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‘I am Asking You to Misbehave’: Companies Across the Globe Take Action on Renewable Energy

first_img‘I am Asking You to Misbehave’: Companies Across the Globe Take Action on Renewable Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenTech Media:When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention quickly turned to corporate America. Would business leaders forge ahead in the fight against climate change in the absence of federal backing?In 2017, at least, the answer is yes. As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327 major corporations, worth a cumulative $6.5 trillion, had committed to matching their emission reduction plans with the Paris goals through the Science Based Targets initiative. Another 864 companies have stated their intention to adopt a science-based target within two years. These companies hail from some 50 countries and 70 sectors, including finance, chemicals, food processing, technology hardware and more. Companies headquartered in the U.S. make up 20 percent of the group and have made the greatest number of climate commitments to date, despite uncertainty surrounding the American government’s participation in the Paris accord.In addition, some 1,700 U.S. businesses from every state and of varying sizes — from Walmart to Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot in Bozeman, Montana — have signed the “We Are Still In” declaration. The initiative, which also includes cities, statehouses and college campuses, was intended to demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement.Apple, for instance, issued a $1 billion green bond in June, shortly after Trump announced his exit from the climate deal, which CEO Tim Cook tried to convince the president not to quit. This is the tech giant’s second green bond, following a $1.5 billion offering that came in response to the Paris Agreement last year. Proceeds from the green bond sales will be used to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at Apple facilities.In another significant development this year, Walmart launched Project Gigaton, which asks its suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 1 gigaton by 2030. That amounts to the equivalent of taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads for an entire year.Walmart is “bypassing the politics” to focus on driving down emissions internally and in its supply chain, said the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kathleen McLaughlin, speaking at the New York Times’ ClimateTECH conference in late November. There is a business case for supporting sustainable agriculture, combating deforestation, reducing waste and purchasing renewables, she said. Cost savings is one, but there’s also the potential for business-model innovation, improved product quality and increased sales revenue.“In light of the withdrawal from the Paris accord…I wouldn’t say the political winds are favorable to the climate agenda right now,” McLaughlin said. “But we’re trying to make it practical and favorable just from a common-sense point of view.”Walmart signed the We Are Still in pledge, she added, because “we think we need to show the rest of the world that there is still a critical mass of American companies of states and cities working on this, to drive [climate action] forward.” …New recruits to the 100 percent groupAs part of their climate action plans, 119 companies have committed to sourcing renewable energy for 100 percent of their operations through the RE100 initiative. That’s up from 56 members a year and a half ago.Schneider Electric is the latest company to commit to 100 percent renewable electricity through RE100, with a 2030 target date. The European multinational also pledged to double its energy productivity by 2030, from a 2005 baseline, through an initiative called EP100.  “When it comes to the climate, I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist — I’m an activist,” said Schneider Electric Chairman and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, in a statement. “Prosperity and energy are intertwined.”Other recent additions to the RE100 list include Estée Lauder, Kellogg, DBS Bank and Clif Bar. Citi Group also made the 100 percent renewables pledge in September, on top of the company’s vow to finance $100 billion in clean energy, infrastructure and technology projects. Meanwhile, French utility EDF Group recently committed to transitioning to electric vehicles by 2030 through EV100, a new initiative that seeks to make electric transport “the new normal.” All three initiatives — RE100, EP100 and EV100 — are led by the international nonprofit organization The Climate Group.At the COP23 climate conference in November, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ had a message for businesses: “I am asking you to misbehave.” He called for companies around the world to disrupt “business-as-usual” and urge governments to ramp up their climate action plans.Hundreds of businesses, in the U.S. and abroad, have accepted the secretary’s challenge. Now, the world will be watching for them to follow through.More: How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead on Clean Energy in 2017last_img read more

Chile and Argentina Agree to Move Forward on Integrating Border Regions

first_imgBy Dialogo May 20, 2011 Chile and Argentina have agreed to move forward on integrating their long shared border, an endeavor that includes connectivity and physical integration, according to the agreement reached at the conclusion of an initial meeting of regional authorities in Santiago, headed by the two countries’ foreign ministers. The meeting brought together fourteen Argentine and thirteen Chilean governors responsible for provinces and regions located on both sides of the long shared border, which stretches for more than four thousand kilometers. “Significant progress has been achieved at this meeting in the areas of connectivity, supply chains, border integration, transportation, and others,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno explained, following the signing of a fourteen-point declaration with which the meeting concluded. “Integration is the fruit of democracy. Without democracy, there is no integration; without democracy, there is division, because with democracy comes the voice of the people, adding that what we are doing today is fulfilling their mandate,” Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said for his part. The Argentine and Chilean officials also met with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in the presidential palace of La Moneda, where the talks focused primarily on energy integration. “We spoke with President Piñera about taking major steps forward in energy integration, which is among the fourteen points signed in this declaration,” indicated Argentine Planning Minister Julio de Vido, who also participated in the session. The meeting was part of the commitment to intensify the bilateral relationship between the two countries that took shape in the Treaty of Maipú signed in 2009 by Argentine President Cristina Fernández and former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.last_img read more

Clippers face agonizing call on whom to cut by Monday

first_imgRivers has complimented Sindarius Thornwell, 23, for his ability to do the things that don’t make a box score. This preseason, he’s averaged 4.5 points, three rebounds and 1.5 assists in 15.3 minutes per game. Otherwise, second-year guard Tyrone Wallace, 24, is owed just $300,000 if he’s cut before the season begins, but he’s in the Clippers camp because they so appreciated what they saw from him as a G League call-up last season that they matched a two-year, $3 million offer sheet from the New Orleans Pelicans in September.That leaves Clippers with guaranteed salaries such as small forward Wesley Johnson (who is owed about $6 million this season), guard Jawun Evans ($1.38 million this season) and guard Sindarius Thornwell ($1.38 million this season) as candidates to be cut.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Evans, 22, is essentially the Clippers’ fifth-string point guard, but he’s shown he can be valuable because of performances like the one in December when he came off the bench and scored 15 points in a victory over the Houston Rockets. In five games this preseason, he averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 assists in 6.3 minutes. Johnson, in his third season with the team, is the longest-tenured Clipper. He offers a decade of NBA experience. But the 31-year-old might not have the upside younger players do. His contribution in four preseason games: averages of 2.5 points and two rebounds in 7.7 minutes. The Clippers have until 2 p.m. on Monday to finalize their 15-member roster, which means two talented players won’t have chairs to sit in when the music stops.“That’s going to be hard. It’s always hard anyway,” Coach Doc Rivers said after Thursday’s preseason finale, the Clippers’ fifth exhibition victory in five games.As it stands, the Clippers have 17 players under NBA contract (in addition to Angel Delgado and Johnathan Motley, who have two-way deals).Patrick Beverley’s contract is non-guaranteed until Jan. 10, though he begins to accumulate guaranteed money as he earns it throughout the year. He isn’t going anywhere: The 30-year-old is the starting point guard, not to mention the de facto mayor of “Clamp City.”center_img “There will be a good player or two that won’t be with us,” Rivers said. “I think every guy on our roster is an NBA player. Unfortunately, we have too many of them, so we’re going to have to make a tough decision.”CLIPPERS SIGN ARTISThe Clippers signed 6-7 guard guard Jamel Artis, the team announced Friday. He’s agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract, so fans of the Agua Caliente Clippers are likely to see him in action. Artis spent last season on a two-way deal with Orlando, and averaged 5.1 points in 15 games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more