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TD Bank Group Honoured for Leadership in Climate Change Action

TORONTOSept. 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ – TD Bank Group (TD) has earned a spot on the 2013 Performance Leadership Index, an annual ranking by the London-based CDP, which evaluates company action to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the risks of climate change. The achievement was announced today in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013. TD is the only Canadian bank to be included in the 2013 global index.

“Natural resource scarcity is increasing, the scientific case for action to mitigate climate change is strengthening and the number of investors requesting corporate action on climate change through CDP is continually increasing,” says Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP.  “We congratulate companies in the Climate Performance Leadership Index for their pioneering efforts to combat climate change and grow low carbon economies at this critical time.” Continue reading

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The Future China Chooses will Dictate the Future of the Planet

In a piece for Guardian Sustainable Business, UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell states that China is serious about changing course when it comes to environmental concerns — and business will play its part. Kell’s article follows a major summit in China on Caring for Climate – a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC to scale up corporate climate action – in which major Chinese companies committed to address climate change. Continue reading

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Black Earth Project helps Equip Farmers to Combat Climate Change

RWANDA–()–Radio Lifeline, a non-profit based in the US, announces the launch of the Black Earth Project, a new initiative designed to help farmers mitigate the growing effects of climate change. Radio Lifeline’s partner in this project is re:char, a leading developer of small-scale biochar technologies, based in Kenya. Major funding for the Black Earth Project is being provided by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), headquartered in Waterbury, VT.

The Black Earth Project is a two-year research project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of biochar when used as a soil amendment by smallholder coffee and pyrethrum farmers in Rwanda. Biochar is produced through a process called pyrolysis, or the burning of dried biomass in a low or zero oxygen environment. The process prevents combustion and the usual release of carbon dioxide, black carbon and other greenhouse gases associated with traditional charcoal production methods. Continue reading

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Dioxide Materials Awarded $4 Million to Advance CO2 Recycling Technology

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dioxide Materials has been awarded $4 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The award will advance further research into Dioxide Materials’ technology that will produce transportation fuels and industrial chemicals electrochemically from carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. Dioxide is collaborating on the project with 3M (NYSE:MMM), a subrecipient of the ARPA-E award.

Although electrochemical recycling of carbon dioxide is not a new technology, Dioxide Materials has patented a catalyst that makes carbon dioxide recycling energy efficient for the first time ever, using three times less electricity. The technology’s scientific principles have been demonstrated, but the risks need to be lowered before the technology can attract the funding needed to move into the marketplace. ARPA-E funding will allow Dioxide Materials to create the first industrially relevant prototype and lower the risks so that substantial development funding can be obtained. Continue reading

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Summit-Petrofac Project Advances in UK’s Carbon Capture & Storage Competition

SEATTLE & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Summit Power Group, LLC (“Summit”) and Petrofac Ltd (“Petrofac”) have confirmed that the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”) has officially notified them on Friday November 2nd that DECC has selected the joint Summit-Petrofac project known as Captain: The Clean Energy Project (“Captain CEP”) to move forward to the next stage of DECC’s carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) competition for power plants that will capture and geologically sequester their carbon dioxide emissions. DECC made a public announcement to the same effect in London on 30th October. Captain CEP is one of four proposed CCS projects whose selection for the next stage of the competition was announced by DECC.

Captain CEP is a “full-chain” CCS project consisting of (1) a coal gasification power plant with ninety-plus percent (90+%) carbon capture, to be located at Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth west of Edinburgh, Scotland, plus (2) an existing on-shore pipeline and existing sub-sea pipelines that will be converted to CO2 transport, as well as (3) sub-sea depleted gas reservoirs and deep brine formations that will be used for the permanent geological sequestration of CO2 captured at the power plant. Continue reading

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CSR Minute (VIDEO) – Union Pacific, ConAgra and CSR Conference in Ottawa

Union Pacific has scored its highest ever rating in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s S&P 500 Climate Change Report for 2012. The railroad’s rating of 87 is a 53-percent improvement over last year’s, and higher than 87 percent of all companies in the CDP’s Industrial Sector. The average disclosure score is 70 for all S&P 500 companies in the 2012 CDP Report.

ConAgra has recorded a zero total incident rate at 35 of its facilities in 2011, twice the number of facilities to do so in the previous fiscal year. The company also recorded a rate of more than 90 percent solid waste diversion. These and other details are included in ConAgra’s 2012 Citizenship Report, released for the first time on a micro site with a direct link to the company’s Web site, allowing for real time updating of information.

The 5th annual Corporate and Community Social Responsibility Conference to celebrate and showcase excellence in CCSR will be held in Ottawa this year. The event features both plenary and workshops sessions, focusing on topics from the shifting definitions of corporate responsibility to creating an Ottawa center eco-district. It also includes a youth social enterprise showcase and awards. The conference takes place on November 6th.

For more information on these and other stories, go to http://www.csrminute.com.

The CSR Minute is produced for 3BL Media by Video4Good: http://www.video4good.com

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Lack of Subsidies and Transparency Hinder Renewable Energy in Russia

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Russia Renewables Report Q4 2012″ report to their offering.

BMI View: Despite favourable climatic conditions that are supportive of renewable energy generation, a vast electricity market and strong growth in GDP per capita, all factors which are indicative of the considerable potential in terms of renewables expansion, a whole host of challenges stand in the way of prospective investors. A distinct lack of renewable energy subsidies and questions over the transparency of the tendering process and the level of market liberalisation are likely to hinder project development across all renewable technology sectors.

Russia’s Energy Strategy 2030 aims to develop non-hydropower renewable energy sources so they account for at least 4.5% of the total electricity generation by 2020. Despite the significant potential for renewable technology, in particular wind energy, the fact there are no government subsidies will almost certainly dampen investment appetite. Continue reading

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Almost 23 Million Autogas Vehicles Will be Operating on Roads Worldwide by 2020

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a vehicle fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly known as propane or autogas, has some powerful positive characteristics. It is relatively clean burning, easy to store and transport, has high energy content, and is widely available in many countries. The cost per gallon of autogas is significantly lower than gasoline or diesel in many countries, but increasing interest in natural gas as a vehicle fuel is likely to constrain future growth in the autogas market. Nevertheless, according to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the number of autogas vehicles will rise steadily through the remainder of this decade. By 2020, the study concludes, there will be 22.6 million autogas vehicles on roads worldwide.

“The autogas market is caught in a classic chicken and egg scenario,” says senior research analyst David Alexander. “As with any fuel, availability is the key to market growth. Unfortunately, fuel suppliers have taken the view that no need exists to grow the infrastructure if not that many vehicles are equipped to use the fuel. Some form of incentive will be needed to kick-start growth if autogas is going to advance.” Continue reading

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