December, 2023

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This Swiss shoulder bag maker shares the secrets of 30 years of circularity

GreenBiz

Graphic designers from Zurich grew one the longest-lasting circular economy brands. Now Freitag is pursuing “intelligent design for a circular future.

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CSIRO says wind and solar much cheaper than nuclear, even with added integration costs

Renew Economy

CSIRO's GenCost report updated to include near term transmission costs for wind and solar, and finds that the case for nuclear has been blown out of the water by the collapse of US SMR project. The post CSIRO says wind and solar much cheaper than nuclear, even with added integration costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Is the LNG industry gaslighting the path to net-zero?

Corporate Knights

Home of the Haisla First Nation, the town of Kitimat sits at the end of a 90-kilometre fjord in a remote corner of northern British Columbia. It is a focal point for Canadian ambitions to join the ranks of major exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to energy-hungry Asian markets. On one stretch of the Douglas Channel shoreline is the site of LNG Canada, a partnership of international corporations including Shell PLC and PetroChina.

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The impact of generative AI on Black communities

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Generative AI has the potential to widen the racial economic gap in the United States by $43 billion each year. But deployed thoughtfully, it could actually remove barriers to Black economic mobility.

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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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Climate change shown to cause methane to be released from the deep ocean

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

New research has shown that fire-ice -- frozen methane which is trapped as a solid under our oceans -- is vulnerable to melting due to climate change and could be released into the sea.

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Amazon, Holcim to Test Mercedes-Benz Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell Trucks

ESG Today

Global truck manufacturer Daimler Truck has announced that it is building a first customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Amazon, Air Products, INEOS, Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will take part in first customer trials to gain initial experience in CO2-free long-distance transport with the fuel-cell trucks.

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Battery storage meets more than 20 per cent of early evening peak demand in Australia

Renew Economy

Battery storage is making its present felt in the evening peaks, reaching more than 20 pct of peak demand in South Australia. The post Battery storage meets more than 20 per cent of early evening peak demand in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Canada isn't challenging banks enough to prepare for climate chaos

Corporate Knights

There’s an old joke about a chemist, a physicist and an economist trapped on an island with just one unopened can of food. The chemist suggests putting the can in the fire until it explodes, while the physicist suggests dropping it from a tree. “Those would waste food,” says the economist, “so here’s the solution: let’s assume we have a can opener.” The joke is a good reminder of the limitations of the climate-scenario exercise about to be conducted by Canada’s financial regulator, the Office of

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How generative AI can boost consumer marketing

McKinsey Sustainabilty

From automating processes and powering hyperpersonalization to permanently altering the idea generation process, generative AI is poised to be a catalyst for a new age of marketing capabilities.

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Who Won the Fossil Fuel War at COP28?

Richard Matthews

We did not get an agreement to phaseout fossil fuels at COP28, but we did get a deal that calls for a phasedown this decade. It was a hard-fought battle that saw two competing perspectives go head-to-head. On one side there was a large and powerful fossil fuel contingent that rejected phasing out hydrocarbons and […] The post Who Won the Fossil Fuel War at COP28?

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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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Announcing NextBillion’s Most Influential Articles of 2023: Cast Your Vote in our Annual Contest by Jan. 7!

James Militzer

As 2023 draws to a close, it’s time for NextBillion’s annual tradition: our “ Most Influential Article of the Year ” contest. We’ve been running the contest since 2012, selecting 12 of our most-read articles from the past year and inviting readers to vote for the ones that influenced their thinking the most. The contest serves three key purposes. First and most importantly, it allows us to express our gratitude — and give some well-deserved attention — to the entrepreneurs, investors, researcher

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The year in food: These trends will help define 2024

GreenBiz

These three topics were top of mind in 2023 for sustainable food professionals — and will move the field forward in the year ahead.

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Planning approval given for Australia’s biggest battery to soak up solar and replace coal

Renew Economy

Planning approval given for 2,000 MWh battery in Collie that could double in size and will be used to soak up solar and shift it to the evening peaks, replacing coal. The post Planning approval given for Australia’s biggest battery to soak up solar and replace coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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BlackRock Predicts Low Carbon Transition “Mega Force” will Drive Major Investment Opportunities in 2024

ESG Today

Investment giant BlackRock announced today the release of its 2024 Private Markets Outlook, identifying the low-carbon transition as one of a few key “mega forces” that it expects to drive “major investment opportunities” over the next year, and calling out specific infrastructure-related areas including clean energy and electrification. In its report, BlackRock highlights the “massive reallocation of capital” expected to be driven by the need to rewire energy systems in order to transition to a

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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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Unlocking the potential of generative AI: Three key questions for government agencies

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Government organizations may seek to jump on the gen AI bandwagon, but the technology’s complexities could sideline their efforts. Our framework addresses some critical implementation questions.

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More than a meteorite: New clues about the demise of dinosaurs

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

What wiped out the dinosaurs? A meteorite plummeting to Earth is only part of the story, a new study suggests. Climate change triggered by massive volcanic eruptions may have ultimately set the stage for the dinosaur extinction, challenging the traditional narrative that a meteorite alone delivered the final blow to the ancient giants.

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The 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles of 2023

Stanford Social Innovation

By SSIR Editors The end of the year is often a time for reflection and looking back, but when you examine the list of SSIR ’s most-read articles of 2023, you’ll find they’re focused on shaping the future: Improving the practice of design thinking to solve social problems, preparing organizations to adopt AI responsibly, telling better stories for transformational social change, coordinating impact investing so communities thrive, achieving equity and justice for all, and more.

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The power of clean energy tax credits: A 10-year, $1 trillion opportunity

GreenBiz

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, sustainability professionals can tap into tax credits to boost sustainability budgets.

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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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AEMO’s jaw dropping prediction for coal power – all but gone from the grid in a decade

Renew Economy

AEMO's new planning blueprint says coal will exit five years early, households will play key role with rooftop PV, EVs and electric homes, but rollout of large scale wind and solar needs to quicken. The post AEMO’s jaw dropping prediction for coal power – all but gone from the grid in a decade appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Microsoft Signs One of the Largest-Ever Nature-Based Deals to Remove 1.5 Million Tons of Carbon

ESG Today

Microsoft and carbon removal startup Mombak announced a one of the largest-ever nature-based carbon removal offtake agreements globally, with Mombak providing the tech giant with up to 1.5 million carbon removal credits from its reforestation projects in the Brazilian Amazon. Founded in 2021, Brazil-based Mombak is focused on large-scale carbon removal projects, starting with native, biodiverse reforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

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Southeast Asia quarterly economic review: Pockets of growth emerge

McKinsey Sustainabilty

In the third quarter 2023, the economies of most countries in Southeast Asia showed pockets of growth and resilience, despite the cumulative effects of monetary tightening and slower global demand.

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How a drought led to the rise of skateboarding in 1970s California

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Why did professional skateboarding arise in southern California in the 1970s? Was it a coincidence, or was it a perfect storm of multiple factors? It's fairly well-known that a drought in southern California in the mid-1970s led to a ban on filling backyard swimming pools, and these empty pools became playgrounds for freestyle skateboarders in the greater Los Angeles area.

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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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The Brief: Today’s Call: Hidden impact in muni bonds, shuttering Jeffrey Ubben, women’s livelihood bond, Omidyar Network exits India, decarbonizing your banking

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! ? Hop on today’s Call: How to spot overlooked impact and risk in municipal bonds. Join Activest’s Homero Radway, The post The Brief: Today’s Call: Hidden impact in muni bonds, shuttering Jeffrey Ubben, women’s livelihood bond, Omidyar Network exits India, decarbonizing your banking appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Timeline 2024: 28 sustainability policies, guidelines, and targets to track

GreenBiz

The business of sustainability continues to evolve rapidly. Here are the most important changes to expect in the coming year.

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Lightsource bp sells five Australian solar farms to Chinese buyer

Renew Economy

Lightsource bp sells its entire Australian portfolio of solar farms that are operating or under construction, as it seeks to unlock funds for the next tranche of its 7.5 GW portfolio. The post Lightsource bp sells five Australian solar farms to Chinese buyer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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EU Lawmakers Reach Deal on Sustainable Product Rules

ESG Today

Lawmakers in the European Parliament and Council announced today that they have reached a provisional agreement on proposed regulations for a new “Ecodesign” framework to establish sustainability requirements for nearly all products across the EU, and to improve information to consumers about products’ environmental sustainability. The agreement follows an initial proposal by the European Commission in March 2022 to set rules to improve the sustainability profile of a wide category of products,

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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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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, November 2023

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Elevated interest rates weigh on consumer confidence; central banks hold rates, except in Brazil (down) and Russia (up); inflation subsiding for now and is negative in China; growth subdued in Europe.

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Capital Flows not Supporting Nature Commitments

Chris Hall

Policy incentives needed, but investors need to broaden scope of nature-positive investments, says UNEP’s Mulder. Institutional investors can play a big role in upscaling nature-based solutions (NbS) , provided they receive sufficient support and incentives from policymakers in terms of subsidies and regulations. “Investors and companies are increasingly setting climate and nature targets, but once those are in place, they need to be thinking more about how to redirect capital [in line with

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European ESG funds face fossil fuel showdown after French ruling

Financial Times: Moral Money

France’s stipulation for its sustainable ISR label could lead to billions of euros of divestments by pan-European vehicles

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The Global Treaty on Plastics is stuck on these 4 points

GreenBiz

The negotiations are over halfway done and big questions linger. How can nations create a treaty that makes a difference?

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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.