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How (and why) to develop a credible deforestation policy in 2024

GreenBiz

Limiting land conversion is a notoriously difficult challenge that requires alignment between companies, governments, farmers and other stakeholders.

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Big boon for US solar supply chain as Microsoft places 12GW module order

Renew Economy

Microsoft places huge solar order with QCells designed to drive large-scale production of US-made PV modules. The post Big boon for US solar supply chain as Microsoft places 12GW module order appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ralph Nader shares the secrets to success of 'rebel' CEOs

Corporate Knights

Throughout much of his career, Ralph Nader has railed against those in the corporate world responsible for hurting people and the planet. The former Green Party candidate for U.S. president and legendary consumer advocate has spent decades holding various industries to account for malfeasance. But in his latest book, Nader has taken a different tack.

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Personal and Planetary Health Now Increasingly Linked in the Mind of the Consumer, Tetra Pak Index Reveals

3BL Media

54% consider the future of the planet when making food choices. 70% say that healthy products shouldn’t harm the environment. Consumers are now actively considering the environment alongside their individual health when buying food, according to the latest Tetra Pak Index. These environmentally conscious consumers labelled ‘Climatarians’ are willing to alter their eating habits to protect the planet.

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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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Business action on energy efficiency could save $2 trillion a year, new research claims

GreenBiz

A World Economic Forum and PwC report sets out a host of energy efficiency actions it claims are 'doable today, at attractive returns with no need for new technology.

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As Earth records hottest year, Coalition digs in against climate action and renewables

Renew Economy

As the world takes in the horrifying data on the world's hottest year on record, the federal opposition is gearing up to fight 2035 emissions targets and rally against renewables. The post As Earth records hottest year, Coalition digs in against climate action and renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Georgia-Pacific Leads Discussion on Mass Timber’s Environmental and Economic Impact in Georgia

3BL Media

ATLANTA, January 9, 2024 /3BL/ - Georgia-Pacific, along with partners The Georgia Forestry Foundation and Jamestown LP , recently met with state and local leadership to discuss how prioritizing and utilizing sustainable structural building materials such as mass timber not only has a positive effect on our environment, but Georgia’s economy. The event was held at 619 Ponce , Atlanta’s first Georgia-grown and locally manufactured mass timber building, located at Ponce City Market.

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What’s up in ESG: DEI mandates, green debt profits, ESG software boom ahead

GreenBiz

2024 will bring controversy over diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, a rush to deploy ESG software and more citizen lawsuits over ineffective climate regulations.

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Sub-zero heat pump challenge delivers new tech – and a fresh blow to gas

Renew Economy

Pushed along by the US government, companies are designing heat pumps that can work through a northern winter and not resort to gas backup. The post Sub-zero heat pump challenge delivers new tech – and a fresh blow to gas appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Sustainable investments had secretly great year

Corporate Knights

Despite appearances, sustainable investments have quietly had a great year. Given the poor performance of green energy stocks and the chorus of opposition against anything viewed as “woke,” it’s easy to get lost in the narrative that the shine has worn off sustainable investing. But that’s not what I’m seeing. The negative sentiment doesn’t match the tremendous progress that is being made.

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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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Balancing Value: From Friedman’s Metrics to Purpose-Driven Impact

Green Project Management

I am often asked about the most significant challenge GPM faces when explaining the value of sustainable project management. This question frequently comes from CFOs who have yet to embrace the benefits of sustainable practices beyond mere compliance with regulatory or stakeholder demands. In this post, I aim at a favorite antagonist from a bygone […] The post Balancing Value: From Friedman’s Metrics to Purpose-Driven Impact appeared first on Insights into Sustainability and Project

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How mounting demand for rubber is driving tropical forest loss

GreenBiz

The growing market for rubber for is a major and overlooked cause of deforestation, and the transition to electric vehicles could accelerate rubber use.

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Key milestone for WA’s biggest battery, with all storage units installed

Renew Economy

WA government says all of the containerised batteries are in place for the state's biggest battery, the 200MW four-hour (800MWh) Kwinana 2 project. The post Key milestone for WA’s biggest battery, with all storage units installed appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Are the ESG departments of Canada’s Big Five banks a ‘$2-trillion placebo’ for an ailing planet?

Corporate Knights

In 2022, the Canadian Competition Bureau launched an investigation into whether the Royal Bank of Canada’s advertisements amounted to greenwashing. Now it might be the Ontario Securities Commission’s turn to look into the bank’s green claims. Investors for Paris Compliance (I4PC), a shareholder advocacy organization, has called on the provincial regulator, and its Quebec counterpart, Autorité des marchés financiers, to investigate whether Canada’s “Big Five” banks – RBC, TD, CIBC, Scotiabank and

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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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Acidity of Antarctic waters could double by century's end, threatening biodiversity

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Without drastically reducing global emissions, the Antarctic Ocean could become too acidic for hundreds of species living there, many already endangered by rising temperatures and sea ice loss.

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Shifting political winds threaten Europe’s progress on green goals

GreenBiz

Shaken by global instability and a populist backlash, European nations are retreating from plans to reduce greenhouse gases, promote sustainable farming practices and boost biodiversity.

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Wind power turbine fleet output grows 25 pct in Germany over five years

Renew Economy

The share of wind power in total electricity generation is also increasing as new capacity is added and existing projects are re-powered. The post Wind power turbine fleet output grows 25 pct in Germany over five years appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Positives and Negatives of Tipping Points  

Chris Hall

A growing body of research warns that the financial sector is underestimating the risks of Earth’s system tipping points – how should it respond? The gap between the science of climate change and the emerging tools aimed at helping the financial sector manage concomitant risks is the subject of intensifying debate. Last July, ‘The Emperor’s New Climate Scenarios – a warning for the financial services’, published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in collaboration with the Univ

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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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Bottled water can contain hundreds of thousands of previously uncounted tiny plastic bits

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

In recent years, there has been rising concern that tiny particles known as microplastics are showing up basically everywhere on Earth, from polar ice to soil, drinking water and food. Formed when plastics break down into progressively smaller bits, these particles are being consumed by humans and other creatures, with unknown potential health and ecosystem effects.

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The Body Shop achieves 'world first' Vegan Society-certified product range

GreenBiz

The company is the first global beauty brand to feature fully Vegan Society-certified skin care, body care, hair care, makeup and fragrance product

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Another big battery joins South Australia pipeline in race to energy storage

Renew Economy

Epic Energy adds yet another big battery to South Australia's development pipeline as the state seeks to manage its huge renewables supply. The post Another big battery joins South Australia pipeline in race to energy storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Increasing number of local authorities require over 10% Biodiversity Net Gain

Envirotec Magazine

In advance of the statutory requirement for biodiversity net gain (BNG) for new developments from January 2024, new research appears to reveal a gradual increase in the number requesting in excess of the 10% biodiversity net gain. Law firm Carter Jonas conducted the research, analysing the emergence of BNG policies and guidance within local planning authorities (LPAs) in a series of research from spring 2022.

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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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Catalytic combo converts CO2 to solid carbon nanofibers

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Scientists have developed a way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas, into carbon nanofibers, materials with a wide range of unique properties and many potential long-term uses. Their strategy uses tandem electrochemical and thermochemical reactions run at relatively low temperatures and ambient pressure and could successfully lock carbon away to offset or even achieve negative carbon emissions.

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The $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund launches in March: What you need to know

GreenBiz

The 'national green bank' will prioritize underinvested projects and communities to support clean energy projects.

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2023 in review: Australia nears half-way mark to 82% renewables

Renew Economy

Renewables combined to supply an average share of nearly 40% across Australia's main grids for the year. We look back at the stats and records. The post 2023 in review: Australia nears half-way mark to 82% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Generative AI in the pharmaceutical industry: Moving from hype to reality

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The technology could offer pharma companies a once-in-a-century opportunity—but only if they learn to scale it and address the industry’s unique challenges.

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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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Red deer populations in Europe: More influenced by humans than by wolves and other predators

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new study shows that human hunting and land use have a decisive influence on red deer density in Europe. Red deer density is only reduced when wolves, lynx and bears co-occur at the same site.

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Why Intel has declined to participate in the Science Based Targets initiative

GreenBiz

Intel began reducing its emissions two decades ago, but it doesn’t follow guidelines from the Science Based Targets initiative.

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“Irreparable injury:” Courts order dismantling of wind farms in US, France

Renew Economy

Two separate court rulings highlight the importance of wind farm developers securing all necessary approvals, including environmental and social. The post “Irreparable injury:” Courts order dismantling of wind farms in US, France appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Anthesis Acquires Sustainability Consultancy Revolt

ESG Today

London-based sustainability advisory and solutions firm Anthesis announced today the acquisition of sustainable business transformation-focused consultancy Revolt, in a move described by the companies as creating “one of the leading purpose, brand activation, communications, reporting and strategy teams globally.” Launched in 2017 by co-founders Alex Lewis and Pete Bardell, London-based Revolt supports C-suite decision makers with innovative large-scale projects across sustainability and DEI str

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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