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2021 Renewable Energy Market Analysis

White Paper: Nrg

In 2020, global renewable electricity sources grew at their fastest pace in 20 years, with immense renewable development expected to continue.1 Increasing 10% year-over-year, Q1 2021 was the strongest quarter on record for renewable installations. Rapidly improving technology, consumer and business demand for clean power, and policy support drove industrywide growth for wind, solar, and energy usage. Both public policy initiatives and voluntary purchasing by corporate buyers drives demand for renewables. Across the US, 38 states have some form of clean energy goals in place, nine of which are for 100% renewable energy by 2050. These renewable targets are only continuing to expand, with many states increasing their targets. Additionally, companies are facing pressure from their shareholders, customers, and employees to reduce emissions and procure renewable energy. Most recently, in a historic climate court case, Royal Dutch Shell was ordered to limit its greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels.2 New climate goals are announced almost daily. Despite the unprecedented events of last year, 2020 was still a record year for corporate renewable procurements, with over 10,000 MW in the US. Despite these long-term tailwinds, many projects are experiencing short-term headwinds that increase pricing to potential corporate partners. This white paper will explore current market dynamics affecting utility-scale renewable energy project developments. The NRG Trading Advisors LLC (NTA) team has experience contracting and structuring over 4,000 MW of renewable, utility-scale transactions, and is advising multiple Fortune 500 companies on their energy and sustainability goals through the use of Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPA). NTA expects the recent runup in VPPA pricing to start reversing course in the next 12 months and is therefore recommending a more patient approach to VPPA procurements for those with flexibility in their timelines. For customers with near term goals, the challenge is to find the needle in the haystack and structure the deal accordingly. Typically, in these cases, customers should prepare their management teams to expect greater economic risks.

Five IT Engineering Challenges with Scaling Enterprise Security Workflows and How to Solve Them

White Paper: Avere Systems

Every organization’s primary challenge is to avoid bottlenecks to and from storage as the infrastructure scale to incorporate larger datasets. This includes managing unfiltered, real-time stream of data from tens of thousands of users and assets at every layer of the IT infrastructure—which includes scaling enterprise security log and analytics workflows.       This white paper introduces a solution that helps enterprises in collecting security log data, efficient searching, analyzing the data for improving the intelligence and threat detection, and ultimately protect at-scale functionality to support expanding enterprise security workflows.This benefits the enterprise in ingest and analytics performance, vendor choice protection, and migration and mirroring of log data across data centers. This white paper addresses the following questions: What are the five biggest scale-related problems faced by an organization?  How to solve the challenges associated with scaling the Enterprise Security Workflows? What are the methods for efficient data management throughout the lifecycle? How to maintain data availability and redundancy? What are the benefits expanding enterprise security workflows?  

Managing the safety, health and security of mobile workers: An occupational safety and health practitioner’s guide

White Paper: The International SOS Foundation And IOSH

Ensuring health and security of workers are complex and ever-evolving subjects, encompassing medical, legal, security, business continuity, financial and reputational considerations. There is a need to have clear organizational policies and strategies in place as well as competent individuals to manage the travel security, health and safety for all travelers with a view to reducing risks and promoting the health, safety, security and well-being of an ever-increasing and varied mobile workforce. This white paper sets out the health, safety and security responsibilities of organizations for internationally-mobile workers. It covers the need to: - Have a health and safety policy in place that includes travel safety, health and security and to make sure these policies are actively enforced - Carry out risk assessments in order to understand properly the relative security, health and safety  risks that will apply to employees while they are abroad, tailored to the specific circumstances of the business trip or international assignment - Ensure that a system is in place to be able to pinpoint employees’ location in order to ensure their safety  

Extending Food Safety Down the Supply Chain:Incorporating Suppliers Into Your Quality Process

White Paper: EtQ

How can you best manage food safety across the global supply chain while ensuring regulatory compliance? With this, comes the challenge of being able to ensure that all entities within the supply chain meet their responsibility for food safety and quality. This whitepaper on “Extending Food Safety down the Supply Chain,” outlines several key concepts into how companies can extend their enterprise Food Safety Management System (FSMS) to their suppliers, and effectively take quality outside their four walls. A Recipe for Food Safety: Areas that should be addressed in any company’s food safety program Challenges with Supplier Quality: Maintaining compliance to food safety standards Food Safety down the Supply Chain: Incorporating Your Suppliers Best Practices for Integrating the Food Safety Management System with the Supply Chain Read this whitepaper that describes background information of food safety regulations as well as action steps that can be taken to mitigate the inherent risks of a global food supply chain.

Implementing a Food Safety Management System Successfully

White Paper: EtQ

Implementing an integrated food safety management system into a business system helps food chain stakeholders ensure a system that will function at its highest ability to streamline business processes, ultimately demonstrating compliance to food quality and food safety initiatives. This informative whitepaper describes how implementing a Food Safety Management System streamlines processes and procedures related to HACCP, ISO 22000, and SQF—ensuring compliance to regulations in the food and beverage industry. It highlights: Best practices needed to successfully implement and automate the Food Safety Management System How developing a Food Safety Management System can help automate each process in the HACCP plan How an automated Food Safety Management System can help stakeholders comply with the various food quality and food safety initiatives What factors most influence the successful implementation of an integrated food safety management system Monitoring the implementation of food safety management procedures  

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