2023

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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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European ESG funds face fossil fuel showdown after French ruling

Financial Times: Moral Money

France’s stipulation for its sustainable ISR label could lead to billions of euros of divestments by pan-European vehicles

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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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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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Confusion reigns as Whitehall briefing contradicts PM’s net zero speech

Envirotec Magazine

There are increasing concerns that civil servants in the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) are attempting to undermine the Prime Minister’s attempts to reset the UK’s net zero policies, says trade body the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). In a briefing issued to the heating industry only hours after the PM’s net zero speech officials outlined their continuing approach to “encouraging” households to fit heat pumps, retaining unrealistic targets for heat pump installations

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‘Smallholders are victims of the haze, not the cause’: Indonesian oil palm farmers union advisor Aida Greenbury

Eco-Business

Greenbury, who argues for a radical overhaul of the role smallholders play in the palm oil growth story, says smallholder compliance with the EU deforestation law can be achieved, with greater financial support.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Australia’s biggest solar farm reaches peak output, now to host 6,000 sheep

Renew Economy

New England solar farm reaches full output and now plays host to 2,000 sheep, a number that will treble in coming months, making it the biggest mob of sheep doing solar grazing in Australia. The post Australia’s biggest solar farm reaches peak output, now to host 6,000 sheep appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Planning approval given for Australia’s biggest battery to soak up solar and replace coal

Renew Economy

Planning approval given for 2,000 MWh battery in Collie that could double in size and will be used to soak up solar and shift it to the evening peaks, replacing coal. The post Planning approval given for Australia’s biggest battery to soak up solar and replace 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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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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Wind and solar output surges past 20 gigawatts for first time on Australia’s main grid

Renew Economy

Wind and solar output has surged past 20 gigawatts for the first time on Australian main grid, marking yet another significant milestone in the green energy transition. The post Wind and solar output surges past 20 gigawatts for first time on Australia’s main grid 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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Rooftop solar installs smash record as households turn to bigger systems, put pressure on coal

Renew Economy

Rooftop solar installs smash monthly records in November, as system sizes reach nearly 10kW and the coal industry faces another big bite out of its midday market lunch. The post Rooftop solar installs smash record as households turn to bigger systems, put pressure on coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Stunning leap in rooftop solar PV smashes renewable records across the grid

Renew Economy

Rooftop solar output leaps by nearly a gigawatt to help establish new output records for renewables and reshape the grid. The post Stunning leap in rooftop solar PV smashes renewable records across the grid 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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“Major influx:” Batteries lead charge as renewables and storage grid applications double

Renew Economy

Applications for connections to the grid from new renewable and storage projects have more than doubled in the past year, and its taking less time. The post “Major influx:” Batteries lead charge as renewables and storage grid applications double appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Small modular nuclear reactors: a history of failure

Renew Economy

Dozens of ‘small modular reactor’ designs are being promoted, but precious few will reach construction stage and likelihood of SMRs being built in large numbers is negligible. The post Small modular nuclear reactors: a history of failure appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Solar smashes more records, as coal power sent to another new low

Renew Economy

Rooftop and utility scale solar set new records in Australia's main grid, as coal output from the country's biggest coal state also sent to a new low. The post Solar smashes more records, as coal power sent to another new low 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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Giant Melbourne battery may triple in size with plans for 12-hour flow battery storage

Renew Economy

Giant battery in Melbourne partly funded by SEC is looking at adding 12-hour storage using flow battery technologies for its next stage. The post Giant Melbourne battery may triple in size with plans for 12-hour flow battery storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Tesla reveals plan to be Australian energy retailer and “disrupt traditional incumbents”

Renew Economy

Tesla reveals details of its plan to take on traditional utility incumbents in Australia by focusing on household and business packages that combine rooftop PV, electric cars and battery storage. The post Tesla reveals plan to be Australian energy retailer and “disrupt traditional incumbents” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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China to install record-breaking 230 GW of wind and solar in 2023

Renew Economy

China is quietly reorganising its entire power sector to support rapid electrification and renewables uptake – and smashing records along the way. The post China to install record-breaking 230 GW of wind and solar in 2023 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Renewables hit record high in Australia, as green energy transition rolls on

Renew Economy

Renewable energy hit a record high of 72.9 per cent of total generation on Sunday, as a wave of wind and solar across the grid sent coal output and operational demand to new lows. The post Renewables hit record high in Australia, as green energy transition rolls on 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.