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The Corporate Community is Mobilizing to Address the Climate Crisis

NAEM report publicly released today details leading business practices for reducing carbon emissions
Press Release

September 23, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Leadership companies are taking tangible steps to address their carbon emissions, spurring action across the entire business ecosystem, according to a report publicly released today by NAEM.

NAEM is the National Association for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) Management.

Schneider Electric: Measuring Climate Impact

The case for transparent disclosure of end-to-end impact
Multimedia with summary

The Time Has Come for Climate Impact Disclosure 

National Grid Names Gregory Knight as Chief Customer Officer

Company ensures customers’ needs are met on journey to clean energy future
Press Release

WALTHAM, M.A. – National Grid welcomed Gregory Knight to the Company as the new Chief Customer Officer on September 16. Knight brings over 25 years of experience across the customer operations lifecycle after holding leadership roles in sales, billing, supply chain, and customer care management.

Virginia Governor’s Executive Order to Accelerate Clean Energy Future is the Right Move for the Commonwealth

Press Release

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order to decarbonize the electricity grid and scale up clean energy in the Commonwealth is the policy leadership needed to address the climate crisis and create a thriving, zero-carbon economy, said the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. 

Energy Storage: An Essential Tool in the Utility Toolbox

By Rudy Wynter, President and COO of the Wholesale Networks and U.S. Capital Delivery group, National Grid
Article

As the cost of energy storage continues to decline, more and more utilities will turn to batteries. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the levelized cost of energy for lithium-ion batteries configured to supply four hours of grid power — a standard requirement for many grid services — has fallen by 74 per cent since 2012. Costs for those batteries is projected to drop even further – by as much as 67 per cent by 2030, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found in a recent study. Such a precipitous decline will only make storage a more valuable tool for utilities and others.

Fifth Third Makes History by Powering Up 100% Renewable Solar Facility

Blog

Today officially marked the opening of Fifth Third Bank's Aulander Holloman Solar Facility in Hertford County, North Carolina. Built by solar developer SunEnergy1, the facility is expected to generate clean power that is more than or equal to the amount Fifth Third uses in a year, enough to eliminate 143,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases and power 25,000 homes.   

GM Earns EPA Green Power Leadership Honors Reinforcing Vision for Zero Emissions Future

Press Release

DETROIT, Sept. 5, 2019 /3BL Media/— General Motors announced today that it has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The awards recognize companies for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented GM with the award for Direct Project Engagement at the 2019 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Diego, California.

GreenBiz and State of California to Collaborate on Advancing Grid Resilience

Summit at VERGE 19 to convene public- and private-sector leaders in response to wildfire and clean-energy goals.
Press Release

OAKLAND and SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 4, 2019 /3BL Media/— GreenBiz Group and the state of California today announced a collaboration to advance California’s climate and energy goals in the wake of devastating wildfires, with a Grid Resilience Summit to be held on October 24 as part of VERGE 19.

Schneider Electric Commits to Tackling Inequality by Joining G7 Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Coalition Powered by the OECD

Summary: 
  • B4IG business coalition to be launched in connection with the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France
  • Companies joining forces are investing a combined total of over 1 billion USD in more than 50 current and future initiatives, benefiting 100 million people to date
  • Call to action for other companies to join first-of-a-kind B4IG coalition
Press Release
  • B4IG business coalition to be launched in connection with the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France
  • Companies joining forces are investing a combined total of over 1 billion USD in more than 50 current and future initiatives, benefiting 100 million people to date
  • Call to action for other companies to join first-of-a-kind B4IG coalition

Gap Inc. Signs Renewable Energy Agreement to Achieve 2020 Goal

Blog

Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that it has signed a 90 Megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America, marking one of the largest offsite renewable energy contracts by an apparel retailer. The 12-year agreement is Gap Inc.’s latest renewable energy deal and will enable the company to reach its 2020 goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its owned and operated facilities by 50 percent compared to 2015.

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