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Sustainability News for Technology Partners: 20 June 2023

June 20, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

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

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A. Sustainable Technology, Talent, Partnerships and Alliances

1. Chief Sustainability Officer - Aviation:  Atlas Air Inc. of Purchase, New York has promoted Richard Broekman to executive VP, chief commercial officer and head of sustainability.

2. Chief Sustainability Officer - Energy: Seplat Energy Plc, an oil and gas company in Nigeria, has hired Access Bank Group veteran Chioma Y. Afe as director of external affairs and sustainability.

3. IT Services - Energy and Utilities: Wipro has launched the Wipro Industry Innovation Experience for Energy and Utilities,  featuring a new suite of integrated digital solutions built on Microsoft Cloud. The platform is designed to "help energy and utilities companies drive strong, strategic, and sustainable growth," Wipro said.

4. Research: An HP study, conducted by Morning Consult, found that climate crisis is changing parental decisions on purchasing, careers and even family size . The study among parents in India, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States found that 91% of parents are concerned about the climate crisis, leading to changes that are reshaping their lives and purchasing habits, HP said.

B. Sustainability M&A, Investments and Funding

1. Data Center Financing: Hong Kong data center operator SUNeVision has secured a HK$3 Billion (US$383.4m) sustainability-linked loan (SSL) from HSBC, Data Center Dynamics reported. The loan is the first of its kind in the Hong Kong data center sector, SUNeVision said.

C. Regional and Global Sustainability Policies and News

1. United States Energy Grid: The U.S. energy regulator on June 16, 2023 took measures to push operators of power transmission lines to address vulnerabilities to extreme weather conditions, as it released early findings of an inquiry into historic winter storm Elliot, Reuters reported. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) to develop reliability standards for grid planning, and ordered operators to file extreme weather vulnerability assessments, the report said.

2. Israel - Solar Energy Building Codes: Israel will soon require all new non-residential buildings to have rooftop solar panels to help it meet renewable energy targets and the electricity demands of a fast-growing population, Reuters reported.

3. Asia - Green Data Centers: Tata Power Renewable Energy has agreed to supply clean electricity to a Princeton Digital Group (PDG) data center in India. PDG is backed by Mubadala Investment Company.

4. New Zealand: Air New Zealand and the New Zealand Government have announced a $2 million plus investment towards studies dedicated to exploring the possibilities of producing sustainable aviation fuel in the country, Simple Flying reported.

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