Climate Change

Navigating The Voluntary Reporting Landscape: The Nation’s Largest Independent Power Producer Discusses Disclosure Strategy And Reporting

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 10.44.06 AM By Laurel Peacock It is an exciting time to be a sustainability practitioner, particularly in the energy industry. Working with a cross-functional team of subject matter experts to execute voluntary reporting isn't a simple process, but by setting and tracking against the best average targets for its operations, NRG Energy is executing its vision and holding itself publicly accountable. Companies cannot achieve goals that they don't set, and goals without action are meaningless. There is no single entity that can mitigate climate change, but as one of the nation's most carbon-intensive businesses- NRG is working to take a leadership role in making a difference; namely, by reducing its environmental impact while profitably growing the company. A few years ago, NRG began a science-based approach to developing carbon reduction targets, and thereby set what continue to be some of the industry's most aggressive goals. In addition to developing targets that would drive progress towards the IPCC 2º budget, NRG's executive sustainability steering committee strived to ensure that the company's goals - a 50 percent reduction by 2030 and a 90 percent reduction by 2050 - would be relevant and in-step with its growing clean energy investments and diverse fossil-fueled fleet.

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Companies With Purpose: A Look At Three Making A Difference

shutterstock_293732144 Solar Power Systems and Suitability Belinda Sharr At GreenBiz on Feb. 23-25, CR Magazine sat down with Nautilus Solar Energy's CEO Jim Rice to talk about solar energy and its impact on the environment. Nautilus Solar Energy, which is headquartered in Summit, N.J., was founded in 2006. It is a full-service solutions provider for business-sector and public-sector customers across North America. Nautilus attributes their solar success to their efforts developing, funding, executing and managing the physical and financial aspects of distributed generation solar electric projects. The company delivers full-service financial and technical capability by customizing cost-saving solar solutions to help customers meet their sustainability goals. Nautilus has been involved in more than 100 MW of solar solutions in the United States and Canada. To Nautilus Solar, sustainability means "creat[ing] a clean, energy independent future by providing widespread access to electricity generated from solar power," according to Rice.

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JetBlue Conversion: Airline Looks to Transform Biological Materials into Fuel

Carrier partners with Airbus on ‘second-generation biofuels’

By Dennis Schaal

JetBlue doesn’t envision adding corn-based products to its fuel menu.

Instead, the low-cost carrier entered into an alternative fuel partnership with Airbus, Honeywell Aerospace and International Aero Engines to develop alternative jet fuels from renewable biomass sources instead of fuels derived from food products.

“Importantly, the aviation fuels will come from vegetation and algae-based oils instead of diverting food crops such a corn to fuel—a practice that is raising food prices and triggering riots globally,” wrote Bill Baue, a co-host of Corporate Watchdog Radio, in an article for CSR Wire. “With airline travel projected to continue increasing (for example, more than doubling in the U.

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