How Do We Define “Corporate Sustainability?”

November 29th, 2012 | 

Corporate sustainability is a term much used but inconsistently understood. To some, it conjures notions of corporate philanthropy, charitable giving or public relations. To others, it is a mandate whereby companies carefully operate within legal requirements and prevailing social norms. Increasingly, however, it is being seen as a new core business model that sustains a company’s success over time and is the hallmark of its overall business health. Properly understood and executed, corporate sustainability increases top-line and bottom-line value. It breaks down traditional lines and trade-offs between the interests of the private sector,…

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Accelerating the Drive Toward Renewable Energy

October 8th, 2012 | 

By Adnan Z. Amin In 2011, while the cost of renewable energy technologies continued to fall, global total investment reached a record $257 billion, and global renewable power capacity exceeded 1,360 GW. With these investments, renewable energy has moved from a niche, environmentally driven option into an economically viable solution to meet the growing energy demand of a rapidly growing global population. Many nations are currently making critical decisions on how to supply their populations soaring demand for energy. For some, this involves expanding their existing infrastructure, whereas for others it…

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A New Generation of Green Giants

September 24th, 2012 | 

By Eswar Mani Over the course of September 9th and 10th, the members of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Review Committee were faced with the daunting task of shortlisting the top 50 candidates for the 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize out of a record 579 entries.  While this was my third year judging for the prize, it was by far the most challenging process, given the overall increase in quantity and quality of the applications.  Furthermore, in addition to the four categories of Large Corporations, Small/Medium Enterprises, Non-Profit Organizations and Lifetime Achievements,…

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Power to the People: The Impact of Off-Grid Renewable Energy

August 16th, 2012 | 

By Bader Al Lamki India’s recent power grid failure that left more than 600 million people – nearly 10 percent of the world’s population – without electricity and important services like running water, air-conditioning, traffic lights and the internet provided several important reminders. Yes, some of the reminders were stark doses of reality, most notably that India’s electrical grid and infrastructure is in need of vast improvements if the country’s ever-growing middleclass populations can expect regular, reliable power. But the massive blackouts also provided an encouraging reminder: that off-grid renewable…

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The cleantech ‘arms’ race that could save world

December 18th, 2011 | 

by Roger Ballentine There has been much-hyped talk about the massive growth of the Chinese economy in recent years and how it’s poised to overtake the world’s current largest economy, the United States.  Nowhere is that talk at a higher pitch than in the clean energy arena, as a report released earlier this year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) demonstrated that China, with $49.8 billion in total annual renewable energy investment in 2010, overtook the United States to become the leading destination in the world for renewable energy…

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We need to get serious about creating a sustainable future

December 11th, 2011 | 

by Jonathon Porritt The convergence of accelerating climate change, a weak world economy and an ever increasing world population should be seen as the ultimate challenge for humankind. Governments the world over have been  baffled as they seek to address these challenges, not least because  of their continuing dependency on hydrocarbon-based energy solutions.  This is understandable; it’s hard to wean society off a source of energy that has helped humankind develop by leaps and bounds in the space of a century. In my country, the UK, where energy prices are…

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