June, 2024

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Decarbonizing logistics: Charting the path ahead

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Companies need to reduce their logistics emissions to meet decarbonization targets, but a new McKinsey survey finds that few companies have clear plans to do so. What is the best path forward?

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South Australia wind farm open for public view after winning infrasound court case

Renew Economy

Tilt Renewables has slashed the number of turbines for its South Australia wind project, but bigger machines mean its capacity will be little changed. The post South Australia wind farm open for public view after winning infrasound court case appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How this Danish industrial city attracted startups with two wheels

Corporate Knights

Just 20 years ago, the Danish city of Odense was an industrial hub. Back then, Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, operated a shipyard on the city’s harbour front that manufactured some of the largest container ships in the world and employed almost 3,000 workers. The presence of heavy industry was felt throughout Odense for decades.

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Basic income can double global GDP while reducing carbon emissions

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Giving a regular cash payment to the entire world population has the potential to increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by 130%, according to a new analysis. Researchers suggest that charging carbon emitters with an emission tax could help fund such basic income program while reducing environmental degradation.

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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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We mean business coalition board statement on the EU council’s 2024-2029 strategic agenda

We Mean Business Coalition

The EU’s Strategic Agenda defines Europe’s priorities for the 2024-2029 mandate, providing guidance to EU institutions. It will be adopted by the 27 heads of state and government during the European Council meeting on 27-28 June. Europe is at a pivotal moment, facing decisions on its strategic direction that will determine whether it leads or follows in the next great industrial revolution.

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Over 70% of Companies Have Abandoned Acquisitions Over ESG Concerns: Deloitte Survey

ESG Today

Sustainability considerations are becoming increasingly central in the mergers and acquisitions dealmaking process, with more than 70% of M&A leaders reporting abandoning potential acquisitions over ESG concerns, and a vast majority saying they would be willing to pay more for targets with strong ESG attributes, according to a new survey released by global professional services firm Deloitte.

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“They just fit in with what we do:” Farmers reap rewards as they play host to wind and solar

Renew Economy

Some farmers see renewables as a game-changer for local communities, pouring millions into local communities and with no impact on agriculture. The post “They just fit in with what we do:” Farmers reap rewards as they play host to wind and solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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These 50 Canadian corporations are betting big on green

Corporate Knights

In early May, the federal government announced that Canada had “bent the curve” on climate pollution. New figures showed that carbon emissions in 2022 fell to “significantly lower” than pre-pandemic levels in 2019, giving hope that Canada can meet its net-zero commitments. “The hard work of Canadians is paying off,” Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said.

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A cracking discovery -- eggshell waste can recover rare earth elements needed for green energy

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A collaborative team of researchers has made a cracking discovery with the potential to make a significant impact in the sustainable recovery of rare earth elements (REEs), which are in increasing demand for use in green energy technologies. The team found that humble eggshell waste could recover REES from water, offering a new, environmentally friendly method for their extraction.

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New study confirms PFAS are absorbed through human skin

Envirotec Magazine

A study of 17 commonly used synthetic ‘forever chemicals’ has shown that these toxic substances can readily be absorbed through human skin. The research, published in Environment International seemingly proves for the first time that a wide range of PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) – chemicals which do not break down in nature – can permeate the skin barrier and reach the body’s bloodstream.

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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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ISO to Launch Global Net Zero Standard

ESG Today

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that it has commenced work on the development of a new international standard on net zero, aimed at providing clarity and credibility to organizations’ net zero targets and strategies, and to guard against greenwashing. The process to develop the standard follows the launch in 2022 at the COP27 climate conference of the ISO Net Zero Guidelines, providing a best-practices tool for organizations to use for the creation of comprehen

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From ripples to waves: The transformational power of tokenizing assets

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Tokenized financial assets are moving from pilot to at-scale deployment. Adoption is not yet widespread, but financial institutions with blockchain capabilities in place will have a strategic advantage.

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Tesla battery business is worth nearly $200 billion, more than any Australian company except BHP

Renew Economy

While Peter Dutton says he is waiting for battery storage to be "discovered," one analyst values Tesla's battery business at $A200 billion, more than nearly every Australian company. The post Tesla battery business is worth nearly $200 billion, more than any Australian company except BHP appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Dear Alleged Co-Colluders: Let’s really make common cause for climate action 

Impact Alpha

Editor’s note: The shareholder representative nonprofit As You Sow has borne the brunt of the coordinated backlash against corporate and investor action on. The post Dear Alleged Co-Colluders: Let’s really make common cause for climate action appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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At least one in four US residential yards exceed new EPA lead soil level guideline

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Roughly one in four U.S. households have soil exceeding the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lead screening levels of 200 parts per million (ppm), halved from the previous level of 400 ppm, a new study found. For households with exposure from multiple sources, the EPA lowered the guidance to 100 ppm; nearly 40% of households exceed that level, the study also found.

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Elon Musk reveals the one job interview question he asks every candidate to instantly spot a liar

Good.is: Planet

When recruiters don't have a polygraph lie-detector machine, they can ask this simple question from the job seekers and observe their response.

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Half The Globe Is Voting In 2024 - 80% Want Climate Action, New UN Study

Joan Michelson

About 50% of the world’s population, billions of people, are voting in 2024, & 80% of them want more action on climate change from their leaders, new UN study found.

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Tech services and generative AI: Plotting the necessary reinvention

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The rapid emergence of generative AI has the potential to disrupt a dynamic the sector has relied on for decades, but it also offers an opportunity to tap a lucrative new market.

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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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AGL plans huge solar recycling plant at retired coal site that Dutton wants for nuclear

Renew Economy

AGL signs MoU to explore feasibility of recycling up to half a million solar panels a year at a new facility at its Hunter Energy Hub in New South Wales. The post AGL plans huge solar recycling plant at retired coal site that Dutton wants for nuclear appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Transferring women’s wealth to women-led funds to build a more equitable economy

Impact Alpha

A significant shift in generational wealth is occurring. A recent study estimates that by 2030, women are poised to control roughly $30 trillion. The post Transferring women’s wealth to women-led funds to build a more equitable economy appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Tiny New Zealand bird delivers a lesson in birdsong evolution

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Scientists are rethinking the evolution of vocal learning in birds. New Zealand's smallest bird, the rifleman or titipounamu, may have a rudimentary version of the talent possessed by parrots, hummingbirds and songbirds.

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Earth's missing continent discovered 375 years after a sailor first visited it

Good.is: Planet

The continent which had been hidden in plain sight all the time, conceals mysteries that interest geologists and scientists.

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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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Rescuing diversity from the DEI backlash

Financial Times: Moral Money

Diverse workforces are here to stay.

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Navigating the generative AI disruption in software

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The technology could accelerate growth, but presents new challenges, including shifts in value pools, user segments, and competitive dynamics that could spur a realignment of product categories.

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“Stick to the facts, stick to the plan:” Energy minister urges industry to ignore nuclear “fantasy”

Renew Economy

Victorian energy minister says the state will be 95 pct renewable by the time Dutton delivers his "fantasy" nuclear projects. The post “Stick to the facts, stick to the plan:” Energy minister urges industry to ignore nuclear “fantasy” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Brief: An open letter to ‘alleged co-colluders’ on climate action

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Fiduciary Future Dear Alleged Co-Colluders: Let’s really make common cause for climate action. The 18-month. The post The Brief: An open letter to ‘alleged co-colluders’ on climate action appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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Carbon dioxide's heavy stamp on temperature: Doubling CO2 may mean 7 to 14 degree increase

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A doubling of the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere could cause an increase in the average temperature on earth from 7 to even a maximum of 14 degrees. That is shown in the analysis of sediments from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

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One of the biggest countries is starting to split into two, a new study discovers

Good.is: Planet

'We didn’t know continents could behave this way and that is, for solid earth science, pretty fundamental,' said a geodynamicist.

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Land rights win for Indigenous peoples in Southwest Papua, but challenges persist

Eco-Business

The Knasaimos Peoples in Papua have been granted legal land rights over their customary lands. However, enforcing these rights remains challenging, with a lack of political will and persistent targeting of merbau timber by loggers.

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When failure is an option: Fostering organizational innovation and learning

McKinsey Sustainabilty

To achieve sustainable innovation, companies can embrace failure as a catalyst for driving change. Capability centers can enhance performance and promote learning in high-stakes operations.

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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.