2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables’ share of power generation kept on growing. In an annual report on renewable energy investment, the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance review 2013 developments and conditions in renewable energy investment worldwide.
Category: New Economics
This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have an effect on company growth. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy
Boeing said it is “on track” to deliver the world’s first all-electric xenon-ion propulsion satellites in late 2014 or early 2015. The company has completed static qualification testing, verification and assembly of the primary structures for inaugural customers ABS and Eutelsat, meaning the satellites are well on their way to launch.
SolarCoin is a decentralized digital currency that has inherent value in trust and goodness. It facilitates transactional trust between strangers, rewards producers of clean energy and frees everyday exchanges from the banking system.
It turns out that what’s good for the earth is also good for your business and its employees, especially if you offer delivery services. Additionally, you can save on expenses by offering environmentally friendly options.
In an extraordinary move, Rio Tinto announced it would divest its 19.1 percent equity stake in Pebble Mine project owner Northern Dynasty Minerals by gifting shares to two local nonprofit organizations. Rio Tinto’s divestment casts further doubt on Northern Dynasty’s ability to develop the controversial and massive copper-gold project, which sets the value of the world’s richest salmon habitat and marine ecosystem on the scales against global demand for copper and gold.
Two Brown undergrads sat down to talk with Ira Magaziner, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and Chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), and hear about his journey as a social entrepreneur and activist. Here is what they learned.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and PSEG Long Island increasingly see solar and other forms of renewable energy as a flexible, reliable and cost-effective means of electricity generation and sustaining the grid. Bids to install 100 MW of additional solar power on Long Island came in 25 percent below LIPA’s first Clean Solar Initiative (CSI) feed-in tariff (FiT) auction.
Scatec’s Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will generate green jobs and revenue for local landowners and the state, as well as 80 megawatts AC of clean, renewable electricity. It will also help conserve freshwater resources in an increasingly water-stressed West.
Leadership for the tech giant maintains that the new campus will offer “a serene environment reflecting Apple’s values of innovation, ease of use and beauty.” However, the simple facts show that many of Apple’s 13,000 employees will now be commuting to an isolated location 45 miles south of San Francisco.
VW is taking its commitment to ecological sustainability a step further with the launch of the “Think Blue. Nature.” program in Puebla, Mexico. The pioneering biodiversity and ecological sustainability initiative aims to help establish a biological corridor across five Mexican states, as well as support youth and community conservation education, training, reforestation and other projects.
Amazon gets failing grades from Greenpeace on energy transparency; renewable energy commitment and siting policy; and renewable energy deployment and advocacy. The company also received a “D” on energy efficiency and mitigation.
There’s been no shortage of challenges to German Premier Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” — an all-out transition to a greener, sustainable economy centered on renewable energy and resource efficiency — but Germany’s renewable energy markets and industry are proving resilient, with renewable electricity consumption reaching a record high in 2013.
Like a lot of good deeds, corporate philanthropy doesn’t just benefit the recipients. It also benefits those who are giving. Make corporate giving a foundation of your business, and you’ll find that it can improve the morale of your employees and the health of your company.