Fri.Jan 27, 2023

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Companies learn to measure the unmeasurable

GreenBiz

Companies and verification bodies are learning on the fly how to measure impact and quantify the qualitative indicators of a healthy planet/

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Colorado pension fund loses US$2.7 billion by not divesting from fossil fuels

Corporate Knights

Divesting from fossil fuels isn’t just good for the planet. It can be good for financial returns, too. That was one of the conclusions from a new Corporate Knights report that revealed that a Colorado pension fund missed out on an additional US$2.7 billion in returns over the last 10 years by not divesting from fossil fuels. The report found that the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (Colorado PERA) could have earned an additional 21.

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Younger job seekers drive 'climate quitting'

GreenBiz

One-thirds of young people in the UK have rejected a job over employers' weak ESG credentials, according to a new survey from KPMG.

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The health benefits and business potential of digital therapeutics

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Digital-native start-ups and healthcare incumbents can both play important roles in building and scaling digital therapeutics to improve the management of chronic health conditions.

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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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Episode 348: How Shopify shops for carbon removal tech

GreenBiz

Featuring Stacy Kauk, head of sustainability for Shopify, and an advocate for investments in carbon removal technology.

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Data science and data privacy work hand-in-hand to improve the world 

Cisco CSR

This blog comes to us from Amber Yandow, a data science subject matter expert, coach, mentor, and instructor, who has worked with Cisco to develop Introduction to Data Science curriculum, now available for free on Skills for All from Cisco Networking Academy. You can learn more about Amber’s journey on the Women Rock-IT replay of “What’s So Exciting About Data Science?

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Empowering Leadership in a VUCA World

Cisco CSR

Leaders today are facing extraordinary challenges. Along with the pandemic came issues like death and suicide, which are difficult problems for teams to face during even the best of times, and we’ve seen widespread isolation and loneliness like never before. Then there’s the economy, supply chain issues, The Great Resignation, war, the staggering global rise of unhappiness that started long before the pandemic, and the stress that comes with it all.

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Semiconductor fabs: Construction challenges in the United States

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Major semiconductor players have undertaken and announced US-based fab construction projects, and more are under consideration. Here’s a road map for moving ahead.

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The Apocalypse Is Just 90 Seconds Away, Says the Doomsday Clock

Impakter

Impakter The Apocalypse Is Just 90 Seconds Away, Says the Doomsday Clock Popular culture regularly encourages us to “live in the moment,” but how long is a moment? Before the metric or imperial systems of measurement were developed, philosophers, historians and academics used more general units to quantify time, for example, one “moment” was widely used to represent a period of 90 seconds.

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How Daiichi Sankyo Europe drives growth with digital and analytics

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Digital and analytics can markedly improve life sciences companies’ engagement with customers. Daiichi Sankyo Europe’s CEO Jan Van Ruymbeke explains the challenges to adopting digital and analytics and how his company overcame them.

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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 Nominees for the 2023 Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award in EMEA

Cisco CSR

Cybersecurity professionals are often perceived as sole practitioners, plying their craft in dimly lit rooms. Nothing could be further from the truth, as one of the keys to being a successful cybersecurity professional is the ability to collaborate and, more importantly, to share knowledge as far and wide as possible. At Cisco, we have formed the Cisco Insider Advocacy program, which consists of a global community of professionals passionate about working and spreading their knowledge with other

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Study flags night-time air pollution in China as potential health threat

Envirotec Magazine

China is a night-time ‘hot-spot’ for the production of nitrate radicals (PNO3) that could have a major impact on health-threatening ozone and fine particulates (PM2.5) in the atmosphere, a new study appears to reveal. The country has experienced a rapid increase in nocturnal production of NO3, whilst Europe and the US experienced a decline. Experts believe that this increase will have significant air pollution implications for China and other developing countries such as India.

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EVs are more popular than ever. They’re also extremely prone to cyberattacks.

Utiliity Dive

If action is not taken to uniformly protect electric vehicles and charging infrastructure from cyber threats, the mobile exoskeleton of the U.S. could be targeted.

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Four themes shaping the future of the stormy European power market

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Demand for electricity in Europe is surging at a time when supplies are disrupted. To adapt to the market’s uncertainty and rising prices, players will have to be clear-eyed about what’s ahead.

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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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ComEd Electric Company Delivered Record Reliability in 2022

Environment + Energy Leader

In 2022, 85 percent of customers - nearly 3.5 million - experienced zero or one interruption in service. The post ComEd Electric Company Delivered Record Reliability in 2022 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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ArcelorMittal Leads $120 Million Capital Raise for Green Steel Startup Boston Metal

ESG Today

Metals technology company Boston Metals announced today that it has raised $120 million, with proceeds aimed at scaling up the production of green steel at its pilot plant, and supporting the construction of a commercial plant for high value metals produced using its zero emissions technology. The funding round was led by multinational steel company, ArcelorMittal, through its Xcarb innovation fund, which invests in companies developing breakthrough technologies that will accelerate the steel in

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Babcock & Wilcox Gets $65 Million Providing Services for UK Plant

Environment + Energy Leader

A joint venture formed by FCC Environment (UK) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, the Lostock plant will generate 60+ megawatts of energy utilizing residential waste for both businesses and residential areas. The post Babcock & Wilcox Gets $65 Million Providing Services for UK Plant appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Long-term regulatory and policy changes needed to avoid stalls to business decarbonisation ??????

Envirotec Magazine

A new report from energy consultancy Cornwall Insight has set out a range of regulation and policy changes the government could examine if it wants to avoid a slowdown or stalling of business investment in decarbonisation. The report “Business net zero: Making progress in a challenging economy” warns that against a backdrop of economic hardship, and reductions to government support, corporate investment in decarbonisation may be paused or cut back.

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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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IoT news of the week for Jan. 27, 2023

Stacey Higginbotham

How to think about your job as a data scientist: This isn’t a news brief so much as a recommendation to anyone who reads this newsletter and is interested in how to build AI models to go read this post. It’s a nice overview that links software development to solving existing business problems and to how companies should think about using existing automated machine learning tools such as Amazon’s SageMaker to help them automate business decisions.

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How green building policy could evolve in 2023

Utiliity Dive

After reducing energy use in buildings, cutting embodied carbon is next on the green policy agenda for state and local leaders, potentially prompting a shift from concrete and steel to materials like timber or straw, experts say.

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Reflections on Corporate Wokeness after Davos

Caux Round Table

With recent comments on the virtue signaling of wealthy participants in the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, I thought of going back to a commentary of mine from April two years ago. I was reacting to “wokeness” as a long-hoped for awakening of moral sentiments that would “transform” capitalism into goodness and well-being for all. Then, I was not convinced that “wokeness” would do any good at all.

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Unblocktober 2022: What did we learn going into 2023? 

Envirotec Magazine

Drainage and wastewater expert Lanes Group writes We are so pleased with the success of Unblocktober 2022, and the efforts that people made to change their habits and help the environment. We had 38,784 people within businesses who made the Unblocktober pledge across 289 organisations, as well as 4,601 individuals signing up. We had several firsts, including the first Unblocktober Awards, which saw winners across three categories.

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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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Mercury helps to detail Earth's most massive extinction event

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Scientists are working to understand the cause and how the events of the LPME unfolded by focusing on mercury from Siberian volcanoes that ended up in sediments in Australia and South Africa.

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Scaling EV Charging On City Streets, Creatively

Joan Michelson

83% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas, in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, etc. most without garages or driveways. Yet, most EV charging funding does not go there. Here's a way to put EV charging in cities.

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Stability of perovskite solar cells reaches next milestone

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Perovskite semiconductors promise highly efficient and low-cost solar cells. However, the semi-organic material is very sensitive to temperature differences, which can quickly lead to fatigue damage in normal outdoor use. Adding a dipolar polymer compound to the precursor perovskite solution helps to counteract this. The solar cells produced in this way achieve efficiencies of well above 24 %, which hardly drop under rapid temperature fluctuations between -60 and +80 Celsius over one hundred cyc

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Gary Forster, Publish What You Fund: Holding development finance institutions accountable for impact

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, January 27 – Gary Forster left his job in logistics at Procter & Gamble to volunteer in Zambia, inspired by the 2005. The post Gary Forster, Publish What You Fund: Holding development finance institutions accountable for impact 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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Outlook for the blue economy

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A handful of hyper-productive fisheries provide sustenance to a billion people and employ tens of millions. These fisheries occur on the eastern edges of the world's oceans -- off the West Coast of the U.S., the Canary Islands, Peru, Chile, and Benguela. There, a process called upwelling brings cold water and nutrients to the surface, which in turn supports large numbers of larger sea creatures that humans depend on for sustenance.

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As SMR developer X-energy moves to go public, merger partner Ares cautions investors about risks

Utiliity Dive

Investors were warned of small modular reactors’ limited operating experience and other challenges that could lead to higher-than-expected construction costs, maintenance requirements and operating expenses.

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Ancestral variation guides future environmental adaptations

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The speed of environmental change is very challenging for wild organisms. When exposed to a new environment individual plants and animals can potentially adjust their biology to better cope with new pressures they are exposed to -- this is known as phenotypic plasticity. New research shows that early plasticity can influence the ability to subsequently evolve genetic adaptations to conquer new habitats.

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5 values for repairing the harms of colonialism | Jing Corpuz

TEDxInnovations

Indigenous wisdom can help solve the planetary crises that colonialism started, says lawyer Jennifer "Jing" Corpuz. Her ancestors, the Kankanaey-Igorot people of the Philippines, are known for creating the Banaue Rice Terraces: centuries-old irrigated mountain terraces that illustrate the magic of humanity living in harmony with nature. Corpuz shares five values that have guided her people as they successfully fought against development aggression and invites everyone to pursue a more just, sust

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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.