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Pact including Coca-Cola, Nestlé moves 2025 plastic reduction goals to 2030

GreenBiz

The absence of federal standards is hindering the progress of the U.S. Plastics Pact, according to the group.

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Australia’s biggest solar farm has a highly profitable first quarter

Renew Economy

Australia's biggest solar farm enjoyed a highly profitable first quarter of the year. The post Australia’s biggest solar farm has a highly profitable first quarter appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Pierre Poilievre voted against the environment nearly 400 times

Corporate Knights

Federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has voted against the environment and climate nearly 400 times during his 20-year career as a Member of Parliament, according to House of Commons voting records analyzed by DeSmog. That includes voting “nay” to bills crafted to hold mining companies accountable for environmental damage, move Canada closer towards achieving its climate targets, create high-quality jobs in low-carbon industries nationwide and align Canadian laws with the United Nation

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Navigating the generative AI disruption in software

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The technology could accelerate growth, but presents new challenges, including shifts in value pools, user segments, and competitive dynamics that could spur a realignment of product categories.

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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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Basic income can double global GDP while reducing carbon emissions

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Giving a regular cash payment to the entire world population has the potential to increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by 130%, according to a new analysis. Researchers suggest that charging carbon emitters with an emission tax could help fund such basic income program while reducing environmental degradation.

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Over 70% of Companies Have Abandoned Acquisitions Over ESG Concerns: Deloitte Survey

ESG Today

Sustainability considerations are becoming increasingly central in the mergers and acquisitions dealmaking process, with more than 70% of M&A leaders reporting abandoning potential acquisitions over ESG concerns, and a vast majority saying they would be willing to pay more for targets with strong ESG attributes, according to a new survey released by global professional services firm Deloitte.

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Dear Alleged Co-Colluders: Let’s really make common cause for climate action 

Impact Alpha

Editor’s note: The shareholder representative nonprofit As You Sow has borne the brunt of the coordinated backlash against corporate and investor action on. The post Dear Alleged Co-Colluders: Let’s really make common cause for climate action appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Amazing discovery of 9000-year-old rock art among dinosaur footprints proves humans knew about them

Good.is: Planet

Researchers said the ancient people created these petroglyphs as they were curious and interested in what the dinosaur prints represented

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Impact investing vs ESG: which produces the better results?

Financial Times: Moral Money

Some investors believe direct backing for enterprises is more positive than using a risk-focused fund manager

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Land rights win for Indigenous peoples in Southwest Papua, but challenges persist

Eco-Business

The Knasaimos Peoples in Papua have been granted legal land rights over their customary lands. However, enforcing these rights remains challenging, with a lack of political will and persistent targeting of merbau timber by loggers.

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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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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Projects Continue In Florida

CleanTechnica

Fossil fuels have damaged our world and continue to do so. None represents the impact more than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, after which federal and state agencies came together to form the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. The Trustees studied the effects of the. [continued] The post Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Projects Continue In Florida appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Tests show 30 year-old solar panels still operating at 79.5 per cent of original capacity

Renew Economy

A rooftop solar system installed more than 30 years ago in France is still operating at just under 80 per cent of its original output, a new report has found. The post Tests show 30 year-old solar panels still operating at 79.5 per cent of original capacity appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Cooking the books: The magical math of ‘climate-friendly’ meat

Corporate Knights

A convoy of tractors was making its way to a Dutch government building in February when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out his support for farmers revolting against the EU’s regulatory push to drive down climate emissions: “I’m pro-environment, but I support the farmers! Farming has no material effect on climate change.” The online reaction was swift, with stats, charts, links and memes filling replies from all sides.

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The state of AI in early 2024: Gen AI adoption spikes and starts to generate value

McKinsey Sustainabilty

As generative AI adoption accelerates, survey respondents report measurable benefits and increased mitigation of the risk of inaccuracy. A small group of high performers lead the way.

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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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A cracking discovery -- eggshell waste can recover rare earth elements needed for green energy

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A collaborative team of researchers has made a cracking discovery with the potential to make a significant impact in the sustainable recovery of rare earth elements (REEs), which are in increasing demand for use in green energy technologies. The team found that humble eggshell waste could recover REES from water, offering a new, environmentally friendly method for their extraction.

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Tech Giants Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Salesforce Launch 20 Million Ton Nature-Based Carbon Removal Buyers Coalition

ESG Today

Tech Giants Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Salesforce announced today the launch of the Symbiosis Coalition, a new advance market commitment (AMC) collaboration aimed at supporting the development and growth of the nature-based carbon removal market, with a collective commitment to contract up to 20 million tons of nature-based carbon removal credits.

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Dutton confirms nuclear push and climate denial go hand in hand: The pretence has gone

Renew Economy

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has confirmed that his Coalition's push for nuclear energy is inextricably linked with his party's implacable denial of climate science. The post Dutton confirms nuclear push and climate denial go hand in hand: The pretence has gone appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Dutton’s dumping of climate target would be a disaster for power prices, families and business

Renew Economy

It appears some people have learned absolutely nothing from 20 years of climate wars. The post Dutton’s dumping of climate target would be a disaster for power prices, families and business 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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Grants for home batteries could “save billions” in shift to renewables

Renew Economy

Incentivising households and landlords into renewable tech such as batteries and solar would save billions on large-scale infrastructure, new report says. The post Grants for home batteries could “save billions” in shift to renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Eraring deal signals death of baseload power in Australia, and Dutton’s nuclear fantasy

Renew Economy

The Eraring deal means that Australia's biggest coal generator will operate with the same capacity factor as the average solar farm. Baseload is dead, so what does Peter Dutton think he is going to do with a big nuclear plant? The post Eraring deal signals death of baseload power in Australia, and Dutton’s nuclear fantasy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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German energy giant presses go on Australia’s first eight-hour big battery

Renew Economy

Green light given for Australia's first eight-hour big battery, with Tesla to supply the technology. The post German energy giant presses go on Australia’s first eight-hour big battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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New Sun Cable takes shape with 12GW of wind added to world’s biggest renewable project

Renew Economy

Massive Sun Cable project will now include 12GW of wind, with the solar component "trimmed" to the same size and rolled out in several stages. The post New Sun Cable takes shape with 12GW of wind added to world’s biggest renewable project 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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“Global laughing stock:” Dutton’s threat to tear up Paris climate target labeled a disaster

Renew Economy

Peter Dutton's threat to pull out of the Paris agreement while the country waits two decades for nuclear would make Australia a "global laughing stock", activists say. The post “Global laughing stock:” Dutton’s threat to tear up Paris climate target labeled a disaster appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia can learn from the American experience with nuclear power

Renew Economy

Nuclear power has no business case or operational need in Australia’s energy future. No one who understands energy markets would claim otherwise. The post Australia can learn from the American experience with nuclear power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Nuclear option costs ‘six times more’ than renewables, study finds

Renew Economy

Building nuclear reactors would cost six times more than wind and solar power firmed up with batteries, according to a report released on Saturday by the Clean Energy Council. The post Nuclear option costs ‘six times more’ than renewables, study finds appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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World’s biggest grids could be powered by renewables, with little or no storage – if we are smart enough

Renew Economy

If the world learned to be smarter and more efficient, it could go fully renewable with little or no storage. But that's not the way markets are designed. The post World’s biggest grids could be powered by renewables, with little or no storage – if we are smart enough 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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Battery storage is about to overtake global capacity of pumped hydro

Renew Economy

Battery storage is often dismissed as an "immature" technology, not ready for a renewables dominated grid. But within a year it is likely to overtake pumped hydro, and still has big advances ahead. The post Battery storage is about to overtake global capacity of pumped hydro appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Renewables and storage still cheapest option, nuclear too slow and costly in Australia – CSIRO

Renew Economy

Final GenCost report confirms nuclear too slow and costly for Australia, and integrated renewables remain by far the lowest cost and quickest option. The post Renewables and storage still cheapest option, nuclear too slow and costly in Australia – CSIRO appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Deeper, longer, cleaner: Big batteries extend domination of California’s evening demand peaks

Renew Economy

California's big batteries remain top supplier in evening demand peaks for more than three hours, extending their dominance of the grid powering the world's fifth biggest economy. The post Deeper, longer, cleaner: Big batteries extend domination of California’s evening demand peaks appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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“World leaders” South Australia and California agree to collaborate on final stretch to 100 pct renewables

Renew Economy

Two of the world's leading renewable energy states – both with grids that regularly achieve periods of 100 per cent solar and wind supply – to collaborate on some of the final pieces of the energy transition puzzle. The post “World leaders” South Australia and California agree to collaborate on final stretch to 100 pct renewables 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.