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Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector
Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector

WALKING THE TALK - Why have the collective efforts of national governments, NGOs, forward-looking companies and citizens had so little impact on curbing carbon emissions? Here are three reasons why high-level pledges are not translating into concrete actions — and what’s needed to break through.

COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels
COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels

WALKING THE TALK - COP27 ended with an agreement to create a funding facility to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate disasters; but weakened language around the phase-out of fossil fuels opens a dangerous loophole that could threaten decarbonization before it’s too late.

Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production
Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The USDA has awarded Bridgestone $35M to grow its investment in desert shrub guayule to advance a climate-smart domestic rubber industry and offer a water-smart solution amid the ongoing drought in the Southwestern US.

Supply Chain Waste, Consumer Demand Highlight Business Case for Transparency
Supply Chain Waste, Consumer Demand Highlight Business Case for Transparency

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new study examines the waste challenges companies are facing due to the global supply chain crisis and how they are being tackled, and how consumer priorities impact waste — they now report prioritizing product durability and transparency over sustainability.

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Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net Zero Operating Footprint By 2030
Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net Zero Operating Footprint By 2030

CLEANTECH - The company reports progress in its climate goals, as well as its work to support local communities and increase equitable access to snow sports and recreation.

COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?
COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?

WALKING THE TALK - From COP27, we see more and more business initiatives focused on not only reaching sustainability, but averting a climate crisis and achieving nature positivity — but have climate-fueled forest fires already nullified our chances at an effective carbon market?

2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing
2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute has chosen India’s GreenPod Labs and Germany’s Fusion Bionic as 2022’s top biomimicry startups, from a pool of over 200 applicants from 54 countries.

Many Business Leaders See Sustainability as Costly Obligation Rather Than Investment in the Future
Many Business Leaders See Sustainability as Costly Obligation Rather Than Investment in the Future

LEADERSHIP - According to new Capgemini research, execs recognize the urgency for climate action; but limited impact is visible on the ground so far as they lack an overarching strategy, clarity on the business case and coordinated implementation.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World
IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

CLEANTECH - The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

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We Must Invest in the Missing Middle to Boost Smallholder Farmers’ Climate Resilience
We Must Invest in the Missing Middle to Boost Smallholder Farmers’ Climate Resilience

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - By supporting smallholders to access agricultural innovation on their farms and in their communities, it will enable them to both thrive in a changing climate and contribute to tackling its causes.

New Metrics, New Narrative, New Models Reflect New Approaches to Ensuring Targeted Impacts
New Metrics, New Narrative, New Models Reflect New Approaches to Ensuring Targeted Impacts

NEW METRICS - One of many recurring themes at SB’22 San Diego was the need for a new lexicon and new metrics for the regeneration movement, which more accurately reflect the level of work and transformation needed to not only avert climate collapse but to enable a flourishing future for all.

2 in 3 People May Be Willing to Halve Their Consumption to Help Save the Planet
2 in 3 People May Be Willing to Halve Their Consumption to Help Save the Planet

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - 68% of people ‘somewhat agree’ they’d reduce their consumption by half to avoid environmental damage and climate change — especially those with worried children at home, according to a new survey. But the gap between aspirations and actions remains wide in all countries.

After Formal Apology, Ocean Conservancy Works to Repair Damage Done by 2015 Plastics Report
After Formal Apology, Ocean Conservancy Works to Repair Damage Done by 2015 Plastics Report

WASTE NOT - Key recommendations failed to understand plastic pollution from a holistic perspective — placing too much blame on the five most impacted Asian countries and suggesting carbon-heavy options for disposal.

Are We Seeing Glimmers of a Healthier, Even Regenerative, Economic System?
Are We Seeing Glimmers of a Healthier, Even Regenerative, Economic System?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Last week at SB’22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. Here, we hear highlights from our day four keynotes, which featured glimpses into the next frontier in finance and capitalism.

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Authentic, Verified Information Will Elevate Your Brand’s Climate Credentials
Authentic, Verified Information Will Elevate Your Brand’s Climate Credentials

MARKETING AND COMMS - Climate action is increasingly important to incorporate into a brand’s value proposition to customers and consumers. These four steps will enable brand managers to take clear and meaningful actions — which, in turn, can connect with consumers and differentiate products in the market.

Recession or Not, Brands Must Go Long on ESG
Recession or Not, Brands Must Go Long on ESG

WALKING THE TALK - Rather than undoing years’ worth of progress, brands must double down on ESG strategies that can (and will) continue to bear fruit.

Mycelium Materials Poised to Leave Conventional Leather Industry Hanging by a Thread
Mycelium Materials Poised to Leave Conventional Leather Industry Hanging by a Thread

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Biotech startups Bolt Threads, Ecovative and Zvnder have discovered how to make the most of mycelium — creating high-quality, sustainable versions of ubiquitous materials such as leather.

Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop
Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In Latin America, where recycling rates remain below 10%, grassroots circular solutions are slowly beginning to scale — thanks to growing legitimacy, education, organization and protections for informal waste workers, who remain the backbone of the region’s collection and recycling infrastructure.

Making the Dream Work: Equipping Suppliers for the Climate Action Journey
Making the Dream Work: Equipping Suppliers for the Climate Action Journey

SUPPLY CHAIN - A collaborative, network approach is helping global companies meet their suppliers where they are and ensure they have the resources and know-how to rise to growing imperatives to reduce climate impacts.

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3rd Annual Fairtrade Mural Campaign Reminds Us All to Prioritize a Fair Deal for Farmers
3rd Annual Fairtrade Mural Campaign Reminds Us All to Prioritize a Fair Deal for Farmers

MARKETING AND COMMS - By celebrating the growers behind popular chocolate and tea brands, the murals remind the public to ‘Choose the world you want’ by supporting products and brands that help give farmers a sustainable livelihood.

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