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Sun Cable: Cannon-Brookes wins battle for world’s biggest solar and battery project

Renew Economy

Battle of billionaires ends with a Grok-Quinbrook consortium taking ownership of the massive Sun Cable project, keeping alive plans to export solar power to Singapore. The post Sun Cable: Cannon-Brookes wins battle for world’s biggest solar and battery project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Iceland makes circularity look effortless

GreenBiz

An industrial resource park in Iceland is built around geothermal and circular principles.

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Green gold: Wind and solar to deliver 80 pct of power needs for huge new mine

Renew Economy

Gold miner expects to get premium for its bullion after signing deal to get 80% of mining and refining power needs delivered by wind and solar. The post Green gold: Wind and solar to deliver 80 pct of power needs for huge new mine appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Delterra teams up with Mars, Amcor and P&G for plastics pledge

GreenBiz

New partnerships aims to tackle plastic pollution by transforming waste management and recycling systems in Indonesia, Argentina and Brazil.

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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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Toronto is the latest city to crackdown on carbon-heavy building materials

Corporate Knights

For years, a building’s carbon footprint was mostly seen as an energy efficiency problem – how much energy it uses to keep the lights on and heat and cool its occupants. But in the last two or three years, mounting awareness around the carbon intensity of garden-variety materials such as cement, concrete, steel, glass and aluminum has moved the concept of “embodied carbon" from a somewhat obscure preoccupation of green designers to the planning mainstream.

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“Mighty sun, wind and water:” New partner and funds for green hydrogen mega project

Renew Economy

Big renewable hydrogen project in Queensland lands a new partner and the biggest public-private injection of funds so far in Australia. The post “Mighty sun, wind and water:” New partner and funds for green hydrogen mega project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Solar investment overtakes oil for first time as renewables chase down fossil fuels

Renew Economy

Investment in solar to overtakes oil for first time as world accelerates switch to renewables and fossil fuel companies pocket their super profits. The post Solar investment overtakes oil for first time as renewables chase down fossil fuels appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Nike Launches First-Ever Hydrogen-Powered Inland Container Ship

ESG Today

Nike announced the launch of the H₂ Barge 1, the first-ever hydrogen-powered inland container ship, that will transport the company’s products for Europe between Rotterdam and Nike’s European Logistics Campus (ELC) in Belgium, while producing zero operational CO2 emissions. Originally a diesel barge, Nike said that it retrofitted the vessel with hydrogen technology to replace its combustion engine, with the barge now emitting only humid air and clean water.

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CSIRO trials Australia first portable, off-grid hydrogen generator

Renew Economy

CSIRO scientists will demonstrate patented technology to efficiently generate hydrogen from liquid carriers, supported by Advanced Carbon Engineering. The post CSIRO trials Australia first portable, off-grid hydrogen generator appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Global Investment in Solar Outpacing Oil for First Time Ever: IEA

ESG Today

Investment in clean energy sources and technologies continues to outpace fossil fuel investment, with the gap reaching approximately 70% in 2023, and solar PV on track to attract more capital than oil production globally this year for the first time ever, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) flagship report, World Energy Investment 2023.

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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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Latest hike could be power price peak – as long as we decouple from inflationary fossil fuels

Renew Economy

Latest DMO reminds us the only solution to permanently lower power prices is to decouple from polluting, inflationary fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to firmed renewable energy. The post Latest hike could be power price peak – as long as we decouple from inflationary fossil fuels appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Toxic chemical cocktails found at over 1,600 river and groundwater sites across England

Envirotec Magazine

New analysis of Environment Agency data appears to reveal a worrying level of chemical pollution in rivers and other freshwater sites across England. 1 The research, which looked at the prevalence of five “chemical cocktails” known to have toxic impacts for wildlife, also highlights the lack of official monitoring for known harmful chemical cocktails, as well as the lack of a regulatory framework to address these mixtures.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: How to connect wind, solar and batteries

Renew Economy

Clean Energy Council’s Christiaan Zuur on the work being done to cut delays and costs for grid connections. Plus: NSW releases roadmap to coal-free grid. The post Energy Insiders Podcast: How to connect wind, solar and batteries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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DOW on Route to Making Chemicals Using Small Modular Reactors

Environment + Energy Leader

When Dow and X-energy inked an agreement to develop an advanced nuclear reactor at one of Dow’s sites along the Gulf Coast, it was a big deal – a technology the two will license to other industrial customers.

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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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KPMG Launches Circularity Tracker Solution on Microsoft Sustainability Platform

ESG Today

Global professional services firm KPMG announced today the launch of Circularity Tracker, a new tool aimed at supporting organizations’ shift from a linear to a circular economy through automated data collection and processing, and performance analysis and monitoring. The new tool is part of a series of ESG-focused solutions by KPMG built on Microsoft’s sustainability-focused platform, Cloud for Sustainability.

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Podcast: Trust, AI, and the economy drive IoT conversations

Stacey Higginbotham

This week’s show is live from Dallas as I attend the Parks Associates Connections smart home event, so I start out discussing some of the themes I’ve seen so far, including the growing importance of data privacy, local processing and generative AI. We also talk about the five-year-anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU and evaluate its impact so far (it’s not as bad as you think).

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Arctic ground squirrels changing hibernation patterns

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

New research analyzes more than 25 years of climate and biological data. The findings include shorter hibernation periods in arctic ground squirrels, as well as differences between male and female hibernation periods.

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Formula 1 team targets over 60% emissions reduction through biofuel use for coming season

Envirotec Magazine

Freight contributes the lion’s share of the emissions produced by formula 1. The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 Team says it has set its sights on over 60% emissions reduction and 200TCO2 saved through biofuel use for the forthcoming Formula 1 European season. The team, PETRONAS and logistics partners say they are working together to deliver the aspiration of a fully biofueled European season following a successful trial in 2022 which saw a reported 89% reduction in CO2 freight emissions.

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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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Impact Muni Bond: Social bond to tackle poverty and unlock growth in Philadelphia

Impact Alpha

Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha has partnered with HIP Investor to highlight upcoming bond issues with social and/or environmental significance. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post. The post Impact Muni Bond: Social bond to tackle poverty and unlock growth in Philadelphia appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Top 10 lessons so far from Soleil Lofts, a virtual power plant pioneer in the U.S.

Energy Central

Soleil Lofts opened in 2019, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to the yoga studio, dog park, swimming pools and basketball court, the luxury apartment complex features something truly unique — every unit has a seven-foot-tall battery in the living room. The country’s largest virtual power plant gets almost all its energy from the sun.

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The Brief: Financing social determinants of health, neighborhood preservation bond in Philadelphia, tax credits for mothers, US SIF’s Lisa Woll’s exit interview

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! Featured: Investing in Health Health is too important to be left to the health sector alone. Climate change, supply. The post The Brief: Financing social determinants of health, neighborhood preservation bond in Philadelphia, tax credits for mothers, US SIF’s Lisa Woll’s exit interview appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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No ‘silver bullet’: Report lays out fixes for interconnection delays plaguing US renewables and storage

Utiliity Dive

“The wait to interconnect is so long that many projects drop out and never end up being built,” said Todd Olinsky-Paul, senior project director at Clean Energy Group.

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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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Deep sea surveys detect over five thousand new species in future mining hotspot

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

There is a massive, mineral-rich region in the Pacific Ocean -- about twice the size of India -- called the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), which has already been divided up and assigned to companies for future deep-sea mining. To better understand what may be at risk once companies start mining, a team of biologists has built the first 'CCZ checklist' by compiling all the species records from previous research expeditions to the region.

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2023 global solar investment projected to overtake oil for the first time: International Energy Agency

Utiliity Dive

The IEA expects more than $1.7 trillion will be invested in clean energy around the world in 2023, versus about $1 trillion in fossil fuels.

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Texas Tech to Study Fireworks Perchlorate Contamination Impact on Water

Environment + Energy Leader

In a significant move to safeguard water resources and ensure clean drinking water, the EPA has awarded a grant of nearly $2.5 million for the research.

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Xcel Energy plan to build 460 EV fast charging stations in Colorado angers retailers, other charging proponents

Utiliity Dive

The utility’s plan includes a “rental option” for battery energy storage systems to pair with third-party owned fast charging stations.

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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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Sustainability and co-innovation: Shared passions of Enel and Cisco CDA

Cisco CSR

This blog was co-authored by Sophia Filipe, Country Digitization Program Manager, within the Cisco Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program.

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Lessons From the Failures of Covax

Stanford Social Innovation

By Trevor Zimmer In May, the COVID-19 national public health emergency officially ended. As the world emerges from this period of death, economic displacement, and social reordering, it will take years to fully understand how the pandemic impacted households, communities, and countries. But the COVID-19 pandemic will not be the last novel infectious disease in our lifetimes, and climate change will be a threat to human and planetary health without equal.

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Real Estate ESG Data Provider Deepki Acquires Carbon Measurement Platform Nooco

ESG Today

Real estate sustainability data solutions provider Deepki announced today the acquisition of embedded carbon measurement startup Nooco. Paris-based Nooco was launched in 2020 by French energy services and infrastructure company VINCI Energies. The company provides Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions focused on measuring and optimizing the carbon footprint of building construction and renovation projects.

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Saving our soil: How to extend US breadbasket fertility for centuries

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The Midwestern United States has lost 57.6 billion tons of topsoil due to farming practices over the past 160 years, and the rate of erosion, even following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidelines, is still 25 times higher than the rate at which topsoil forms. Yet, we need not despair: researchers recently reported that no-till farming, which is currently practiced on 40 percent of cropland acres in the Midwest, can extend our current level of soil fertility for the next several centurie

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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.