We’re coming off a year that was defined by transformative and disruptive change. Now there is plenty more on the horizon with a new presidential administration taking office here in 2021.
What should environment, health, safety, and sustainability professionals expect as America welcomes new leadership in the White House? Will the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lead to increased federal emphasis on environmental initiatives? It seems very likely.
December 14, 2020 /3BL Media/ - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced that New York State Common Retirement Fund will commit to the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its portfolio by 2040, becoming the first US pension fund pledging to achieve this ambition 10 years earlier than any other US pension fund.
Inaugural report outlines Enviva’s commitment to sustainable wood bioenergy, milestones in the company’s 16-year history, and progress in fighting climate change, displacing coal, and growing more trees
BETHESDA, Md., October 28, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Enviva, a leading renewable energy company specializing in wood bioenergy, today announced the release of its first Corporate Sustainability Report. The report focuses on three key topics that define Enviva’s mission: people, forests, and climate change. The report highlights progress Enviva has made to help landowners in the U.S. Southeast keep and use generational forestland, address climate change by displacing coal and drive positive, economic change in the communities where the company operates.
New York, October 9, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Morgan Stanley announced a new commitment to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050. The Firm joins many of its clients in this strategic goal and is committed to providing financing, expertise and thought leadership to support the transition to a low-carbon world.
July 17, 2020 /3BL Media/ - 2020 was due to be a landmark year for those pushing for a net-zero future, with world leaders being tasked update and upgrade their pledges on tackling climate change and emissions targets through to 2030. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that COP26 has been postponed until 2021, but it’s imperative to action and momentum continues to ensure we put business on a net-zero footing.
May 19, 2020 - NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) today released its 2019 Sustainability Report, providing an update on the Company’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. NRG demonstrated advancement across all of its previously announced sustainability initiatives, including a 41% reduction in carbon emissions, marking significant progress towards its newly accelerated, science-based target of reducing emissions 50% by 2025, and net-zero by 2050, from a 2014 baseline.
Other notable accomplishments included in the report:
It is commonly known that wastewater possesses more energy than needed to operate a treatment facility, but the number of net-zero energy water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) is still very low worldwide. Yet, a recent study states that the possibility of net-zero energy is now in the grasp of many wastewater facilities, and the report provides some of the best insights on record as to how to achieve such results.