SEC Guidance a Boost for Carbon Disclosure

February 10, 2010

This post is by my colleague Lucia Silva Gao, Assistant Professor of Finance, College of Management, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research focuses on the relationship between environmental and financial performance.
On January 27, 2010 the SEC voted to issue interpretive guidance on disclosure requirements of climate risks in SEC filings. The SEC stressed that [...]


Carbon Offsets Reduce Compliance Costs

October 12, 2009

Guest Contribution by David L. O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies. Reprinted by permission from original article.
In the emerging carbon economy‚ projects that reduce‚ eliminate‚ or sequester carbon emissions will have enormous value. An examination of climate change legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives1 indicates how important [...]

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Carbon Counting Confusion

September 29, 2009

By David L. Levy
Carbon comes in many forms: depending on how the atoms are arranged, carbon can be a tough brilliant diamond, a rigid bucky-ball, a super-strong nanotube, soft graphite, or a lump of coal. These forms have very different properties and uses – diamonds are not the best fuel for generating electric power. [...]


Measuring Corporate Carbon Performance

September 17, 2009

This is a guest contribution by Drs. Timo Busch and Volker Hoffman, Professors at ETH Zurich, Group for Sustainability and Technology. It’s based on their recent article Corporate Carbon Performance Indicators in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. It moves toward a clear and operational definition of carbon intensity, dependency, exposure, and risk.
The world faces twin [...]


Sticker Shock – Walmart’s labeling scheme will be costly, but will it be effective?

August 4, 2009
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By Stephen Stokes, AMR Research
Addressing climate change and other environmental issues requires real action at the facility and process level –  just creating product labels may not be effective
Walmart’s product environmental labeling aspirations went public in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal last month and sent ripples of fear and excitement [...]