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With More CEOs at Home with Their Children, Could This Pandemic Be the Catalyst Sustainability Needs?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. As CEOs spend time reconnecting with their children at home, investors open laptops at kitchen tables and policymakers have more time than ever to consider our future; is now the time when long-term, sustainable decision-making will finally trump all else?

Tide Slowing Turning Toward a Future Free from Coal

Clean power is finally taking over. Yes, it has taken far longer than most environmental campaigners wanted. But with investors fearing the worst and the majority of global economies slowly weaning themselves off of coal, the planet should breathe a huge sigh of relief.

GM Paving the Road to an 'All-Electric Future'

GM is amping up its strategy to transition to an entirely electric portfolio; with a new, modular production platform and the largest collective EV charging network in the US.

There's a Powerful New Use for Waste from This Incredibly Stinky Fruit

The inedible core of the world's stinkiest fruit — the durian — could one day be used to charge your phone, according to researchers at the University of Sydney.

Trending: Visions of a New Energy Future from Vattenfall, BP?

Two strikingly different displays emerged this week, as the energy companies shared their visions of how we might achieve a global clean energy future.

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Building, Heal Thyself: Welcome to the Era of Truly Smart Buildings

Smart building features once seemed like nice-to-haves, but they’re rapidly becoming need-to-haves. Facilities that are at a competitive disadvantage are not going to catch up by making operators smarter. The operators are already smart, and they don’t have time to deal with dumb buildings.

Net Zero Emissions: Why We Can’t Tackle the Climate Crisis Without Addressing Global Inequality

As we enter 2020, we face a trilemma of global warming, growing inequality and rising nationalism — so, a well-designed net-zero strategy must tackle the climate crisis and promote economic opportunities for the less privileged at the same time.

Q&A: P&G and the Road to 100% Renewables

Procter & Gamble has reached its 2020 goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity in the US, Canada and Western Europe — which represent over 70% of its purchased electricity. We caught up with James McCall, Global Supply Chain Sustainability Leader at P&G, to learn more.

Meet the Startup Aiming to Turn Skyscrapers Into Clean Energy Batteries

Edinburgh-based startup Gravitricity has developed a unique energy battery system that, unlike conventional battery systems, can operate for decades without any reduction in performance.

The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 4: Power Autonomy

Nature has discovered that if you want to sustain your value cycles for billions of years, they need to run on free flows of solar energy. Our products and processes need to do the same.

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Maersk Joins Forces with Industry Peers, Customers to Develop Next-Gen Shipping Fuel

A.P. Moller - Maersk has partnered with BMW, H&M, Levi Strauss and more to explore LEO — a blend of lignin and ethanol — that could be part of a solution for sustainable shipping.

While Climate Policy Catches Up, Here’s Some Groundbreaking Cleantech to Be Excited About

The remaining barriers to a climate-resilient future are political, rather than technological. Much of the tech required to transition to a low-carbon economy already exists — here are just a few to look out for.

NETs Offering New Opportunities for Negative Emissions

A suite of negative-emissions technologies (NETs) have emerged and continue to improve. While carbon capture and storage systems can lead to carbon-neutral processes, NETs can lead to true carbon negativity.

Could Air-Based Foods Be the Alternative Diet Trend That Saves the Planet?

“We are already seeing a shift from animal-based to plant-based protein. The next evolution — from land-based to air-based protein — will allow us to [feed] a growing population without needing to remove rainforests or natural habitats.”

BASF Collaboration to Develop Closed-Loop Process for Recycling EV Batteries

The ReLieVe project will develop and scale the process and structuring of an integrated industrial sector — from collection and recycling of end-of-life batteries, to the manufacturing of new electrode materials.

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Blockchain and the Climate Crisis: Beyond the Hype

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Blockchain’s full potential cannot be forecast with certainty. Yet, in a messy world where various parties struggle to gain enough good faith to work together on solutions, systems that engender trust will lay the foundation for progress.

50 Leading Mobile Operators Now Disclosing Climate Impacts Through CDP

The commitments are part of a GSMA-led climate initiative to develop a decarbonization pathway for mobile sector.

5 Steps for Developing, Implementing a Renewable Procurement Strategy

How can companies get started developing a renewable procurement strategy? It requires taking a holistic approach to their overall energy-sourcing, combined with a practical application of that strategy. Here are five steps to begin.

Q&A: How Akamai, VPPAs Are Paving the Way for a Corporate Clean Energy Future

Akamai, which has committed to power the internet more sustainably, took part in the US’ first corporate aggregated VPPA — a game-changing approach for smaller renewable energy buyers.

The Challenge to Fly Sustainably

A broad set of stakeholders is focusing attention on the climate change impact of air travel. In the face of regulatory uncertainty, businesses will benefit from modifying their behaviors and leading the way.

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