CSRwire Press Releases, Events and Reports https://www.csrwire.com/rss/feed CSRwire Press Releases, Events and Reports en-US From Waste to Watts: Landfill Finds New Life as a Solar Plant https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806251-waste-watts-landfill-finds-new-life-solar-plant Mon, 15 Jul 2024 11:00:08 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806251-waste-watts-landfill-finds-new-life-solar-plant Duke Energy As the community announced a goal to power all of Buncombe County with 100% renewable energy by 2042, Duke Energy set out to construct another solar facility as part of the Western Carolinas Modernization Plan. <img alt="Aerial view of fields of rows of solar panels in a forested area." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1ea18916-fb6d-4fd3-9120-6d48264f3026" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/woodfinsolar_dukeenergy_070324.jpg" width="640" /> <p>By <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/biographies/ginadipietro" target="_blank">Gina DiPietro</a> | illumination Staff Writer</p> <p>In the rolling hills of Asheville, N.C., a transformation is underway. As the community announced a goal to power all of Buncombe County with 100% renewable energy by 2042, Duke Energy set out to construct another solar facility as part of the <a href="https://www.duke-energy.com/our-company/environment/renewable-energy/buncombe-county-renewables#:~:text=These%20projects%20support%20the%20Western,renewable%20resources%20and%20energy%20storage" rel="" target="_blank" title="Western Carolinas Modernization Plan">Western Carolinas Modernization Plan</a>.</p> <p>The challenge? To find enough space – 20 to 30 acres – to build a 5-megawatt (MW) solar plant in a region with smaller parcel sizes, mountainous terrain and a high cost of buildable land.</p> <p>Larry Watson, a business developer at Duke Energy who originated the project, saw an opportunity to collaborate with Buncombe County, which wanted to find a way to repurpose a solid waste facility near Interstate 26 and the French Broad River.</p> <p>The answer: Duke Energy’s first solar plant on a municipal landfill.</p> <p>“It presented some challenges,” Watson said, “like constructing a solar facility without penetrating the cap, the landfill’s surface. But it also offered new acreage in the North Carolina mountains where open space and flat land is hard to find.”</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="While energy is fed to the grid to power Duke Energy customers, Buncombe County gets closer to its 100% renewable energy goal." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c1a3c2e2-10b0-4c59-a065-8dd6544b5a6f" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Buncombe_dukeenergy_070324.jpg" width="640" /> <p>To offset the higher cost to build Woodfin Solar Facility, Watson’s team drew up an equally creative lease agreement where Buncombe County is compensated in <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/how-companies-buy-recs-to-meet-their-sustainability-goals" rel="" target="_blank" title="renewable energy certificates">renewable energy certificates</a> (RECs) rather than cash.</p> <p>One REC is issued when 1 MW-hour of electricity is generated and delivered to the grid from a renewable energy source. They can be bought, sold or traded to organizations or individuals who want to offset their carbon footprint and support clean energy.</p> <p>It’s a creative regulatory solution that moves both parties forward, said Jennifer Bennett, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager in the Asheville region.</p> <p>“It just adds to the uniqueness of this project,” Bennett said. “And I think it’s worth highlighting that it’s taken a lot of people thinking creatively and working incredibly hard to pull this off.”</p> <p>As owner and operator of the 5-MW facility, Duke Energy will generate enough solar energy to power about 1,000 customers annually, while furthering the county’s renewable energy goals by about 20%.</p> <p>“Meeting our ambitious goal requires creative thinking and collaboration,” said Buncombe County Sustainability Director Jeremiah LeRoy. “This project is a terrific example of both as it will supply our community with renewable energy for decades to come.”</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Duke Energy Project Manager Nisha Strain chats with colleague Ed Warren, a construction supervisor, at the Woodfin solar site near Asheville, N.C." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c63f802f-a203-4084-81aa-730ab5cb4714" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/woodfinsite_dukeenergy_070324.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Also tangible, said Duke Energy Project Manager Nisha Strain, was the opportunity to <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/a-new-way-to-harness-the-suns-power" target="_blank">bring renewed purpose </a>to a site that couldn’t be used for anything else.</p> <p>“Solar is land-intensive, so the adaptive reuse of this property is key,” Strain said. “It required a lot of creativity in how we’d construct it on an uneven surface, but it also shows the company’s effort to repurpose existing infrastructure as we transition to a zero-carbon future.”</p> <p>Her role included regular site visits to Woodfin, N.C., where crews constructed a system that’s similar to what you’d see on a rooftop. Concrete ballast blocks, gravel and adjustable racking were brought in to level out the surface, creating a steady foundation for solar panels that suspend above the landfill so as not to penetrate its cap.</p> <p>“We also needed to keep the cable trays above ground,” Strain said of equipment that carries solar power to the grid to serve customers, “while creating access points for maintenance and vegetation management.”</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="After earning a mechanical engineering degree, Strain worked as a subsurface engineer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She joined Duke Energy in 2021." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="45280403-b3ce-442c-bc5a-a78ddf9a1a08" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Nisha%20Strain_dukeenergy_070324.jpg" width="640" /> <p>While the landfill’s been closed since 1996, municipal employees need access to perform state-required monitoring activities. The county retains this responsibility under the 25-year lease agreement, with options for renewal. They also take ownership of any subsurface risks, including waste buried below the surface.</p> <p>“We are encouraged to see this project come to fruition,” said Dane Pederson, Buncombe County solid waste director. “It’s both a productive use of the closed landfill space and an innovative solution for integrating solar panel systems while protecting the existing cap layer over the landfill, with no surface penetrations.”</p> <p>Woodfin Solar Facility is backed up by the 560-MW Asheville Combined Cycle Station, <a href="https://www.duke-energy.com/our-company/about-us/power-plants/asheville-plant" target="_blank" title="a cleaner-burning natural gas plant">a cleaner-burning natural gas plant</a> that is 75% more efficient than the coal plant it replaced (previously at the same site). The grid needs dispatchable resources like natural gas, which can generate electricity in any type of weather, to support greater integration of renewables (like solar, available only when the sun is shining) to maintain reliability for customers.</p> <p>While this infrastructure is geographically in the Asheville region, energy is fed to the grid to benefit communities in both North Carolina and South Carolina.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Ballasted racking, a mounting system for solar panels, is tilted to maximize productivity and reduce shading from surrounding panels." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="655f6da0-b1fb-4b63-b48d-9c9091e28468" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/solarracks_dukeenergy_070324.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Duke Energy believes solar, and energy storage, will play an important role in how more diverse, clean energy is delivered to Carolinas customers. North Carolina is already fourth in the nation for solar and the company is targeting to have more than <a href="https://www.duke-energy.com/-/media/pdfs/our-company/carolinas-resource-plan/supplements/chapter-supplement-north-carolina.pdf?rev=65bb213404354b47b0492527ff2d0fb8" rel="" target="_blank" title="6,400 MW of new solar on the system by 2031">6,400 MW of new solar on the system by 2031</a>. The company is also targeting solar procurement in the Carolinas of over 1 gigawatt annually later this decade.</p> <p>Woodfin also delivers on Duke Energy’s commitment to deploy 15 MW of solar and at least 5 MW of battery storage as part of the Western Carolinas Modernization Plan, which aims to meet the region’s growing power needs with safe, reliable and affordable energy. And at each step of the process, public input laid the foundation for what came next.</p> <p>“From letters of support,” Bennett said, “to advocating for the construction of projects, the Asheville region was active in bringing this plan to life. And that kind of grassroots community advocacy still remains for Duke Energy's infrastructure investments in the region.”</p> <p>View original content <a href="https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/from-waste-to-watts-landfill-finds-new-life-as-a-solar-plant" target="_blank">here.</a></p> , full_html, As the community announced a goal to power all of Buncombe County with 100% renewable energy by 2042, Duke Energy set out to construct another solar facility as part of the Western Carolinas Modernization Plan. Baker Tilly Foundation Empowers the Kansas City Autism Training Center To Build More Inclusive Spaces https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806246-baker-tilly-foundation-empowers-kansas-city-autism-training-center-build-more Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:50:08 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806246-baker-tilly-foundation-empowers-kansas-city-autism-training-center-build-more Baker Tilly Each year, through Baker Tilly Wishes, the Baker Tilly Foundation provides 15 grants of $10,000 to not-for-profits nominated by our team members. Learn about the Kansas City Autism Training Center and how it has profoundly impacted team member Rainer Nsenki and his family. <img alt="Collage of a child on an adults' shoulders, &quot;Baker Tilly Wishes&quot;, and a room with low tables and toys." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6b8e3ad3-160d-44a8-b1dc-3b8ad602178b" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/wishes_bakertilly_071124.png" width="640" /> <p>Each year, through Baker Tilly Wishes, the <a href="https://www.bakertilly.com/page/baker-tilly-foundation?utm_source=3BL&amp;utm_medium=Media+Insight&amp;utm_campaign=PR-Baker+Tilly+Foundation+empowers+the+Kansas+City+Autism+Training+Center+to+build+more+inclusive+spaces" target="_blank">Baker Tilly Foundation</a> provides 15 grants of $10,000 to not-for-profits nominated by our team members. Learn about the Kansas City Autism Training Center and how it has profoundly impacted team member Rainer Nsenki and his family.</p> <p><strong>A positive space for growth</strong></p> <p>When Rainer and Hannah welcomed their son, Noir, they noticed developmental differences atypical for his age. After a doctor’s visit, Noir was diagnosed with autism. Determined to find the best education and support for their son, Rainer and his wife began exploring their options.</p> <p>Their search led them to the Kansas City Autism Training Center. “The center felt welcoming from the start,” Rainer explained. “We knew this could be a place where Noir could learn, make friends and feel understood.”</p> <p><strong>Empowering individuals on the autism spectrum</strong></p> <p>The Kansas City Autism Training Center helps children from ages 2 and older on the autism spectrum maximize their potential through evidence-based education, treatment and training.</p> <p>Rainer supports their fundraising efforts, while Hannah volunteers with teachers to assist with learning activities for Noir and other students. After witnessing how beneficial a supportive and welcoming environment can be, Rainer now passionately advocates for the organization.</p> <p>“The center has become an invaluable resource for us,” he said. “Their guidance has been essential in helping us navigate Noir’s diagnosis.”</p> <p><strong>Seeing progress</strong></p> <p>Thanks to the individualized training he receives, Noir, now four years old, has shown remarkable improvement.</p> <p>“Noir used to be non-verbal,” Rainer shared. “But in the past six months, he’s started speaking more, recognizing objects, and has a much more positive outlook. Our family has experienced so much optimism since finding this organization.”</p> <p>The center’s dedication to supporting individuals with autism and their families inspires Rainer and Hannah to give back any way they can.</p> <p><strong>Baker Tilly Wishes helps create new sensory spaces</strong></p> <p>The grant from the Baker Tilly Foundation will help the training center expand and renovate existing spaces. This includes building additional classrooms, upgrading playground spaces with inclusive sensory features, and constructing new sidewalks and entranceways.</p> <p>“This investment will create a more supportive and empowering environment,” Rainer said. “The center makes a lasting difference in the lives of those it serves, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”</p> <p>Learn more about <a href="https://www.bakertilly.com/page/about-us?utm_source=3BL&amp;utm_medium=Media+Insight&amp;utm_campaign=PR-Baker+Tilly+Foundation+empowers+the+Kansas+City+Autism+Training+Center+to+build+more+inclusive+spaces" target="_blank">Baker Tilly</a>.</p> , full_html, Each year, through Baker Tilly Wishes, the Baker Tilly Foundation provides 15 grants of $10,000 to not-for-profits nominated by our team members. Learn about the Kansas City Autism Training Center and how it has profoundly impacted team member Rainer Nsenki and his family. Chemours Discovery Hub Hosts High School Students for STEM Event https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806241-chemours-discovery-hub-hosts-high-school-students-stem-event Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:40:10 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806241-chemours-discovery-hub-hosts-high-school-students-stem-event The Chemours Company At Chemours, we believe that by exposing future generations to the wonders of chemistry, we can change even more lives for the better. To achieve this mission, we continue to invest and engage in science, technology, engineering, and math education programs. <img alt="Students and adults posed next to a large molecule statue next to a large glass-sided building." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e0fc3c0e-316a-45d0-8fec-8005707719d2" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/FORGES_chemours_071124_0.jpg" width="640" /> <p>At Chemours, we believe that by exposing future generations to the wonders of chemistry, we can change even more lives for the better. To achieve this mission, we continue to invest and engage in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs to support future innovators.</p> <p>Just recently, a group of Chemistry, Biology and Physics students from Middletown, William Penn and St. Elizabeth’s High Schools in Delaware recently visited the <a href="https://www.chemours.com/en/chemistry-in-action/catalyst-for-innovation" target="_blank">Chemours Discovery Hub</a> (CDH)—our state-of-the-art, sustainably designed research and development facility located on the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.</p> <p>The visit was a part of the University of Delaware’s Foundations for Outreach &amp; Recruitment of Great Engineers and Scientists (FORGES) program, which introduces rising high school juniors and seniors to a variety of summer research activities that are happening at the University of Delaware and with local industry partners, including Chemours.</p> <p>While at CDH the students had the opportunity to tour the process development area, immersion cooling, Opteon™ foam blowing, and hydrogen fuel cell testing labs. After the tours, students had lunch with Chemours employees and apprentices where they discussed education, job experiences and career paths. The day of STEM programming culminated in an interactive hands-on demonstration that allowed students to analyze and identify “mystery” polymers, utilizing several CDH analytical labs and techniques.</p> <p>“Our goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by showcasing the innovation that is happening here at Chemours,” said Liz Diaz, Sr. Staff Chemist and CDH Community Engagement Team lead. “We love that we can open the doors to CDH and give local students the opportunity to see the many different and exciting STEM career paths available to them in their own community.”</p> <p>Chemours and the team at CDH is proud to be involved with the FORGES program, which strives to significantly broaden the participation of women and underrepresented groups in materials science through recruitment efforts and outreach opportunities.</p> , full_html, At Chemours, we believe that by exposing future generations to the wonders of chemistry, we can change even more lives for the better. To achieve this mission, we continue to invest and engage in science, technology, engineering, and math education programs. SEC Cybersecurity Rules: One Year Later https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806236-sec-cybersecurity-rules-one-year-later Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:30:10 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806236-sec-cybersecurity-rules-one-year-later Workiva Matt Kelly, editor and CEO of Radical Compliance, and Matthew Williams, ESG solutions lead at Clearview, join co-host Steve Soter to explore how cybersecurity and ESG intersect. Together, they discuss the challenges of assessing the importance of cybersecurity events. <img alt="ESG Talk: SEC Cybersecurity Rules; One Year later." data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="891a59ee-0501-4682-8c1d-8867411b21d3" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/S3E28_ESG_Talk_Workiva_7.12.24A.jpg" width="640" /> <p>Matt Kelly, editor and CEO of Radical Compliance, and Matthew Williams, ESG solutions lead at Clearview, join co-host Steve Soter to explore how cybersecurity and ESG intersect. Together, they discuss the challenges of assessing the importance of cybersecurity events, a year after the SEC introduced new rules on disclosing such incidents.</p> <p><a href="https://newsroom.workiva.com/esg-talk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Listen Now</strong></a></p> <p>Looking for more? Subscribe to the ESG Talk podcast on <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/esg-talk/id1622905439" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Apple</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7dMHPiSMlZPneZkMBr7hEZ" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spotify</a>, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0wd-7j66YqZ4_yK8Z7Zd5c-XnJjn1XNy" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>ESG Talk is brought to you by Workiva, the world’s only unified platform for financial reporting, ESG, audit, and risk. Learn more at <a href="https://www.workiva.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">workiva.com</a>.</p> , full_html, Matt Kelly, editor and CEO of Radical Compliance, and Matthew Williams, ESG solutions lead at Clearview, join co-host Steve Soter to explore how cybersecurity and ESG intersect. Together, they discuss the challenges of assessing the importance of cybersecurity events. Sustainability at the Cinema With Lucca Film Festival for Future, the Short Film Competition in Collaboration With Sofidel https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806231-sustainability-cinema-lucca-film-festival-future-short-film-competition Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:20:05 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806231-sustainability-cinema-lucca-film-festival-future-short-film-competition Sofidel The Lucca Film Festival embraces the Clean Living spirit of Sofidel. <img alt="Lucca Film Festival 2024 with movie images." data-align="center" data-caption="Courtesy Sofidel" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ce47a6bd-5ff7-46cf-a775-cf743fd88cf2" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/luccafilm_sofidel_071024.jpg" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://www.sofidel.com/news/la-sostenibilita-al-cinema-con-lucca-film-festival-for-future/" target="_blank">Sofidel</a></p> <p>The Lucca Film Festival embraces the <em>Clean Living</em> spirit of Sofidel<em>.</em> The Group, one of the world leaders in the production of paper for hygienic and domestic use, known in particular in Italy and Europe for the Regina brand, is <strong>a sponsor of the 2024 edition of the Festival and in particular of the second edition of </strong><a href="https://www.luccafilmfestival.it/aperti-i-concorsi-del-lucca-film-festival-2024/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"><em><strong>Lucca Film Festival for Future</strong></em></a>, the competition reserved for short films that deal with issues related to the protection of the future ( <em>Clean Living</em> ) from both an environmental and social point of view, as part of the Lucca Film Festival (LFF) scheduled in Lucca from 21 to 29 September.</p> <p>Young Italian and international directors and filmmakers (up to 35 years old) can <strong>submit their work by Monday 15 July 2023</strong> , by registering on the <a href="https://filmfreeway.com/LuccaFilmFest" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Filmfreeway</a> &nbsp;and&nbsp; Festhome platforms . The short films must have a maximum duration of 29 minutes, be a preview for Italy and made no earlier than 2022. All the information for submitting your short film, together with the competition announcement, are available on the page: <a href="https://www.luccafilmfestival.it/aperti-i-concorsi-del-lucca-film-festival-2024/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://www.luccafilmfestival.it/aperti-i-concorsi-del-lucca-film-festival-2024/</a> .</p> <p><strong>About The Sofidel Group&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The Sofidel Group, a privately held company, is a world leader in the manufacture of paper for hygienic and domestic use. Founded in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, and the USA - with more than 6,800 employees. A member of the UN Global Compact, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic imperative and is committed to promoting sustainable development. For more information, visit <a href="https://www.3blmedia.com/track?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sofidel.com%2F&amp;n=1259136" target="_blank">www.sofidel.com</a>.</p> , full_html, The Lucca Film Festival embraces the Clean Living spirit of Sofidel. 'I Always Wanted To Do Something That Was Not Conventional' https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806226-i-always-wanted-do-something-was-not-conventional Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:10:05 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806226-i-always-wanted-do-something-was-not-conventional Baker Hughes Niharika is one of the lead field engineers with Baker Hughes in India and grew up in the country’s far northern city of Shimla. <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="End assembly of Proxima downhole tool" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5b277888-55cb-402d-b6e6-de2710857f7f" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/proxima_bakerhughes_062624.jpg" width="640" /> <p><a href="https://www.bakerhughes.com/company/energy-forward/i-always-wanted-do-something-was-not-conventional" target="_blank">This story first appeared on Baker Hughes’ Energy Forward Stories</a></p> <p>When Niharika hears the word “challenge,” her response is, “show me where!”&nbsp;</p> <p>Niharika is one of the lead field engineers with Baker Hughes in India and grew up in the country’s far northern city of Shimla. “It’s the Himalayan part of India where it’s very cold and even snowy,” she says. “In my five years with Baker Hughes, I have traveled across India and wherever I go it is mostly hot. In the initial period of my career, when I was an intern, I was working in 40 to 45-degree Celsius temperatures and that was a huge challenge for me.”</p> <p>That’s not a complaint. “My mother and my grandmothers are very strong women and always encouraged me to push myself and never let me doubt myself,” says Niharika. “They have been role models. My grandmother was the principal of one of the big schools in our area, at a time when a woman being a principal was not conventional. They always told me ‘You’ll never know if you don’t try – even if it is risky’. It has made me somebody who likes to take up challenges and go out of my comfort zone.”</p> <p>It’s one of the reasons that she wanted to get into the energy industry. “I always liked science and math and wanted to be an engineer, but I didn’t want to go down the traditional engineering path, which in India is computer science or civil or mechanical engineering. I wanted to study petroleum engineering.”</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Deployment of Proxima system during logging operation" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ee127808-9ee3-4f3d-b451-92173e931124" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/proximadeployment_bakerhughes_062624.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>Plunging in the deep end</strong></p> <p>As she neared the completion of her Bachelor of Technology at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in 2018, she joined Baker Hughes for a two-month internship in completions and well intervention where she was eager to put her major in Applied Petroleum Engineering to work. “I didn’t want to be pushing paper – I wanted to apply what I had learned.”</p> <p>Despite still being in college, she says she was encouraged to contribute. “My seniors told me they wanted to see what I have to bring to the table and to learn from my fresh eyes,” she recalls. “I really liked that culture of promoting our views even though I was a junior.”</p> <p>Fast forward to 2023, when Niharika was lead field engineer in the deployment of <a href="https://www.bakerhughes.com/evaluation/wireline-openhole-logging/proxima-advanced-logging-services" target="_blank">Proxima™ advanced logging services</a> for one of our key customers in India, which led to two important gas discoveries in Mahanadi Basin in the Bay of Bengal.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>What does well logging do?</strong></p> <p>Well logging allows a detailed record of the geologic formations penetrated by a borehole. The log is based on physical measurements made by geophysical tools lowered into the hole. With Proxima services, you’re assured no wasted runs. The logging assembly, with the application-specific Baker Hughes drill bit, gets you to total depth (TD) quickly. Log at up to 60 feet per minute while getting full-resolution, high-quality log data. The Proxima hardware platform uses on-the-fly data processing so that your data is complete and ready immediately after the logging run—letting you make critical operational and production decisions quickly.</p> </blockquote> <p>Niharika was one of the very few engineers trained on the Proxima system in India, and she became the only female engineer to work offshore on the customer’s deep water offshore rig. “Proxima is a new technology with more applications than existing tools, so the customer wanted to use it offshore for the first time,” she says. “I had already executed the service for another client onshore in India – I jumped for this opportunity and was willing to execute it in offshore and broaden my experience.”</p> <p>It was the first time the full suite of Proxima services had been deployed for this customer in deepwater segment.</p> <img alt="&quot; &quot;" data-align="center" data-caption="Centralizer on Proxima advanced logging tool" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="343f52af-04fa-4e10-851d-6616d1e5bfce" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/centralizer_bakerhughes_062624.jpg" width="640" /> <p><strong>Taking new technologies offshore</strong></p> <p>Niharika had the dual challenge of being the lead engineer launching the Proxima platform in deepwater for this customer and the only female to work on the rig. The operator ensured that the deepwater offshore rig was “female friendly” in terms of facilities (most rigs don’t even have dedicated washrooms for women).</p> <p>Even so, taking the 45-minute helicopter flight out to the rig knowing she was there for 20 days on her first stint, would have been daunting for many people. Not for Niharika. “When I went there, I really liked the environment, I really enjoyed my job, and the entire experience was amazing,” says Niharika. “People had told me how difficult everything is out there, such as times when the internet is not working and there is no connectivity to the client or anyone else back on land. But all the people on the rig were very cooperative knowing it was my first experience offshore.”</p> <p><strong>Success in deepwater for the operator in India</strong></p> <p>While launching Proxima on the drillship, Niharika returned for one month following her first 20-day stint. “Because Proxima is an advanced logging tool, it enables us to save a lot of rig time for that deepwater rig, where operational costs are higher than shallow water rigs,” says Niharika. “By saving significant rig time we were able to save a lot of cost to the client.”</p> <p>Niharika and her team were also able to use the Proxima technology to acquire the required data on the first pass on each of the three phases of logging. The wireline logging work meant significant savings for the customer. “They were very happy with that – we did not waste any time and they told us it was executed flawlessly.”</p> <p>In January 2024, the customer wrote to Baker Hughes, thanking the team for the seamless deployment of Proxima and saying, “We would like to congratulate and express our sincere appreciation to the Baker Hughes wireline team for commendable job execution.”</p> <p>Niharika says, “I am proud that I am able to contribute to wireline logging in India and bring more jobs to the team and to Baker Hughes.”</p> <p>Challenge accepted and completed.</p> , full_html, Niharika is one of the lead field engineers with Baker Hughes in India and grew up in the country’s far northern city of Shimla. Cummins Demonstrates How its Business and Sustainability Strategies Are Aligned, Effective in 2023-24 Sustainability Progress Report https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806221-cummins-demonstrates-how-its-business-and-sustainability-strategies-are Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:00:06 EDT https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/806221-cummins-demonstrates-how-its-business-and-sustainability-strategies-are Cummins, Inc. Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has published its latest annual Sustainability Progress Report, announcing key advancements in the company’s efforts to fulfill its mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world. <img alt="Cummins logo" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9f9fcc3e-a156-498d-a9c0-307f900705e2" src="https://back.3blmedia.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo_cummins_070924.png" width="300" /> <p>COLUMBUS, Ind.,&nbsp;July 15, 2024 /CSRwire/&nbsp;- Columbus, Indiana – Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has published its latest annual Sustainability Progress Report, announcing key advancements in the company’s efforts to fulfill its mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">“This report clearly illustrates how our business and environmental strategies are intentionally and intricately aligned – how we are innovating for our customers to power their success, positively impacting our communities and protecting the planet for future generations,” said Cummins Chair and CEO Jennifer Rumsey.&nbsp;“The work we are doing is our mission in action; what we’ve always done and will continue to do.”&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Significant progress was made against the company’s environmental, social, and governance goals and aspirational targets in 2023 and early 2024. In addition, Cummins achieved record revenues of $31.4 billion and record operating cash flow of $4.0 billion in 2023, reflecting the successful execution of its product decarbonization and growth strategy, which it calls Destination Zero.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our customer-driven, multi-solution approach with Destination Zero is reflective of our commitment to sustainability and helping our customers navigate the energy transition while growing our business,” Rumsey continued. “It is rooted in the understanding that a variety of technologies are required to achieve industry-wide decarbonization across the diverse applications we power. By advancing our core businesses as well as developing new, zero-emissions solutions through Accelera ™ by Cummins, we meet our customers’ needs today, deliver for our stakeholders and reduce our impact on the environment.”&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">To that end, the company furthered its efforts to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from it facilities and operations, achieving a 31% reduction of its Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in 2023. Key projects that contributed to the progress include: completing 24 onsite solar projects (66 in total) that increase use of renewable energy and reduce over 14,486 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO<sub>2</sub>e) annually; and implementing 89 facility energy efficiency projects that will save over 5,433 metrics tons of CO₂ each year.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In the communities in which company employees live and work, Cummins Water Works produced additional water benefits of one billion gallons, resulting in over 6.9 billion gallons of water benefits annually in Cummins communities. This far surpasses the company’s global water consumption of 972.3 million gallons.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">And Cummins’ strategic community initiatives have positively impacted the people in its global communities, including:</p> <ul> <li>1.2 million people through Cummins Water Works since the program launched in 2021</li> <li>4,000 graduates from Cummins TEC: Technical Education for Communities since the program launched in 2012</li> <li>625,122 women and girls (in 2023 alone) through its Cummins Powers Women program</li> <li>864 financial or technical services provided to Black-owned enterprises through Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE) since the program launched in 2020</li> </ul> <p>That impact is amplified by employee-led community engagement. The company intentionally identifies opportunities it can uniquely address through the connections and skills of its global employees. In 2023, 79% of eligible employees (61,000 total) participated in the company’s Every Employee Every Community program, contributing 343,000 hours and serving more than 3.2 million people.&nbsp;</p> <p>“We recognize that the health of our communities affects the health of our people and business,” Rumsey added. “A constant amidst this dynamic time in our industry is Cummins’ commitment to advancing our impactful community engagement model and creating an inclusive work environment in which people and innovation thrive. Embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of our company continues to be central to this focus.”&nbsp;<br /> As Cummins’ diversity has increased, so too have its innovation, community impact and business results. It is how the company truly wins with the power of difference. Notably, in 2023, four out of five of Cummins’ business segments were led by women and nearly 40% of the company’s workforce in the U.S. were People of Color.&nbsp;<br /> The emphasis on DE&amp;I starts at the very top of the company. Cummins currently has the most diverse leadership team in its history, and the company’s Board of Directors were awarded the National Association of Corporate Directors 2023 DE&amp;I Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion award for exemplary board practices related to DE&amp;I.&nbsp;<br /> “Our company is at its best when we serve within a world and workplace where everyone is safe, included, involved and connected to our purpose and one another,” Rumsey concluded. “Cummins has a long history of leveraging the capability of our leaders and the diverse perspectives of our teams to deliver superior solutions to our customers and communities around the world.”&nbsp;</p> <p>The report is available on <a href="https://www.cummins.com/company/esg/sustainability-progress-reports" target="_blank">Cummins’ Sustainability Progress Report</a> site. Past reports can be found there, along with the company’s <a href="https://www.cummins.com/sites/default/files/2024-06/human-capital-management-report-2024.pdf" target="_blank">2024 Human Capital Management Report</a>, and assurance statements on key environmental, social and governance data in the company’s 2023-24 report.</p> , full_html, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has published its latest annual Sustainability Progress Report, announcing key advancements in the company’s efforts to fulfill its mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world.