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3 circularity roles every business needs

GreenBiz

Bringing a circular transformation to life across the company requires these essential players, from the C-suite down to the supply chain trenches.

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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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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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Empowering Communities: The KFC Foundation Funds $250,000 in Education & Training Projects

3BL Media

KFC Foundation The KFC Foundation is awarding $250,000 in grants to 25 community-based non-profit organization projects focused on education and training. Kentucky Fried Wishes, one of the KFC Foundation’s community giving programs, invites non-profit organizations to apply for a grant to fund a project on their wish list. This year, the KFC Foundation will fund $1 million in Kentucky Fried Wishes to 100 non-profits nationwide, with 25 grants awarded quarterly based on different project categori

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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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Views on single-use plastic waste vary based on concern about health impacts, survey finds

GreenBiz

Public opinion on single-use plastics has decreased in some countries while remaining high in others, according to a GlobeScan survey.

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World’s biggest grids could be powered by renewables, with little or no storage – if we are smart enough

Renew Economy

If the world learned to be smarter and more efficient, it could go fully renewable with little or no storage. But that's not the way markets are designed. The post World’s biggest grids could be powered by renewables, with little or no storage – if we are smart enough appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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DOE unveils a second chance to access $6 billion from carbon capture tech

GreenBiz

After distributing $4 billion of energy project credits in the first round, the DOE is back with more money for decarbonization opportunities.

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“World leaders” South Australia and California agree to collaborate on final stretch to 100 pct renewables

Renew Economy

Two of the world's leading renewable energy states – both with grids that regularly achieve periods of 100 per cent solar and wind supply – to collaborate on some of the final pieces of the energy transition puzzle. The post “World leaders” South Australia and California agree to collaborate on final stretch to 100 pct renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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LEGO Group Ties Bonuses for All Employees to Emissions Reduction Goals

ESG Today

The LEGO Group announced that it will begin tying a portion of bonuses for all salaried employees to emissions reduction goals starting this year, as part of the company’s strategy to meet its climate targets. The announcement follows the launch by the LEGO Group last year of a series of climate-related commitments , including a pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, to work with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to develop emissions reduction targets covering Scope 1 and 2 emis

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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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Today's world: Fastest rate of carbon dioxide rise over the last 50,000 years

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Today's rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide increase is 10 times faster than at any other point in the past 50,000 years, researchers have found through a detailed chemical analysis of ancient Antarctic ice.

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Coca-Cola changes bottle shapes to cut virgin plastic use by 800 million bottles in 2025

GreenBiz

Switchover will cost bottlers and the Coca-Cola distribution network about $52 million across the U.S. and Canada.

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Battery storage is about to overtake global capacity of pumped hydro

Renew Economy

Battery storage is often dismissed as an "immature" technology, not ready for a renewables dominated grid. But within a year it is likely to overtake pumped hydro, and still has big advances ahead. The post Battery storage is about to overtake global capacity of pumped hydro appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Mizuho Pledges to Provide $13 Billion Financing to Develop Hydrogen Supply Chain

ESG Today

Tokyo-based banking and financial services company Mizuho Financial Group announced today a new goal to provide JPY 2 trillion (USD$13 billion) in financing for the production and supply of hydrogen and related technologies by 2030. According to the company, the new goal reflects a growth in funding needs for the hydrogen sector, a key component for decarbonization in several emissions-intensive sectors, to address the growing urgency to set up supply chains for hydrogen and related technologies

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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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Can we revolutionize the chemical industry and create a circular economy? Yes, with the help of catalysts

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new commentary paper puts forth a transformative solution to the unsustainable reliance on fossil resources by the chemical industry: catalysis to leverage sustainable waste resources, ushering the industry from a linear to a circular economy.

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The 5 most common questions from carbon buyers

GreenBiz

Here are the top questions on the minds of corporate carbon credit purchasers -- and some answers.

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“Picking losers:” Choosing nuclear over renewables and efficiency will make climate crisis worse

Renew Economy

Energy expert Amory Lovins says "all of the above" rhetoric is about picking losers rather than winners, and if anyone cares about climate crisis they would not choose nuclear over renewables or energy efficiency. The post “Picking losers:” Choosing nuclear over renewables and efficiency will make climate crisis worse appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Accion raises $152.5 million to upgrade emerging market financial institutions

Impact Alpha

Before the fintech boom, microfinance, rural finance, and small business finance agencies were the key channels of financial inclusion for hundreds of millions. The post Accion raises $152.5 million to upgrade emerging market financial institutions appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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Zombie cells in the sea: Viruses keep the most common marine bacteria in check

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Marine microbes control the flux of matter and energy essential for life in the oceans. Among them, the bacterial group SAR11 accounts for about a third of all the bacteria found in surface ocean waters. A study now reveals that at times nearly 20% of SAR11 cells are infected by viruses, significantly reducing total cell numbers. The viruses can also transform these once thriving bacteria into zombies, a phenomenon observed for the first time and widespread in the oceans.

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Jobs in nature and biodiversity are increasing – here are 14 of the most interesting

GreenBiz

A growing number of companies, in the United States as well as Europe, have created positions to support nature and biodiversity.

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Giant Queensland zinc mine plans behind the meter wind farm to slash crippling gas power costs

Renew Economy

One of the world's biggest zinc mines says gas power is too expensive and too volatile, and is adding wind power to its solar farm to cut costs and stabilise prices. The post Giant Queensland zinc mine plans behind the meter wind farm to slash crippling gas power costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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EU Issues New Rules for Funds Using “ESG” or “Sustainability” Names to Address Greenwashing Risk

ESG Today

EU markets regulator the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced today the release of its finalized guidelines for the use of ESG and sustainability-related terms in investment fund names, including investment thresholds required for sustainable investment funds, and the establishment of a transition category for investments that are not yet green, but are on a positive trajectory towards achieving environmental sustainability goals.

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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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Copper can't be mined fast enough to electrify the US

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Copper cannot be mined quickly enough to keep up with current U.S. policy guidelines to transition the country's electricity and vehicle infrastructure to renewable energy, according to a new study.

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The week in climate policy: 4 updates you need to know

GreenBiz

The oil industry gets hit with another court loss in New York; Florida erases climate change from its state policy.

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How the South Pole research station could run on 100% renewable energy

Renew Economy

American researchers say renewable energy could almost completely replace diesel at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, resulting in millions of dollars in savings and a two-year payback. The post How the South Pole research station could run on 100% renewable energy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Microsoft to Require Key Suppliers to Use 100% Carbon-Free Electricity as Supply Chain Emissions Jump

ESG Today

Microsoft announced a new policy for some of its key suppliers to use 100% carbon-free electricity, as part of a series of actions being put in place by the company to get back on track towards its goal to reduce emissions across the value chain. The new policy was reported with the release of Microsoft’s 2024 Environmental Sustainability Report, assessing the company’s progress on its key sustainability goals.

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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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2023 was the hottest summer in two thousand years

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have found that 2023 was the hottest summer in the Northern Hemisphere in the past two thousand years, almost four degrees warmer than the coldest summer during the same period.

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How Lowe's is using supplier education to tackle Scope 3 emissions

GreenBiz

The home improvement giant has doubled the number of suppliers reporting emissions

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Australian fossil fuel producer subsidies jump 31 pct to $14.5 billion

Renew Economy

Government subsidies to fossil fuel producers have risen sharply in the past year, triggering calls for the Commonwealth to scrap the concessions. The post Australian fossil fuel producer subsidies jump 31 pct to $14.5 billion appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Meta Signs Deal for 210 MW of Renewable Energy from New Solar Projects in Indiana

ESG Today

Renewables developer Solarpack announced energy purchase agreements with Meta, enabling the construction of two new solar projects in Indiana, totalling 210 MW. Meta has set a target to reach net zero emissions across its value chain by 2030, and is one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy. The company achieved its goal to meet 100% of its operational energy needs with renewable sources in 2020, and recently said that it anticipates adding 9.8 GW of renewable energy to local grids

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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.