Sustainability insights for companies, financial institutions, regulators and thought leaders.

Shale gas offers the US energy security, but there is now a growing concern that the expanding shale gas industry is threatening investment in renewables necessary for a low-carbon economy.

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Over the past year, it has certainly paid off investing in clean companies in the clean sectors. But, in the dirty sectors, the performance of clean companies has been disappointing and, in almost all cases, below that of the sector as a whole.

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Over the next five years, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and second-biggest economy has pledged to cut carbon intensity by 17% and energy intensity by 16% from current levels - but the environmental performance of companies varies wildly.

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Trucost looks at the environmental performance of the world's largest gold producer - and finds water intensity is far below that of its peers, despite production yields far outstripping those of its competitors.

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Trucost examines the environmental performance of Monsanto and Syngenta - and finds a significant disparity between their emissions.

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Trucost takes a look a what is driving the emission reductions of some of the biggest global aircraft manufacturers.

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Impact measurement is an "essential tool" to help companies manage their carbon emissions, as well as their use of water and other resources.

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Sprint releases results of supply chain disclosure analysis, using Trucost data.

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SustainAbility's Rate the Raters report highlighted Trucost good practice in the areas of input verification, experience and capacity of research team, basis for rating and validation of results.

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Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) wants to make it mandatory for listed companies to report on emissions reduction.

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Almost two months on, the International Atomic Energy Agency is still describing the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as "very serious", as TEPCO struggles to meet three basic safety standards.

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As Britvic is finding, rising input costs from commodity price spikes and carbon taxation present increasing (and often very sudden) financial risk to supply chains.

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