May, 2022

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Let’s talk integrated photovoltaics

GreenBiz

Meet Ambient Photonics, which just raised $30 million to produce low-light solar cells that can harvest energy from both natural and artificial sources.

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Chris Bowen confirmed as new energy and climate minister, McAllister as assistant

Renew Economy

Chris Bowen confirmed as Australia's next climate and energy minister, the first climate minister since the last Labor government. The post Chris Bowen confirmed as new energy and climate minister, McAllister as assistant appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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ESG isn’t a scam. Here’s why.

Corporate Knights

Tim Nash is the founder of Good Investing. It feels almost fashionable to bash responsible investing these days. . Most of the criticism targets the acronym “ESG,” which stands for “environmental, social and governance.” ESG is used alongside traditional financial analysis to account for previously ignored “externalities” such as carbon emissions, boardroom diversity and employee satisfaction.

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Spot the Robot Dog Helps Humans Inspect Nuclear Power Plant

3BL Media

Oconee Nuclear Station’s robot is one of the latest ways Duke Energy uses innovative technology to generate cleaner energy that’s affordable, reliable and safe. SOURCE: Duke Energy. DESCRIPTION: By Mikayla Kreuzberger. Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station has a new dog. “Spot” can sit, lie down and roll over. Unlike your average Rover, Spot is also trained to perform inspections of hard-to-access areas at the plant on Lake Keowee near Seneca, S.C.

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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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Embrace Your Possible, Embrace Digital

Cisco CSR

We’ve come a long way since our in-person Cisco Live in 2019. Over this time, everything hasn’t always gone as expected, but one thing has become quite clear. Business as we know it will never be the same. Whether it’s how we consume entertainment, move applications or systems to the cloud, or immerse in hybrid work, everything has gone digital. With this huge leap, Cisco is in a unique position to help you embrace digital.

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Creators of underwater, eco-friendly concrete are finalists in the European Inventor Award

Envirotec Magazine

The inventors of an innovative building material for sea walls are finalists in the European Inventor Award 2022. ECOncrete® founder and CEO, Ido Sella, has been nominated for the award, one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes, alongside late co-founder Shimrit Perkol-Finkel. Launched by the European Patent Office (‘EPO’) in 2006, it honours individuals and teams behind solutions tackling some of the biggest challenges of our times.

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AGL dumps demerger plan, announces management and board clean out

Renew Economy

AGL dumps its demerger strategy and announces it CEO, chairman and other directors will leave after conceding defeat to tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes. The post AGL dumps demerger plan, announces management and board clean out appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Should corporations be activists?

Corporate Knights

What are the risks – and rewards – for companies that choose to take a stand on issues like racial discrimination and gay rights? The question is of long-running research interest to Olga Hawn, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. “I have always been intrigued by the gap between what companies say and what they actually do,” says Hawn.

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Supply chains: To build resilience, manage proactively

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Supply chain upheavals show little sign of abating. Companies can address them by reconsidering outdated, short-term strategies and beginning the hard work of building structural resilience.

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ChatOps: Managing Kubernetes Deployments in Webex

Cisco CSR

This is the third post in a series about writing ChatOps services on top of the Webex API. In the first post , we built a Webex Bot that received message events from a group room and printed the event JSON out to the console. In the second , we added security to that Bot, adding an encrypted authentication header to Webex events, and subsequently adding a simple list of authorized users to the event handler.

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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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My long walk across India for women's freedom | Srishti Bakshi

TEDxInnovations

There are 600 million women in India -- yet they are rarely seen outdoors after sunset because of safety concerns like harassment and catcalls. On a mission to create safer public spaces, women's rights advocate Srishti Bakshi talks about how she embarked on a 2,300-mile walk across the length of India (a distance equivalent to traveling from New York City to Los Angeles), conducting driving workshops to empower women's mobility across the country.

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Where do ESG and sustainable finance go from here?

GreenBiz

The tone, texture and temper of the attacks on ESG has meaningfully shifted, and the factors upon which 'it depends' are naturally shifting as a result.

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Stranded fossil fuel assets could cost investors and retirement funds $2 trillion

Renew Economy

Financial losses from stranded fossil fuel assets could total $2 trillion, including a bit hit to Australia's retirement savings. Food for thought for AGL investors. The post Stranded fossil fuel assets could cost investors and retirement funds $2 trillion appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Greenwashing corporate communications is slowing climate progress

Corporate Knights

Vanessa Chris is a content strategist and founder of h2h content. . If we have any chance of heeding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s repeated warnings and meaningfully reducing global CO2 emissions by 2030 , the business community will have to get serious about the task at hand. . This will require a momentous paradigm shift – a societal reshaping of our view of business.

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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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FERC commissioners respond to elevated power outage risks across two-thirds of US

Utiliity Dive

Two commissioners pointed to the renewable energy shift as a key culprit in the "reliability crisis" while others called out extreme weather and drought.

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Want SASE? Just Add Software!

Cisco CSR

Twenty-first-century networking. It seems like a simple idea. All you want is to get the network to do what you intend it to. Nothing more, nothing less. But in today’s world, there are so many factors when it comes to networking: more users, more devices, security concerns, various domains, distributed applications, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, IoT — the list goes on and on.

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Addressing employee burnout: Are you solving the right problem?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Employers have invested unprecedented resources in employee mental health and well-being. With burnout at all-time highs, leaders wonder if they can make a difference. Our research suggests they can.

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The sustainability job market is booming. What does that mean for hiring?

GreenBiz

Just saying you want a job in sustainability isn't enough anymore. Students with the right degrees are still struggling to find jobs in the sector.

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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 expensive coal and gas blew up the Queensland electricity market

Renew Economy

Queensland - home to most of the LNP climate deniers and technology troglodytes - is paying the very high price of fossil fuel dependence. The post How expensive coal and gas blew up the Queensland electricity market appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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It’s time for investors to demand real net-zero plans from Canada’s energy sector

Corporate Knights

Duncan Kenyon is the director of corporate engagement with Investors for Paris Compliance (I4PC), with over 20 years of environmental, business and climate-change leadership experience. . The good news is that most of Canada’s big oil companies have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The bad news is that those pledges fall apart as soon as you look past their initial rhetoric.

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This tracking company wants to sell sustainability

Stacey Higginbotham

Connected tracking services are a dime a dozen these days. They include real-time location tracking services as well as services that provide tracking that’s a little less rapid, sending location data every few minutes or once an hour. There’s a big market in knowing where stuff is at any given point. With a large market and so many options, it can be hard to stand out, which is why I was interested to see a company called Moeco launch what it deemed as the most sustainable trackin

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How Cisco DNA Assurance Proves It’s ‘Not a Network Issue’

Cisco CSR

When something in your house breaks, it’s your problem. When something in your network breaks, it’s everyone’s problem. At least, that’s how it can feel when the sudden influx of support tickets, angry phone calls, and so on start rolling in. They quickly remind you that those numbers behind the traffic visualizations are more than numbers alone. They represent individuals.

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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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NERC sounds alarm on solar tripping in 'sobering' summer reliability report

Utiliity Dive

Electric grid operators may struggle with resource shortages, droughts and extreme temperatures this summer, according to North America's grid watchdog.

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Guilt by trade association

GreenBiz

The trade association issue is central to solving the climate policy challenge. Companies must tackle this issue, or we’ll keep hitting a roadblock we can’t get around.

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Australian vanadium battery technology gets fresh shot at long duration game

Renew Economy

Australian vanadium flow battery maker signs MoU with Sydney-based firm to develop grid-scale opportunities for its long-duration storage technology. The post Australian vanadium battery technology gets fresh shot at long duration game appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Quantum computing just might save the planet

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Exponentially more powerful machines could make possible major reductions in emissions, putting the goal of limiting global warming within reach.

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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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Industrial software is a prominent target. What should we do?

Stacey Higginbotham

In the run-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we were starting to hear a lot more about vulnerabilities in our industrial controls systems along with the need to secure our infrastructure from cyberattacks. Immediately after the war began, the U.S. government started a program to help utilities, municipal water companies, industrial plants, and more harden their infrastructure against such cyberattacks.

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Learnings from Implementing Microservices Authorization

Cisco CSR

Once developers start the journey of adopting a modern microservices based architecture they also need to handle other aspects of Cloud Native architecture like Full Stack Observability, microservices authentication and authorization, CICD pipeline etc. Cisco’s DevRel engineering team has been developing all its applications as microservices, and running these on a Kubernetes based Cloud Native platform for 5+ years.

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The fight for a national clean energy transmission system emerges on three fronts

Utiliity Dive

DOE’s multi-part transmission study, FERC’s refocus for transmission planning, and macrogrid advocacy efforts could produce an interconnected nation ready for net zero electricity by 2035, industry, government and other experts say.

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How ESG ratings are built

GreenBiz

The process of creating comprehensive ratings for thousands of companies is mind boggling. It's also fraught with a multitude of challenges.

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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