May, 2024

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Master data management: The key to getting more from your data

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Master data management can give organizations a leg up by allowing them to easily organize and access data about customers, suppliers, products, and employees.

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German energy giant presses go on Australia’s first eight-hour big battery

Renew Economy

Green light given for Australia's first eight-hour big battery, with Tesla to supply the technology. The post German energy giant presses go on Australia’s first eight-hour big battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Pierre Poilievre voted against the environment nearly 400 times

Corporate Knights

Federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has voted against the environment and climate nearly 400 times during his 20-year career as a Member of Parliament, according to House of Commons voting records analyzed by DeSmog. That includes voting “nay” to bills crafted to hold mining companies accountable for environmental damage, move Canada closer towards achieving its climate targets, create high-quality jobs in low-carbon industries nationwide and align Canadian laws with the United Nation

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DOE to Issue RFP for $2.7 Billion for Domestic Uranium Supply

Energy Central

DOE to Issue RFP for $2.7 Billion for Domestic Uranium Supply Nuclear Startup Atomic Canyon Partners with ORNL on AI Models NRC Working on AI but Use Cases Need Definition Oklo Signs MOU with Atomic Alchemy to Collaborate on Isotope Production BN-1200 Plans Clear Environmental Hurdle First Terrapower Advanced Reactor On Schedule But Fuel is a Concern DOE to Issue RFP for $2.7.

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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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Tech Giants Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Salesforce Launch 20 Million Ton Nature-Based Carbon Removal Buyers Coalition

ESG Today

Tech Giants Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Salesforce announced today the launch of the Symbiosis Coalition, a new advance market commitment (AMC) collaboration aimed at supporting the development and growth of the nature-based carbon removal market, with a collective commitment to contract up to 20 million tons of nature-based carbon removal credits.

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Prenatal exposure to air pollution associated with increased mental health risks

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A baby's exposure to air pollution while in the womb is associated with the development of certain mental health problems once the infant reaches adolescence, new research has found. The study examined the long-term mental health impact of early-life exposure to air and noise pollution.

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New Sun Cable takes shape with 12GW of wind added to world’s biggest renewable project

Renew Economy

Massive Sun Cable project will now include 12GW of wind, with the solar component "trimmed" to the same size and rolled out in several stages. The post New Sun Cable takes shape with 12GW of wind added to world’s biggest renewable project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ontario pension funds are starting to understand there’s no retirement security on a dead planet

Corporate Knights

As the dust settles on a slew of annual results from Canada’s largest pension funds, there are positive signs that some public pension managers are slowly getting their act together on climate, spurred along by pressure from their members. Three Ontario pension funds in particular stand out for improving their climate strategies in 2023: the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) both released climate plans.

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Love Is the Key to Democracy

Stanford Social Innovation

By Michael McAfee Why are Americans worried about democracy to such an unprecedented degree ? The answer will not be found in the current election cycle. At the roots of the challenge we face is our failure, yet, to build a democracy that serves all people. Doing so means transforming our governing institutions, laws, regulations, and customs in a more fundamental way than tinkering around the edges with policy and programs.

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80% of Companies See Sustainability as a Potential Revenue, Profitability Driver: Morgan Stanley Survey

ESG Today

The vast majority of companies view sustainability as a value creation opportunity, with more than three quarters anticipating potential benefits ranging from higher revenues and profitability to lower cost of capital, although many also expect increased sustainability-related costs and a need for significant investment, according to a new survey released by Morgan Stanley.

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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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'Vigorous melting' at Antarctica's Thwaites 'Doomsday' Glacier

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Glaciologists show evidence of warm ocean water intruding kilometers beneath grounded ice at Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The findings suggest that existing climate models are underestimating the impact of ocean and ice interactions in future sea level rise projections.

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In the spotlight: Performance management that puts people first

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Performance management systems help people continuously develop—but most companies fall short of best practices. A set of defined design choices can help guide leaders forward.

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Australia can learn from the American experience with nuclear power

Renew Economy

Nuclear power has no business case or operational need in Australia’s energy future. No one who understands energy markets would claim otherwise. The post Australia can learn from the American experience with nuclear power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The World Bank cooks up a recipe for a climate-friendly food system: Cut red meat subsidies

Corporate Knights

Don’t mess with the people’s food. It’s a lesson that leaders have learned over the centuries, as governments have fallen after the price of or lack of food have helped spark revolutions. So it’s no wonder that food systems – and livestock farming in particular – have been a bit of a third rail of climate policy. Agriculture emits around 16 gigatons of greenhouse gases a year – about a third of the world’s total emissions.

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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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Impact products aim to shift portfolio allocations in bonds, private credit and cash

Impact Alpha

Short duration green bonds. Private credit for regenerative agriculture. Cash management that helps accelerate lending for climate-smart community infrastructure. Financial service providers are. The post Impact products aim to shift portfolio allocations in bonds, private credit and cash appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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More than 40% of Gen Z & Millennials Would Change Jobs Over Climate Concerns, Deloitte Survey Finds

ESG Today

Climate change and environmental sustainability concerns are increasingly driving workplace and consumer behaviors for Gen Zs and millennials, according to a new survey released by global professional services firm Deloitte, with more than 40% in each group reporting that they have left jobs, or plan to in the future, over climate concerns, and nearly two-thirds saying that they would pay more to purchase environmentally sustainable products.

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Did a magnetic field collapse trigger the emergence of animals?

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers uncovered compelling evidence that Earth's magnetic field was in a highly unusual state when the macroscopic animals of the Ediacaran Period -- 635 to 541 million years ago -- diversified and thrived. Their study raises the question of whether these fluctuations in Earth's ancient magnetic field led to shifts in oxygen levels that may have been crucial to the proliferation of life forms millions of years ago.

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Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Active users of gen AI are high value and in demand—and in many cases, poised to quit. New research reveals how to attract them, keep them engaged, and motivate them to stay put.

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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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Nuclear option costs ‘six times more’ than renewables, study finds

Renew Economy

Building nuclear reactors would cost six times more than wind and solar power firmed up with batteries, according to a report released on Saturday by the Clean Energy Council. The post Nuclear option costs ‘six times more’ than renewables, study finds appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Amazing discovery of 9000-year-old rock art among dinosaur footprints proves humans knew about them

Good.is: Planet

Researchers said the ancient people created these petroglyphs as they were curious and interested in what the dinosaur prints represented

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Impact investing vs ESG: which produces the better results?

Financial Times: Moral Money

Some investors believe direct backing for enterprises is more positive than using a risk-focused fund manager

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EU Adopts Net Zero Industry Act to Scale up Decarbonization Technologies

ESG Today

The European Council announced today that it has approved the Net-Zero industry Act (NZIA), a new law introducing a framework of measures aimed at scaling up Europe’s manufacturing capacity for technologies key to achieving the EU’s climate goals. The announcement marks the last major step in the adoption of the NZIA, following the European Parliament’s approval of the new regulations in April.

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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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Scientists generate heat over 1,000 degrees Celsius with solar power instead of fossil fuel

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Instead of burning fossil fuels to smelt steel and cook cement, researchers in Switzerland want to use heat from the sun. The proof-of-concept study uses synthetic quartz to trap solar energy at temperatures over 1,000 C (1,832 F), demonstrating the method's potential role in providing clean energy for carbon-intensive industries.

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Why so many bad bosses still rise to the top

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Narcissism. Overconfidence. Low EQ. Why do we persist in selecting for leadership traits that hamper organizational progress—and leave the right potential leaders in the wrong roles?

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Renewables and storage still cheapest option, nuclear too slow and costly in Australia – CSIRO

Renew Economy

Final GenCost report confirms nuclear too slow and costly for Australia, and integrated renewables remain by far the lowest cost and quickest option. The post Renewables and storage still cheapest option, nuclear too slow and costly in Australia – CSIRO appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Bill Gates Explains The ‘Safest’ Age To Give A Kid A Cellphone

Good.is: Planet

Sorry, kids.

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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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Filipino typhoon survivor on why he joined transnational climate case against French oil major TotalEnergies

Eco-Business

This latest lawsuit against the oil giant is believed to be the first-ever complaint filed by individuals and its list of plaintiffs includes Frank Marba, a young Filipino. They are mainly climate survivors from disaster-prone countries.

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Microsoft Signs Largest-Ever 3.3 Million Tonne Carbon Removal Deal with Stockholm Exergi

ESG Today

Microsoft and Swedish energy company Stockholm Exergi announced today a 10-year offtake agreement with Stockholm Exergi providing Microsoft with more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon removal certificates from its planned bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at Värtan, Stockholm. The agreement marks the largest-ever permanent carbon removal deal to date, according to the companies.

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Cement recycling method could help solve one of the world's biggest climate challenges

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have developed a method to produce very low emission concrete at scale -- an innovation that could be transformative in the transition to net zero. The method, which the researchers say is 'an absolute miracle', uses the electrically-powered arc furnaces used for steel recycling to simultaneously recycle cement, the carbon-hungry component of concrete.

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Strategic alliances for gen AI: How to build them and make them work

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Strategic alliances are a must for companies looking to build value from generative AI. But approaching them like traditional vendor arrangements won’t work.

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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.