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GHG Emissions  -  April 13, 2022 - By Wayne Balta, IBM

IBM - Continuing to make a positive environmental impact

Over the years, IBM’s environmental commitment has been steadfast and dependable across different eras and priorities and regardless of the topic’s relative popularity. In this column (accompanied by a video), Wayne Balta, Vice President for Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, explores the release of IBM Impact – the company’s new framework for reporting on environmental, social, and governance matters — as the company continues to act upon 21 voluntary environmental goals announced in 2021.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  April 4, 2022 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Ford Motor Company: Dearborn Campus Uses Digital Twin Tool for Energy Plant Management

At Ford’s Dearborn Research and Engineering Campus Central Energy Plant (CEP), the digital twin helps operators and engineers manage energy and operational risks by monitoring the CEP’s energy systems, including the combined heat and power (CHP) system, heat recovery chillers, electric centrifugal chillers, thermal energy storage, and other equipment. This column from the Department of Energy's Better Buildings explores how the design and construction of the CEP ensure that campus building upgrades followed specific sustainability principles.
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GHG Emissions  -  April 1, 2022 - By Cliff Majersik, IMT

SEC Takes Historic Step Forward on Climate Transparency

In a major step forward for transparency, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed on March 21 that public companies be required to publish their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this column, Cliff Majersik, IMT's Senior Advisor, Policy and Programs, outlines the real estate implications of this proposed rule on climate risk disclosure
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March 23, 2022 - By Vic Shao, AMPLY Power

Navigating the Electric Charging Infrastructure Landscape for EV Fleets

The electrification of large-scale fleets is an important solution to reduce carbon emissions, as on-road transportation is the largest single contributor to GHG emissions. In this column from Vic Shao, CEO of Amply Power, explains how Innovative and economical EV solutions can help accelerate the transition to fleet electrification.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  March 21, 2022 - By Target - A Bullseye View

Go Behind the Scenes at Target’s First Net Zero Energy Store — Our Most Sustainable Facility Yet

When you stand at the entrance of Target's Vista, California, store, it looks like any other Target store. But underneath that iconic Target exterior is a complex system of electrical, plumbing, solar and more that makes it one of a kind — and our most sustainable store yet. This column from Target goes behind the scenes with the team that brought it all to life.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 14, 2022 - By Alexandra Failla, Smart Energy Decisions

Smart Energy Decisions Plans Its First Sustainability Report

While helping others achieve their sustainability goals has been integral to Smart Energy Decisions’ business since its inception, this column from SED's Alexandra Failla explains why the company is now walking the walk by setting its own sustainability goals and informing its community of intentions, challenges, and progress. 
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Demand Management  -  February 2, 2022 - By NRG Editorial Voices

Energy is complex — the right partner can bring simplicity and value

Like most products, getting the best value from your electricity approach involves more than a low price. In an age of more frequent and severe weather events, grid capacity concerns, and energy price volatility, an all-encompassing strategy from a knowledgeable energy partner is vital. This blog from NRG Energy explains how.
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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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