2023

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Who Won the Fossil Fuel War at COP28?

Richard Matthews

We did not get an agreement to phaseout fossil fuels at COP28, but we did get a deal that calls for a phasedown this decade. It was a hard-fought battle that saw two competing perspectives go head-to-head. On one side there was a large and powerful fossil fuel contingent that rejected phasing out hydrocarbons and […] The post Who Won the Fossil Fuel War at COP28?

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CSIRO says wind and solar much cheaper than nuclear, even with added integration costs

Renew Economy

CSIRO's GenCost report updated to include near term transmission costs for wind and solar, and finds that the case for nuclear has been blown out of the water by the collapse of US SMR project. The post CSIRO says wind and solar much cheaper than nuclear, even with added integration costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Why this Canadian-owned copper mine is facing fierce opposition in Panama??

Corporate Knights

The recent renewal of a contract for a Canadian-owned copper mine deep in the Panamanian rainforest has tested the limits of the Central American nation’s sovereignty, and triggered widespread protests. Cobre Panamá – the country’s only active mine – has been operating in a 12-hectare area of jungle within a protected park in the coastal Donoso region, digging up 1.5% of the world’s copper.

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Unlocking the potential of generative AI: Three key questions for government agencies

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Government organizations may seek to jump on the gen AI bandwagon, but the technology’s complexities could sideline their efforts. Our framework addresses some critical implementation questions.

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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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Food decarbonization comes of age at COP28

GreenBiz

Governments, funders and businesses are rolling up their sleeves at the climate summit to transform food systems.

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Climate change shown to cause methane to be released from the deep ocean

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

New research has shown that fire-ice -- frozen methane which is trapped as a solid under our oceans -- is vulnerable to melting due to climate change and could be released into the sea.

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ESG is beyond redemption: may it RIP

Financial Times: Moral Money

The investing framework is now facing a mountain of troubles, almost all of them of its own making

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Planning for a future beyond 1.5°C

Eco-Business

It is an open secret in climate circles that limiting global warming to 1.5°C is no longer possible. As COP28 approaches, we must abandon this target, which has become an obstacle to truly innovative action.

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Tesla Autopilot Controversy Continues After Software Update

CleanTechnica

The latest Tesla Autopilot update has been downloaded and installed in about 2 million cars in the US. Has it made things better? The post Tesla Autopilot Controversy Continues After Software Update appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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The power of clean energy tax credits: A 10-year, $1 trillion opportunity

GreenBiz

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, sustainability professionals can tap into tax credits to boost sustainability budgets.

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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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ExxonMobil’s $10 billion plan to boost plastics production in China

GreenBiz

A new climate agreement with the U.S. disregards China’s plans to increase plastics production.

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Why it matters that New York state is suing PepsiCo over single-use plastic

GreenBiz

The state alleges PepsiCo misled the public about the damage caused by single-use plastics.

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Biden administration announces policy to decarbonize federal work travel

GreenBiz

The new private-sector partnership is aimed at increasing low-emissions transit.

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Australia’s richest person says solar panels are an eyesore: Here’s why that matters

Renew Economy

AFR's choice of business heroes - mostly those who have fought quick action on net zero - underlines the tough road ahead for the green energy transition. The post Australia’s richest person says solar panels are an eyesore: Here’s why that matters appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Batteries are getting bigger and longer, and helping wind and solar push coal out the door

Renew Economy

Wholesale electricity prices declined across the grid in 2023, and batteries are having a growing influence over the market as their numbers and length of storage grows. The post Batteries are getting bigger and longer, and helping wind and solar push coal out the door appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Climate authority confirms Australia has been fudging its methane emissions data

Renew Economy

Federal government urged to act "immediately" as major report finds Australia well behind international best practice on measurement and reporting of methane emissions. The post Climate authority confirms Australia has been fudging its methane emissions data appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Massive 1500 MW wind project gets planning approval, first in NSW in nearly three years

Renew Economy

A 1500 MW wind project, to be built with an 800 MW battery, has won planning approval in NSW, the first wind project to do so since early 2021. The post Massive 1500 MW wind project gets planning approval, first in NSW in nearly three years appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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World’s biggest eight-hour lithium battery wins NSW long duration storage tender

Renew Economy

Two huge lithium-ion batteries, and the Broken Hill compressed air storage project, win storage tender in result that may lead to rethink of what long duration storage technologies will look like. The post World’s biggest eight-hour lithium battery wins NSW long duration storage tender appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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NSW secures another $4.2 billion of wind, solar and storage to help shift from coal

Renew Economy

NSW lands another $4.2 billion in wind, solar and storage projects, including big wins for Andrew Forrest and Neoen, and three ground-breaking long duration storage projects. The post NSW secures another $4.2 billion of wind, solar and storage to help shift from coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Filling Eraring gap: Giant Waratah Super Battery project to receive more than $700m

Renew Economy

The Waratah Super Battery project, designed to help fill the gap left by the closure of Eraring by creating a type of giant "shock absorber", will receive more than $700m. The post Filling Eraring gap: Giant Waratah Super Battery project to receive more than $700m appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Big solar farm in NSW approved after widening gaps in solar rows to allow more sheep

Renew Economy

Another big solar farm gets planning approval in NSW, despite some strong objections, after agreeing to widen the gap between rows of modules to allow more sheep on the property. The post Big solar farm in NSW approved after widening gaps in solar rows to allow more sheep appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Lightsource bp sells five Australian solar farms to Chinese buyer

Renew Economy

Lightsource bp sells its entire Australian portfolio of solar farms that are operating or under construction, as it seeks to unlock funds for the next tranche of its 7.5 GW portfolio. The post Lightsource bp sells five Australian solar farms to Chinese buyer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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German nuclear plant to be replaced by Europe’s biggest battery

Renew Economy

Shuttered German nuclear plant could be replaced by Europe's biggest battery under proposal from site owners. The post German nuclear plant to be replaced by Europe’s biggest battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AEMO’s jaw dropping prediction for coal power – all but gone from the grid in a decade

Renew Economy

AEMO's new planning blueprint says coal will exit five years early, households will play key role with rooftop PV, EVs and electric homes, but rollout of large scale wind and solar needs to quicken. The post AEMO’s jaw dropping prediction for coal power – all but gone from the grid in a decade appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia could be at 99 pct renewables by 2032, if green exports take off as hoped

Renew Economy

The green export scenario - the basis of the hope that Australian can be a renewable superpower - suggests the grid could reach 99 per cent renewables within a decade. The post Australia could be at 99 pct renewables by 2032, if green exports take off as hoped appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Solar costs are now nearly 30 per cent lower than cheapest fossil fuel option, EY says

Renew Economy

EY says solar PV remains cheapest source of new-build electricity, with a global weighted average levelised cost of electricity 29% lower than the cheapest fossil fuel alternative. The post Solar costs are now nearly 30 per cent lower than cheapest fossil fuel option, EY says appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Petro-states and fossil fuel lobby steer climate deal towards global catastrophe

Renew Economy

The world's petrol states and the fossil fuel lobby are steering the world towards climate catastrophe. And Australia's Coalition is cheering on from the sidelines. The post Petro-states and fossil fuel lobby steer climate deal towards global catastrophe appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Farmers says climate change is biggest threat, renewables the best solution

Renew Economy

Seven out of 10 farmers interviewed had already invested in emissions reduction efforts, by installing solar panels and batteries, electrifying farm equipment or planting trees. The post Farmers says climate change is biggest threat, renewables the best solution appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ted O’Brien’s nuclear love-in at COP28 gets a brutal reality check

Renew Economy

Release of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides a sobering reality check for an industry on life-support and a contrast to Ted O'Brien's silliness at COP28 climate conference. The post Ted O’Brien’s nuclear love-in at COP28 gets a brutal reality check appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Battery storage meets more than 20 per cent of early evening peak demand in Australia

Renew Economy

Battery storage is making its present felt in the evening peaks, reaching more than 20 pct of peak demand in South Australia. The post Battery storage meets more than 20 per cent of early evening peak demand in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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