Wed.Feb 07, 2024

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How the Red Sea crisis could impede shipping industry climate targets

GreenBiz

A recent analysis finds that the 4,000-mile-plus detour to avoid Red Sea attacks could dramatically increase the global shipping industry's carbon emissions.

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Australia’s biggest wind project installs first turbine

Renew Economy

First turbine erected at what will be the biggest wind project in Australia. The post Australia’s biggest wind project installs first turbine appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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3 finance strategies to help with corporate climate goals

GreenBiz

CFOs can make a big impact on sustainability performance, at little to no additional cost to their organization.

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Batteries “core” to business and profitability, says AGL, as flexibility and firming pay off

Renew Economy

AGL says large-scale battery storage is rapidly becoming a core part of its business, and will be a key building block for future profitability, with agility and flexibility the order of the day. The post Batteries “core” to business and profitability, says AGL, as flexibility and firming pay off 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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California startup Watershed raises $100 million for emissions-tracking software

GreenBiz

Investors bet big on carbon accounting and emissions reporting with Watershed Technology.

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AGL back in the black as it slouches towards green

Renew Economy

AGL Energy posts 359% jump in half-year profit, year-on-year, driven by fewer plant outages and more stable market conditions. The post AGL back in the black as it slouches towards green appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Community engagement has no cookie-cutter approach: It’s time to start listening

Renew Economy

When it comes supporting communities to navigate the complex changes presented by the shift to renewable energy, there is a public investment gap. Here's how it could be bridged. The post Community engagement has no cookie-cutter approach: It’s time to start listening appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Is pollution from Alberta's oil sands way worse than the industry has let on?

Corporate Knights

For decades, Indigenous communities in northern Alberta have voiced concerns about pollution from the region’s oil sands facilities contaminating the air they breath. Extracting bitumen from the sands has emitted all sorts of harmful chemicals that drift downwind and have even been linked to elevated cancer rates in at least one community. A recent study shows this problem might be a lot worse than the oil industry has let on.

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Where’s our slogan? How the energy transition could benefit from an educational campaign

Renew Economy

What is the story we should be telling to explain Australia's shift to 82% renewables by 2030, who is telling it – and is it understood by those outside the energy industry bubble? The post Where’s our slogan? How the energy transition could benefit from an educational campaign appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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CSRHub API 3.1 Is Live

3BL Media

Version 3.1 of CSRHub’s Application Programming Interface (API) is now live. The CSRHub Specification for REST Access (CSRA) now has 213 separate calls, up from 125 in Version 2.8. The new calls allow users to request consensus ESG ratings on the 55,000 entities CSRHub covers. CSRA is already being used in applications such as: Investor relations; Due diligence; Business process improvement; Supply chain analysis; Guiding consumer purchase; Monitoring regulatory compliance Managing advertising s

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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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How solar panels could act as a bushfire early warning system

Renew Economy

UNSW researchers believe the huge volumes of data from rooftop PV monitoring systems could be put to use to detect smoke from bushfires. The post How solar panels could act as a bushfire early warning system appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Frito-Lay and Quaker Focus on Community Commitment: Major Donations and Scholarship Initiatives Mark 2023’s Impact

3BL Media

As active contributors to the community, Frito-Lay and Quaker’s commitment to service is rooted in a strong drive to make a long-lasting positive impact. This has led to consistent investment in scalable partnerships and localized initiatives focused on enhancing economic opportunities, supporting racial equality, and contributing sustainable solutions for addressing food insecurity.

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Atlantic City Electric - Atlantic City Electric Advocates for Continued Energy Assistance Funding and Reminds Customers to Act Now to Secure Support

Global Renewable News

More than 37,000 customers were connected to approximately $51.5 million in energy assistance, including more than $8.3 million from LIHEAP in 2023Today (Feb 7) is Low-Income Home Energy Assistanc.

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Pepco Advocates for Continued Energy Assistance Funding and Reminds Customers to Act Now to Secure Support

3BL Media

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2024 /3BL/ - Today is Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Action Day and Pepco employees are on Capitol Hill to meet with representatives and advocates for policies that protect funding for LIHEAP and support vulnerable households in the District of Columbia and Maryland. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps limited-income households with their home energy bills.

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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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U.S. Department of Energy - U.S. Department of Energy and FEMA Study Finds Puerto Rico Can Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Future By 2050

Global Renewable News

The PR100 Study Outlines Viable Pathways to Securing a Renewable, Resilient and Reliable Grid; To Maximize Impact DOE Sets Launch Date for Low-Income Households to Apply for Subsidized Residential.

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Hospital CIOs Weigh 5G As Digitized Medicine Pushes Wi-Fi to Its Limits

3BL Media

Originally published by The Wall Street Journal on wsj.com At Boston Children’s Hospital, CIO Heather Nelson said she has been working with T-Mobile to build a hybrid 5G environment, which would support both secure hospital traffic as well as general public connections, but with the idea that Wi-Fi would remain as a backup. “We knew our current legacy systems couldn’t scale,” she said.

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What turned Earth into a giant snowball 700m years ago? Scientists now have an answer

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Inspired during field work in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, geoscientists have proposed that all-time low volcanic carbon dioxide emissions triggered a 57 million year-long global 'Sturtian' ice age.

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Aramark Helps the Chiefs Tackle Food Waste in Kansas City

3BL Media

As it was reported in the recently released 2023 Be Well. Do Well. Progress Report , Aramark is committed to reducing food waste across its operations with the dual goals of conserving resources and minimizing the company’s environmental footprint. Aramark minimizes waste through a holistic food management process from planning and purchasing, to production and service.

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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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What to expect from medtech in 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Our medtech predictions for the year ahead were inspired by conversations with more than 200 industry leaders and informed by McKinsey’s latest decade-ahead medtech report.

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GRI North America Present at GreenBiz'24

3BL Media

This year, GRI North America is thrilled to play a key role at GreenBiz24 conference, seizing various opportunities to engage with North American attendees at an event that gathers approximately 2500 sustainability professionals every year. If you are attending the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to engage with GRI. GRI side event: advancing sustainability reporting across landscapes and seascapes One highlight of GRI’s agenda is the hosting of a side event, scheduled for Tuesday, Februar

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Inexpensive, carbon-neutral biofuels are finally possible

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

When it comes to making fuel from plants, the first step has always been the hardest -- breaking down the plant matter. A new study finds that introducing a simple, renewable chemical to the pretreatment step can finally make next-generation biofuel production both cost-effective and carbon neutral.

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Major Companies Celebrate Clean Buildings Agreement Between States

3BL Media

February 7, 2024 /3BL/ - Major businesses, employers, and trade groups applaud a new agreement between eight states and Washington, D.C. to collectively work to reduce climate pollution from buildings in the coming years. California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. today signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their collective efforts to accelerate the deployment of clean technologies such as heat pumps in new and

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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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Independent Electricity System Operator - Save on Energy's Peak Perks Program Reaches Milestone Enrollment

Global Renewable News

More than 100,000 Ontario residents have enrolled in the Save on Energy Peak Perks program, a residential demand response initiative of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) that helps en.

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Southern Company Issues Annual Moving to Equity Report for 2023

3BL Media

Southern Company Southern Company has published its latest Moving to Equity report , showing notable achievements and impactful initiatives regarding the company’s strategy to foster a more inclusive and equitable culture. Building upon years of dedicated work, Southern Company’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion continues to drive meaningful actions and create positive change.

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Hydro-Québec - Hydro-Québec retains 8 bids totalling 1 550 MW of wind power

Global Renewable News

Hydro-Québec launched a call for tenders on March 31, 2023. Further to this call, the company has selected 8 bids from 5 developers for a total of 1 550 megawatts (MW) of contract capacity. .

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Exploring New Perspectives Through In-Office Art

3BL Media

Originally published on bloomberg.com In partnership with the National Gallery Singapore, Bloomberg presents a new installation by local artist Kelly Limerick. Bloomberg employees contributed personal items and participated in the creative process of the artwork that now graces Bloomberg’s Singapore office. “Bloomberg’s culture of collaboration and innovation brought together 13 crocheters and their distinctive styles to weave in memories of things we take pride in and hold dear.

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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.

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Sumitomo Corporation of Americas - Strategic Biofuels and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Announce Major Investment Commitment

Global Renewable News

Strategic Biofuels, the leader in developing deeply negative carbon footprint renewable fuel plants, and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA), a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, a leading Fortun.

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Grounding in Healing To Navigate the DEI Landscape in 2024

3BL Media

Dr. Sally Saba, Medtronic Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer and Medtronic Foundation President Healing means different things to different people. For me, healing means going from a place of judgment, questioning our self-worth, body-mind dis -ease, and lack of inner vitality, to a place of acceptance, self-worth, mind-body wellbeing, and the reignition of that internal life spark — the vital energy that drives our passion, purpose, and sense of fulfillment.

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International Energy Agency - India could triple its biofuel use and accelerate global deployment

Global Renewable News

India has quickly joined the ranks of major biofuel producer and consumer thanks to a set of coordinated policies, high-level political support, and an abundance of feedstocks. Over the next five year.

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New EPA Rules Will Remove Harmful Air Pollution, With Public Health and Economic Benefits

3BL Media

February 7, 2024 /3BL/ - Ceres applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released standards for pollution from fine particulate matter, otherwise known as PM2.5 or soot, a harmful and deadly pollutant produced by fossil fuel power plants, vehicle emissions, and other industrial sources that harm public health in exposed communities. “The EPA’s new particulate matter standard is a lifesaver and will help build a cleaner, healthier, and more just economy for all,” said Anne Kelly,

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How Will Virgo Season Impact Your ESG Communication?

3BL’s in-house experts merge the celestial wisdom of astrology with current environmental, social, governance (ESG) communication trends to offer a unique perspective and practical advice on sharing your company’s commitments effectively. 3BL’s new “Navigating ESG Comms through the Cosmos” series begins with Virgo season! In this edition, we delve into: How businesses have responded to environmental disasters over the past few months and why you can expect a continued focus on the climate crisis