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Report Shows Path to Zero-Emission Passenger Transport with 'More Mobility and Less Mining'
Report Shows Path to Zero-Emission Passenger Transport with 'More Mobility and Less Mining'

CLEANTECH - A new report shows a just pathway to zero-emission urban mobility. Simple changes such as smaller EV batteries can greatly improve resource-use efficiency; but holistically reducing car dependence will be paramount.

New Guide Helps Fashion Brands Take Meaningful, Measurable Action to Protect Nature
New Guide Helps Fashion Brands Take Meaningful, Measurable Action to Protect Nature

WALKING THE TALK - The report provides a critical introduction for the fashion, textile and apparel industry to setting measurable, science-based targets for nature; and will act as a blueprint for other industries to follow suit.

NextWave Focuses on Inclusive, Equitable Strategies to Turn Plastic Pollution Into a Resource
NextWave Focuses on Inclusive, Equitable Strategies to Turn Plastic Pollution Into a Resource

WASTE NOT - The cross-industry collaborative has reached 80% of its goal of diverting 25K MT of ocean-bound plastic by 2025. Now, it is working to ensure that the plastic is sourced with high ethical standards.

50+ CEOs Join Aviation Industry Initiative to Transform Airports into Clean-Energy Hubs
50+ CEOs Join Aviation Industry Initiative to Transform Airports into Clean-Energy Hubs

CLEANTECH - The World Economic Forum’s Airports of Tomorrow initiative seeks to address the energy, infrastructure and financing needs of the transition to a net-zero aviation industry by 2050.

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Carbon Neutral Is Dead; Long Live Nature Positive
Carbon Neutral Is Dead; Long Live Nature Positive

THE NEXT ECONOMY - If we invest in public campaigns for nature positive and brands shout it from the rooftops, we save what was originally valuable about the voluntary carbon market while actually doing what’s right for nature.

Colombian Toy Company Encourages Circular, Co-Creative Model of Play
Colombian Toy Company Encourages Circular, Co-Creative Model of Play

WASTE NOT - Toynovo has created a subscription model for toys that eliminates waste, along with a co-creative approach to play that enhances creative thinking and problem-solving capacities.

Danfoss ‘Smart Store’ Sets New Bar for Energy-Efficient Supermarkets
Danfoss ‘Smart Store’ Sets New Bar for Energy-Efficient Supermarkets

CLEANTECH - The Smart Store — expected to be ~50% more energy efficient than a typical supermarket — will also work as Danfoss’ test center for energy-efficiency technologies.

3 Steps for Ensuring Complete, Accurate Primary Supply Chain Data
3 Steps for Ensuring Complete, Accurate Primary Supply Chain Data

SUPPLY CHAIN - Primary data is the foundation of a strong sustainability program. This framework will help you effectively and efficiently collect the data you need to map, measure and reduce your supply-chain impacts, and meet reporting requirements.

Concrete Has an Emissions Problem. Thankfully, Startups Are Queuing Up to Solve It
Concrete Has an Emissions Problem. Thankfully, Startups Are Queuing Up to Solve It

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In 2021, global construction projects consumed 30B tonnes of cement to make concrete — with every tonne emitting almost a tonne of CO2. The good news is, technologies already exist to reduce the impact of concrete production.

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Organic-Materials Management: How Companies Can Make Better Choices
Organic-Materials Management: How Companies Can Make Better Choices

WASTE NOT - Helping people on the front lines of manufacturing and materials management understand company sustainability goals, and providing the leadership support to contribute to achieving them, empowers them to take a more conscious approach to disposal.

Oregon County Sues Several Fossil-Fuel Giants for Role in 2021 'Heat Dome'
Oregon County Sues Several Fossil-Fuel Giants for Role in 2021 'Heat Dome'

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Multnomah County lawsuit is just one of many emerging efforts to hold corporations responsible for climate change and may set a new precedent for global corporate accountability.

Cannes Lions Was a Climate Kindergarten; Time to Mature the Conversation
Cannes Lions Was a Climate Kindergarten; Time to Mature the Conversation

MARKETING AND COMMS - This year's awards recognized a historic number of climate-related campaigns; but as an industry, we continue to talk in circles.

Renewables May Be Booming; But Shifting from Fossil Fuels Is Being Hindered By …
Renewables May Be Booming; But Shifting from Fossil Fuels Is Being Hindered By …

CLEANTECH - Projects that could generate more than 1TW of renewable energy are still waiting to be constructed and connected to the grid in all parts of the world, due to delays in permitting and a lack of investment in grid infrastructure.

What Plastic Pollution? These Companies Are Making Packaging Disappear
What Plastic Pollution? These Companies Are Making Packaging Disappear

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As innovators such as Notpla and B’ZEOS continue to prove, the potential uses for seaweed — including as plastic alternatives that are truly compostable and biodegradable — are endless.

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New Certification Raises Bar for Restaurant Sustainability Practices
New Certification Raises Bar for Restaurant Sustainability Practices

WALKING THE TALK - The Food Made Good Sustainability Standard is the only certification designed to measure restaurants’ social and environmental impacts, wherever they are in the world. It also highlights areas for improvement and provides credibility in communicating sustainability practices to customers.

Crystal Geyser Campaign Highlights Consumers’ Paramount Role in Recycling Ecosystem
Crystal Geyser Campaign Highlights Consumers’ Paramount Role in Recycling Ecosystem

MARKETING AND COMMS - A corresponding survey of US adults reveals the beverage industry has ‘more work to do when it comes to education’ around proper recycling.

HP Study: Climate Crisis Changing Parental Decisions on Purchases, Careers, Even Family Size
HP Study: Climate Crisis Changing Parental Decisions on Purchases, Careers, Even Family Size

THE NEXT ECONOMY - 91% of parents surveyed are concerned about climate change — a majority say the crisis has even impacted their perspective on having more children.

Where to Invest Efforts in the Era of Regulatory Uncertainty
Where to Invest Efforts in the Era of Regulatory Uncertainty

MARKETING AND COMMS - Between our responsibilities as sustainability professionals and a growing set of topics to learn about, impacts to track and regulations to meet, it’s hard to know where to focus to do the most good. To help distinguish between signal and noise, I take the following approach.

Carbon Capture and Storage: Distraction, Solution or Both?
Carbon Capture and Storage: Distraction, Solution or Both?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - CCS proponents argue it can offset emissions from hard-to-abate sectors such as energy and heavy industry; while opponents fear it could further the status quo and distract from the need for real emissions reductions.

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Global Fashion Houses, NGOs Call on Industry to Commit to Deforestation-Free Leather
Global Fashion Houses, NGOs Call on Industry to Commit to Deforestation-Free Leather

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Deforestation-Free Call to Action for Leather calls on brands and retailers to ensure sourcing of bovine leather from deforestation-free supply chains by 2030 or earlier.

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