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Grant seeks to recruit Appalachian manufacturers for clean energy economy

GreenBiz

A group of regional partners is seeking to find and support more than 1,000 small and medium manufacturers to play a supply chain role in the growing clean energy industry.

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Ark progresses plan for solar farm next to world’s largest eight-hour battery

Renew Economy

With plans locked in for a battery that could be the largest of its kind in the world, Ark Energy is seeking approval for a 500MW solar farm to go with it. The post Ark progresses plan for solar farm next to world’s largest eight-hour battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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This scrappy Australian recycling pioneer is the most sustainable corporation of 2024

Corporate Knights

T he scrap metal industry, to upcycle a tread-worn cliché, don’t get no respect. Stephen Mikkelsen, CEO and managing director of Sims Ltd., the 106-year-old Australian recycling giant, points out that in conversations about climate and carbon, topics like renewable-energy investments and offshore wind farms tend to attract the lion’s share of the attention paid to problems and solutions.

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Mycelium-Based Mega Ranch Scales Production

3BL Media

Meati, a producer of animal-free meat made from mycelium, partnered with CRB on its new ‘Mega Ranch’ in Thornton, Colorado. Efficient alternative proteins manufacturing The resource-efficient manufacturing operation is expected to cultivate tens of millions of pounds of Meati per year, producing animal-free meat at a scale that will match and even exceed that of the larger individual animal-based ranches in the United States.

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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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Sustainable investors more likely to engage on climate policy, MIT Sloan analysis suggests

GreenBiz

MIT Sloan School of Management working paper challenges the idea that sustainable investing detracts from work on climate policy.

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Fossil lobby claims voters want nuclear. Grid simulation shows it’s the last thing Australia needs

Renew Economy

As the Coalition goes nuclear in its opposition to solar and wind, data modelling 100% renewables on Australia's NEM reminds us why SMRs are not part of the picture. The post Fossil lobby claims voters want nuclear. Grid simulation shows it’s the last thing Australia needs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Passing the ‘Torch’ to the Next Generation of Tradesworkers

3BL Media

What do you do when it’s time to pass the welding torch, so to speak? As in, the equipment itself? While a secondhand sale is certainly an option, Enbridge facility employees along our T-South Pipeline had other ideas for their spring cleaning findings this year. Based in Hope, BC, the employees donated two portable welding units, as well as welding rods and decommissioned engine starters, to nearby Boston Bar Elementary-Secondary and Hope Secondary schools.

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5 years in, how does General Mills’ regenerative agriculture commitment measure up?

GreenBiz

General Mills aims to spur ‘systems change’ and advance regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres of land by 2030.

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Surge in heat pumps and rooftop solar drives record uptake for UK homes

Renew Economy

Installation of solar panels and heat pumps in UK homes soared in 2023, driving the country to its highest-ever level of domestic low-carbon technology upgrades. The post Surge in heat pumps and rooftop solar drives record uptake for UK homes appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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EU Parliament Approves New Law Banning Misleading Product Sustainability Claims

ESG Today

Lawmakers in the European Parliament voted 593-21 on Wednesday to adopt a new anti-greenwashing law banning a series of commercial practices, including the use of unproven generic product claims such as “environmentally friendly,” or “climate neutral,” or marketing a product as having a reduced environmental impact based on the use of emissions offsetting schemes.

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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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Investment and Impact: KeyBank Farmers Market Fills a Food Void in Buffalo

3BL Media

Following the racially motivated shooting that took place at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY on May 14, 2022, KeyBank Corporate Responsibility Officer Chiwuike “Chi-Chi” Owunwanne worked with community partners to bring a farmers’ market to the Delavan-Grider community. The supermarket, which was closed for months after the shooting, was the only source of fresh food and groceries for many in East Buffalo.

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Insurers hope new policies covering carbon credits will restore trust in a battered market

GreenBiz

Cloverly is selling coverage that will compensate carbon credit buyers in the event of fraud or invalidation.

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Stick to the plan: Lights won’t go out when Eraring closes on schedule

Renew Economy

Consistent with AEMO's own modelling, our new analysis reconfirms there is no material electricity reliability gap for NSW if Eraring closes on schedule. The post Stick to the plan: Lights won’t go out when Eraring closes on schedule appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Amazon Invests in Over 100 New Solar and Wind Projects Over Past Year

ESG Today

Amazon announced that it invested in more than 100 new solar and wind energy projects in 2023, claiming the title of largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy for the fourth consecutive year, and bringing the company’s pipeline of clean energy capacity to greater than 77,000 GWh per year, roughly equivalent to the power needs of 7.2 million homes.

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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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Think Realty and Land Betterment: How Real Estate Can Create Both Positive Social and Commercial Outcomes

3BL Media

Kirk Taylor’s editorial article was recently featured on the cover of Think Realty’s January/February magazine. In this editorial piece Kirk, President and Co-founder of Land Betterment, talks about how thinking creatively about workforce housing, attainable housing, and transitional housing in communities can satisfy more than commercial goals. While simultaneously solving commercial and social aspects of housing may seem challenging it can be accomplished.

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‘Scale out, not up’: Rethink your circular strategy

GreenBiz

Circular Economy Podcast host Catherine Weetman offers three watchwords to create value beyond the customer base.

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Queensland funds another 12 “solar soaker” batteries, plus two locally made flow batteries

Renew Economy

Energy Queensland gets new funds to install another 12 network connected batteries across the state – including two flow batteries made by local manufacturers. The post Queensland funds another 12 “solar soaker” batteries, plus two locally made flow batteries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Accelerating Europe: Competitiveness for a new era

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Turbulent times have highlighted new fragilities in Europe’s economies. Addressing them could be the catalyst for a new wave of competitiveness and growth.

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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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The heat is on: Scientists discover southern Africa's temps will rise past the rhinos' tolerance

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Southern Africa contains the vast majority of the world's remaining populations of both black and white rhinoceroses (80% and 92%, respectively). The region's climate is changing rapidly as a result global warming. Traditional conservation efforts aimed at protecting rhinos have focused on poaching, but until now, there has been no analysis of the impact that climate change may have on the animals.

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How tech firms Adyen and Zendesk are securing carbon removal credits

GreenBiz

3 strategies Adyen and Zendesk use to guide their funding of carbon removal technologies and projects.

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Tesla big battery replaces Hawaii’s last coal plant

Renew Economy

A 185MW/565MWh Tesla Megapack battery has been brought online in Oahu, effectively replacing Hawaii’s last coal power plant. The post Tesla big battery replaces Hawaii’s last coal plant appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What is fintech?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Fintechs are companies that rely primarily on technology and cloud services—and less so on physical locations—to provide financial services to customers.

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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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Scientists have come up with a technology to recycle used clothes rather than simply burning them

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Clothes and other textiles are among the materials that we are the worst at recycling. But this may change. Researchers have developed a new technology that can separate out fibers in mixed fabrics.

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Israel’s climate tech sector plummeted in 2023

GreenBiz

The war and infighting over Netanyahu’s moves wreaked havoc on the country’s sustainability startups.

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Solar banks and efficiency upgrades promise to address energy inequality

Renew Economy

Federal and New South Wales governments tip $206m into energy upgrades for social housing, and launch Solar Banks scheme for homes unable to access solar. The post Solar banks and efficiency upgrades promise to address energy inequality appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How CEOs can mitigate compounding risks

McKinsey Sustainabilty

When risks combine, the cumulative impact can have existential consequences. But leaders can prevent compounding risks from sneaking up on them by adapting risk processes to manage multiple threats.

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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.

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Sea otters helped prevent widespread California kelp forest declines over the past century

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The study reveals dramatic regional kelp canopy changes along the California coast over a 100-year period. During this time there was a significant increase in kelp forest canopy along the central coast, the only region of California where southern sea otters survived after being hunted nearly to extinction for their fur in the 1800s. Contrastingly, kelp canopy decreased in northern and southern regions.

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How EV maker Rivian plans to halve the carbon footprint of its vehicles by 2030

GreenBiz

The company has published its strategy for ‘zero materials waste and zero pollution.

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Sunshine State milestone as Queenslanders install one million solar rooftops

Renew Economy

Clean Energy Regulator data shows Queensland reached one million rooftop solar installations in 2023, beating out every other state in the country. The post Sunshine State milestone as Queenslanders install one million solar rooftops appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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EU Banking Regulator Releases Proposed Requirements for Banks to Manage ESG, Climate Transition Risks

ESG Today

EU banking supervisor The European Banking Authority (EBA) announced the launch of a consultation on new proposed guidelines, setting out requirements for banks to identify, measure, manage and monitor ESG risks, including setting plans to address risks arising from the EU’s transition to a climate-neutral economy. Requirements for banks under the proposed guidelines would include undertaking regular materiality assessments of ESG risks, ensuring the ability to identify risks through data proces

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How Will Virgo Season Impact Your ESG Communication?

3BL’s in-house experts merge the celestial wisdom of astrology with current environmental, social, governance (ESG) communication trends to offer a unique perspective and practical advice on sharing your company’s commitments effectively. 3BL’s new “Navigating ESG Comms through the Cosmos” series begins with Virgo season! In this edition, we delve into: How businesses have responded to environmental disasters over the past few months and why you can expect a continued focus on the climate crisis