April, 2024

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Why climate disclosure policy is critical to corporate sustainability

GreenBiz

There are 3 primary reasons why disclosure rules can help accelerate climate policy progress.

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Coalition’s O’Brien prompts walkout at solar event after claiming renewables will lead to blackouts

Renew Economy

Opposition energy spokesman Ted O'Brien prompts walkout at solar events after claiming Australia's renewable energy plans lead to regular blackouts. The post Coalition’s O’Brien prompts walkout at solar event after claiming renewables will lead to blackouts appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The growing movement to take the bull s**t out of organic farming

Corporate Knights

In his mid-20s, Jimmy Videle embarked on a road trip across the southern United States in his 1973 Volkswagen bus. Looking for a place to camp at the southern tip of Texas’s Gulf Coast, he came upon a dirt road lined with concentrated cattle-feeding operations. Thousands of cows were up to their knees and elbows in their own feces, and up the road a slurry of manure and rain was streaming into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Steady progress in approaching the quantum advantage

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Quantum technology could create value worth trillions of dollars within the next decade. The third annual Quantum Technology Monitor synthesizes the latest opportunities in this burgeoning field.

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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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One third of China's urban population at risk of city sinking, new satellite data shows

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Land subsidence is overlooked as a hazard in cities, according to new research. Scientists used satellite data that accurately and consistently maps land movement across China.

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How Movement-Accountable Intermediaries Can Change Philanthropy (Blog)

Stanford Social Innovation

By Sonya Childress , Sahar Driver , Aldita Amaru Gallardo , Jennie Goldfarb , Allistair Mallilin , Lindley Mease , alicia sanchez gill & angela vo Leaders of several intermediary organizations share how they envision their role within—and how they ultimately hope to upend—the philanthropic landscape.

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Six projects named to start feasibility studies for Australia’s first offshore wind farms

Renew Economy

Big day for Australia's offshore wind ambitions with six potential projects awarded feasibility licences and another six to follow. Altogether, a potential 25GW of new capacity. The post Six projects named to start feasibility studies for Australia’s first offshore wind farms appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Cooking the books: The magical math of ‘climate-friendly’ meat

Corporate Knights

A convoy of tractors was making its way to a Dutch government building in February when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out his support for farmers revolting against the EU’s regulatory push to drive down climate emissions: “I’m pro-environment, but I support the farmers! Farming has no material effect on climate change.” The online reaction was swift, with stats, charts, links and memes filling replies from all sides.

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KPMG: Majority of U.S. CEOs Expect Significant Returns from Sustainability Investments Within 3-5 Years

ESG Today

The majority of U.S. CEOs expect to see significant returns from their company’s sustainability investments within three to five years, and the corporate leaders continue to rank ESG as their top operational priority, even in the face of inflationary and supply chain challenges and Gen AI-related opportunities, according to a new survey released by professional services firm KPMG US.

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38 trillion dollars in damages each year: World economy already committed to income reduction of 19 % due to climate change

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Even if CO2 emissions were to be drastically cut down starting today, the world economy is already committed to an income reduction of 19% until 2050 due to climate change, a new study finds. These damages are six times larger than the mitigation costs needed to limit global warming to two degrees. Based on empirical data from more than 1,600 regions worldwide over the past 40 years, scientists assessed future impacts of changing climatic conditions on economic growth and their persistence.

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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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What is top of mind for dairy executives in 2024?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

How will the US dairy industry evolve in response to growing concerns about sustainability and other issues? We conducted our sixth annual survey of dairy executives to find out.

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Amnesty International: Dow’s failure to offer remedy for Bhopal disaster has created a “sacrifice zone”

Envirotec Magazine

Aerial view of the abandoned industrial gas leakage site at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, in February 2022 (image credit: Paulose NK / Shutterstock.com). The failure of the US-based chemical company Dow to provide remedy to victims of a deadly gas leak from a pesticide plant in India that resulted in the deaths of more than 22,000 people has created a “sacrifice zone” in which 500,000 more continue to suffer, Amnesty International has said in a new report published on 28 March ahead of the 40 th anniv

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Solar is now being installed faster than any technology in history

Renew Economy

At current installation rates, solar will pass fossil gas in 2024 and coal in 2025. Technologies like nuclear would require "magical growth rates" to compete. The post Solar is now being installed faster than any technology in history appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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We need to talk about meat

Corporate Knights

By late February, the Smokehouse Creek wildfire in the Texas Panhandle had become the state’s first ever “gigafire,” a label saved for blazes that tear through more than a million acres. From a region that’s home to more cows than anywhere in the United States, images of cattle running from the “monster” blaze went viral, reminding us, yet again, that bad weather keeps getting worse.

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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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U.S. Steel Launches Project to Capture 50,000 Tons of Carbon per Year at Steel Plant

ESG Today

U.S. Steel and carbon capture technology provider CarbonFree announced a new agreement aimed at launching a new project to capture up to 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year at U. S. Steel’s integrated steel mill in Gary, Indiana. According to CarbonFree, the project will be the first commercial-scale carbon capture utilization plant at a steel plant in North America.

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The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs

Impact Alpha

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a partnership between ImpactAlpha and Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) to present new ideas and perspectives in. The post The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.

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World's chocolate supply threatened by devastating virus

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A rapidly spreading virus threatens the health of the cacao tree and the dried seeds from which chocolate is made, jeopardizing the global supply of the world's most popular treat. Researchers have developed a new strategy: using mathematical data to determine how far apart farmers can plant vaccinated trees to prevent mealybugs from jumping from one tree to another and spreading the virus.

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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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Neoen’s Collie battery to be Australia’s biggest after winning new contract to flatten solar duck

Renew Economy

One state has found the solution to replace the coal fired generators that are about to close: Build more and bigger batteries. The post Neoen’s Collie battery to be Australia’s biggest after winning new contract to flatten solar duck appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Africa is already leading the plant-based future

Corporate Knights

T he narrative surrounding plant-based diets often centres on Western experiences, inadvertently sidelining the rich, diverse culinary traditions of other regions. It’s an oversight that becomes increasingly significant against the backdrop of demographic shifts predicting that by 2050, one in four people on the planet will be African. While demand for beef, chicken and pork are on the rise on the continent, Africans consumed just 9.6 kilograms of meat per capita from 2020 to 2022 compared to

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EU Adopts Rules Requiring All New Buildings to Be Zero Emissions by 2030

ESG Today

The European Council announced today that it has formally adopted the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), with new rules aimed at reducing energy use and emissions from buildings across the EU, including targets for all new buildings to be zero emissions by 2030, and to phase out the use of fossil fuels in building heating systems by 2040.

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With ELBOs and EOTs, more business owners are exiting to employee ownership

Impact Alpha

Conversions to worker ownership can be complex for retiring business owners. They may be looking first to keep their enterprise going and second. The post With ELBOs and EOTs, more business owners are exiting to employee ownership appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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Everything you wanted to know about carbon removals but were afraid to ask

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Decarbonization has emerged as a critical tool in the fight against climate change, but it also shows promise as a means of economic acceleration across the globe. Learn how.

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Discovery could end global amphibian pandemic

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A fungus devastating frogs and toads on nearly every continent may have an Achilles heel. Scientists have discovered a virus that infects the fungus, and that could be engineered to save the amphibians.

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“Simply astounding:” Australian coal mine methane emissions may be twice offical data

Renew Economy

Australia's coal mine methane emissions are being vastly underreported and are damaging the nation's credibility on climate change, economist Professor Rod Sims has warned. The post “Simply astounding:” Australian coal mine methane emissions may be twice offical data appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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America’s Top 10 Companies for Environmental Performance in 2024

Just Capital

2024 has already been a big year for environmental and climate action in the private sector. Governments of all sizes have implemented new measures that will require certain companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Following last year’s adoption of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and California’s two climate disclosure laws (the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act and the Climate-Related Financial Risk Act), the Securities and Exchange C

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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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EU Parliament Adopts Environmental, Human Rights Sustainability Due Diligence Law

ESG Today

Lawmakers in the European Parliament voted 374 to 235 to adopt the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), a key piece of legislation setting mandatory obligations for companies to address their negative impacts on human rights and the environment, clearing a major hurdle towards the implementation of the new law, which came into significant doubt when an earlier version failed to gain approval by member states in the EU Council.

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RSF Social Finance adds trio of ‘high-impact social enterprises’ to its loan portfolio

Impact Alpha

San Francisco-based fund manager RSF Social Finance has drawn capital from a social investment fund to allocate a combined $5.5 million to three. The post RSF Social Finance adds trio of ‘high-impact social enterprises’ to its loan portfolio appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, March 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumption continues to be resilient, except in Europe; central banks hold interest rates steady due to ongoing inflation risk; business survey respondents show increased confidence in economy.

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Microplastics make their way from the gut to other organs

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have found that microplastics -- are having a significant impact on our digestive pathways, making their way from the gut and into the tissues of the kidney, liver and brain.

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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.