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Battery storage becomes biggest source of supply in evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids

Renew Economy

Battery storage becomes biggest supplier to California's grid in evening peak for first time. The post Battery storage becomes biggest source of supply in evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Cooking the books: The magical math of ‘climate-friendly’ meat

Corporate Knights

A convoy of tractors was making its way to a Dutch government building in February when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out his support for farmers revolting against the EU’s regulatory push to drive down climate emissions: “I’m pro-environment, but I support the farmers! Farming has no material effect on climate change.” The online reaction was swift, with stats, charts, links and memes filling replies from all sides.

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We need to talk about meat

Corporate Knights

By late February, the Smokehouse Creek wildfire in the Texas Panhandle had become the state’s first ever “gigafire,” a label saved for blazes that tear through more than a million acres. From a region that’s home to more cows than anywhere in the United States, images of cattle running from the “monster” blaze went viral, reminding us, yet again, that bad weather keeps getting worse.

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Embracing the Inclusive Core Value With Motorola Solutions

3BL Media

At Motorola Solutions, inclusion is deeply ingrained in our identity as a company. Our commitment to solving for safer starts from within, with our dedication to creating an inclusive workplace where every voice is valued. Our business councils (also known as employee resource groups) and diversity, equity and inclusion champions play pivotal roles in shaping our culture and ensuring that inclusion is not just a buzzword, but a lived experience.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.

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Microplastics make their way from the gut to other organs

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have found that microplastics -- are having a significant impact on our digestive pathways, making their way from the gut and into the tissues of the kidney, liver and brain.

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Bezos Earth Fund to Invest $100 Million in AI-Powered Climate and Nature Solutions

ESG Today

The Bezos Earth Fund announced the launch of the AI for Climate and Nature Grand Challenge, with plans to grant up to $100 million to advance AI-based solutions aimed at addressing climate change and nature loss. The Bezos Earth Fund was founded in 2020, with a $10 billion philanthropic commitment from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aimed at funding scientists, activists, NGOs and others driving solutions to fight climate change and protect nature.

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Driving long-term business transformation

McKinsey Sustainabilty

What it takes to get transformation right, setting a company up to operate better today and handle disruption and change tomorrow with energized, creative employees.

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Understanding climate warming impacts on carbon release from the tundra

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The warming climate shifts the dynamics of tundra environments and makes them release trapped carbon, according to a new study published in Nature. These changes could transform tundras from carbon sinks into a carbon source, exacerbating the effects of climate change.

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Hydrogen in gas networks doubles dangerous leaks from home appliances

Renew Economy

The science is building against hydrogen in homes, with a new study showing a sharp increase in gas leaks from appliances using full or blended hydrogen. The post Hydrogen in gas networks doubles dangerous leaks from home appliances appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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The Brief: Participant Media’s impact on film investing

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Creative Economy Shutdown of Participant Media challenges other investors to drive impact through film. When. The post The Brief: Participant Media’s impact on film investing appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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KPMG: Majority of U.S. CEOs Expect Significant Returns from Sustainability Investments Within 3-5 Years

ESG Today

The majority of U.S. CEOs expect to see significant returns from their company’s sustainability investments within three to five years, and the corporate leaders continue to rank ESG as their top operational priority, even in the face of inflationary and supply chain challenges and Gen AI-related opportunities, according to a new survey released by professional services firm KPMG US.

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Reversible Fuel Cell

Energy Central

Reversible Fuel Cell Reversible Fuel Cell A regenerative fuel cell or reverse fuel cell (RFC) is a fuel cell run in reverse mode, which consumes electricity and chemical B to produce chemical A. By definition, the process of any fuel cell could be reversed. However, a given device is usually optimized for.

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38 trillion dollars in damages each year: World economy already committed to income reduction of 19 % due to climate change

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Even if CO2 emissions were to be drastically cut down starting today, the world economy is already committed to an income reduction of 19% until 2050 due to climate change, a new study finds. These damages are six times larger than the mitigation costs needed to limit global warming to two degrees. Based on empirical data from more than 1,600 regions worldwide over the past 40 years, scientists assessed future impacts of changing climatic conditions on economic growth and their persistence.

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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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Big batteries will undercut gas, but it’s hydro that might lose market share first

Renew Economy

More wind means lower prices, but it is battery storage that will replace expensive generation such as gas. The post Big batteries will undercut gas, but it’s hydro that might lose market share first appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs

Impact Alpha

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a partnership between ImpactAlpha and Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) to present new ideas and perspectives in. The post The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Carbon Management Software Startup Cozero Raises $7 Million

ESG Today

Climate tech software startup Cozero announced today that it has raised €6.5 million (USD$6.9 million) in a Series A funding round, with proceeds aimed at supporting the company’s international expansion and the development of its Climate ERP solution. Founded in 2020, Berlin, Germany-based Cozero provides CO2 management software aimed at enabling companies to measure and reduce company and product emissions and to meet regulatory sustainability reporting requirements such as the EU’s CSRD.

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Six ways CFOs find the time to unlock their full potential

McKinsey Sustainabilty

It’s hard to create outsize value when you have to manage the finance function’s daily and often urgent demands. But some CFOs rise to the challenge.

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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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Hidden threat: Global underground infrastructure vulnerable to sea-level rise

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

As sea levels rise, coastal groundwater is lifted closer to the ground surface while also becoming saltier and more corrosive. A recent study compiled research from experts worldwide showing that in cities where there are complex networks of buried and partially buried infrastructure, interaction with this shallower and saltier groundwater exacerbates corrosion and failure of critical systems such as sewer lines, roadways, and building foundations.

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Technology denial: Columbia Law School debunks 33 biggest myths about solar, wind and EVs

Renew Economy

Columbia Law School researchers identify 33 of the most pervasive myths about solar, wind and electric vehicles and rebut them using transparent, fact-based responses. The post Technology denial: Columbia Law School debunks 33 biggest myths about solar, wind and EVs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Brief: A good economy is good news

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Macro Impact Good economy actually is good news as impact investors adjust to new realities. The post The Brief: A good economy is good news appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Barclays Appoints Isabelle Millat as Head of Sustainable Finance for Global Markets and Barclays Europe

ESG Today

Barclays announced today the appointment of Isabelle Millat to the dual role of Head of Sustainable Finance for Global Markets and for Barclays Europe. Based in Paris, in her new roles, Millat have responsibility for leading the expansion of Barclays’ Global Markets’ sustainability proposition, as well as for the development of the overall sustainable finance franchise for Barclays Europe, working closely with a wide range of teams within Global Markets including Equities, Fixed Income, Municipa

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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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Inside the Controversy That's Divided the Carbon Offsets Market

Alaistair Marsh

Science Based Targets initiative, the world’s main verifier of corporate climate targets , faced pressure to relax their carbon offset standards.

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Pyrite, also known as fool's gold, may contain valuable lithium, a key element for green energy

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The technology revolution and development of new renewable energy resources is driving demand for lithium to new heights, but it is not a common mineral. Scientists say they have found lithium in an unexpected place; fool's gold, or pyrite, deposits.

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Nuclear power in Australia is a really bad idea. The ban ensures that is all it is

Renew Economy

You can’t prevent people from having bad ideas. But sometimes, a piece of legislation can prevent bad ideas from taking up large amounts of money and time. The post Nuclear power in Australia is a really bad idea. The ban ensures that is all it is appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Brief: Catalyzing climate resilience for small farmers

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Adaptation Finance For these tech startups and investors, the next big thing is climate adaptation. The post The Brief: Catalyzing climate resilience for small farmers appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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EU Adopts Rules Requiring All New Buildings to Be Zero Emissions by 2030

ESG Today

The European Council announced today that it has formally adopted the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), with new rules aimed at reducing energy use and emissions from buildings across the EU, including targets for all new buildings to be zero emissions by 2030, and to phase out the use of fossil fuels in building heating systems by 2040.

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Zigzag Pattern | No. 176

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Sharpen your problem-solving skills the McKinsey way, with our weekly crossword. Each puzzle is created with the McKinsey audience in mind, and includes a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) business theme for you to find. Answers that are directionally correct may not cut it if you’re looking for a quick win.

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Interspecies competition led to even more forms of ancient human -- defying evolutionary trends in vertebrates

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Competition between species played a major role in the rise and fall of hominins -- and produced a 'bizarre' evolutionary pattern for the Homo lineage -- according to a new study that revises the start and end dates for many of our early ancestors.

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Australia falls out of global top 10 solar countries, risks losing spot in leading PV research group

Renew Economy

For the first time in 20 years, Australia fell out of the Top 10 countries for new solar installations in 2023. But Australian PV experts have bigger concerns. The post Australia falls out of global top 10 solar countries, risks losing spot in leading PV research group appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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.