VERGE Electrify in Review Sarah Golden, GreenBiz senior energy analyst, joins as guest host. Golden, one of the VERGE Electrify co-chairs, and Joel Makower discuss the inaugural two-day conference. Why is right now the perfect time to be electrifying everything? (1:20) Features VERGE Electrify highlights (28:25) GreenBiz Senior Editor Deonna Anderson shares highlights from this week’s VERGE Electrify
Maybe you first knew him as chief executive of the Carbon War Room or as the co-founder of Generate Capital. Or maybe you came across him as a LinkedIn mega-influencer, GreenBiz contributor or even as a former co-host of The Energy Gang podcast — he’s the one with the ready laugh and the sharp takes.
Date/Time: June 29, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Please join us for the release of a new global fleet report by GreenBiz and ChargePoint: The Time Is Now – Why Global Delivery and Logistics Fleets Are Going Electric, featuring perspectives from 16 transportation leaders in the delivery and logistics space. The report provides a
A logo on storage silos at the Total SE Grandpuits oil refinery in Grandpuits-Bailly-Carrois, France, on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Cyril Marcilhacy | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Investors in French oil giant Total on Friday backed the company’s strategy at its annual shareholder meeting, including plans to tackle the climate emergency, according to
The economic foundations of today’s food and agricultural systems continue to be dominated by a singular focus on productivity and increased yields. This has distorted what is valued in assessments of how food is produced, sourced, processed, traded, sold and eaten. Moreover, it has led to the mass production of commodity crops and the proliferation
In this article ENR-DE ORSTED-DK This picture taken on March 4, 2021 shows wind turbines at an offshore wind farm in waters off South Korea. JUNG YEON-JE | AFP | Getty Images Energy firm Orsted has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korean conglomerate POSCO that will focus on offshore wind and renewable hydrogen.
Here’s an “incredible good news story for America” that’s getting attention all the way up to the White House. Remember how the nation mobilized seemingly overnight for the Allied Powers 80 years ago? It’s time to hustle again, but now it’s in order to combat the climate crisis and slash carbon emissions in half by about 2030.
Members of the environmental group MilieuDefensie celebrate the verdict of the Dutch environmental organisation’s case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc, outside the Palace of Justice courthouse in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Peter Boer | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Some of the world’s largest corporate emitters have suffered a series
How to make the best of a challenging year? While the lasting impacts of COVID on industry may take years to accurately assess, one thing we can see right now is how the pandemic has focused the textile industry’s attention on sustainability. Globally, with both the COP26 on Climate Change and COP15 on Biological Diversity
In this article XOM A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas. Jessica Rinaldi | Reuters This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. Activist firm Engine No. 1 has won at least two board seats at Exxon following a historic battle over the oil giant’s board of directors. The vote over
When most people think about good design, they might think of an Eames lounge chair, an iPhone or Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Harmonizing functional perfection with a clean and timeless form, good design is often celebrated for its endurance and ability to remain relevant and adored for decades or even centuries. Not only have these
This image shows Orbital Marine Power’s 2 megawatt turbine, the Orbital O2. LONDON – In mid-May, a prototype wave energy converter weighing 38-metric tons arrived in Orkney, an archipelago located in waters north of mainland Scotland. Later this summer the bright yellow, 20 meter long piece of kit — dubbed Blue X — will be
Last week may be seen as the pivotal moment when climate change finally got serious. I’m not talking about the anticipated rise of wildfires, droughts, floods and other natural disasters, although we’re bracing for the worst of what Mother Nature will throw at us this year. I’m not necessarily talking about any breakthroughs in the
In his historic March 1968 speech at Washington’s National Cathedral, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends towards justice. America has an opportunity to accelerate this expectation by bending toward environmental justice. How can environmental justice best be advanced in the current political moment
“Stop investing in companies that explore for needless new drilling sites — they’re wasting their money and ours.” That’s what Deborah Silvey, president of Fossil Free California, told the board of CalPERS, the largest U.S. public pension fund, at a meeting more than two years ago. It seems pretty prescient now. I was reminded of
“Lift while you climb.” That was just one powerful message delivered last week by keynote speaker Kaye Husband Fealing, dean of the Ivan Allen College College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology, during a virtual ceremony celebrating diverse, female leadership in the sustainability profession. Fealing spoke about the important role all leaders play
Beef rightly gets attention when we think of the foods destroying South America’s forests, but the second-most important driver of deforestation is less known to people outside of food and agriculture. Perhaps that’s because it’s not something that ends up on our plate every meal — soy. Around three-quarters of global soy production is used
In the front yard of the Coast Mountains in North Vancouver, Canada, Arc’teryx, an outdoor clothing and climbing gear company, is building a circular economy. Now, it’s ready to share more of that story with its customers, who spend time climbing, hiking and skiing in those mountains and peaks in other parts of the world.
In this article ENR-DE Workers photographed walking past a section of solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai on March 20, 2017. STRINGER | AFP | Getty Images A Dubai-based project described as the “first industrial scale, solar-driven green hydrogen facility in the Middle East and North Africa” has been
The No. 1 question I get asked by job seekers, hands down, is “What certification should I get if I want to work in sustainability?” And I know everyone hates it when I have to respond with “It depends,” but it really, truly does. The 2020 GreenBiz State of the Profession Report included a fantastic
In this article ENI-IT EQNR-NO GE GE Renewable Energy The final phase of a development dubbed “the world’s largest offshore wind farm” is to use 14 megawatt versions of GE Renewable Energy’s huge Haliade-X turbine after a contract for their supply was confirmed. In an announcement Tuesday, GE said a service and warranty contract had
2020 marked the most disruptive year in generations. Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic kill more than a half million people in the United States, it laid bare and heightened existing crises, including systemic racism and police violence, climate change and an ever-widening political and economic divide. As we hit the midway point of 2021,
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken of the multiple disasters the world is currently facing, which have only been accentuated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ban, who led the U.N. from 2007-2016, called on global leaders to raise their ambition in order to avoid failures on a range of different issues, including climate change
Let’s begin the week with an injection of inspiration and hope. But also a nudge, or maybe a shove. Today, we introduce the 2021 cohort of the “GreenBiz 30 Under 30,” 2.5 dozen extraordinary women and men in sustainability worth watching. It’s a moment when we get to turn away from the often mind-numbing drumbeat of news
Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | Getty Images The world’s pathway to developing an energy sector with net-zero emissions by the middle of the century is a viable but narrow one, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. In a statement released alongside the publication of a major new report, the Paris-based organization said achieving the
We’re seeing so many new ideas and initiatives in sustainable food right now that it’s easy to forget to ask how the sector as a whole is doing. Unilever, PepsiCo, General Mills, Nestlé, Danone and others are leading on climate with ambitious plans around regenerative agriculture, emissions reductions and carbon labeling. But what about the
Their dreams are bright: Walkable, equitable cities. Clean energy for Native American communities. Planet-healing fast food. Circular outdoor gear. Decarbonized buildings. Electrified mobility. That’s only a sampling of the ambitions of the sixth class of the GreenBiz 30 Under 30. Our honorees for 2021 are intrepid startup founders, tenacious corporate innovators and determined public servants.
A woman fills gas cans at a Speedway gas station on May 12, 2021 in Benson, North Carolina. Most stations in the area along I-95 are without fuel following the Colonial Pipeline hack. Sean Rayford | Getty Images The Colonial Pipeline hack was not the first domino to fall in a world-ending spate of sudden
Getting things done in corporate sustainability is easier said than, well, done. Lofty goals and good intentions don’t automatically yield reduced impacts, and the most brilliant environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy means little if it can’t be implemented. Often the most difficult aspect of a corporate sustainability professional’s job isn’t conducting materiality assessments, developing
Justin Merriman | Bloomberg Creative Photos | Getty Images This year’s COP26 climate change conference must consign coal to the past, according to the U.K. lawmaker who will lead formal negotiations at the summit. In a wide-ranging speech delivered on Friday, COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma sought to emphasize the importance of ending international coal financing,
It feels almost quaint to remember way back when “80 by 50” — an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — was a bold goal for a company or government entity to make. It was seen by many as audacious, possibly unachievable, but still a necessary target. The “way back when” in
US President Joe Biden speak about the Covid-19 response and the vaccination program in the State Dining Room of the White House on May 4, 2021. Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday cautioned Americans against the temptation to start “panic buying” fuel in the wake of a
The sustainable/responsible investing (SRI) market is over $30 trillion and growing faster than traditional investments. Over the past 20 years, SRI and the sustainability movement in general have provided large benefits to business and society. But in spite of this good work, environmental and social conditions are declining rapidly in many areas. Clearly new approaches
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the ongoing vaccination program at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening U.S. cybersecurity defenses, a move that follows a series
Sometime over the past year, climate tech outbuzzed AI, and that hype is leading would-be backers to rethink their valuation models. PwC estimates funding for climate-tech startups reached more than $16 billion by 2019, a 3,750 percent increase from just six years earlier — a growth rate roughly three times the amount poured into artificial
In this article IBE-ES This image shows one of the wind turbines at the Block Island Wind Farm, located in waters off Rhode Island. Don Emmert | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. offshore wind sector took a major step forward Tuesday after authorities gave the green light for the construction and operation of the
With ESG gaining more attention and more companies committing to reaching net-zero emissions in the coming decades or otherwise pledging to do better by people and the planet, it’s inevitable that the next generation of professionals in the field will define the future of sustainable finance. “Finance professionals make up a fraction of the global
Image showing the Colonial Pipeline Houston Station facility in Pasadena, Texas (East of Houston) taken on May 10, 2021. Francois Picard | AFP | Getty Images If the Colonial Pipeline is not back in business by the weekend, prices could continue to rise at the pump and there will be broader localized fuel shortages across
Anyone who has taken a basic economics course knows two main factors dictate price: supply and demand. But price-setters know there are many other small and large influences. Israel-based company Wasteless is trying to bring one of those factors to the forefront for food — expiration date. The company’s machine learning technology can be integrated
In this article SHLX RDSA-GB A cyclist passes oil silos at the Royal Dutch Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Peter Boer | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — The month of May promises to be a ground-breaking one for Big Oil. Oil and gas majors on both sides of
The DarkSide hacker gang that is reportedly responsible for the devastating Colonial Pipeline attack this weekend is a relatively new group, but cybersecurity analysts already know enough about them to determine just how dangerous they are. According to Boston-based Cybereason, DarkSide is an organized group of hackers set up along the “ransomware as a service”
Storage tanks stand at the Colonial Pipeline Co. Pelham junction and tank farm in Pelham, Alabama, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Sunday said the federal government is working to avoid supply disruptions after Colonial Pipeline, the operator of the country’s largest
The 2021 proxy season is officially here — much awaited after the tumultuous events of 2020. From how businesses chose to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to the escalating outcry over racial justice to the increasing urgency around climate change, there is much for companies to answer for this year. The annual proxy season is
Last year, I published a feature about why it was time for Silicon Valley to embrace the electric commuter bus. At the beginning of 2020, the San Francisco Bay Area uniquely had over 1,000 private buses — the vast majority using diesel fuel — moving employees to the corporate campuses of companies including Google and Facebook.
This image shows a team of workers installing solar panels on a home in California. adamkaz | E+ | Getty Images More than 231,000 workers were employed by America’s solar industry last year, according to a new report published Thursday, representing a 6.7% decline compared to the year before. Released by the Solar Energy Industries
Date/Time: June 3, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) The forest industry is embracing more sustainable practices that protect people, biodiversity and our climate – and many companies have set goals to source from more sustainable forests. The challenge? Only 10% of the world’s forests are currently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC). This
Bim | E+ | Getty Images The supply of critical minerals crucial for technologies such as wind turbines and electric vehicles will have to be ramped up over the next decades if the planet’s climate targets are to be met, according to the International Energy Agency. A new report from the Paris-based organization, published Wednesday
Minutes before midnight March 22, two art collectors got into a heated bidding war at a charity auction for a climate organization. The auction was happening online, but it was eliciting the same staggering dollar amounts and tense drama of an in-person auction house. The item in contention was a single picture of a futuristic scene.