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Czech nuclear deal shows CSIRO GenCost is too optimistic, and new nukes are hopelessly uneconomic

Renew Economy

Newly announced deal in Czechia shows GenCost nuclear estimates are too optimistic. Even in established nuclear countries, new nuclear power is hopelessly uneconomic. The post Czech nuclear deal shows CSIRO GenCost is too optimistic, and new nukes are hopelessly uneconomic appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative Welcomes New Members Lindt & Sprüngli and Lipton Teas and Infusions

3BL Media

July 16, 2024 /3BL/ - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) has been pleased to welcome two new members, Lipton Teas and Infusions and Lindt & Sprüngli , bringing the Coalition’s membership to 25 CGF members committed to building trust in the consumer goods industry by offering clear guidance on which third-party social compliance auditing, certification, and monitoring programmes are credible, trustworthy and meet industry expectations for sustainability.

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Australia’s largest solar farm inks major new deals to power aged care and beer

Renew Economy

Australia’s largest operational solar farm will soon help power residential aged care and the production of iconic beer brands, as part of two new energy offtake deals. The post Australia’s largest solar farm inks major new deals to power aged care and beer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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By backing fossil fuels, insurance companies are underwriting climate disasters like Toronto's floods

Corporate Knights

Earlier this week, Toronto residents experienced massive flooding that submerged cars, damaged basements and left the city with a taste of climate chaos. Even Drake wasn’t spared – his Toronto mansion was hit by the floods. Extreme weather events, such as Tuesday’s record-breaking rainfall, are becoming increasingly common, and the science is clear on why.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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McKinsey technology trends outlook 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Which technology trends matter most for companies in 2024? New analysis by the McKinsey Technology Council highlights the adoption, development, and industry effects of advanced technologies.

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How oil barons and right-wing billionaires are manipulating the free market to extend fossil fuels

Impact Alpha

The House Judiciary Committee has delivered a clear message to the free market: shut up about climate change or pay the price. The. The post How oil barons and right-wing billionaires are manipulating the free market to extend fossil fuels appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Investing in Green Energy: Opportunities for Renewable Diesel | Booster

3BL Media

Originally published on Booster Insights by priya A recent study by the IEA found that spending on clean energy technology like renewable diesel is quickly rising compared to spending on fossil fuels. This shift is driven by the growing concern over the cost and safety of fossil fuels, particularly in light of the global energy crisis. The rise of renewable diesel, a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative, is a direct response to these concerns.

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74% of Public Companies Plan to Invest in Sustainability Reporting Technology and Tools Over Next Year: Deloitte Survey

ESG Today

Approximately three quarters of public companies report that they are likely to invest in new technology or tools to help improve their ESG disclosure capabilities over the next year, as nearly all companies are preparing to meet increased reporting requirements, yet data quality remains the top ESG challenge, according to a new survey released by global professional services company Deloitte.

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Scientists recreate a Pink Floyd song by extracting it from listeners' brainwaves and it sounds eerie

Good.is: Planet

The research could prove to be a wonderful thing for people who have difficulty in speech, like those suffering from a stroke or muscle paralysis.

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The Brief: Humanitarian relief through innovative finance

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Refugee-Lens Investing New tools for humanitarian relief in crisis zones: blended finance, offtake contracts and. The post The Brief: Humanitarian relief through innovative finance appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Combined output of wind and solar hits record high on main grid

Renew Economy

The combined output of large scale wind and solar in Australia's main grid hit a new high this week, beating a record set more than a year ago. The post Combined output of wind and solar hits record high on main grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Sustainable Manure Management for Small Dairy Farms: The Challenges and a Farm Powered® Solution

3BL Media

Manure management is a critical aspect of sustainable agriculture, particularly for smaller dairy farms where resources and space are limited. Methane, a greenhouse gas that is a leading cause of climate change, is released when manure is stored in open lagoons and land applied on the farm’s fields. According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), “Livestock - primarily beef and dairy cows – account for the vast majority of agriculture methane emissions,” which is why organizations like the ED

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Although tiny, peatland microorganisms have a big impact on climate

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Polyphenols are generally toxic to microorganisms. In peatlands, scientists thought microorganisms avoided this toxicity by degrading polyphenols using an oxygen-dependent enzyme, and thus that low-oxygen conditions inhibit microbes' carbon cycling. However, a new study found that Arctic peatland microorganisms used alternative enzymes, with and without oxygen, to break down polyphenols.

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Aircraft MRO 2.0: The digital revolution

McKinsey Sustainabilty

A new survey suggests AI-powered advances could reshape aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul. But companies will need to embrace digital disruption.

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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The Brief: How a dose of pragmatism can redeem tech’s optimism

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Venture Capital Optimist? Pessimist? How a dose of techno-pragmatism can make tech the good guys. The post The Brief: How a dose of pragmatism can redeem tech’s optimism appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Five things we learned this week from Ted’s Talk and people who actually know stuff

Renew Economy

Clean energy industry gets its first Ted Talk and rather wishes it hadn't.Plus: Chris Bowen's power play, regulators pan nuclear, Forrest drops hydrogen hype, and some awards. The post Five things we learned this week from Ted’s Talk and people who actually know stuff appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Dow Advances Its Mechanical Recycling Offering by Agreeing To Acquire Circulus, a North American Polyethylene Recycler

3BL Media

Acquisition of Circulus will add capacity of 50,000 metric tons of recycled materials annually to advance progress towards Dow's 2030 Transform the Waste goal MIDLAND, Mich., July 15, 2024 /3BL/ - Dow (NYSE: DOW) announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Circulus, a leading recycler of plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR). This transaction includes two facilities, one in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and another in Arab, Alabama, with a total capacity of 50,000 metric tons per year.

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Microbes found to destroy certain 'forever chemicals'

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

An environmental engineering team has discovered that specific bacterial species can cleave the strong fluorine-to-carbon bond certain kinds of 'forever chemical' water pollutants, offering promise for low-cost treatments of contaminated drinking water.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Design as a Catalyst for Impact: How a First-of-its-Kind Design Policy in Kerala Could Foster a New Approach to Public-Private Partnerships in India

James Militzer

The Indian state of Kerala recently approved a State Design Policy (SDP) which is the first of its kind in the country. Though India ratified a National Design Policy in 2007, its objectives were broadly restricted to promoting Indian design through regulatory and institutional backing and aligning Indian design education with international standards.

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Starbucks, Mercedes-Benz to Launch EV Charging Network at Starbucks Stores Across U.S.

ESG Today

Starbucks and Mercedes-Benz announced today the launch of a new strategic collaboration aimed at installing high-power electric vehicle chargers at 100 Starbucks stores across the U.S. Under the first phase of the program, high-power EV chargers will be installed at Starbucks locations on a 1,400-mile route along Interstate 5 from Washington to California, including in core urban areas and charging deserts, with the companies saying that they aim to identify more locations over time, including i

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Nuclear too slow to replace coal, and baseload “simply can’t compete” with wind and solar, AEMO boss says

Renew Economy

AEMO boss says nuclear too slow to replace coal, and confirms that "notion of baseload" will not compete with grid powered by cheaper renewables. The post Nuclear too slow to replace coal, and baseload “simply can’t compete” with wind and solar, AEMO boss says appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Platform for Social Impact secures $43 million for a community center in Puerto Rico

Impact Alpha

This spring, ImpactAlpha’s Dennis Price visited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, which is working to improve social infrastructure and services. The post Platform for Social Impact secures $43 million for a community center in Puerto Rico appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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Research tracks 66 million years of mammalian diversity

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

New research has examined the fossil record going back 66 million years and tracked changes to mammalian ecosystems and species diversity on the North American continent.

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Sustainability rating tool for small infrastructure projects

Sustainability Matters

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council , Australia and New Zealand’s authority on sustainable infrastructure projects and assets, has released a digital rating tool designed to help small infrastructure projects in the region keep track of their sustainability. The tool, ‘IS Essentials’, is an extension of the ISC’s globally recognised IS Rating Scheme, which is a collection of third-party-assured rating tools evaluating the social, cultural, environmental and economic performance of infrastr

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Blackstone Energy Transition Partners Acquires Power Solutions Provider Trystar

ESG Today

Alternative investment manager Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity business, Blackstone Energy Transition Partners, announced the acquisition of power solutions provider Trystar, with the firm citing opportunities to support the company’s growth as it pursues opportunities from factors including the energy transition and AI-driven growth in data centers.

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Bowen says asking Australia to go nuclear is like asking the Swiss to take up surfing

Renew Economy

Bowen says suggesting Australia take up nuclear is like suggesting to the Swiss they should take up surfing. The post Bowen says asking Australia to go nuclear is like asking the Swiss to take up surfing appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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The Brief: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund races against the clock

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! ICYMI. Help us dust off this gem from the ImpactAlpha archives, “JD Vance, the impact fund manager his partners. The post The Brief: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund races against the clock appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Children living in greener neighborhoods show better lung function

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A large study of 35,000 children from eight countries has found a 'robust' link between exposure to green spaces in early childhood and better lung function. The study used data from 10 European birth cohorts from 8 countries to conduct a meta-analysis. This assessment of the data was done at the individual level for each participant.

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Toward the long term: CFO perspectives on the future of finance

McKinsey Sustainabilty

In a new survey, CFOs report a growing focus on longer-term planning and high expectations for technology, including generative AI.

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Green Impact Exchange Files to Launch First-Ever Sustainability-Focused Stock Exchange in U.S.

ESG Today

The Green Impact Exchange (GIX) announced today that it has filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), aimed at establishing the first sustainability-focused stock exchange in the U.S. Founded in 2022 by former NYSE executives, including CEO Daniel Labovitz, former head of regulatory policy at the NYSE, and Chief Operating Officer Charles Dolan, former Executive Floor Governor at the NYSE, GIX aims to be the first national securities exchange in the U.S. dedicated to

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.