February, 2024

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The story of McDonald’s 10-year quest for sustainable beef

GreenBiz

A decade ago, the hamburger giant announced it would transform how it procures its most vital ingredient. It’s made progress, although you still can’t buy “sustainable beef.

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South Australia fast-tracks 100 pct renewables target to 2027

Renew Economy

South Australia fast tracks its target of "net 100 pct" renewables to 2027 - rather than 2030 - as a result of the state's new wind and solar developments and ambitious hydrogen plans. The post South Australia fast-tracks 100 pct renewables target to 2027 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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To fight inflation, get a heat pump

Corporate Knights

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon. But a decarbonization plan now taking shape in Australia points the way for government financing to help electrify day-to-day energy use for every household, regardless of income, save $1 trillion over an 18-year span, and fight inflation into the bargain, invent

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AMD Named in Top 10 of America’s Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and CNBC

3BL Media

February 5, 2024 /3BL/ - AMD is ranked 9th on America’s Most JUST Companies, recognizing the company’s commitment to serving its workers, customers, communities, the environment, and shareholders. JUST Capital, along with CNBC, released its annual JUST 100 list as part of its 2024 rankings of America’s Most JUST Companies. The rankings measure how the nation’s largest corporations are performing on the business issues that matter most to Americans.

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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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Ice cores provide first documentation of rapid Antarctic ice loss in the past

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have uncovered the first direct evidence that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet shrunk suddenly and dramatically at the end of the Last Ice Age, around eight thousand years ago. The evidence, contained within an ice core, shows that in one location the ice sheet thinned by 450 meters -- that's more than the height of the Empire State Building -- in just under 200 years.

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Beyond the hype: New opportunities for gen AI in energy and materials

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Generative AI can create additional value from other forms of AI and analytics—and the energy and materials sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements.

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Rio signs Australia’s biggest wind energy deal to help power giant smelter and refineries

Renew Economy

Global mining giant Rio Tinto says it has signed the biggest renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in Australia to help supply its huge smelting and refining operations in Gladstone. The post Rio signs Australia’s biggest wind energy deal to help power giant smelter and refineries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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There's a big climate cost to failing to recognize Indigenous sovereignty

Corporate Knights

In December, a federal judge found that Enel Green Power, an Italian energy corporation operating an 84-turbine wind farm on the Osage Reservation for nearly a decade, had trespassed on Native land. The ruling was a clear victory for the Osage Nation and the company estimated that complying with the order to tear down the turbines would cost nearly $260 million.

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Experts to help tackle air pollution from domestic solid fuel burning in Greater Manchester

Envirotec Magazine

Environmental and engineering consultancy Ricardo is applying its expertise in air quality measurement to enable local authorities across Greater Manchester to monitor the contribution to air pollution from wood burning stoves, raise public awareness of its risks, and reduce its impact on people’s health. The firm has been awarded a multi-year contract by Transport for Greater Manchester, on behalf of the ten Greater Manchester councils, to monitor the air quality impact of the burning of solid

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EU Council Fails to Approve New Environmental, Human Rights Sustainability Due Diligence Law

ESG Today

A key piece of EU legislation setting mandatory obligations for companies to address their negative impacts on human rights and the environment was dealt a significant blow today, failing to achieve final approval by the European Council, following objections from countries including Germany and Italy, despite a provisional agreement on the regulation reached earlier by the Council with the EU Parliament.

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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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Strengthening fraying ties: The Global Cooperation Barometer 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Global cooperation is key to better human lives. Our new barometer, developed with the World Economic Forum, can help leaders track trends, monitor critical outcomes, and act to increase cooperation.

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How sustainability professionals can use their collective voice to speed climate progress

GreenBiz

Sustainability professionals can take meaningful action to push companies to align their policy goals and climate objectives.

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Grid drama and power cuts as multiple coal units and lines trip in midst of heatwave

Renew Economy

Updated: Grid drama in Victoria in midst of heatwave as all four units at Loy Yang trip, transmission lines fail and other generators off line. The post Grid drama and power cuts as multiple coal units and lines trip in midst of heatwave appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Major carbon emitters in Canada are not taking net-zero targets seriously

Corporate Knights

Less than half of Canada’s major carbon emitters have adopted net-zero targets, and none have committed to aligning their capital spending with plans to reduce greenhouse gases, according to a report from Climate Engagement Canada (CEC). CEC, which comprises 41 of the largest asset managers in Canada, with $5.2 trillion under management, assessed 41 of the top emitters that trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange on their climate-related commitments, disclosure and governance.

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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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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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Nearly Half of Companies Still Using Spreadsheets to Manage ESG Data: KPMG Survey

ESG Today

Most large companies are gearing up their ESG data and reporting capabilities, with the vast majority planning to increase investments on sustainability-related software and workforce capabilities over the next few years, yet while most feel confident that they are ahead of the curve in these areas, nearly half report that they are still using spreadsheets to manage their ESG data, according to the results of a new survey released by professional services firm KPMG US.

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Organizational health is (still) the key to long-term performance

McKinsey Sustainabilty

McKinsey’s latest findings on organizational health demonstrate that it remains the best predictor of value creation and a sustainable source of competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

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In the travel industry, ‘sustainable tourism’ gives way to ‘regenerative hospitality’

GreenBiz

Regenerative hospitality has the potential to unlock the broader systemic changes we need to limit climate change and protect ecosystems.

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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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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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Fixing our ailing food system could bring $10 trillion a year in benefits

Corporate Knights

In Bolivia, a tax on hydrocarbons pays for a healthy meal program in schools. Paris is putting up €10 million to help farmers shift to organic production, while California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has rewilded its rice production. From new nitrogen policies in the Netherlands and China to early-warning weather systems in Bangladesh, the seeds of a food-system revolution are being sown across the planet.

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Study challenges the classical view of the origin of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and warns of its vulnerability

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The Circumpolar Current works as a regulator of the planet's climate. Its origins were thought to have caused the formation of the permanent ice in Antarctica about 34 million years ago. Now, a study has cast doubt on this theory, and has changed the understanding of how the ice sheet in Antarctic developed in the past, and what this could mean in the future as the planet's climate changes.

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Businesses Embedding Sustainability Outperforming on Profitability, Talent Attraction: IBM Survey

ESG Today

Companies that embed sustainability into their operations are likely to experience significant benefits over their peers in areas including revenue growth, profitability and talent attraction, even without spending more on their sustainability efforts, according to a new global survey of senior executives released by IBM. For the new study, IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV), in collaboration with Oxford Economics, surveyed 5,000 C-suite executives across 22 countries and 22 industries, ex

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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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Generative AI and the future of work in Australia

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Advances in generative AI have accelerated Australia’s automation opportunity. If implemented well, these technologies could improve Australia’s productivity—and the quality of life of its people.

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Does the SEC climate rule really matter? Investors will still demand disclosure

GreenBiz

Attacks against ESG reporting have done little to dampen investors’ demand for consistent and comparable sustainability information.

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AGL and AEMO search for answers on Loy Yang outage, but “woke” energy not to blame

Renew Economy

It will likely take some time to fully understand the events after an intense storm tore down at least six transmission towers in Victoria. But one thing is for sure - it was not the fault of "woke" renewables. The post AGL and AEMO search for answers on Loy Yang outage, but “woke” energy not to blame appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How Canada's LNG could hurt – not help – Asia's green transition

Corporate Knights

Oil and gas companies have for years marketed fracked gas from B.C. as a global climate solution, with some industry boosters even going so far as to call Canada’s supply of the fossil fuel the “cleanest in the world.” But an impending flood of liquefied natural gas exports from western Canada to Asia could make it harder for countries there to achieve their national climate targets and contribute to tens of thousands of additional deaths due to air pollution.

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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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Immune genes are altered in Alzheimer's patients' blood

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new study has found the immune system in the blood of Alzheimer's patients is epigenetically altered. That means the patients' behavior or environment has caused changes that affect the way their genes work. Many of these altered immune genes are the same ones that increase an individual's risk for Alzheimer's. Scientists now theorize the cause could be a previous viral infection, environmental pollutants or other lifestyle factors and behaviors.

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Moody’s Rolls Out New Scoring System of Companies’ Net Zero Transition Plans

ESG Today

Credit ratings, research, and risk analysis provider Moody’s Investors Service announced the release of its first Net Zero Assessment (NZA), its new scoring system aimed at enabling investors to evaluate and compare companies’ decarbonization plans and actions. Officially launched last year , the new NZAs provide an assessment of the strength of a company’s carbon emissions reduction profile relative to a global net zero pathway consistent with the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious goals, conside

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How generative AI could revitalize profitability for telcos

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The new technology offers the sector a real opportunity to reverse its stagnant fortunes. But seizing it will require embracing innovation and agility to an unprecedented degree.

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5 common misunderstandings about the EU’s deforestation policy, clarified

GreenBiz

The new European Union deforestation regulations are a hot topic for food companies, but key facts remain poorly understood.

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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.