Public-private partnerships (P3s) are most commonly known for funding large-scale water infrastructure projects that a utility can’t support through traditional funding. However, other key attributes in the P3 model are often overlooked. In a P3, the private entity may provide the capital, but the true benefits go well beyond financing alone.
Public water utilities in the U.S. face a crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. As climate variability and extreme weather events affect the quantity and quality of fresh water, the industry is being challenged to deliver services and protect vulnerable infrastructure without driving up prices. New technologies and practices could save costs, preserve infrastructure, and conserve water over the long term.
DONG Energy announces that its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 96% by 2023 is now officially approved by the Science Based Target initiative as aligned with climate science. The target is significantly more ambitious than what is required by the Paris Agreement.
The top corporations dedicated to sustainability in the energy category
CR Magazine has put together its annual set of the “2017 Most Responsible Companies Ranked by Industry Sector” list. This list serves to help readers establish that their supply chain is comprised of the most responsible, sustainable, and transparent companies—creating shared value when strategic opportunities arise. In past years, this ranked list includes the top 12 companies in all 11 industry categories. This year, we are going to break down the list to feature one industry sector per magazine, to bring more attention to the category as a whole.
NRG always looks for ways to systematically improve environmental and community outcomes from our facilities’ operations while ensuring efficiency, reliability and stakeholder value. Focus areas within Sustainable Operations include safety, GHG emissions and carbon utilization, water, industrial waste and biodiversity.
Efforts Gaining Momentum in Reducing Emissions, Helping Communities, and Certifying Products
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today published its 2016 sustainability report. The company’s 11th annual report, themed It All Adds Up, documents the actions and efforts driving its global “handprint” and environmental footprint progress. Owens Corning has a long history of expanding its positive impact through sustainability. It is a core value of the company, exemplified through the actions of its 16,000 employees around the world.
Creating Energy Solutions for Information and Communications Technology
Nilmini Rubin, vice president for International Development at Tetra Tech, recently discussed the interdependence of internet access and affordable, reliable electricity on the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) blog. In her post, Nilmini explains the importance of both renewable and traditional energy sources and both grid-connected and off-grid energy to drive the connection of more than four billion people who do not have access to the internet.
Building an enabling framework to increase investment, transparency, and access to electricity across Africa
Ignacio Rodriguez, director for power sector and energy reforms at Tetra Tech, was part of a Tetra Tech delegation that attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ignacio shared insights as part of a panel discussion of the importance of the regulator as an independent entity. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
“We are committed to reducing our footprint through flying technologies like Sharklets and biofuels research. In order to make this work globally, businesses need to join together for a low-carbon future.”
—Robin Hayes, President & CEO, JetBlue
We’re coming at greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction from all angles. Since committing to international carbon neutral growth from 2020, the question is no longer, when? It’s, how?
The advantages of deploying microgrids are abundant, with sustainability and reliability leading the charge. These are easy to communicate on a community level, but have more specific benefits when installed at military applications. Following on from U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) initiatives aimed at deploying more renewable energy, the cost-savings, distributed energy resource (DER) applications and energy security benefits be gained cannot be overlooked.