July, 2024

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Google reports 13% emissions increase fueled by AI

GreenBiz

The company is struggling to add carbon-free energy fast enough, CSO Kate Brandt told GreenBiz.

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Australia’s largest solar farm inks major new deals to power aged care and beer

Renew Economy

Australia’s largest operational solar farm will soon help power residential aged care and the production of iconic beer brands, as part of two new energy offtake deals. The post Australia’s largest solar farm inks major new deals to power aged care and beer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Here's how the meat and dairy lobby is watering down climate policy in Europe

Corporate Knights

North American meat and dairy companies have been hard at work in recent years, attempting to clean up their eco-image. While environmental groups zero in on animal agriculture as a top driver of climate change, deforestation , biodiversity loss and ocean degradation , a growing number of consumers and governments have been demanding more from the sector to cut its carbon footprint.

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Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative Welcomes New Members Lindt & Sprüngli and Lipton Teas and Infusions

3BL Media

July 16, 2024 /3BL/ - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) has been pleased to welcome two new members, Lipton Teas and Infusions and Lindt & Sprüngli , bringing the Coalition’s membership to 25 CGF members committed to building trust in the consumer goods industry by offering clear guidance on which third-party social compliance auditing, certification, and monitoring programmes are credible, trustworthy and meet industry expectations for sustainability.

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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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McKinsey technology trends outlook 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Which technology trends matter most for companies in 2024? New analysis by the McKinsey Technology Council highlights the adoption, development, and industry effects of advanced technologies.

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How oil barons and right-wing billionaires are manipulating the free market to extend fossil fuels

Impact Alpha

The House Judiciary Committee has delivered a clear message to the free market: shut up about climate change or pay the price. The. The post How oil barons and right-wing billionaires are manipulating the free market to extend fossil fuels appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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South Australia’s biggest battery set for construction following “milestone” approval

Renew Economy

Construction of what will be South Australia's biggest battery will get underway towards the end of 2024 after the huge project got the all clear from the state government. The post South Australia’s biggest battery set for construction following “milestone” approval appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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74% of Public Companies Plan to Invest in Sustainability Reporting Technology and Tools Over Next Year: Deloitte Survey

ESG Today

Approximately three quarters of public companies report that they are likely to invest in new technology or tools to help improve their ESG disclosure capabilities over the next year, as nearly all companies are preparing to meet increased reporting requirements, yet data quality remains the top ESG challenge, according to a new survey released by global professional services company Deloitte.

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Traveler street dog who was gifted free access to public transport has now been adopted

Good.is: Planet

Boji is a free spirit and a familiar face among travelers. He wanders the city in trains, buses, ferries and trams and doesn't take directions from anyone.

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Electric vehicles a boon for Nevada’s economy, workers and environment, say groups

Energy Central

Electric vehicles are gaining ground in Nevada, with new cheaper models and federal incentives enticing drivers away from gasoline-dependent transportation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon issue updated pollution limits for new passenger cars and trucks that could slash billions of tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution.

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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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The Brief: Humanitarian relief through innovative finance

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Refugee-Lens Investing New tools for humanitarian relief in crisis zones: blended finance, offtake contracts and. The post The Brief: Humanitarian relief through innovative finance appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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First local extinction in the US due to sea level rise, study suggests

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The United States has lost its only stand of the massive Key Largo tree cactus in what researchers believe is the first local extinction of a species caused by sea level rise in the country.

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Nuclear too slow to replace coal, and baseload “simply can’t compete” with wind and solar, AEMO boss says

Renew Economy

AEMO boss says nuclear too slow to replace coal, and confirms that "notion of baseload" will not compete with grid powered by cheaper renewables. The post Nuclear too slow to replace coal, and baseload “simply can’t compete” with wind and solar, AEMO boss says appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Amazon Hits 100% Renewable Energy Goal

ESG Today

Amazon announced today that it has achieved its goal to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy, hitting the milestone in 2023, 7 years ahead of its initial target. Amazon first announced its clean energy goal in 2019, pledging to match all of the electricity consumed across its global operations, including data centers, corporate buildings, stores and fulfillment centers, with 100% renewable energy by 2030.

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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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Scientists recreate a Pink Floyd song by extracting it from listeners' brainwaves and it sounds eerie

Good.is: Planet

The research could prove to be a wonderful thing for people who have difficulty in speech, like those suffering from a stroke or muscle paralysis.

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The evolution of customer care: AI and the Gen Z effect

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Gen Z’s influence on consumer behavior and employment trends is driving contact center leaders to integrate AI, adapt to market changes, and implement holistic strategies for customer care.

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The Brief: Creating affordable housing and shared equity in West Baltimore

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Real Revitalization Worker co-op turns distressed homes in West Baltimore into affordable housing and shared. The post The Brief: Creating affordable housing and shared equity in West Baltimore appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Nanoplastics and 'forever chemicals' disrupt molecular structures, functionality

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have made significant inroads in understanding how nanoplastics and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- commonly known as forever chemicals -- disrupt biomolecular structure and function. The work shows that the compounds can alter proteins found in human breast milk and infant formulas -- potentially causing developmental issues downstream.

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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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Bowen says asking Australia to go nuclear is like asking the Swiss to take up surfing

Renew Economy

Bowen says suggesting Australia take up nuclear is like suggesting to the Swiss they should take up surfing. The post Bowen says asking Australia to go nuclear is like asking the Swiss to take up surfing appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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NGOs Call for EU Taxonomy to Follow Science

Chris Hall

Political considerations and corporate lobbying must not supersede climate and environmental evidence, the WWF insists. A coalition of NGOs has unveiled initial efforts to more closely align the EU Taxonomy with scientific evidence and criteria. The taxonomy lists around 140 economic activities that can be considered sustainable under six environmental categories: climate mitigation, climate adaptation; protection of marine and water resources; transition to a circular economy; pollution p

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Archaeologists stunned after finding secret rooms under 1,500-year-old church in Istanbul

Good.is: Planet

A network of tunnels and chambers decorated with mosaics and marble have been discovered during excavation work at a church in Istanbul.

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Helping boards manage geopolitical risk with Jon Huntsman Jr.

McKinsey Sustainabilty

In a conversation with the board director and former diplomat, two McKinsey experts offer advice on how boards can guide their organizations through volatile times.

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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 Brief: How a dose of pragmatism can redeem tech’s optimism

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Venture Capital Optimist? Pessimist? How a dose of techno-pragmatism can make tech the good guys. The post The Brief: How a dose of pragmatism can redeem tech’s optimism appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Microbes found to destroy certain 'forever chemicals'

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

An environmental engineering team has discovered that specific bacterial species can cleave the strong fluorine-to-carbon bond certain kinds of 'forever chemical' water pollutants, offering promise for low-cost treatments of contaminated drinking water.

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“The silence has been deafening:” Matt Kean urges industry to take on renewable naysayers

Renew Economy

Former NSW energy minister says deniers have not gone away, and the renewables industry needs to step up to counter the anti-wind and solar propaganda. The post “The silence has been deafening:” Matt Kean urges industry to take on renewable naysayers appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Returns of $7.2 Trillion Green Sector Outpaced Only by Tech Stocks

Alaistair Marsh

The so-called green economy has delivered total returns of 198% over the past 10 years, LSEG says

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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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Woman's epic comeback after she was mocked for wearing Metallica T-shirt is winning hearts

Good.is: Planet

She was tired of women being excluded from the heavy metal music genre and had a comeback ready when ridiculed for wearing a band t-shirt.

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Aircraft MRO 2.0: The digital revolution

McKinsey Sustainabilty

A new survey suggests AI-powered advances could reshape aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul. But companies will need to embrace digital disruption.

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Agriculture ‘major driver’ of rise in nitrous oxide emissions over past 40 years

Eco-Business

Nitrogen fertilisers, manure and other agricultural sources drove almost three-quarters of human-caused nitrous oxide emissions in recent years.

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Hydrogen flight looks ready for take-off with new advances

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The possibility of hydrogen-powered flight means greater opportunities for fossil-free travel, and the technological advances to make this happen are moving fast. New studies show that almost all air travel within a 750-mile radius (1200 km) could be made with hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2045, and with a novel heat exchanger currently in development, this range could be even further.

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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.