other words, it’s about the utilization of technological resources in the pursuit of more efficient utilization of natural resources in the face of increasing demand.

Power plant

Some Basic Truths About Energy Subsidies

It’s not unusual to hear people, usually change-resistant defenders of the status quo, putting down renewables as being not economically viable, because they would not be able to compete in the marketplace without the aid of government subsidies. How are these people misinformed? If I may borrow the famous phrase from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Let me count the ways.”