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Carbon Emissions Reduction, Carbon Cap and Trade, Carbon Footprint Analysis

Carbon is a chemical element which is the stuff of life – carbon atoms are found in all living things on Earth.  Downside:  the combustion of carbon-based fuels (such as coal and oil) leads to a build up of “Greenhouse Gases,” (GhG’s) including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide (NoX), which trap heat in the atmosphere. We call this Global Warming as the atmospheric effects cause the Earth to heat up.

The effects of global warming could include changing climate conditions, rising seas (as polar caps melt), interruptions in agricultural production, and destruction of ecosystems. Governments, advocates, investors, lenders and others are encouraging corporations to reduce their carbon footprint. The objectives are to reduce risk, moderate the impact of the enterprise on the environment, reduce operating and capital costs, and to be a better corporate citizen.  Cutting carbon use / carbon emissions have become an important corporate strategy.*  In this section we bring you news and updates, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and other resources of value to all stakeholders in the effort to reduce GhG’s and the effects of global warming.

*As the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers observed in 2008:  Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) findings show a clear trend that carbon reduction is becoming a key component of business strategy.  As CEOs we see it and long-term institutional investors see it…

--Dennis Nally, PWC at global launch of the CDP

News & Updates

July 23, 2021 Consultant groups issue report on racetrack sustainability

Source: Race.com

The report uses a “Sustainable Circuits Index” to rank 96 international motorsport venues by means of 21 sustainability performance criteria in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Environmental,...

July 23, 2021 Energy expert warns of ‘serious oil crisis’ within next five years

Source: Fox News

"..."with respect to oil supply, the rush for the exit doors is getting really serious" amid "strong demand" with the reopening of economies, which could soon lead to "a serious oil crisis in this world.

July 23, 2021 How Trash Makes Money In The U.S. (video only)

Source: CNBC

n 2019, the North American waste management market reached $208 billion. Thanks to advancements in modern chemistry and support from municipal governments, landfills have seen astonishing financial success in recent years....

Research & Insights

July 22, 2021 One of the biggest myths about EVs is busted in new study

Source: The Verge

Over the life cycle of an EV — from digging up the materials needed to build it to eventually laying the car to rest — it will release fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gas-powered car, the research found.

May 21, 2021 75% of U.S. Energy Leaders Believe Public Sustainability Declarations Don’t Match Private Boardroom Conversations

Source: Yahoo Finance

U.S. energy leaders believe companies are not taking the steps necessary to back up sustainability initiatives and cite transformative technology as a key accelerator to help meet urgent carbon net-zero goals, according to a new...

April 23, 2021 Wider Deployment of Solar Panels Could Replace Unsustainable Energy Generation

Source: AZO Clean Tech

A new study by a team of researchers demonstrates this by making use of satellite and census data of the city of Fresno in the United States, and applying machine learning. It is obvious that peer impacts govern sustainable...

Commentary & Opinion

June 24, 2021 Opinion - America the Beautiful' is a green infrastructure plan for greater sustainability and equity

Source: The Hill

Record heat and wildfire in the western United States. Plummeting biodiversity. A nation struggling for equity and justice. In times like these, we desperately need federal initiatives that can solve multiple problems in one fell...

April 13, 2021 The Sustainability Imperative: The Future of Climate - TV Discussiion

Source: The Hill

What does the future of a sustainable climate look like in policy and practice? Wesley Look, Senior Research Associate at Resources for the Future joins Hill TV to discuss.

January 29, 2021 Opinion: Environmental justice must be foundational to the new School of Sustainability

Source: Stanford Daily

We are writing as a diverse group of Stanford staff, students, and faculty committed to Environmental Justice for Sustainability at Stanford. This weekend, faculty will gather for a deliberative democracy process guiding plans...


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