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Sustainability News for Green IT and Technology Partners: 08 September 2023

September 8, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Here is today’s sustainability news, research and analysis for technology partners, renewable energy and green IT companies, management consultants, CIOs, chief sustainability officers (CSOs) and c-suite members.

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A. Sustainable Technology, Talent, Partnerships and Alliances

1. Annual ESG Reports: Our global database of annual sustainability and ESG reports now spans 290 companies. The latest additions are:

2. Chief Sustainability Officers: Our database of chief sustainability officers now spans 335 CSOs. The latest addition is Ewan Andrew, president, global supply & procurement and chief sustainability officer, Diageo.

3. Data Centers Partnership: Start Campus will leverage sustainable water cooling from Nautilus Data Technologies and IT monitoring services from Kyndryl for a massive, sustainable hyperscale data center project in Europe.

4. Sustainability App: Keep an eye on Viro, an app that "inspires sustainability" through gamification for consumers and businesses.

5. Climate Risk App: AISIX Solutions plans to launch a climate risk app on the Apple App and Google Store for North American consumers. We don't know pricing or target availability plans.

6. IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) - Business Expansion: ERI plans to open three larger ITAD (IT asset disposition) and e-waste recycling centers in 2024 -- while also closing its smallest facility in Aurora, Colorado. Ahead of those moves, ERI opened a new recycling facility in Goodyear, Arizona (near Phoenix)

7. Carbon Capture Contract: Microsoft has signed a long term contract to purchase up to 315,000 metric tons of CO2 removal over a multi-year period from Heirloom. This is one of the world's largest carbon dioxide removal deals to-date, the two companies said.

8. Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Contract: Utah has selected Blink Charging as a "State Contract Awardee" that prioritizes Blink products and services for government, non-profit, K-12, and higher education agencies in Utah. Early adopters include Salt Lake City International Airport, which has already deployed 10 of Blink's chargers.

9. Training - Sustainable Supply Chains: Diageo is launching a Sustainable Supply Chain Programme -- which will "help diverse-owned businesses learn more about environmentally sustainable practices and encourage them to implement these practices into their own operations," the company said.

10. Solar Energy - Strong Customer Demand: First Solar's capacity is sold out through 2026, the company said during an analyst day, according to Bloomberg Radio.

11. COP28: The conference will include a Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum (BPCF) on December 1 and 2. The CEO-level forum will "mobilize global business leaders and philanthropists to progress action in line with the COP28 Presidential Action Agenda." Related: See all COP28 Climate Conference News Here.

B. Sustainability M&A, Investments and Funding

1. M&A - Associations: The National Retail Federation (NRF) acquired the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA) -- a global trade group for the product returns and reverse logistics industry. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

2. All M&A Activity: Our M&A database has now tracked 131 mergers and acquisitions so far in 2023. See all M&A deals involving sustainability listed here.

C. Regional and Global Sustainability Policies and News

1. United States - Texas Solar Eclipse vs. Solar Power: A solar eclipse in October could slash solar energy output and create an unprecedented test for the embattled grid, Bloomberg reported.

2. United States - Clean Energy Tax Credits: The U.S. Treasury said it will provide guidance on additional clean energy tax incentives before the end of 2023, including a provision aimed at deterring companies from relying on Chinese supply chains, Reuters reported.

3. United Kingdom - Wind Power Setback: A UK government auction for offshore wind failed to attract any bids, the latest sign of trouble in an industry that’s crucial to meeting net zero goals, Bloomberg said.

D. Sustainability and Green Technology Conference Calendar

  1. RE+ (September 11-14, Las Vegas)
  2. ISPA Sustainability Conference 2023 (September 13-14, Charlotte, North Carolina)
  3. Net Zero Conference 2023 (September 13-14, Los Angeles, California)
  4. Leadership and Innovation Summit 2023 - Business and Climate Change (September 15, Washington, D.C.)
  5. Concordia 2023 Annual Summit (September 18-20, New York, New York)
  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: Send us your news tips. Please email me the details.

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