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3 Energy and Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2023

CLEANTECH - With the year in full swing, we expect to see further innovations to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption; and overall, advance sustainability in the energy industry.

Sobering Report Says Auto Industry Will Spend Remaining Carbon Budget Well Ahead of Schedule

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Commissioned by EV makers Polestar and Rivian, the report details three levers that need to be pulled in unison and at full tilt for the industry to meet critical climate-action targets.

Doconomy, Dreams Technology Merge to Empower Banks to Better Engage Climate-Conscious Customers

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Through its acquisition of Dreams Technology, Doconomy becomes the first provider to offer a holistic solution that drives meaningful climate and social impact for the financial services industry.

Tomorrow’s Circular, Low-Carbon Economy Is Being Built Today

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - The supply of recycled plastics must be more robust to meet global demand. A mix of mechanical and advanced recycling technologies can provide tangible solutions, create efficiencies and increase scale.

Addressing Fashion’s Footprint at Farm Level Through Verified Sustainability Data

SUPPLY CHAIN - Investing in data and transparency in anticipation of disclosure demands will give brands and retailers greater visibility into their supply chains, so they will be better positioned to weather the changing regulatory landscape.

The Many Hats of a Sustainable Marketer

MARKETING AND COMMS - Marketing is becoming inextricable from sustainability. Marketers must collaborate with other departments closely, gather accurate knowledge and work out how to share brand attributes in a humble and credible way.

Most Businesses Don’t Understand Scope 3 Emissions — Here’s Why

SUPPLY CHAIN - Tackling Scope 3 emissions is a daunting task; companies must collaborate with their suppliers to understand their carbon literacy, and then work together to take steps towards reducing emissions.

Report: People in US More Concerned Over Climate Than Ever

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Yale’s latest ‘Climate Change in the American Mind’ report reveals respondents’ feelings about climate change and the role of business and government in driving meaningful action — beginning with a transition to clean energy.

Lights, Camera, Climate Action? Advertisers Being Called Upon to Rein in Their Carbon Footprint

MARKETING AND COMMS - Accurately measuring, tracking, comparing and reporting impacts for the process of producing, filming, displaying and running ads will be crucial for the industry to play its part in solving one of the big challenges of our time.

Economic Centers in China, US Top Global Ranking for Climate and Extreme Weather Risks

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - “Since extensive built infrastructure generally overlaps with high levels of economic activity and capital value, it is imperative that the physical risk of climate change is appropriately understood and priced."

Understanding the Important Difference Between ESG Risk and ESG Impact

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - It is important to know the difference between these terms — and the potential for there to be some divergence between how a company performs on either measure. A company with a high impact rating and low ESG risk doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great investment opportunity.

We Must Protect and Support Our Local Dairy Farms

CLEANTECH - In many parts of the US, the dairy farmer is a staple in the agricultural landscape; yet many multi-generational dairies are closing their barn doors. Solutions such as anaerobic digesters not only help farms mitigate their environmental impacts, they create new revenue streams and cost savings.

Cultural Intelligence Unlocks Campaign Strategies to Support Brand-Led Culture Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - By unpacking consumer trends and crafting poignant narratives, today’s brands can create behavior change, shift consumer demand, and drive good growth — resulting in positive market transformation and sustainable culture change.

More and More Talent Ready to Leave Companies Over Misalignment of Values

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - From ‘quiet quitting’ to conscious quitting: Despite economic uncertainty, 51% of employees surveyed would consider resigning if employers do not align with own values.

Apparel Brands Drive Circular Fashion Future with Recyclable, Renewable Fabrics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Pangaia and Filippa K are the latest to unveil collaborations with circular textile innovators — fueling progress toward closing the loop on fabric waste.

NZAOA Updates Protocols to Provide Clearer Path to Portfolio Decarbonization

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Investment portfolio emissions make up the lion’s share of an asset owner’s footprint. The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance’s newest Protocol aims to fight inertia in pro-climate financing and get investor portfolios in line with science by 2050.

Investors Can No Longer Ignore China’s Lagging ESG Performance

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - For brands that pulled out of Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, the cost was in the billions. But Russia is a tiny economy compared to China; and the costs of inaction on ESG issues could be multitudes of magnitude bigger.

It’s in the Genes: Healthier Animals Anchor a Highly Sustainable Food System

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As our population grows, we must keep innovating to provide ample, healthy food sources. The result? A more sustainable food system thanks to animals that are resilient to climate change and disease, and can produce healthy protein for our ever-growing planet.

Consumer Product Brands Embrace Responsible Forestry

SUPPLY CHAIN - When it comes to forest products, Bio Pappel, HP, Melissa & Doug, REI and Amazon are all leaders in responsible sourcing. What does this commitment look like in practice?

Pomp, Personalities and Products Made for a Super Bowl with Little Purpose

MARKETING AND COMMS - Product, product, product drove Super Bowl commercials this year; purpose and ESG communication were largely left on the bench.


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