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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the American Gas Association (AGA), natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel and a highly efficient form of energy. Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, and its combustion results in less pollution. Compared to oil or coal, natural gas produces significantly lesser CO2 and other GHGs in most applications. Furthermore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that natural gas can cost up to 30 percent less than diesel.

1 day 12 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Public relations can be a blessing for an organisation’s corporate social responsibility efforts. When done properly, PR becomes the vehicle of sharing with the world a great positive CSR news story along with the progress being made.

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(3BL Media/Just Means) -Air travel accounts for 2 percent of all emissions, but it gets a lot of attention in any conversation about climate change mitigation efforts. While Obama wants new limits on aviation emissions, the UN’s International Civil Aviation is also expected to set new limits early next year.

3 days 14 hours ago

 (3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in January, I was in Abu Dhabi, where I had the opportunity to see the Solar Impulse airplane and meet the pilots as they prepared to begin their historic round-the-world flight, the first of its kind.

On July 3rd, I watched on my computer, courtesy of the Solar Impulse website as the plane landed in Hawaii, completing a 5-day Pacific crossing from Nagoya, Japan. Andre Borschberg’s four day and 22 hour flight was the longest solo flight in aviation history. Of course, a flight like this would never have been possible with any kind of conventional airplane, because of the amount of fuel that would be required. In all, the flight covered 5,128 miles.

The crossing had been postponed twice as the weather failed to cooperate. The ultralight airplane, with a wingspan comparable to a 747, yet weighing little more than an SUV, requires reasonably stable weather conditions to operate in. Throughout the journey, the team has carried the banner of clean energy. Borschberg’s Solar Impulse partner, Bertrand Piccard, was on hand to greet him as the plane landed, just outside of Honolulu. It was Piccard who had the original vision back in 1999, to build a solar airplane that could fly around the world.

In order to make the most of the energy stored in its batteries during the day, the plane climbs to its maximum altitude of 28,000 at dusk, storing an additional two hours of gliding time.

A number of technology companies including Solvay, Schindler, Omega, Bayer, Altran, and Google have sponsored the project and developed critical components to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the weight of the plane, without which the mission would not have been possible. Indeed none of the conventional aircraft manufacturers got involved in the project, because, frankly, they didn’t believe it could be done.  Among the dozens of innovations produced by the project were ultralight insulation that will soon be going into refrigerators, improvements to motors and batteries, and the development of light but strong plastic parts to replace heavier metal ones used in conventional aircraft.

3 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Several research studies in recent years have shown that companies with high ratings on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors frequently outperform the market in the medium and long term, and have a lower cost of debt and equity. Business sustainability has emerged as a key source of competitive advantage in today’s economy.

4 days 15 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis, one of the revelations was the absence of up-to-the-minute, accurate data about who was being impacted and to what degree. The suddenness with which the global economy plunged into the crisis exposed the gaps in the governments’ knowledge and understanding of the changing economic conditions.

4 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Another major technology company is ​increasing its commitment to ​sustainable, renewable power. Cisco has entered an agreement with NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, for the power company to develop a 20 megawatt solar energy facilty to supply Cisco's San Jose headquarters with clean power. This is a massive boost to the 2MW worth of solar power Cisco has installed over the last two years.

5 days 11 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In Pope Francis’s encyclical, he appeals to the international community–particularly rich countries–to step up and alter their economies and lifestyles in order to address ‘the ecological crisis.’ Governments are called on to address the issues, but there are corporations whose gross revenues surpass the GDP of entire countries. So what then is the responsibility of corporations, when multiple stakeholders are impacted by these companies?