How can you drive growth with Sustainability in EU?Read more >
A conversation with Lesley Rudd of the Sustainable Energy Association. What now for sustainability when energy prices are low and margins tight? Does it still make business sense? Hosted by ELN Editor Sumit Bose.Read more >
In this edition of BLB&G's Speaker Series, attorneys Ben Galdston and Lucas Gilmore welcome Jim Coburn and Andrew Collins, leaders from Ceres and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ("SASB") respectively, to discuss the rising demand by institutional investors, policymakers and public interest groups of improved corporate disclosure regarding climate and sustainability issues.
Climate change and its regulation pose significant and increased risks to public companies' operations and financial results. Since 1980, weather and climate disasters have caused losses of over $1 trillion in the U.S. alone. Experts predict these climate change-related costs will only continue to intensify. Moreover, new climate-related federal and state regulations have dramatically impacted the electric power, coal, oil and gas, transportation and insurance industries.
Despite these known trends, it is estimated that more than 75% of public companies fail to make adequate disclosures regarding climate and sustainability risks. While the SEC issued guidance in 2010 regarding how public companies should address and report material risks posed by climate change, the SEC has yet to pursue any formal enforcement action. As a result, investors have suffered enormous losses when the undisclosed sustainability and climate risks materialize.
Sustainability reporting has become an increasingly important issue as stakeholders seek transparency from the organizations they support. Throughout Europe, mandatory reporting programs such as non-financial reporting and article 8 of the EED have taken shape through EU directives and have become a part of standard operating procedure for impacted organizations. While primarily a voluntary activity (GRI, CDP, GRESB) in the United States, sustainability reporting continues to gain momentum and support.
For this webinar, we’ll be joined by two leading, global organizations and will learn why they report, what programs they report to, and how they are turning reporting into action.
Join Verdantix and Schneider Electric at 11AM EDT, 4PM BST on Monday, June 22nd, as we discuss strategies to solve enterprise energy and sustainability data management challenges.
Alisdair McDougall from Verdantix will discuss his research on energy and sustainability business issues and market opportunities:
- Why Big Energy Data is useless without actionable game plans
- Why 9 out of 10 sustainability leaders admit their firms need to improve energy performance
- Why data management should be item #1 on energy and sustainability agendas
- How many sustainability leaders intend to report on supply chain sustainability performance in 2015
Schneider Electric will present:
- Benefits of integrating energy and sustainability data
- Best practices in acquiring disparate data streams
- Making decisions and driving action through an enterprise energy and sustainability solution
Enterprise architects are always concerned with sustainability - at least with the sustainability of their own organization. That in turn is dependent on what happens in the wider ecosystem in which the organization operates. For most organizations today, that ecosystem is pretty broad. New business models and new technology (Cloud, mobile, IoT etc) serve to make it even broader. One consequence of that is an increased level of uncertainty with which we have to contend and yet still make intelligent decisions. That requires us to abandon the delusion that we can control everything and cater in advance for every eventuality. The job of the enterprise architect is to put the organization in a position to be able to make such decisions with confidence.
The models and techniques that we need to understand these ecosystems from the viewpoint of a single organization are not essentially different from those needed to understand them from a wider, societal perspective. The opportunities for synergy between the practices of enterprise architecture and those the scientific community dealing with sustainability are considerable and valuable for both concerns.
In this presentation Stuart Boardman provides an overview of the applicable theory and practice coming from the field of EA and from ecological science, cybernetics and systems theory. These theories and techniques can be used to improve the practice of enterprise architecture and/or by enterprise architects wishing to make a contribution to societal sustainability.
Data Centre managers face increased scrutiny to deliver against sustainability targets that not only contribute to local and global deliverables around energy savings but also operational expenditure for ongoing costs for “keeping the lights on” for IT services. Software defined Storage architectures enable the ability to utilize the best of breed storage technologies with freedom of deployment depending on workload requirements, cost control and management simplicity. But how do you achieve this?
Join Neil Stobart of Nexenta as he shows you how you can drive down power consumption through the enablement of effective hardware configurations and the introduction of key storage management capabilities that will help you to meet your targets.
Energy and Sustainability Management in the Food and Beverage environment, reducing your Operating Costs, to Boost your Profit Margins.
Compared to other industries, the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry leads the way in terms of the development and deployment of sustainability programmes. F&B manufacturers have improved the efficiency of their facilities, invested in renewable energy, and managed the sustainability of their supply chains in order to lower the impact on the environment. The F&B industry has met the requirements of global and local legislation, and leads all sectors in sustainability disclosure.
However, with persistent global resource shortages and increasing energy and commodity prices, tougher governmental regulations will be enforced and customers will demand increased transparency of F&B operations. It is estimated that 10% of the world’s emissions come from manufacturing, and that a 26% improvement potential exists for manufacturing firms worldwide.
This Webinar, recommends an integrated Sustainability and Energy Management programme resulting in reduced costs, increased profitability, lower carbon emissions, mitigated risk and improved corporate image for F&B organisations.
Our survey shows that sustainability is a priority for 7 out of 10 business leaders and the CBI estimates there is £20 billion potential in the market place. How can your business be a part of this growth in the economy?Read more >
Trends driving the need to address content and document management practisesRead more >
There are many items to include when considering the sustainability of biomass for cofiring, and some of them are hard to quantify. The focus of this webinar is on the greenhouse gas emission aspects of sustainability. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions achieved by substituting biomass for coal depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the fossil fuel reference system, the source of the biomass, and how it is produced. Relevant issues in biomass production include the energy balance, the greenhouse gas balance, land use change, non-CO2 greenhouse gas emission from soils, changes to soil organic carbon, and the timing of emissions and removal of CO2 which relates to the scale of biomass production. Certification of sustainable biomass is slow to emerge at the national and international level, so various organisations are developing and using their own standards for sustainable production. The EU does not yet have sustainability standards for solid biomass, but the UK and Belgium have developed their own.Read more >
In this session we’ll examine how renewables and other clean technologies such as storage and fuel cells have shaken up the energy markets and how companies can join the rapidly growing “revolution.” We’ll look at current and evolving technologies and how companies are realizing significant financial savings, risk mitigation, and cost certainty through comprehensive renewable energy programs. We’ll also explore current savings opportunities available in various regions of the world. Join us at 2pm EDT on August 18.Read more >
Ranking makes risks visible
The financial crisis and recent turmoil, especially in Middle Eastern countries, has cast doubt on the accuracy of traditional analysis on identifying country risks. Standard data does not give the true picture of how sustainably a nation is run or where risks might appear from a broad range of perspectives, including corruption, social stability and aging. Such factors differ between countries and our Country Sustainability
We differ in the weight we give to governance factors
We start from the perspective of an investor and spend time collecting data on environmental, social and governance factors that we find relevant from this viewpoint. This is a disciplined process that structures a wide range of sources of information to present a total score.
Our choice of data is based on a bottom-up collection of what we require as investors and therefore differs from existing ESG analysis. The most outspoken difference is in the weight we give to governance factors.
Country sustainability ranking helps in our investment decisions
First and foremost, the analysis of 59 countries from a sustainability perspective provides additional information to the investment process. The data and resulting Country Sustainability Ranking are updated twice a year. These results are discussed by our investment teams and form an integral part of the country profiles that are used in our investment decisions. This helps in identifying risks, but also in distinguishing opportunities, for instance in an emerging markets universe. In a recent study we have analyzed the added value of sustainability information in building portfolios of government bonds, with promising results.
Robeco would like to share these insights with you in the IPE Webcast, on November 12th 2013.
Water sustainability has climbed high on the corporate agenda as water scarcity and declining quality are growing problems that affect businesses globally. Many industrial sectors are water-intensive and water is a key component of their products and process. Drawing from the extensive ERM experience in supporting clients from different sectors in assessing their water footprint, addressing water- related business risks and opportunities, and ultimately creating water sustainability strategies, this session will present the business case for pursuing water sustainability. The session will provide a multi sector review of business challenges, value proposition, critical success factors, and solutions for achieving water sustainability in a business context.Read more >
Announcing the results of the consultative REALpac/IPD Quarterly Canada Green Property Index for 1Q 2014.Read more >
The market for carbon, energy, and sustainability management software is crowded and rapidly evolving. 451 Group analyst John Stanley will give a brief overview of the industry, after which a panel of software end-users will discuss their experiences using such tools. Panelists will discuss what carbon and sustainability management software can do, what it can’t do, and what their respective organizations have been able to accomplish with it. The session will wrap up with time for audience Q&A, and you will walk away with a better understanding of the benefits and challenges of tracking and managing corporate sustainability.
Bruce Klafter, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety, Applied Materials, Inc.
Steve Avadek, Global Head of Sustainability, Citigroup
Ben Thompson - Sustainable Business Program Manager, Sustainability Living Lab - Autodesk, Inc.
John Stanley, Analyst, The 451 Group (moderator)