The Business Energy Edge

Top 5 Takeaways from the Paris Climate Talks

Nearly 200 nations attended the recent Paris climate talks, and there were several key takeaways from the resulting agreement. From emissions reductions to funding, numerous considerations were discussed. Utility Dive distills it down to the top five that are likely to have the greatest impact on the nation’s electricity sector.  Namely, the financial and insurance industries will both have a greater focus on climate change.

Though the agreement is not likely to create substantial change overnight, it’s likely that partnerships among different nations and businesses will continue to expand.

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Time Will Tell if Top 3 Business Trend Predictions Become Reality in 2016

Laura Stack, a corporate productivity and strategy expert, offers insight into the top three trends she expects will have biggest effect on businesses in 2016. The first trend is an uptick in technology, which is no surprise and has long remained a strong focus. Specifically, new and enhanced apps, along with a new Microsoft Office product will hit the scene.

Second, mobile technologies advancements are expected. These include wearable devices like smart jewelry and a greater focus on user experience design specific to these tools.

Third, with growing numbers of millennials in the workplace, there is an expectation that business owners make better work/life balance a priority.

Check out the full story on The Business Journals.

Large Ohio Companies Adopt Renewable Energy Despite State's Opposition to Clean Power Plan

From Procter & Gamble (P&G) to Honda to Lockheed Martin, corporate giants in Ohio are continuing to integrate significant percentages of renewable energy and energy-efficient practices to their businesses. Despite some state opposition to the Clean Power Plan, many business leaders agree that it’s necessary to add more clean energy to their operations to keep pace with the competition and maintain brand loyalty and trust.

For example, by the year 2050, Honda is pushing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% (and has nearly met their goal of a 30% decrease by 2020). P&G is also on track to improve its energy efficiency by 20% by 2020.

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  • Three quarters of the world’s energy is generated by burning fossil fuels.
  • CNG vehicles generate approximately 30% less carbon emissions than vehicles fueled by gasoline.
  • From 2008 to 2030, world energy consumption is expected to increase more than 55%.
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