December, 2022

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How emerging technologies can strengthen ESG

Corporate Knights

Cory Searcy is a professor and the vice-provost and dean of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. Muhammad Asif is an associate professor of management sciences at Plymouth State University. In the United States, it’s easy to find prominent politicians condemning business for using ESG to impose what they call a radical left-wing ideological agenda on Americans.

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The clean energy transition is happening faster than forecasters thought

GreenBiz

A revised energy forecast from the IEA shows the 'largest ever upward revision.

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South Australia’s remarkable 100 per cent renewables run extends to over 10 days

Renew Economy

South Australia posts a remarkable and world-first run of net 100 per cent wind and solar for more than 10 days, or 249 hours. The post South Australia’s remarkable 100 per cent renewables run extends to over 10 days appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Generative AI is here: How tools like ChatGPT could change your business

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Generative AI and other foundation models are changing the AI game, taking assistive technology to a new level, reducing application development time, and bringing powerful capabilities to nontechnical users.

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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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Industrial Processes & Wireless Communications – Part II: Manufacturing Logistics

Cisco CSR

The Internet is littered with articles about Industry 4.0. Adoption of digital industrial processes have accelerated since the German government led this initiative to maintain national industrial prowess. For example, with digital twins and modular flexible systems. One of the main features of Industry 4.0 is interoperability for mobile cyber-physical systems.

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Three-Quarters of World Governments Fail to Provide Transparent Data on Air Pollution

Impakter

Impakter. Three-Quarters of World Governments Fail to Provide Transparent Data on Air Pollution. According to a shocking report published this week by OpenAQ, three-quarters of national governments fail to provide full and transparent data on air pollution. The report shows that the number of countries monitoring air quality is increasing every year, however, data are not yet transparent.

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Pernod Ricard to Build $250 Million Carbon Neutral Distillery

ESG Today

Wines and spirits producer Pernod Ricard announced today plans to invest approximately $250 million carbon neutral distillery for its Jefferson’s Bourbon brand, in Marion County, Kentucky. The announcement is the latest in a series of environmental sustainability-focused moves by Pernod Ricard, including recently announced plans to invest €50 million to transform its Middleton Distillery in Ireland into a carbon neutral operation over the next four years, a goal to achieve carbon neutral d

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South Australia’s incredible week: 104.1 per cent wind and solar over seven days

Renew Economy

South Australia reaches 104.1 per cent wind and solar over state demand for the last seven days. The post South Australia’s incredible week: 104.1 per cent wind and solar over seven days appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How I secure my smart home devices and my home network

Stacey Higginbotham

This article was first published Friday Dec. 2, 2022 in my weekly newsletter. This week we learned that Anker, the company behind the Eufy brand of connected devices, actively lied about serious security flaws in its smart home cameras. In the meantime, I spent the last few days immersed in discussions about privacy and cybersecurity. So I figured it’s probably a good time to explain what I do to protect my home network and how I think about the risks of using various connected devices i

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We Are the Experience: Innovation 101

Cisco CSR

Scrolling through your social media feed this morning, you’ve probably seen the word “innovation” in different forms at least a dozen times. Innovation has become a buzzword of the corporate world, almost mythical and seemingly unattainable. You may have even thought: “Innovation is for brilliant inventors only, I could never do that”, and… you are right.

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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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Google vs. ChatGPT: Who Really Knows Best?

Impakter

Impakter. Google vs. ChatGPT: Who Really Knows Best? The evolution of knowledge-seeking has progressed significantly over the years; the world’s questions once answered by scholars, philosophers, public libraries and encyclopedias are now, in the digital age, being answered by search engines. Evolution can also be witnessed within the short history of search engines themselves, as Bing, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves are nowadays mostly […].

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U.S. sustainable investing assets plunge by more than US$8 trillion

Corporate Knights

Sustainable investing assets in the United States have plunged by more than half to US$8.4 trillion at the end of 2021 from US$17.1 trillion at the end of 2019, according to a new report from the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF). The U.S. financial industry has reassessed trillions of dollars in sustainable investments, stripping them of their previously reported environmental, social and governance (ESG) status, says the 2022 biennial Report on US Sustainable Investi

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99% of Public Companies Expect to Invest in ESG Reporting Tech & Tools in Next 12 Months: Deloitte Survey

ESG Today

Executives at large U.S. companies are rapidly increasing sustainability reporting efforts, with nearly all actively investing in ESG data and reporting technology and assigning new ESG-focused roles internally, to meet rising stakeholder demand and approaching regulatory requirements, according to a new survey released by global professional services firm Deloitte.

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“Epic stuff:” Renewables reach 84 pct share of world’s biggest isolated grid

Renew Economy

WA grid hits new record of 84 per cent renewables share on Monday, mostly from rooftop solar. The post “Epic stuff:” Renewables reach 84 pct share of world’s biggest isolated grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Upstart Co-Lab’s pipeline of creative economy deals is now an investable impact strategy

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Dec. 7 – The “creative economy” of fashion, food, film, video games and other art and culture industries has emerged as a. The post Upstart Co-Lab’s pipeline of creative economy deals is now an investable impact strategy appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Industrial Processes & Wireless Communications – Part I: Robots and AGV

Cisco CSR

Industrial Processes & Wireless Communications . The Internet is littered with articles about Industry 4.0. Adoption of digital industrial processes have accelerated since the German government led this initiative to maintain national industrial prowess. For example, with digital twins and modular flexible systems. One of the main features of Industry 4.0 is interoperability for mobile cyber-physical systems.

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What Have Cats Got to do With Climate Change? An Interview with Dr. John Goodrich

Impakter

Impakter. What Have Cats Got to do With Climate Change? An Interview with Dr. John Goodrich. Humanity’s rapid globalisation and excessive existence over the past 50 years has triggered an uncontrolled warming of the planet, locking the “interlinked emergencies” of climate change and biodiversity loss on fast-forward. As UN Chief, Antonio Guterres, said in his opening speech at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) held earlier this month in Canada, “We […].

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Glass Packaging Receives Positive Consumer Response

Environment + Energy Leader

A survey from the Glass Packaging Institute shows they would consider buying from companies that use the materials. The post Glass Packaging Receives Positive Consumer Response appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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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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Utilities sound alarm over distribution transformer shortage as procurement times surpass 1 year and costs triple

Utiliity Dive

Shortages of materials, labor and production capacity are beginning to hold back electrification projects and threaten grid reliability, the electric sector warned.

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“Thinner than human hair:” MIT develops solar cell to turn any surface into power source

Renew Economy

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology develop technique to make paper-thin and lightweight solar cells that can be applied to any surface. The post “Thinner than human hair:” MIT develops solar cell to turn any surface into power source appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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ISSB to Add Biodiversity, Just Transition Disclosures to Climate Reporting Standard

ESG Today

Sustainability disclosure systems based on the emerging climate reporting standard under development by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) of the IFRS Foundation may soon require companies to provide additional transparency on impacts and risks related to natural ecosystems and the just transition, according ISSB Chair Emmanuel Faber.

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5 Ways SMBs Can Protect Themselves from Cybersecurity Breaches

Cisco CSR

When it comes to cybersecurity, small and medium businesses (SMBs) often get left behind. Some SMB owners believe their company is too small to be worth a hacker’s time. For others, the idea of incorporating security technology is so daunting that they opt for the most basic security, thinking it will be enough. Well, you’ll be happy to know that current cybersecurity technology is incredibly accessible to businesses of all sizes!

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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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Seagrass is Key in Fighting Climate Change: How to Save it

Impakter

Impakter. Seagrass is Key in Fighting Climate Change: How to Save it. Seagrass is far more important than is generally thought: covering coastal areas, it acts as a climate moderator and barrier to floods. What is less well known is that it is extremely efficient at capturing carbon emissions, much more so than rainforests like the Amazon. These benefits to coastal wetland coverage are key to our […].

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Are you ready for new smart home device triggers?

Stacey Higginbotham

This article was first published Friday Dec. 2, 2022 in my weekly newsletter. Depending on your smart home platform, you may already be familiar with, or even using, device information to automatically make something happen in your home. Apple’s HomeKit platform, for example, allows for this, and I use this feature in my own home. Amazon offers limited but growing support for device triggers, while Google is just getting around to adding this feature through its new Household Routines.

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Using ESG and impact to sort leaders from laggards in 2023

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Dec. 22 – It’s not about the scores. It’s about the solutions. ESG – shorthand for the consideration of environmental, social and governance considerations. The post Using ESG and impact to sort leaders from laggards in 2023 appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Adults are back in the room, with policy that paves the way for cheaper electricity

Renew Economy

Storage mechanism paves way for grid decarbonisation at the speed and scale required as we leave behind our unreliable, ultra-expensive thermal power fleet. The post Adults are back in the room, with policy that paves the way for cheaper electricity 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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ECB to Step Up Action on Climate Risk at Banks as a Top Priority

ESG Today

The European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled its top supervisory priorities for 2023 – 2025 on Monday, setting “stepping up efforts to address climate change” as one of its key focus areas for its supervision banks. The ECB sets its supervisory priorities annually to determine its forward three-year focus, based on its determination of the main vulnerabilities and risks faced by banks, in order to supervise banks effectively and consistently, and to clarify its expectations from banks.

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Cybersecurity Grants: Your Playbook to Success

Cisco CSR

As the college football season enters its final quarter, all the great teams have built a detailed in-depth playbook to get them to the end zone. And the great teams wouldn’t be great without that playbook setting them up for success. But a winning playbook is far more than just drawings of routes and coverages. Its structure tells a story of how a team builds and maintains a winning program from the ground up, a tale very similar to that found in the world of government cybersecurity.

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‘Future vehicles require future insurance’

McKinsey Sustainabilty

In an interview with McKinsey’s Tanguy Catlin, Andrew Rose of OnStar Insurance discusses how telematics data will usher in a new era of auto insurance.

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10 things that will be big next year in the IoT

Stacey Higginbotham

This news was first published on Dec. 23 in my weekly Stacey on IoT newsletter. . Hopefully you’re reading this newsletter on your last day at the office or while curled up at home with a warm and festive beverage. Instead of taxing your brain with some deeply technical explainer, I figured I’d share some big trends that I’ll be writing about in the coming year along with some of the big trends that I’ve written about in the last few years that are finally reaching fruiti

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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.