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Pension Plans Are Driving Sustainability Reporting

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jul 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Kinder Morgan, a publicly-traded company known for its controversial Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline through British Columbia, recently made another news headline: Shareholders voted against the Board of Directors’ recommendation to reject a shareholder’s resolution to adopt GRIS reporting guidelines for its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. How did this shareholder revolt happen?

Setting Science-Based Targets

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Jun 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In our previous blog post, we discussed what science-based targets are.  Now we explore how to set science-based targets. 

In 2015, 195 countries came together to develop the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which commits its signatories to take action that will prevent average global temperatures from increasing by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a considerable challenge. Government commitments to reduce emissions are crucial. To meet the targets set in Paris, cities and companies must also make drastic reductions to their emissions.

What are Science-Based Targets?

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on May 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In 2015, 195 countries came together to develop the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which commits its signatories to take action that will prevent average global temperatures from increasing by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a considerable challenge. Government commitments to reduce emissions are crucial. To meet the targets set in Paris, cities and companies must also make drastic reductions to their emissions.

Better Seafood Choices for Sustainable Fishing

Posted by Spencer Pignotti on May 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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When you pass through your local grocery store and go to the seafood counter, it is often easy to disregard the source of your seafood choice. However, choosing a seafood that is sourced from a sustainable catch method can affect demand and improve depleted fishery stocks.

Fine-tuning the Thermostat Saved 25% in Heating Costs

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on May 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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After too many complaints about an overheated sleep under a duvet, especially in a hotel where the duvet guarantees the worst sleep ever from being too hot with it and then too cold without it, this became an opportunity to conserve energy. I saved more than 25% on heating costs from the same time last February by fine-tuning the programmable thermostat using the duvet as a guide.

Turning Renewable Energy Into Sustainable Energy

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on May 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Renewable energy is a growing component of the world’s energy mix. Increasing and expanding the use of that renewable capacity can decrease our reliance on natural resources and fossil fuels, creating a sustainable energy model. How then can we meet this challenge of turning renewable energy into sustainable energy?

CDP’s 2018 Climate Change Questionnaire: Webinar Key Points

Posted by Megan Crawford on May 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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On Tuesday, April 24th, ADEC Innovations hosted a webinar to update companies on the changes to CDP’s 2018 Climate Change Questionnaire. CDP, a non-profit initiative founded in 2000, has worked with corporate and government partners to build the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. One fifth of global carbon emissions are managed through CDP, with over 5,500 companies responding to their questionnaire annually.

Cities and Environmental Planning

Posted by Frank Coyle on Apr 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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An estimated 4 billion people—equivalent to approximately 54 percent of the world’s overall population—reside in cities. The global urban population is projected to escalate to 66 percent by 2050. The UN, however, claims that the current rise in the cities' population  is unsustainable. Many cities do not have enough resources to sustain the projected population growth. Cities experience sustainability issues such as pollution, public health problems, overcrowding and social instability. These issues can lead to resource depletion and potentially low worker productivity, which can cause greater inefficiencies within cities that impact productivity.

CDP’s 2018 Climate Change Questionnaire Changes

Posted by Jessica Wang on Apr 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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CDP performance is one of the key indicators of a sustainable business, helping to evaluate the impact companies have on climate change. Investors and customers consider a business’ CDP performance to be a good indicator of its sustainability. CDP’s rankings measure transparency of climate change impacts, as well as the efforts taken to mitigate and reduce those negative impacts. The CDP Climate Change Questionnaire focuses on how businesses incorporate climate change risk analysis into planning, strategy, risk, and opportunities reporting. Disclosing an organization’s sustainability efforts, such as improving climate change impacts, as a part of its core business strategies can improve its CDP performance.

Renewable Energy or Sustainable Energy?

Posted by Megan Crawford on Apr 10, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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The terms “renewable energy” and “sustainable energy” are often interchanged. However, their meanings are actually different. Renewable energy is defined as “[energy] produced using natural resources that are constantly replaced and never run out.” This includes, but is not limited to, solar energy, hydropower, bioenergy, geothermal, ocean energy, and wind energy. Sustainable energy refers to “[energy that] meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”