August, 2023

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What is COP?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

COP refers to the United Nations’ annual conference on climate change. Its 28th meeting (COP28) is scheduled to begin November 30, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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New Google tools to map rooftop solar potential, air quality

GreenBiz

Google Maps functionality harnesses AI and aerial imagery to help businesses and cities plan solar deployments and tackle air pollution.

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Snowy 2 Much: How can a 2.2GW water battery be worth more than $12 billion?

Renew Economy

The Snowy Hydro "reset" comes with no details or analysis. The Australian public, as the ultimate shareholders, must be provided with a comprehensive report, not just a two page media release. The post Snowy 2 Much: How can a 2.2GW water battery be worth more than $12 billion? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Countries are embracing the idea of a “well-being economy.” Will Canada follow their lead?

Corporate Knights

Scotland is embracing a fresh approach to its economy. In the spring, it appointed its first cabinet secretary for “wellbeing economy, fair work and energy,” tasked with developing “an economy that is fair, green and growing. to ensure our collective and individual wellbeing.” Along with New Zealand, Iceland, Wales and Finland, Scotland rounds out the Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo) partnership of nations – all five explicitly working toward building economies “designed to serve people and

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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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Trailhead’s You Lead Idaho Program Receives $200,000 Grant From KeyBank

3BL Media

BOISE, Idaho, August 25, 2023 /3BL/ — KeyBank has awarded a $200,000 grant to Trailhead, a non-profit organization offering mentoring and support services to Idaho student entrepreneurs. The grant will allow Trailhead to expand its You Lead Idaho program and empower more students through education, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, innovation and technology.

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The Digital Economy Is Broken—But It’s Not Too Late

Stanford Social Innovation

By Ritse Erumi & Anita Gurumurthy The digital economy is not working. Democracy, freedom, and prosperity were the original promises of the internet. The world wide web was a game changer; people could now collaboratively build and create the world they desired. The gains would be universal, and in the new internet economy, everyone would have a place.

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Is your fleet ready for vehicle-to-grid? Ask these 5 questions first

GreenBiz

Before pursuing the reduced costs and environmental benefits promised by vehicle-to-grid tech, make these careful considerations.

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On the last day of winter, Australia reaches record 37.5 pct renewables share for the year

Renew Economy

Australia's main grid reached a new 12-month rolling renewables record of 37.5 per cent on Thursday, the last day of winter. The post On the last day of winter, Australia reaches record 37.5 pct renewables share for the year appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What if companies had to pay for the problems their carbon emissions cause?

Corporate Knights

What if companies had to pay for the problems their carbon emissions cause? Their profits would plunge, according to new estimates, possibly wiping out trillions in financial gains. These results, spelled out in a recent study in the journal Science , are based on analysis of almost 15,000 publicly-traded companies around the world. To calculate how much each ton of carbon emissions ends up costing society , economists used the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate of $190 per ton.

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Investors Urge ISSB to Develop Reporting Standard for Human Rights and Human Capital

ESG Today

A group of investors representing over $1 trillion in assets under management has published a letter to the IFRS Foundation’s International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), urging it to prioritize the development of global reporting standards for companies to disclose on human capital and human rights. The ISSB was launched in November 2021 at the COP26 climate conference, with the goal to develop IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards, driven by demand from investors, companies, governm

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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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Manufacturing Leadership Summit: Five Takeaways

Cisco CSR

Co-authored by Carlos Rojas and David Gutshall. Manufacturing was front and center at Cisco Live US 2023, with several of the world’s leading manufacturers coming together to share experiences and discuss technology trends, challenges, and innovations. For example, Dr. Henning Löser, Head of the Audi Production Lab at Audi AG, joined the Cisco team for an Innovation Talk and Cube interview about the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).

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Stairway to digital excellence

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Organizations that follow a progression of steps to achieve excellence in digital delivery may see improvements in effectiveness, productivity, and performance, as well as significant increases in speed.

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This Coca-Cola bottler will capture carbon dioxide to put the fizz in its drinks

GreenBiz

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages is building a “quadgeneration” system to generate electricity, run heating and cooling processes, and recover carbon dioxide to carbonate beverages.

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Rooftop solar takes an even bigger bite out of diminishing coal pie: But can it be controlled?

Renew Economy

Amid all noise about the energy outlook, AEMO revealed two fascinating graphs showing how renewables are fundamentally changing the nature of the grid. The post Rooftop solar takes an even bigger bite out of diminishing coal pie: But can it be controlled? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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The fire beast is everywhere. A checklist for fighting back.

Corporate Knights

From a distance, when you see the white smoke curling up from the forest, you worry. How far away is the fire? Which direction is it heading? From close up, when the flames are rising into the treetops, it’s time to panic. When wildfires encroached on the outskirts of Fort McMurray the morning of May 3, 2016, the general messaging from officials was “Go about your life as normal.

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Mizuho Issues €750 Million Green Bond to Help Finance Low Carbon Transition

ESG Today

Tokyo-based banking and financial services company Mizuho announced that it has issued a €750 million (USD$820 million) green bond, with proceeds from the offering to be used to finance projects supporting the transition to a low carbon society. The issuance follows an announcement last month by Mizuho of a goal to facilitate JPY 100 trillion ($USD 700 billion) in sustainable finance between 2019 – 2030, including JPY 50 trillion in environment and climate change-related finance.

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Energy storage in molecules

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Molecular photoswitches that can both convert and store energy could be used to make solar energy harvesting more efficient. A team of researchers has used a quantum computing method to find a particularly efficient molecular structure for this purpose. Their procedure was based on a dataset of more than 400,000 molecules, which they screened to find the optimum molecular structure for solar energy storage materials.

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Connectivity: reliability, security and sustainability emerge as primary demands for European customers

Cisco CSR

Across Europe, people are rethinking what they rely on the internet for: balancing classic demands for speed and reliability, with the growing needs of rising eco-consciousness, secure cloud infrastructure, and the increase of the Internet of Things (IoT) connecting our devices, from smart cars to home appliances. This trend perfectly aligns with the European Commission’s Digital Decade 2030, where secure and sustainable digital infrastructure is one of the top 4 priorities.

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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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How Buyers Can Scale High-Quality Carbon Dioxide Removal for Climate Impact

GreenBiz

What is the role of buyers in scaling high-quality carbon dioxide removal? In this webinar, experts from Carbon Direct and Microsoft will discuss the challenges in the voluntary carbon market and the unique role that buyers have to play in helping to address those challenges.

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Last coal generator in Australia’s biggest grid will be managed out earlier than you think

Renew Economy

The Mt Piper is destined to be the last coal plant in the NSW grid, but is likely to cease operation well before that - leaving the biggest state coal-free in 10 years time. The post Last coal generator in Australia’s biggest grid will be managed out earlier than you think appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Is Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation delivering on its promise?

Impact Alpha

The European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, known as SFDR, is making waves in the investment industry. The legislative measure, introduced in 2019, The post Is Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation delivering on its promise? appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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£1.5 Trillion Investor Group Warns that Uncertainty on Climate Policy Threatens Investment in UK Net Zero Transition

ESG Today

Investors’ willingness to deploy capital to fund the UK’s net zero transition is at risk, as recent policy signals have reduced confidence in the government’s commitments to its climate policies, according to a new letter sent to Prime Minister Sunak by a group of financial institutions managing £1.5 trillion in assets under management. The letter, signed by 36 members of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), comes as competition heats up globally among major economies t

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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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CFOs’ balancing act: Juggling priorities to build resilience

McKinsey Sustainabilty

As surveyed CFOs concurrently manage defensive and growth-oriented considerations, they expect major changes in the months ahead and see two pivotal paths for strengthening their organizations.

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Cisco Partners and Sustainability: we can help you do your part

Cisco CSR

Environmental sustainability is an expanding focus and topic of discussion for many business leaders around the world. This is a period of great change. Businesses all over the world continue reshaping their operations to further support the wellbeing, stability, and future of the planet. We are evolving from an economy that extracts resources and eventually discards them, to a circular one which finds new uses for products and their inputs.

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Tracking the influence of boards on carbon emissions — it’s complicated

GreenBiz

An analysis suggests that directors connected with the most emissions are concentrated in the financial industry, and many of them also have ties to energy companies.

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Costs jump for controversial new gas plant, with no update on green hydrogen in the mix

Renew Economy

The cost of building a government-backed new gas plant in NSW has jumped to almost $1bn, with no word on whether green hydrogen will be in the mix when it comes online. The post Costs jump for controversial new gas plant, with no update on green hydrogen in the mix 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.

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2023 Global Heat Wave: July brought the hottest three weeks observed so far

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The first three weeks of July 2023 have been the hottest global three-week period so far. Researchers report that the European population's exposure to heat was highest in Italy.

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AI-Based Metals Recycling Startup Sortera Raises $30 Million

ESG Today

Material sorting startup Sortera Technologies announced that it has raised $30.5 million in a Series C funding round, with proceeds aimed at supporting the company’s growth and fully commercializing its first full-scale upcycling facility. Founded in 2020, Indiana-based Sortera enables the reuse of metals recovered from end-of-life products. The company’s solutions utilize artificial intelligence, image/data analytics, and advanced sensors in industrial scrap metal recycling, providing advanced

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HYDROGEN BACKBONE LINK CONNECTING SCOTLAND TO EUROPE

Energy Central

HYDROGEN BACKBONE LINK CONNECTING SCOTLAND TO EUROPE Repurposing and Routing – Having reviewed multiple options for existing pipeline repurposing, the study concluded that whilst feasible, the technical complexities of repurposing and the current utilisation for hydrocarbons means that a new purpose-built pipeline route is preferable. The new build pipeline would connect.

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New pipeline will accelerate Scotland’s green hydrogen export potential, says report

Envirotec Magazine

Scotland’s hydrogen production and export potential could be significantly accelerated with the development of a purpose-built marine pipeline according to a report published on 31 August by the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC). NZTC’s Hydrogen Backbone Link project explored the critical hydrogen transport infrastructure required to deliver a cost-effective pipeline solution which would position Scotland as a front runner in the development of a pan-European hydrogen infrastructure for export.

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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