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Study: Younger generations drive consumption of plant-based food, while baby boomers lag behind

GreenBiz

Younger age groups are driving the consumption of vegetarian and vegan food, according to an EAT-GlobeScan survey. This trend presents a significant opportunity for sustainable food brands.

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Tests show 30 year-old solar panels still operating at 79.5 per cent of original capacity

Renew Economy

A rooftop solar system installed more than 30 years ago in France is still operating at just under 80 per cent of its original output, a new report has found. The post Tests show 30 year-old solar panels still operating at 79.5 per cent of original capacity appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Clean energy will draw $2T in investments this year, setting new records: IEA

Corporate Knights

Clean energy technologies and infrastructure are likely to receive twice as much global investment this year as fossil fuels, but countries still aren’t on track to fund the tripling of renewable energy capacity they agreed to at last year’s COP28 climate summit, the International Energy Agency concludes in a pair of reports issued this week. “Total energy investment worldwide is expected to exceed US$3 trillion in 2024 for the first time, with some $2 trillion set to go toward clean technologie

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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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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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Pact including Coca-Cola, Nestlé moves 2025 plastic reduction goals to 2030

GreenBiz

The absence of federal standards is hindering the progress of the U.S. Plastics Pact, according to the group.

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Why the AFR economics editor is wrong on GenCost, nuclear and “always on” power

Renew Economy

The AFR is a fine newpaper, but on electricity and decarbonisation, it's been garbage from the beginning. And it's very wrong on nuclear and its attacks on the CSIRO. Here's why. The post Why the AFR economics editor is wrong on GenCost, nuclear and “always on” power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What is circularity?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Circularity refers to practices that optimize resource use and minimize waste across the entire production and consumption cycle, emphasizing sustainability and economic efficiency.

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Inside Microsoft’s Panama tropical forest carbon offtake deal

GreenBiz

8 months of due diligence and tens of millions in early-stage financing will help restore 10,000 hectares of tropical forest in Panama.

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Cattle among the trackers and all-electric cherries: The shift to solar and fossil fuel free farming

Renew Economy

Farmers are going all electric and grazing cattle under solar arrays. It's an antidote to claims that renewables and agriculture cannot exist. The post Cattle among the trackers and all-electric cherries: The shift to solar and fossil fuel free farming appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Exposure to heat and cold in early life may affect development of white matter in the brain

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Brain scans of more than 2,000 preadolescents suggests that early life exposure to heat and cold may have lasting effects on the microstructure of white matter in the brain, especially when living in poorer neighborhoods. The study highlights the vulnerability of fetuses and children to extreme temperatures.

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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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A new itinerary for the tourism industry

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumers of all ages, from different parts of the globe, are prioritizing travel. Here’s what providers should know to tailor experiences in ways that will attract and delight today’s tourists.

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A Virtuous and Self-sustaining Cycle

Chris Hall

Early-stage investors must focus on the ocean economy to make waves in the climate race , according to Ed Phillips, Investment Director at Future Planet Capital. As we move into the summer months, we can expect headlines to be filled with record-breaking temperatures and unprecedented wildfires driven by climate change. While what happens on land will make our changing climate visceral to many, the damage happening to our oceans may continue to go unheeded and unnoticed.

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Grants for home batteries could “save billions” in shift to renewables

Renew Economy

Incentivising households and landlords into renewable tech such as batteries and solar would save billions on large-scale infrastructure, new report says. The post Grants for home batteries could “save billions” in shift to renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Humans are the elephant in the room where conservation is debated

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Studies working to map conservation historically have left humans out of the equation. This study proposes ways to build in the outsized footprint created by people in wild places.

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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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Solving the Educational Disparity in India: A Scalable Solution Leverages AI and Behavior Change to Reach Underserved Communities

James Militzer

Rani, a 29-year-old mother of two, lives with her family of four in a cramped 100-square foot room in Manesar, in the northern Indian state of Haryana. “The room is small but has everything we need,” she says. Rani dropped out of school when she was 13 and is now a full-time homemaker. Her husband works as a daily wage labourer at the tyre manufacturing shop near their home.

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The Brief: How much is enough for Elon Musk?

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Shareholder Action Elon Musk’s pay grab is a skirmish in the broader battle of the. The post The Brief: How much is enough for Elon Musk? appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Australia’s biggest battery proposed to soak up Brisbane rooftop solar

Renew Economy

Plans for a huge rooftop solar-soaking battery with up to four hours of storage have been submitted for approval by a local developer. The post Australia’s biggest battery proposed to soak up Brisbane rooftop solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Quantum data assimilation: A quantum leap in weather prediction

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Data assimilation is an important mathematical discipline in earth sciences, particularly in numerical weather prediction (NWP). However, conventional data assimilation methods require significant computational resources. To address this, researchers developed a novel method to solve data assimilation on quantum computers, significantly reducing the computation time.

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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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The case for doubling down on refinery reliability now

McKinsey Sustainabilty

With unplanned refinery outages at an all-time high, reliability fundamentals remain critical to capturing market opportunities, while digital tools can unlock further impact.

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The Brief: Women’s economic power in Latin America

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Overheard: GLI Forum Latam In Latin America, investors see economic opportunities through a gender lens. The. The post The Brief: Women’s economic power in Latin America appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Dutton confirms nuclear push and climate denial go hand in hand: The pretence has gone

Renew Economy

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has confirmed that his Coalition's push for nuclear energy is inextricably linked with his party's implacable denial of climate science. The post Dutton confirms nuclear push and climate denial go hand in hand: The pretence has gone appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Just thinking about a location activates mental maps in the brain

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers found that mental representations known as cognitive maps, located in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, are activated when the brain performs mental simulations of a navigational route.

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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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Foresight Raises €300 Million for Article 9 Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund

ESG Today

Real assets-focused investment manager Foresight Group announced that it has raised €300 million in commitments at the first close of its energy transition fund, Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners II. Focused on long-term value creation, FEIP II is classified as an Article 9 fund under the EU’s SFDR regulation, and aims to invest in strategic energy assets that eliminate bottlenecks to the energy transition.

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Levi Strauss’s CHRO Details Why the Company Expanded Family Leave

Just Capital

This interview was created in collaboration with the Financial Health Network. Over the last few years, expectations of how employers treat their workers has undergone noticeable shifts. Employees from across sectors increasingly expect more holistic support from their employer. High-performing employers are taking note, recognizing that a holistic benefits strategy – one that focuses on the whole employee – results in a more stable, financially healthy workforce.

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Dutton’s dumping of climate target would be a disaster for power prices, families and business

Renew Economy

It appears some people have learned absolutely nothing from 20 years of climate wars. The post Dutton’s dumping of climate target would be a disaster for power prices, families and business appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Parliamentary members use simpler language on hot days

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Climate change has many widespread and complicated effects on the well-being of people and the planet, and a new study has now added a surprising one to the list. After analyzing the language used in seven million parliamentary speeches around the world, it shows that high temperatures lead to a significant and immediate reduction in politicians' language complexity.

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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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New EU Sustainable Fund Naming Rules Could Lead to $40 Billion Divestments: Morningstar

ESG Today

Two-thirds of funds in the EU labelled with sustainable or ESG-related terms may need to sell assets or change their names to align with new anti-greenwashing rules, with stock divestments of as much as $40 billion if all were to keep their names, according to a new report released by investment research firm Morningstar. The new report follows the release last month by EU markets regulator the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) of its finalized guidelines for the use of ESG and

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African Tech Titans vs. Red Tape: How Striking the Right Regulatory Balance Can Advance the Continent’s Economic Future

James Militzer

In the fast-paced arena of technological advancement, Africa has emerged as a pivotal player that’s reshaping the global innovation narrative. With a digital economy that’s projected to grow to $712 billion by 2050 , the continent is positioned to wield transformative influence in the global marketplace. Yet this potential is threatened by a critical challenge: regulatory frameworks that struggle to keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology.

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“Global laughing stock:” Dutton’s threat to tear up Paris climate target labeled a disaster

Renew Economy

Peter Dutton's threat to pull out of the Paris agreement while the country waits two decades for nuclear would make Australia a "global laughing stock", activists say. The post “Global laughing stock:” Dutton’s threat to tear up Paris climate target labeled a disaster appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Dolphins with elevated mercury levels in Florida and Georgia

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Scientists found elevated mercury levels in dolphins in the U.S. Southeast. The highest levels were found in dolphins in Florida's St. Joseph and Choctawhatchee Bays. Researchers study dolphins because they are considered a sentinel species for oceans and human health. Like us, they are high up in the food chain, live long lives, and share certain physiological traits.

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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.