Sustainability – Corporate Citizenship Report | Oracle

The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as a watershed moment in our time. As a global community, we’ve faced immense challenges, hardships, and grief. In addition, many inequities that existed prior to the pandemic have been laid bare. Awareness of our impact on nature is now greater than ever. A tiny virus spilled out of the wild, and through human activity spread rapidly across the globe—changing life as we know it. We continue to see wildfires of unprecedented scale and destructiveness, as well as catastrophic storms that devastate coastal regions with increasing frequency. Our oceans and waterways are being polluted with immense amounts of waste, including discarded plastics, with potentially catastrophic effects on ecosystems and wildlife, all of this made worse by habitat loss and reduction in biodiversity. Attitudes are changing and new solutions are emerging; corporations such as Oracle are increasingly united in addressing these challenges as part of their strategic plans. As we continue our path forward at Oracle, we will embrace this opportunity to build a better future—for people, for the planet, and for businesses.

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How sustainable lighting leads to a low carbon future

Energy-efficient lighting is fast and cost-effective way to reduce emissions and combat climate change.

LED lighting uses less power for a given application compared to traditional halogen and fluorescent light sources with a like for like lumen output.

Therefore, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less, this helps reduce the overall CO2 emissions and help support your low carbon objectives and targets.

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Making Prysmian Group more sustainable with a new “green” policy for corporate cars | Prysmian Group

Starting from January 2021, all Prysmian Group’s new company cars in Italy will be exclusively plug-in hybrid models, full electric or LPG, reducing the C02 emissions of our fleet as part of our goal to become carbon neutral. The programme will be rolled out to all regions where the Group operates.  The “green” corporate car policy is one of the actions Prysmian Group is taking to meet its 2022 sustainability goals: to cut its own CO2 emissions by 2-3%; to recycle as much as two thirds of its own waste; and to reuse 27% of its own drums. Starting in 2020 for the next three years, Prysmian will invest around €450 million to further improve the sustainability of its organization and supply chain, and to accelerate the development of advanced cable technologies as well as assets and services.

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Constellium and Groupe Renault partner on R&D project for sustainable automotive aluminum solutions

Constellium SE is leading a new R&D initiative in France, Project ISA3 (Intégration de Solutions Aluminium pour Alléger les Automobiles (Integration of Aluminium Solutions to Lightweight Automotive vehicles)). In partnership with Groupe Renault, ESI Group, Institut de Soudure (Welding Institute), and the University of Lorraine, this ~€7 million project will develop lightweight, recyclable and cost-efficient aluminum solutions for the automotive market.

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Link REIT Secures its First Sterling-denominated Sustainability-linked Loans with BNP Paribas and DBS

Link Asset Management Limited (Link), the manager of Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT; Hong Kong stock code: 823) announced that Link has converted two five-year loans totalling £200 million signed with BNP Paribas and DBS Bank (DBS) respectively in August last year to sustainability-linked loans. This marks Link REIT’s first sustainability-linked loan denominated in the Pound Sterling.

In August last year, Link signed two loans in Pound Sterling separately with BNP Paribas and DBS to partially finance its acquisition of The Cabot, Link’s first asset in the UK.

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Ground-breaking Performance Solutions that Deliver Sustainability & Operational Resilence

Digital transformation through the cloud unlocks new value from your assets and empowers you to adopt prescriptive maintenance and enhanced visualization of your operations. With the ability to look ahead, you can prevent costly failures, reduce downtime, and focus on improving your company’s competitiveness. Our comprehensive Asset Performance Management (APM) software portfolio, along with AVEVA Unified Operations Center (UOC) is designed to overcome today’s industrial challenges by leveraging Azure AI services like Azure Cognitive Search and Azure Cognitive Services, industrial big data, Cloud, artificial intelligence, digital twin, and augmented reality.

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‘Movement that inspires’ – Kia presents its new brand purpose and future strategy | Automotive World

Kia has announced new details of its new brand purpose and ambitions for the future during a digital showcase event. Supported by a new brand slogan, ‘Movement that inspires’, Kia today reveals new details of a strategy which will see the company go beyond vehicle manufacturing to create sustainable mobility solutions for customers.

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Environment: UK firm reveals plans seaweed farms off the Welsh coast to tackle carbon emissions  | Daily

A British firm is looking to help combat climate change by growing seaweed farms to remove carbon dioxide from the ocean while producing eco-friendly cattle feed.

Planting more trees is often touted a solution to help extract greenhouse gases from the air — as photosynthesis uses up carbon dioxide to create new biomass.

Yet trees grow slowly, the carbon they store is vulnerable to release by deforestation, and experts have said it may now be too late to put too much stock in this approach.

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Accelerator Future Hub aims to further develop the GreenTech and sustainability ecosystem in the Baltic and Nordic region

To encourage open innovation that offers sustainable solutions and strives to create a better future, Swedbank Latvia, in partnership with technology ecosystem most active players Helve, Greentech Alliance & TechChill, has established a new co-creation format sustainability accelerator Future Hub. The accelerator will provide selected startups a chance to co-create with leading enterprises in the Baltic market during the acceleration program from March to May 2021. The application process for startups is open until February 16.

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CyrusOne strengthens sustainable, design and delivery practice

CyrusOne has announced the appointment of Stuart Gray as Engineering Director Europe to strengthen its Design & Construction team. Stuart joins the company with more than 20 years of data centre sector and technical engineering expertise and will be responsible for driving consistency, efficiency and sustainable practice in the design, delivery and commissioning of developments throughout CyrusOne’s data centre portfolio in Europe. 

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What luxury travel will look like after 2020: Staycations and sustainable trends | Euronews

With much of the world under some sort of lockdown measures the future of the travel industry is hanging in the balance, says long-time luxury travel writer, Sabi Phagura.

No one could have predicted how the global pandemic would change our lives as we know it when we entered 2020. Our freedom to travel has been compromised and for most of the year, we’ve only been able to dream about holidays by browsing online with a view to booking later. Those who like to travel in style and escape to exotic locations may also have to have a rethink.

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Defence Minister unveils India’s first indigenously developed driverless metro car | Science-Environment

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh onFriday unveiled the country’s first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car at the BEML manufacturing facility here.  The Minister, who visited the facility, said he was proud of the good work the team of engineers and technicians aredoing at BEML.  ”They are the real warriors of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’,taking India ahead, he tweeted.

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Space Tech could cure sustainability issues on earth – satPRnews

The technology that is being developed to experiment with the outer space will help immensely to create sustainable goals as framed by the United Nations. This is precisely what Danielle Wood, who is the founder of Space Enabled which is located at MIT Media Lab focused on at the TNW Conference last week. While she was discussing her work, she said that she and her team work to understand how technology from space encourages sustainability on Earth for every individual.  In other words, she explained how satellites and its different working activities help us to understand our planet in a better way.

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rök Glacier Water – Sustainability

From its founding, rök Glacier Water has been dedicated to not only providing a premium water product but also preserving and protecting those natural resources that have made our vision possible. From the glacier to the store shelf, rök Glacier Water is embracing a responsible, environmentally conscious philosophy at every stage.

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Can we anti‐consume our way to sustainability? Finding answers at the intersection of cultural values – Journal of Consumer Behaviour

Anti‐consumption behaviours are frequently seen as an effective way for an individual to mitigate harm done to the natural world and foster sustainability. Despite explicit calls to investigate the drivers of anti‐consumption behaviours, the effect of cultural values on anti‐consumption remains under‐researched. Our research examines the influence of two antecedents, cultural values (individualism and collectivism), and self‐efficacy on anti‐consumption behaviours in an emerging country setting.

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NGOs call for heightened standards on corporate sustainability reporting

An alliance of NGOs has called for the European Union’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) to be reformed to ensure that more corporates are disclosing relevant climate-related information.

The EU NFRD reporting mechanism was created to ensure that the impacts of sustainability are considered more broadly throughout the whole business

The Alliance for Corporate Transparency issued the calls for improvement to get more corporates providing relevant climate-related disclosure.

The Climate Disclosure Standard Board’s (CDSB) “Falling short?” report, for example, states that 78% Europe’s 50 largest listed companies, which have a combined market capitalisation of $4.3trn, are failing to report climate-related risks, despite both NFRD and the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) calling for such data to be included. The Alliance’s own research found that only 36.2% of European companies report on their climate targets, while just 14% report on aligning targets with the Paris Agreement.

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Goyal exhorts Indian investors to eye BIMSTEC nations to foster larger ecosystem for startups

nion minister Piyush Goyal on Friday exhorted Indian investors to eye the BIMSTEC nations for greater engagement through investments, mentoring and support to foster the larger ecosystem for startups in the region. He expressed confidence that India along with all the BIMSTEC nations ”will certainly experience unprecedented growth” in the post Covid pandemic world and start a golden era of development.

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