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Reflection Analytics Launches Digital Platform for Comprehensive ESG Audit and Analysis

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Reflection Analytics, a technology company delivering ESG investment evaluation, reporting and advisory services, announced today that it has launched Reflect—the first and only platform for investor-focused ESG analysis, serving asset managers, financial advisors, and investors/institutions across six key areas: advisory, due diligence, compliance, portfolio management, auditing and reporting. Launched just two months after the SEC expanded Rule 35d-1, the “Names Rule,” to include ESG terms, Reflect is the market’s only “Names Rule"-compliant software, providing an investor-focused rating that scores companies across 250 data points in 18 ESG sub-themes while also offering asset managers a portfolio management tool to ensure continuous compliance. Under the SEC’s expanded rule, asset managers have 24 months to begin reporting on their alignment, demonstrating that 80% of their investments are in securities that reflect the terms in their name, or risk regulatory fines and fees. Unlike other ESG rating companies, which focus on only financial materiality and from the corporation’s management perspective, Reflect assesses companies from the perspective of an investor’s understanding and reasonable expectations. “The big ESG ratings agencies aren’t evaluating companies from the investor’s perspective—which the expanded SEC ‘Names Rule' requires—but rather are looking at them from a corporate management perspective, which is a real problem,” said Jason Britton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reflection Analytics. “With existing rating methodologies, a company like McDonald’s could have a higher ESG rating than a business focused on reducing greenhouse gases and cleaning up waste. With Reflect, asset managers have, for the first time, the ability to assess investments from the investor’s perspective and at a more granular level.” The SaaS tool assesses companies by benchmarking them against their sector peer group and ranking them by quartile performance. Beyond its use as a compliance tool, Reflect is designed to support values-based investing. The Reflect platform allows advisors, investors and institutions to review portfolios based on ESG components that are most important to them while also identifying types of companies to avoid, such as those associated with weapons or alcohol. After analyzing an investment portfolio, Reflect provides a real-time, percentage-match score, rating investments across 18 sub-themes ranging from “not aligned” to “strongly aligned.” Reflect can also weigh an existing portfolio against a curated list of investments, allowing individuals and institutions to compare assets via a side-by-side analysis. With comprehensive data on 6,500 companies—or 98% of the global market capitalization—the patent-pending software can analyze virtually every asset type, including individual equities, bonds and investments in various structures, including ETFs, mutual funds and SMAs. Like a credit-rating score, Reflect provides investors, advisors and asset managers with the most comprehensive, up-to-date ESG information and the assurance it brings. About Reflection Analytics Reflection Analytics’ patent-pending software—Reflect—is the only ESG ratings tool designed to serve asset managers, financial advisors and investors/institutions across six key areas: advisory, due diligence, compliance, portfolio management, auditing and reporting. Unlike other ESG software, which are reliant on rating methodologies rooted in the corporate perspective, Reflect analyzes 250 data points from an investor-focused viewpoint. As the industry’s only “Names Rule-compliant tool,” Reflect helps portfolio managers meet new compliance standards, with the SEC’s expansion of the “Names Rule” to include ESG funds taking effect in less than two years. Reflect maintains comprehensive self-reported and third-party data on 6,500 companies, or 98% of the global market cap. For more information, visit: www.reflectvalues.com. Contact Details For Reflection Analytics Peter Page ppage@vocatusllc.com Company Website https://www.reflectvalues.com/

December 14, 2023 10:05 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Contract Management Institute Announces New Governance Board

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National Contract Management Association’s (NCMA) Contract Management Institute (CMI), an institution dedicated to advancing the profession of contract management is thrilled to introduce its newly appointed Governance Board for the 2023-2024 term. These accomplished professionals will play a pivotal role in guiding the strategic direction of CMI and ensuring the organization's success. "Having had the privilege of working alongside these distinguished professionals throughout my career, I am absolutely thrilled and deeply proud to welcome them to the newly revitalized CMI," stated CMI's Executive Director and former Department of Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer, Soraya Correa. "Their exceptional expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to our shared vision, and I look forward to the extraordinary journey ahead." NCMA Chief Executive Officer, Kraig Conrad will become the Board Chair for CMI. He expressed his excitement, saying, "I am delighted and honored to serve as Chair for the Institute. CMI is poised to become an important extension of NCMA, providing valuable resources to elevate our profession. I look forward to our journey together and the positive impact we will make." Denyce Carter, the current Board Chair of NCMA, will be joining Kraig Conrad as a distinguished addition and Vice Chair to the CMI board. She said, "I look forward to being part of an initiative that identifies and creates ways to enhance contract management practices, ultimately improving the profession for the workforce and the broader acquisition community." Along with Mr. Conrad and Ms. Carter, the Governance Board includes several accomplished professionals – including three NCMA past Presidents – that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CMI board, representing a diverse range of organizations from government agencies and industry leaders to top consulting firms. The full list includes: Amanda Christian, Senior Vice President of Subcontracts and Procurement at CACI International Inc. She is responsible for setting direction, policy, and procedures based upon corporate-level strategy, and ensuring that procurement and subcontracts personnel provide value and contribute to the overall success of the company. Amanda is a Past-President of NCMA and served on its Board of Directors for seven years. She is a Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. Alan Chvotkin, Partner at Centre Law Group where he specializes in federal government contracts law and its policies and practices, including counseling companies on a wide range of matters from contract formation and performance through disputes and claims. Mr. Chvotkin is a Fellow of NCMA and currently serves on its Board of Advisors. Kim Denver, Senior Vice President and Chief Contracts Executive at Leidos, leads a team of over 250 contracts professionals, overseeing a diverse portfolio of thousands of active contracts, and previously held a key role as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement. Mr. Denver currently serves on NCMA’s Board of Advisors. Wendy Masiello is currently an independent consultant, having retired from the U.S. Air Force as a three-star general in July 2017. During her 36-year career with the Air Force, she served as director of the Defense Contract Management Agency; deputy assistant secretary (contracting), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; and program executive officer for the Air Force’s $30 billion service acquisition portfolio. She is an NCMA Past-President, and currently a member of the Board of Directors for KBR Inc. and Board of Advisors for NCMA and the Public Spend Forum Debra Scheider is Vice President, Corporate Contracts for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for leading the Corporations Contracting, Industrial Development, and Estimating work encompassing policies, strategies, training, and procedures across the Corporation. Ms. Scheider is Past-President of NCMA and served on its Board of Directors for nine years. She is a Fellow of NCMA and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. She is a Director for the Procurement Round Table. Karla Smith Jackson, currently serving as the Senior Procurement Executive, Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, and Assistant Administrator for Procurement at NASA, is a seasoned professional with extensive expertise with more than three decades of federal contracting experience. Her noteworthy background is in program management, acquisition, and contract planning. She is currently a member of the NCMA Board of Directors. Charlie Williams, President, CWilliams, LLC., held a number of pivotal roles that significantly contributed to the field of contract management., Notably, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Contracting for the United States Air Force, Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Commissioner on the Section 809 Panel, President of the NCMA Board of Directors, Chair of the NCMA Standards Consensus Body, a valued member of the NCMA Board of Advisors, and a distinguished Member of the NASA Advisory Council. CMI is dedicated to fostering excellence in contract management by conducting research, studies, and analyses that promote engagement, standards, professional development, and enhanced business practices. The new Governance Board will play a pivotal role in guiding the organization's strategic direction and ensuring the continued growth and success of CMI. For more information about the Institute and its Governance Board, please visit ncmahq.org/cmi. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – www.ncmahq.org – stands as the premier contract management organization whose mission is to collaborate towards a globally recognized contract management profession that strengthens its nexus with related acquisition communities. Serving approximately 20,000 members in both the public and private sectors, NCMA propels the growth, advancement, and impact of practitioners through a steadfast commitment to serve through the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. Contact Details National Contract Management Association Holly DeHesa +1 281-865-3296 holly.dehesa@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org

December 12, 2023 05:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Innovator Ridima Jain Forges Compassionate Futures in Industrial Design

Ridima Jain

Ridima Jain, an acclaimed Industrial and Lighting designer, is captivating the world with her groundbreaking approach to design. Born in India and holding a Master's degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Jain's work transcends boundaries, merging nature and culture seamlessly to create spaces that enhance human experiences. As a founding member of the Women in Design NYC Chapter of IDSA and a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, Ridima Jain is not only shaping the future of design but also sharing her expertise with the next generation of designers. Her educational journey spans design schools in India, Germany, and the United States. This diverse experience positions her as a unique generalist in the design world, enabling her to make profound contributions across various domains. The centerpiece of Jain's portfolio is her graduate thesis at Pratt Institute, where she revolutionized the concept of window blinds. Her design extends beyond conventional uses, ingeniously channeling daylight deeper into interior spaces. This innovation not only enhances the aesthetic but also positively influences physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Jain's commitment to healing environments is evident in her Emergency Housing Module, featured at Prototypes for Humanity in Dubai. The use of translucent Kalwall panels in these modular homes ensures a continuous interplay of light and space, offering comfort and maintaining circadian rhythms for individuals recovering from traumatic events. Jain's expertise extends into critical, life-saving designs with her Zero Light Tourniquet. Created for use in zero-light conditions, this product is a testament to her ability to address extreme challenges through design. It combines thermal detection and an automatic pneumatic braid system, significantly aiding medics in identifying and treating injuries in the absence of light, showcasing her versatility and commitment to impactful design solutions. Through her role as a co-creator and instructor of the Equatorial Living Lab, Jain shares her design philosophy with a broader audience. In this innovative four-semester project, students from two continents collaborate on low-cost housing in developing nations' equatorial climates. Jain, alongside Kevin Walz, guides students in blending historical and indigenous wisdom to create nurturing environments, focusing on innovation with local materials, fostering community and advocacy for quality of life. The first semester saw students delve into the history of low-cost housing, sustainable materials, and indigenous construction methods, culminating in an open-source online repository of their findings, designs, and construction documents. Jain’s unorthodox perspective in architecture enables her to critique and improve upon existing space designs. Her holistic view allows for innovative solutions that address both the physical and psychological aspects of living environments. For Ridima, the essence of design lies in its impact. "Making a positive impact on people’s lives, changing the way they interact with their environments and the people around them, " she asserts, is the core of her design ethos. Ridima believes that the spaces we inhabit profoundly influence our behavior, placing a significant responsibility on designers to create environments that promote positivity and sustainability. For further information, please visit www.ridimajain.com. About Ridima Jain Ridima Jain is an Industrial and Lighting designer known for her innovative approach to design that seamlessly blends nature and culture. With a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, she has made significant contributions to the field, with a focus on enhancing human experiences through thoughtful and impactful design solutions. As a trailblazer in the world of industrial and lighting design, Ridima continues to inspire and shape the future of design through her work, teaching, and advocacy. Contact Details Ridima Jain Ridima Jain rjain36@pratt.edu Company Website https://www.ridimajain.com/

December 11, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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AI-Driven Media Discovery, Distribution and Monetization Platform VideoXRM Launches Netcapital.com Funding Campaign

VideoXRM

VideoXRM, the pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) driven, B2B video distribution and discovery platform, announces the launch a $500,000 offering on the Netcapital.com digital private capital markets ecosystem. Capital from the offering will be used for the continued development and commercialization of the VideoXRM platform. The minimum investment is $300 and the offering deadline is January 31, 2024. Learn more at: https://netcapital.com/companies/videoxrm Businesses increasingly utilize video and rich media to differentiate their benefits and to reach new audiences, yet most of this complex and unstructured content remains difficult if not impossible to find. VideoXRM brings expanded exposure and ROI to this high value content, that until now, has been virtually inaccessible via conventional search technologies. Utilizing proprietary AI-machine learning technology, metadata, and granular indexing, VideoXRM is able to automatically classify videos, audio, images, etc., enabling unparalleled media discovery. The platform is ideal for company to company and company to investor engagement, news media, researchers, supply chain and procurement managers, M&A sourcing, partnering and benchmarking. VideoXRM’s revenue streams will include promotional services, highly targeted video campaigns and premium content on a pay-per-view and pay-per-subscription basis. Initial revenue is targeted by year-end 2023. VideoXRM CEO, David N. Baker, commented, “Over the past 2 ½ years we have made huge progress building out the platform and business solely with internal funding. Our accomplishments include: Commercial Launch of the VideoXRM Platform Attracting 175 companies and 9,000 videos to the platform, with many content sources in the pipeline. Developing proprietary AI/Machine learning technology to extract video and audio metadata used to classify and index content within 140,000 industry categories. 2 Patents Issued and 3 Pending. “We are launching our Netcapital offering to fund our continued growth and enhancement of our platform. In Q1 2024 we will launch an entirely new aspect of our video platform, providing capabilities that will add substantial additional value for our customers and company. We hope you will join us on our journey to build the most powerful business media distribution and discovery platform to enable the leg of growth in video and rich media communications and commerce.” Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter and Facebook. About VideoXRM ( VideoXRM.com ) VideoXRM is an AI-driven, B2B media discovery, distribution, communication and monetization platform that connects corporate rich media content with all potential stakeholders. The platform and smart search technology creates value and knowledge from mountains of unstructured digital media, delivering greater ROI from content investments. VideoXRM’s mission is harnessing the enhanced communicative power of rich media through a new distribution and discovery paradigm. VideoXRM was Co-founded by David N. Baker, who formed Revere Data LLC (Sectorbase) which was acquired by FactSet Data Systems, Inc. His Co-founders are Vadim A. Tarasov, Byron Kwok, and David Guzy. Contact Details Catalyst IR David C. Collins +1 212-924-9800 videoxrm@catalyst-ir.com Company Website https://videoxrm.com

December 08, 2023 08:20 AM Eastern Standard Time

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No Remote Identification, no flying. Remote ID Becomes Mandatory for Drone Pilots in the EU and will reshape the commercial use of drones

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Most pilots will need drones equipped with the built-in RID feature or use RID transmitters attached to the drone body. There is not much time left to comply. In its latest official statement, EASA affirmed that RID will become mandatory for all pilots in the EU. All drones flying in the Specific category (advanced operation including BVLOS, over 25 kg drones, dropping material or flying higher than 120 meters, for example) and all drones with class marks operating in the Open category (mostly leisure drone activities and low-risk commercial activities) will be required to operate with an active and up-to-date RID system. There are two ways to satisfy this condition: flying a C-class drone with RID built-in (C1, C2, C3, C5, C6) or retrofitting older drone models with a RID module attached to the drone body. RID technologies allow authorities and any member of the public to identify drones remotely using a smartphone app or dedicated receiver. Identification data transmitted may include the drone’s serial number, operator registration number, remote pilot position or, if not available, take-off point, and drone’s location. The main goal of RID adoption is to enhance the safety of unmanned aircraft systems operations. Dronetag is Ready for the New Regulation For pilots who must purchase the required RID module for their drone to stay compliant in 2024, the Dronetag company has the solution ready. “Our Dronetag Beacon is one of the first devices listed on the EASA website as fully compliant with the new regulation,” describes Lukas Brchl, CEO of Dronetag, what his company offers. According to his words, pilots should not ignore the upcoming change: “To avoid problems that framed the start of RID in the USA earlier this year, drone operators should get their RID module in advance if they want to use their drones in 2024 safely. The production capacities of all suppliers are limited, so my only advice is to act now. Dronetag team put immense effort into scaling production to the maximum, but we already accept orders with deliveries at the end of January 2024.” Dronetag also offers an OEM solution tailored for drone manufacturers, seamlessly integrating Remote ID functionality into newly manufactured drones. The compact and cost-effective DRI module ensures immediate compliance, functioning effortlessly right out of the box. Furthermore, Dronetag extends its support to Drone manufacturers, facilitating the certification process with the EASA and guaranteeing compliance with the latest Remote ID regulations for drone sales within the EU. Devices manufactured by Dronetag offer compliance with new regulations and add advanced benefits for pilots in the form of hi-tech features such as flight logging, live flight data measuring and unmanned traffic management tools, to name a few. The Czech company offers a free, unique multiplatform application as a part of their end-to-end solution. According to customers in the US, Dronetag devices deliver one of the longest battery life on the market, packed in lightweight and miniature yet variable devices. Direct or Network RID? Based on Brchl’s recommendation, the Direct RID modules will be the most suitable devices for most pilots. In the Dronetag portfolio, such a device is called the Dronetag Beacon, which transmits identification data via Bluetooth to the drone's nearby surroundings. Professional pilots might appreciate advanced features offered by Network RID devices like Dronetag Mini, which will be compatible with U-Space operations planned in the near future. American Leader Expanding to Taiwan & Asia-Pacific Region Dronetag is currently active in more than 30 countries on four continents and is already coordinating flights across the globe. After similar FAA regulations for the USA went live in September 2023 ( Enforcement got extended for Six Months, literally hours before the rule efficiency, causing challenges for the whole drone market), Dronetag has become the leading supplier of RID devices for commercial drone operators in the USA. “Dronetag covers 70 % of RID device supplies to the American market. In November 2023, we closed a deal with the Drone Nerds, one of the leading drone distributors in the US, which strengthened our position. And we believe that even European drone pilots will find our devices handy and well-crafted,” shares Brchl. The list of recent successes goes on; Dronetag has also been selected by NATO - Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) to its program, where the most exciting innovators developing groundbreaking technologies create more than just innovation; the goal is to bring real positive social impact. Dronetag is a manufacturer of Remote Identification devices and platforms for drone pilots and manufacturers. Its add-on transmitters enrich existing drones with a Remote ID capability, while modules are used by manufacturers who built them directly into their drones' internal circuits. Dronetag devices transmit identification and location data to other airspace participants via the Dronetag App, which offers advanced fleet management tools to professional pilots. The company’s vision of safer airspace relies on innovative unmanned traffic management and digitally visible drones. Contact Details Dronetag Jan Jiroušek jan.jirousek@dronetag.cz Company Website https://dronetag.cz/

December 07, 2023 03:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Hearing Necessary to “Shed Light” on Repeated Misrepresentations from Those Defending FOX from FCC Petition

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Supporters of the Media and Democracy Project’s (MAD) Petition to Deny the broadcast license renewal application for FOX Corp-owned television station FOX 29 Philadelphia (WTXF) submitted joint informal comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reiterating the evidence in support of holding a hearing into the matter. The supporters sought to address a series of misrepresentations circulating within the media and on Capitol Hill that follow from the same playbook FOX employed to undermine the 2020 election. Among other things, these comments clearly state that MAD’s petition is non-partisan and not about politics, not about speech, does not threaten Philadelphians’ access to Sunday Eagles NFL games, and will establish only an extremely narrow and limited precedent. The filing also called on the FCC to grant MAD’s motion to compel FOX to produce key discovery from recent litigations saying, “not requiring the production of those documents would be tantamount to looking the other way.” The group of seven—including former media veterans and FCC officials—concluded their filing with the following: “Because of Dominion record evidence (including internal emails and texts) the whole world watched Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, and FOX acknowledge the truth that the 2020 election was not stolen, debate the cost in viewers and revenues of reporting that truth to their viewers, and make a business decision to lie to them instead. The whole world also watched the tragic consequences of that business decision. Judge Davis called them out on it. The question is what the Commission will do.” To debunk scare tactics employed by Fox allies who have asserted FCC action against WTFX would deprive Philadelphians of the Eagles’ Sunday games, the commenters provided a declaration from former NFL media executive Frank Hawkins, who explained that in light of longstanding NFL TV contract provisions “[t]his assertion is at best uninformed, and at worst misinformation.” The joint informal comments were filed by Milo Vassallo, MAD’s Executive Director; Alfred Sikes, former Republican Chairman of the FCC; Ervin Duggan, former Democratic Commissioner of the FCC and former President of the Public Broadcasting Service; Jamie Kellner, Founding President of the Fox Broadcasting Company; William Kristol, former Editor of Rupert Murdoch’s The Weekly Standard; William Reyner, former Lead Regulatory and Commercial Counsel for Rupert Murdoch/News Corporation/Fox; and Preston Padden, former Executive of Fox Broadcasting Company and Former Lead Lobbyist for Rupert Murdoch/News Corporation/Fox. A copy of the joint informal comment is available here. A link to MAD’s initial Petition to Deny is available here. The Media and Democracy Project: MAD is a non-partisan, all-volunteer, grassroots organization focused on strengthening a free and independent media in the public interest. MAD aims to improve our national discourse so that American voters can engage in informed decision-making. As part of that goal, MAD has an interest in the responsibility of journalists and media to report fully, accurately, and fairly on the electoral process and the outcome of elections. Additional information is available at www.MediaAndDemocracyProject.Org. To sign up for more information from The Media and Democracy Project, click here. Contact Details Aaron Alberico +1 202-744-0786 aalberico@raynoravenue.com Company Website https://www.mediaanddemocracyproject.org/

November 29, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving This Holiday Season

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/-m__hB55lSE The holiday season is here – and that means there will be an increase of motorists on U.S. roadways. With more families hitting the road, it’s an important time to discuss the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. The 2023 Travelers Risk Index on distracted driving found that 70% of consumers feel that distracted driving is more of a problem now than it was over the past few years. Following are additional highlights from the 2023 Travelers Risk Index: · 80% make or receive calls. · 57% use handheld devices. · 28% post on social media. · 27% take photos or videos. The Travelers Institute, the public policy division at Travelers, has been raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through its Every Second Matters® campaign – an initiative that began in 2017. Since the campaign started, the Travelers Institute has published a number of whitepapers and resources to help consumers understand the risks and learn how to be safe behind the wheel. The Travelers Institute was joined by Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), the world’s largest telematics solution provider, which regularly publishes new distracted driving data insights and road safety reports throughout the year. According to its new report, The State of Distracted Driving in 2023 & the Future of Road Safety, CMT reports that the 23% surge in distracted driving in 2022 caused an additional 420,000 crashes, 1,000 fatalities, and $10 billion in economic damages. Additionally, a new analysis from CMT shows that distracted driving increased by 9.2% on Thanksgiving Day from 2020 to 2022. For more information, visit TRAVELERSINSTITUTE.ORG AND CMT.AI. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 22, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The 2023 China-Europe Forum on Offshore New Energy Development: Strengthen China-Europe Cooperation on Offshore Renewables for A Shared Green Future

China-Europe Forum on Offshore New Energy Development

YANCHENG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 22 November 2023 - Offshore renewables play a pivotal role in the realm of renewable energy, and its development stands as one of the key paths to combat climate change, expedite energy transition, and ensure energy security. In recent years, the integrated development of offshore wind, offshore solar and marine energy has become a new trend, while advanced technologies and innovative models including offshore hydrogen production and energy island developing rapidly. Yancheng, situated on the eastern coast of China, has excellent offshore renewable energy resource, and is known as the “No.1 city of offshore renewables in China”. As of 2022, Yancheng has 5.54 GW of offshore wind in Yancheng are 4.5 GW and 8.94 GW respectively, underscoring its huge potential in the near future. Furthermore, Yancheng attaches significant importance to international cooperation, and has already achieved a milestone by completing the first China-Europe offshore wind cooperation project in China. Yancheng maintains an open, welcoming stance and eagerly anticipates practical collaboration on offshore renewables with European countries and the rest of the world. Signing ceremony of major projects at the forum On November 21, the 2023 China-Europe Forum on Offshore New Energy Development took place in Yancheng, Jiangsu. The forum, themed " Strengthen China-Europe cooperation on offshore renewables for a shared green future," the forum consists of the main forum on 21th morning including opening remarks, release and signing ceremony and keynote speeches, 6 sub-forums on 21th afternoon focusing on Offshore Wind and Solar, Energy Storage, Hydrogen, Building of a New Power Industry, Green Electricity & Renewables Certificate, and Zero-carbon Industrial Park respectively. The opening ceremony was attended by Ren Jingdong, Deputy Director of the National Energy Administration; Zhou Bin, Secretary of the Yancheng Municipal Committee of the CPC; Wang Bin, General Manager of Power Construction Corporation of China; Marjo Crompvoets, Consul General from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai; Lise Nordgaard, Consul General from the Consulate General of Norway in Shanghai; and Miguel Montoya, Vice Chairman of the China-EU Chamber of Commerce. Fu Cong, the Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, addressed the conference via video. Zhang Mingkang, Mayor of Yancheng, presided over the opening ceremony. After the opening ceremony, the forum released significant outcomes, including the "2023 Yancheng Declaration of the China-Europe Forum on Offshore New Energy Development," "Public Solicitation of Technical Solutions for Offshore Photovoltaics, Offshore Energy Islands, and High Proportion Application of New Energy," and the "Comparison Analysis and Cooperation Potential Study of Key Technologies and Industrial Chains of Floating Offshore Wind Power in China and Europe." Twenty-five major projects were signed, with a total amount reaching 29.48 billion yuan, injecting new impetus into the further advancement of technological innovation and industrial upgrading in offshore new energy and deepening pragmatic China-Europe cooperation. Contact Details Ms. Shen 719084598@qq.com

November 22, 2023 09:27 AM Eastern Standard Time

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New Research Highlights Urgent Need to Supercharge Efficiency of 10 “Net Zero Hero” Appliances to Meet Climate Goals

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New analysis from CLASP shows that the appliances sector has a staggeringly large climate impact, accounting for 39.3% of all energy-related CO2 emissions — roughly equivalent to the combined emissions of China, Europe, and Brazil in 2020. If current trends continue, appliance emissions will overshoot the International Energy Agency’s 2050 net zero targets by at least 9 gigatons. The report, “ Net Zero Heroes: Scaling Efficient Appliances for Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience,” also reveals profound inequities in access to appliances, leaving billions of people more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. For example, at least 1.2 billion people lack access to air conditioners and fans, making it difficult to cope with rising temperatures. Fortunately, the appliances sector offers a time-tested solution for dramatically reducing emissions while bringing life-changing services to more people: energy efficiency. CLASP provides a roadmap for realizing the sector’s mitigation and adaptation potential by rapidly increasing the efficiency of 10 key appliances: the Net Zero Heroes. This group is comprised of air conditioners, comfort fans, electric cookers, electric motors, heat pump space heaters, heat pump water heaters, LED lighting, refrigerator-freezers, solar water pumps, and televisions. Dramatically reducing the energy consumption of the Net Zero Heroes would bring far-reaching benefits. In addition to avoiding emissions, thoughtful appliance efficiency policies contribute to end-use electrification and grid decarbonization. Efficient appliances are also less expensive to purchase and operate, making them more attainable for people in low- and middle-income countries and communities. The report urges governments and manufacturers to supercharge the efficiency of the Net Zero Heroes within the next few years. It provides targets for each appliance and estimates the emissions reductions and resilience benefits associated with reaching them. It also describes proven policy and financing mechanisms for achieving these goals within the ambitious timeline required. Compared to many climate solutions, appliance energy efficiency is low-cost and easy to deploy, making it a particularly vital tool for governments seeking to meet their Paris Agreement commitments. Efficiency pushes can deliver results relatively quickly by leveraging existing technologies and supply chains while harmonizing with existing policies. ### For more information about “Net Zero Heroes: Scaling Efficient Appliances for Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience,” please contact: Corinne Schneider Chief Communications Officer CLASP cschneider[at]clasp.ngo CLASP is an international nonprofit dedicated to promoting appliance efficiency and energy access, working with governments, industry, and communities to advance policies and markets towards the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive appliances, for the benefit of people and the planet. Contact Details CLASP Corinne Schneider +1 202-375-9814 Company Website http://www.clasp.ngo/

November 16, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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