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January 26, 2022 - By Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP

SAP Accelerates Its Commitment to Net-Zero

SAP has committed to achieve net-zero along its value chain in line with a 1.5°C future in 2030 – 20 years earlier than originally targeted. Too bold? Not according to Daniel Schmid, SAP's Chief Sustainability Officer, who explains in this column why raising their ambition is one of the key cornerstones on the company's path forward to implementing a holistic approach to sustainability.
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GHG Emissions  -  December 20, 2021 - By Troy Doughman, Shell Energy

Decarbonizing Across the Power Value Chain

According to the EIA, energy demand will increase by 50% by 2050 while carbon emissions need to be cut in half during that same period. As a result, businesses are facing mounting pressure to decarbonize and set net zero targets. In this column, Troy Doughman, Shell Energy, explains why now is the time for action and what businesses need to consider when creating their energy roadmap in order to meet the challenges of the energy transition.
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December 15, 2021

Helping businesses prepare for winter weather with a sound energy strategy

Winter weather can deliver challenges to the energy grid and uncertainty to energy managers. This blog from NRG Energy notes that perhaps the best antidote for businesses to cope is a healthy measure of energy expertise and perspective. Both of these characteristics are put forth in a recent article that provides reassurance and tactical advice to help position any organization’s energy approach for what lies ahead.
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November 15, 2021 - By Lotte Schlegel, IMT

How Real Estate Can Lead to a More Just, Sustainable Future by 2030

What if someone told you that by the end of this decade, we could improve life for nearly everyone in America by changing the way we design, build, operate, and value buildings? This column from Lotte Schlegel, IMT's Executive Director, explains how real estate can lead the way to economic opportunities, climate solutions, and social justice.
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October 15, 2021 - By Argonne National Laboratory

New York Power Authority, Argonne Team Up to Ease Climate Risk

Climate change and related extreme weather events are challenging the private and public sectors in unprecedented ways. To get a handle on this evolving risk, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state public power entity in the United States, is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to determine the risks a changing climate poses to NYPA's infrastructure and capital investment strategy - and how to mitigate those risks.
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GHG Emissions  -  October 4, 2021 - By Kristen Siemen, General Motors

Inside GM's Sustainability Initiatives

The latest IPCC report suggests that we’re in a pivotal decade for climate action. As business leaders and governments gather at Climate Week, says Kristen Siemen, Vice President of Sustainable Workplaces and Chief Sustainability Officer at General Motors, we need to ask the hard questions about what’s next now that many large businesses have expressed a desire to be carbon neutral.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  September 24, 2021 - By John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions

SED’s Commitment to Reconnect In Person – Safely

As COVID moves from pandemic to endemic, the time has come for Smart Energy Decisions to once again innovate and reinvent how we serve you as a community. In this column, John Failla, Founder and Editorial Director, explains how SED will introduce the next generation of our innovative event model at the upcoming Renewable Energy Forum - in person and safely - in December.
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GHG Emissions  -  August 25, 2021 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Decarbonizing Kitchens: Opportunities for the Food Service Sector

As the public and private sectors pursue organization-wide goals for reducing GHG emissions, commercial food service kitchens and restaurants face multiple challenges: identifying new opportunities to improve energy efficiency while adhering to changing local and state regulations supporting electrification and decarbonization. This column from Better Buildings shows how operators like The Wendy's Company are finding success with a steady approach.
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GHG Emissions  -  August 18, 2021 - By The Energy & Climate Practice at 3Degrees

Journey to Zero: Four Key Action Areas to Achieve Net Zero Emissions

To address the growing climate crisis, more organizations are setting climate goals, such as net zero, carbon neutrality, or SBTi goals. But committing to reach net zero emissions and executing on climate goals are two very different things. This column from the Energy & Climate Practice at 3Degrees outlines four key action areas to help companies get started on their journey to zero.
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August 16, 2021 - By Caitlin Marquis, Advanced Energy Economy

Charting a Path for Voluntary Renewable Energy Buyers as States Set 100% Clean Energy Targets

Voluntary renewable energy buyers ranging from large companies to universities to municipalities have unquestionably accelerated the transition to a cleaner grid - but what is the role of the voluntary markets moving forward? In this column, Caitlin Marquis of AEE explains concerns that could crop up if compliance targets fail to take the voluntary market into account
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