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Road to Paris: A corporate crash course on climate and COP21

Shutterstock IM Photo With the UN climate conference just a few months away, what are businesses doing — and what should they be doing — on the road to Paris? by Lauren Hepler It’s mid-morning on the West Coast, early evening in Western Europe, and a conference call has been convened to …

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How One City Used Policy Integration to Enable Sustainable Energy Sources

Posted by TheCityFix – produced by WRICities   While cities need to address energy and climate challenges, national governments can play a critical role in enabling local action. As ministers from 23 countries highlighted at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Merida, Mexico last May, national governments can provide support by coordinating …

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Mirrors, pods, printed panels: Solar innovation heats up

Ripasso Energy A snapshot of the massive solar mirrors produced by Swedish company Ripasso Energy. by Sustainable Business When it comes to solar energy, much of the emphasis of late has been on declining prices. And with good reason; the closer to cost parity with fossil fuels, the more likely solar …

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Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

by David Thorpe Sustainability chiefs gather at the Formula E eprix in Battersea Park, London, calling for the uptake of renewable power across the private sector.’ From left to right: Phil Levermore, Chairman of The Climate Group; Mohamed Anis, Head of Energy and Services for Europe – Infosys; Penny Cross, Director of …

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What Yahoo’s energy efficiency strategy borrows from farms

Courtesy of Yahoo Chris Page, Yahoo’s energy and sustainability director. by Heather Clancy Silicon Valley tech giant Yahoo has been relatively low-key about its sustainable operations strategy since CEO Marissa Mayer took over in July 2012. But a lack of noise shouldn’t be conflated with a lack of progress. Early this month, …

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NRG, IDEO on 3 mega-forces that will shape the future of energy

Shutterstock Evolving utility business models and renewed focus on energy-related “hard technologies” are two factors driving change in how people and businesses procure electricity. by Lauren Hepler David Crane is banking on a fragile balancing act to see his company, power giant NRG Energy, through what he predicts will be an …

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Beyond Google and Apple: What’s holding corporate renewables back?

Shutterstock Despite a few high profile clean energy deals in recent months, widespread corporate adoption of renewables is being held back by convoluted financing models and enduring skepticism. by David Labrador Utility-scale solar and wind power is the best source of cheap, large-scale renewable energy. If you’re just reading the 2015 …

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How Microsoft’s internal price on carbon saved it $10 million per year

by Lauren Hepler Courtesy of Microsoft An accounting of the performance to date of an in-house carbon fee and related carbon fund started by Microsoft in 2012. California is selling out of cap-and-trade credits, China is preparing to launch a national carbon market and the European Union is already 10 years into …

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Will the Caribbean become the next hotbed for renewable energy?

Shutterstock Some countries in the Caribbean, such as Guadeloupe, already have made significant commitments to renewable energy. by Robert Youngs Caribbean islands, with sky-high electricity prices and abundant solar and wind, are a natural home for solar and wind power. Will low oil prices slow their race to a clean energy …

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More power, less carbon: financing key to growing global renewables

Shutterstock, New innovative financial models have allowed solar energy to flourish in emerging markets such as India. by Lea Lupkin “How do you double energy production by mid-century and lower the carbon content?” That was the question posed by MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong to academics, entrepreneurs and CEOs convened at …

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