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The story of McDonald’s 10-year quest for sustainable beef

GreenBiz

A decade ago, the hamburger giant announced it would transform how it procures its most vital ingredient. It’s made progress, although you still can’t buy “sustainable beef.

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Works begin on giant Queensland Tesla battery at site of former coal plant

Renew Economy

Construction starts on 250MW, two-hour big battery that will store solar generated by Ipswich rooftops and help wean the Queensland grid off coal. The post Works begin on giant Queensland Tesla battery at site of former coal plant appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AMD Named in Top 10 of America’s Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and CNBC

3BL Media

February 5, 2024 /3BL/ - AMD is ranked 9th on America’s Most JUST Companies, recognizing the company’s commitment to serving its workers, customers, communities, the environment, and shareholders. JUST Capital, along with CNBC, released its annual JUST 100 list as part of its 2024 rankings of America’s Most JUST Companies. The rankings measure how the nation’s largest corporations are performing on the business issues that matter most to Americans.

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There’s nothing conservative about turning our backs on nature

Corporate Knights

Corporate Knights reached out to conservatives in Canada , the U.S. and the U.K. who are hoping to steer their parties toward a more sustainable future. We asked all three the same question: what is your prescription for green conservatives? Read our introduction here. In 2006, David Cameron, then leader of the Conservative Opposition, travelled to the Arctic to be photographed “hugging a husky.

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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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Ice cores provide first documentation of rapid Antarctic ice loss in the past

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have uncovered the first direct evidence that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet shrunk suddenly and dramatically at the end of the Last Ice Age, around eight thousand years ago. The evidence, contained within an ice core, shows that in one location the ice sheet thinned by 450 meters -- that's more than the height of the Empire State Building -- in just under 200 years.

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Beyond the hype: New opportunities for gen AI in energy and materials

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Generative AI can create additional value from other forms of AI and analytics—and the energy and materials sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements.

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Air pollution and trees study overturns “rough and hairy is good” dictum

Envirotec Magazine

Surrey researcher Yendle Barwise assembling one of the pollution monitors. If you’re trying to take pollution out of the air, choose evergreen trees with smaller leaves. That’s according to a new study from the University of Surrey. Researchers from Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) tested ten trees beside a busy main road.

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Indian farmers are killing themselves in record numbers. Is climate change to blame?

Eco-Business

An alarming rise in the number of farmers taking their own lives has coincided with an increase in extreme weather events affecting crops in India. But the reasons for the tragic rise in suicides are complex.

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NEWS RELEASE: New 2023 data shows 11.2% growth for wind, solar & energy storage

CREA

CanREA’s annual industry data for 2023 shows that Canada has increased installed capacity by 11.2% for a new total of 21.9 GW of wind energy, solar energy and energy storage. Ottawa, January 30, 2024— Canada’s wind, solar and energy-storage sectors grew by a steady 11.2% this year, adding 2.1 GW of new generation capacity and 140 MW / 190 MWh of storage capacity in 2023, according to the new annual industry data report released today by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

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Associate Program, Professional Training Initiatives, SDG Academy

Sustainable Development Network

Paris, Ile-de-France, France ABOUT SDSN The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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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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AstraZeneca, Atlassian and Philips: How to convince suppliers to lower greenhouse gas emissions

GreenBiz

Companies are committing to help suppliers set science-based targets and lower emissions. Here’s how pharma company AstraZeneca, software firm Atlassian and healthcare tech maker Philips approach it.

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Concrete pours and modules arrive for South Australia’s biggest battery storage project

Renew Economy

Concrete pours have been completed and the first of battery modules have arrived on the site of South Australia's biggest battery project. The post Concrete pours and modules arrive for South Australia’s biggest battery storage project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Carmakers Failing to Deliver Affordable Electric Cars, Holding Back EV Adoption — Analysis

CleanTechnica

Only 17% of electric cars sold are in the more affordable “B” segment — compared to 37% of new combustion. [continued] The post Carmakers Failing to Deliver Affordable Electric Cars, Holding Back EV Adoption — Analysis appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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The Global 100 list: How the world’s most sustainable corporations are driving the green transition

Corporate Knights

Skip to ranking BY Shawn McCarthy January 17, 2024 As 2023 came to a close, the World Meteorological Organization declared it to be the hottest year on record. One week later, the Global Carbon Project shared more discouraging news: that despite global pledges to reduce emissions, greenhouse gases from fossil fuels hit a record high again in 2023. As the climate crisis exacts a punishing toll around the globe, we’re also getting better at solving problems.

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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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What turned Earth into a giant snowball 700m years ago? Scientists now have an answer

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Inspired during field work in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, geoscientists have proposed that all-time low volcanic carbon dioxide emissions triggered a 57 million year-long global 'Sturtian' ice age.

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Organizational health is (still) the key to long-term performance

McKinsey Sustainabilty

McKinsey’s latest findings on organizational health demonstrate that it remains the best predictor of value creation and a sustainable source of competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

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Nearly Half of Companies Still Using Spreadsheets to Manage ESG Data: KPMG Survey

ESG Today

Most large companies are gearing up their ESG data and reporting capabilities, with the vast majority planning to increase investments on sustainability-related software and workforce capabilities over the next few years, yet while most feel confident that they are ahead of the curve in these areas, nearly half report that they are still using spreadsheets to manage their ESG data, according to the results of a new survey released by professional services firm KPMG US.

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Intel is using hot water to cut natural gas use in its factories

GreenBiz

Industrial heat recovery is an untapped opportunity that could save an estimated $152.5 billion in annual energy costs globally.

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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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Does the SEC climate rule really matter? Investors will still demand disclosure

GreenBiz

Attacks against ESG reporting have done little to dampen investors’ demand for consistent and comparable sustainability information.

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In the travel industry, ‘sustainable tourism’ gives way to ‘regenerative hospitality’

GreenBiz

Regenerative hospitality has the potential to unlock the broader systemic changes we need to limit climate change and protect ecosystems.

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5 common misunderstandings about the EU’s deforestation policy, clarified

GreenBiz

The new European Union deforestation regulations are a hot topic for food companies, but key facts remain poorly understood.

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Here’s what to know about the new B Corp standards

GreenBiz

Starting in 2025, companies wanting to become a Certified B Corp will need to meet new ‘foundational’ requirements.

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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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When to laugh about climate change

GreenBiz

Comedian Stuart Goldsmith says stand-up offers strategies for those working day to day to mitigate the climate crisis.

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3 finance strategies to help with corporate climate goals

GreenBiz

CFOs can make a big impact on sustainability performance, at little to no additional cost to their organization.

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How beverage companies can step up their actions to prevent water pollution

GreenBiz

A Ceres report highlights what the beverage industry can do to better mitigate water quality impacts.

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California startup Watershed raises $100 million for emissions-tracking software

GreenBiz

Investors bet big on carbon accounting and emissions reporting with Watershed Technology.

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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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France will jail corporate directors who fail to adhere to new CSRD requirements

GreenBiz

No get-out-of-jail-free-card will save companies that don't comply with this new French law.

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Why you shouldn't go net zero this year

GreenBiz

Sponsored: You want to move the needle on climate change? Stop trying to achieve net zero.

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Wind and solar are delivering an energy transition at record speed

Renew Economy

As Dutton renews call for renewables to be stopped and coal closures suspended until nuclear is built, wind and solar are delivering the fastest transition the world has seen. The post Wind and solar are delivering an energy transition at record speed appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Is Ted O’Brien a fit for purpose shadow energy minister?

Renew Economy

In pursuit of blind, dogged virtue signalling to their base, the Coalition is prepared to sacrifice what remains of the Liberal Party in favour of a declining rural constituency. The post Is Ted O’Brien a fit for purpose shadow energy minister? 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