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Sustainability News 29 March 2024: Benchmark Gensuite, Citi, Southwest and More

March 29, 2024 by Joe Panettieri

Here is today’s sustainability news, research and analysis for technology partners; renewable energy and green IT service providers; Today's sustainability news also involvesmanagement consultants; CIOs; chief sustainability officers (CSOs), c-suite members and climate accounting professionals.

A. Sustainable Technology, Talent, Partnerships and Green IT Alliances

1. Generative AI and EHS Software: Benchmark Gensuite's EHS software now features Genny AI, a set of proprietary Generative AI capabilities.

2. Research - Energy Transition:  Almost half of the energy companies Citi lends to are lacking plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Reuters reported.

3. Partnerships - EV Charging Stations: Xeal and Vero Sade have partnered to deploy EV charging stations across Vero properties in Texas. Vero Sade’s Texas portfolio spans Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. Xeal’s charging stations will be available at Us Bayou Park, a 404-unit project along Houston’s Allen Parkway corridor; 3700M, a luxury high-rise in Dallas’ coveted West Village; and Us 1604 and Us Cibolo, two San Antonio-based communities currently under construction, the companies said.

4. Talent: Marsh McLennan has hired Alexander Pui as senior VP of climate and sustainability consulting.

5. Talent: RIVE Private Investment, an independent European investment company, has hired Pauline Gasquet as head of sustainability. Gasquet will "oversee the operational implementation as well as the improvement of processes and procedures constituting RIVE’s ESG strategy," the investment firm said. RIVE specializes in transport assets and infrastructures dedicated to the energy transition.

B. Sustainability M&A, Investments, Funding and Green IT Business Launches

1. M&A - Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF): Southwest Airlines has acquired SAFFiRE Renewables. SAFFiRE is part of a project supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and produce scalable renewable ethanol that can be upgraded into SAF. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

2. Complete M&A List: Here's our database of all M&A deals involving green IT and renewable energy buyers, sellers and investors.

C. Regional and Global Sustainability Policies and News

1. United States - EV Charging Station Challenges: President Biden wants to create a national network of 500,000 publicly available chargers by 2030, but only four states have such infrastructure in place so far, the Associated Press reported.

D. Sustainability and Green Technology Conference Calendar

  1. EnerCom Dallas 2024: The Energy Investment and ESG Conference (April 2-3, Dallas, Texas)
  2. Sustainability Conference on Ecopreneurship 2024 (April 8-9, Stanford University)
  3. Tantalus Users Conference 2024 (April 8-11, Fort Worth, Texas)
  4. Google Cloud Next 2024 Conference Dates (April 9-11, Las Vegas, Nevada)
  5. Engage24 Conference Dates (April 9-11, Lisbon, Portugal)
  6. Complete Calendar of Sustainability Conferences

E. Previous Updates & Future News

  1. Did You Miss Yesterday's Daily Update?: Here is our previous sustainability, green IT and renewable energy news for technology partners.
  2. Future Updates: If you have news to share then please email me the details.
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