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Nuclear energy is an ugly duckling in every possible respect: Too late, too costly, too toxic

Renew Economy

Nuclear power in Australia would be too slow, too expensive, and unable to supply a 21st century power grid that will have moved to flexible power sources. The post Nuclear energy is an ugly duckling in every possible respect: Too late, too costly, too toxic appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Naia™ Prepares First Production of GRS-Certified Yarn

3BL Media

Eastman In a significant achievement for Eastman, Naia ™ Renew cellulosic fiber has received the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification. This certification validates Naia ™ Renew’s certified recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The Naia ™ team is excited to announce the first production of GRS-certified yarn, which will soon be on its way to a sustainable brand that shares the Naia ™ vision of making sustainable textiles accessi

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Here's how major car companies rank on 'clean' supply chains

Corporate Knights

Ford and Mercedes-Benz lead the automotive world in working to clean up their supply chains, according to a new report with rankings endorsed by a labor and environmental civil society coalition. But the car industry is far from achieving a “truly clean car” and progress is “lackluster,” the scorecard notes. Car companies are increasingly embracing electric vehicles as a new market opportunity exposed by worsening climate and biodiversity crises.

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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 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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“No feasible pathway:” Kean quits Coalition-based charity because of its obsession with nuclear

Renew Economy

Matt Kean quits Coalition-based charity that once supported renewables but is now totally obsessed with nuclear, a switch that coincided with involvement of Trevor St Baker. The post “No feasible pathway:” Kean quits Coalition-based charity because of its obsession with nuclear appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Members only: Delivering greater value through loyalty and pricing

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumer-facing businesses have an opportunity to unlock holistic value. By better integrating their loyalty programs with pricing strategies, they can drive growth in a muddled economic landscape.

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The Brief: Billion-dollar blended-finance transactions

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: 2030 Finance Blending billions: Lessons from more than three dozen big blended finance transactions. Deal. The post The Brief: Billion-dollar blended-finance transactions appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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World’s biggest offshore wind project wins environmental approval

Renew Economy

The largest offshore wind project in the world has been given environmental approval off the coast of Sweden. The post World’s biggest offshore wind project wins environmental approval appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The critical role of commodity trading in times of uncertainty

McKinsey Sustainabilty

As increased commodity trading value pools attract new competition, successful players will differentiate by managing illiquid risks and embracing data-driven trading models.

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'Tug of war' tactic enhances chemical separations for critical materials

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Lanthanide elements are important for clean energy and other applications. To use them, industry must separate mixed lanthanide sources into individual elements using costly, time-consuming, and waste-generating procedures. An efficient new method can be tailored to select specific lanthanides. The technique combines two substances that do not mix and that prefer different types of lanthanides.

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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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Canada’s Pensions Taking Small Steps to Climate Credibility

Chris Hall

Leaders are emerging from the pack, but benchmark study suggests schemes continue to lag behind on transition progress. Canadian pension funds have been challenged to raise their climate ambition to keep pace with international counterparts, having made limited progress over the last 12 months. “We can’t solve the climate crisis without Canada’s largest asset owners and managers getting involved,” said Adam Scott, Executive Director at Shift: Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health , sp

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Giant solar project in limbo as Forrest misses another deadline on key green hydrogen project

Renew Economy

Fortescue misses third deadline for FID on Gibson Island hydrogen project, meaning Genex must look for other customers for its Bulli Creek solar farm. The post Giant solar project in limbo as Forrest misses another deadline on key green hydrogen project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ensuring the financial sustainability of academic medical centers

McKinsey Sustainabilty

In response to financial pressures, academic medical centers are pursuing efforts to improve their near-term fiscal health. Clinician engagement is crucial to longer-term success.

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Australia on track for unprecedented, decades-long megadroughts

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Australia could soon see megadroughts that last for more than 20 years, according to new modelling. The researchers' bleak findings are before factoring in human impact on the climate since the Industrial Revolution. According to the scientists, the findings paint a worrying picture of future droughts in Australia that are far worse than anything in recent experience.

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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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MUFG Triples 2030 Sustainable Finance Target to $600 Billion on Strong Demand

ESG Today

Tokyo-based banking group Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) announced today a series of sustainability-related initiatives, including nearly tripling its 2030 sustainable finance goal to 100 trillion yen (USD$660 billion) from its prior 35 trillion yen target, as well as establishing a new Sustainability Risk Office, to manage sustainability risks, such as climate change risks, across the group.

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Smart meters for all? New reforms could put 2030 target in reach

Renew Economy

AEMC makes good on promise to fast-track universal smart meter uptake, with draft determination it says will help put consumers at the forefront of the shift to net zero. The post Smart meters for all? New reforms could put 2030 target in reach appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Vital signs: Emergency medicine for distressed manufacturing sites

McKinsey Sustainabilty

At some factories, underperformance isn’t just financial—it may also threaten safety, quality, or the environment. An unconventional improvement approach can help these sites regain health and vitality.

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Testing environmental water to monitor COVID-19 spread in unsheltered encampments

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

To better understand COVID-19's spread during the pandemic, public health officials expanded wastewater surveillance. These efforts track SARS-CoV-2 levels and health risks among most people, but they miss people who live without shelter, a population particularly vulnerable to severe infection. To fill this information gap, researchers tested flood-control waterways near unsheltered encampments, finding similar transmission patterns as in the broader community and identifying previously unseen

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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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IKEA Foundation Invests $100 Million to Increase Access to electric Vehicles in Emerging Markets

ESG Today

The IKEA Foundation, a strategic philanthropy funded by IKEA owner INGKA Foundation, announced that it will invest $100 million to support the Leapfrogging Partnership, a new project launched by vehicle electrification-focused initiative Drive Electric Campaign, aimed at advancing decarbonized road transportation in emerging markets. Launched in 2021 by Climateworks Foundation, the Drive Electric Campaign focuses on advancing the goal of transitioning the full electrification of all road vehicle

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Generation starts at what will be South Australia’s biggest wind farm

Renew Economy

First production recorded at what will be the biggest wind farm in South Australia, as concrete foundations also complete. The post Generation starts at what will be South Australia’s biggest wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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With ‘systems-first’ proposals, shareholders seek to mitigate economy-wide risks

Impact Alpha

Proxy season – the annual corporate meetings clustered from February through May where directors are re-elected and shareholders vote, by “proxy,” on issues. The post With ‘systems-first’ proposals, shareholders seek to mitigate economy-wide risks appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Finds at Schöningen show wood was crucial raw material 300,000 years ago

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

During archaeological excavations in the Schoningen open-cast coal mine in 1994, the discovery of the oldest, remarkably well-preserved hunting weapons known to humanity caused an international sensation. Spears and a double-pointed throwing stick were found lying between animal bones about ten meters below the surface in deposits at a former lakeshore.

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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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JPMorgan, Citi, RBC Reach Deals with NYC to Disclose New Climate Finance Metric

ESG Today

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander announced agreements with three major North American banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citi and RBC, to publicly disclose a new climate reporting metric outlining their ratios of clean energy to fossil fuel finance. The new agreements follow the filing of shareholder resolutions in January by three of New York City’s pension funds – the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), and Board of Education Retirement Sy

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State-owned Chinese company buys Australian energy retailer to boost local renewable plans

Renew Economy

Chinese state owned energy giant buys Australian energy retailer to advance the growth of its renewables business. The post State-owned Chinese company buys Australian energy retailer to boost local renewable plans appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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CEO priorities: Where to focus as the year unfolds

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Leaders today confront a raft of complexities. Here’s what will matter most as 2024 evolves—and how CEOs can reckon with ongoing disruption successfully.

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Common loons threatened by declining water clarity

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The Common Loon, an icon of the northern wilderness, is under threat from climate change due to reduced water clarity, according to a new study. The study followed up an earlier paper that showed substantial reproductive decline in the author's study area in northern Wisconsin.

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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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Cleantech Startup Terragia Raises $6 Million to Advance Biofuel Production Tech

ESG Today

Cleantech startup Terragia Biofuel announced that it has raised $6 million in a seed financing round, with proceeds to be used by the company to grow and to commercialize its biology-based approach to converting biomass into ethanol and other products. Founded in 2022, New Hampshire-based Terragia develops technology enabling the production of sustainable fuels from cellulosic biomass.

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Australia has the best solar resources in the world: We should learn how to make our own panels

Renew Economy

We thank China for dramatically driving down the price of solar panels. Australia missed that trillion-dollar opportunity and now it’s time to get back in the game. The post Australia has the best solar resources in the world: We should learn how to make our own panels appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Creating Value Beyond the Hype | No. 174

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Sharpen your problem-solving skills the McKinsey way, with our weekly crossword. Each puzzle is created with the McKinsey audience in mind, and includes a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) business theme for you to find. Answers that are directionally correct may not cut it if you’re looking for a quick win.

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Four in five bird species cannot tolerate intense human pressures

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

In a recent study, researchers found that 78% of the world's bird species do not thrive in the most modified human-dominated environments. These species are also most likely to have declining populations.

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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.