Why 2018 will be a make or break year for renewables

Renewables will continue their swift rise, if they can overcome obstacles in Washington.

Why I’m negative on ‘net positive’

Greenhouse gases, human rights abuses and pollution are not weights on a scale, neutralized by stacking good deeds against them. Simply put, good and bad do not lend themselves to arithmetic.

How Do the World’s Recyclers Solve a Problem Like China?

For decades, China has been an open door for foreign waste, importing recycled material from around the world to help feed its manufacturing boom. In 2016, the country imported 7.3 million metric tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries. However, this is all about to change. Last year, the country notified the World Trade Organization its intention to ban 24 types of solid waste material by the end of 2017 — including unsorted paper and plastics. This crackdown on imports, known officially as China’s National Sword programme, took complete

Networking and Collaboration: What We Can Learn from Zimbabwe’s Anti-Poaching Movement

It’s never been more important to bring the poaching and wildlife conservation story to life, while also bringing together local and international stakeholders to build sustainable solutions to what has become a global issue. Recent developments, such as the US lifting bans on certain elephant trophy imports and changes to the Mugabe government in

4 strategies for equitable, sustainable cities

Ensuring that underserved urban areas can implement environmental projects without resulting in environmental gentrification.

This $118 million mutual fund pays companies in carbon credits

Backed by SAP, Danone and Schneider Electric, the new Livelihoods Fund aims to avert the emissions of up to 25 million tons of carbon.

Northwestern Mutual Challenges Consumers to Redefine the #GoodLife Through New Campaign

Financial security company Northwestern Mutual has launched a new brand campaign with the aim of reframing people’s idea of the #GoodLife, by helping them plan for their financial futures and feel empowered to make the most of enjoying life every single day. “Our research uncovered the constant struggle Americans are experiencing between living for now and saving for later,” said Aditi Gokhale, Chief Marketing Officer at Northwestern Mutual. “People are in a balancing act of how they can enjoy today while preparing for tomorrow, and this results in massive anxiety. This campaign shows how Northwestern Mutual helps our clients plan for the important moments in their

Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Cross-Sector Partnership a Perfect Storm for Sustainable Sailing

Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s team director Mark Towill and skipper Charlie Enright take on challenges the way most people layer cold cuts; one on top of the other. The duo and their team are one of seven squads trying to win the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) a nine-month sailing slog, over 45,000 nautical miles, in all sorts of weather; doing so while being the most sustainable team in the race, and working to increase public awareness, concern and action on behalf of ocean health. No problem, right? Perhaps the main reason they have a chance to succeed on all three counts is the unique collaboration between sport (Towill and Enright), business

Here’s how clean energy could help Puerto Rico navigate out of the dark

Solar, wind and microgrids are promising, but misconceptions about their cost and benefit could interfere with their adoption.

How Kraft Heinz cooked up its post-merger sustainability strategy

Its extensive materiality assessment was the starting point.

Trending: More Energy Giants Shift Away from Fossil Fuels, Find Future in Renewables

Energy giants Statoil and BP are part of a growing number of utilities future-fitting their operations to better compete in the emerging low-carbon economy. The two companies have recently invested in new wind and solar power projects across Europe, demonstrating their commitment to transition away from fossil fuels. As part of its transition from a focused oil and gas company to a broad energy major, Norwegian energy company Statoil has submitted a bid in the offshore wind tender Hollandse Kust Zuid area I and II, an up to 760 MW project in the Dutch part of the Dutch North Sea. This is the first non-subsidy tender for offshore wind projects in the world.

How to Start a Sustainable Small Business

Does the phrase “sustainable small business” refer to a small business that contributes to environmental sustainability or to a small business that will last? The answer is both. Roughly 60 percent of millennials want to increase sustainability efforts in business. Millennials make up the largest group of consumers besides baby boomers, and 72 percent are willing to pay more for products from businesses committed to sustainability. “Brands that establish a reputation for environmental stewardship among today’s youngest consumers have an opportunity to

B.H.P. Billiton to Sever Ties with World Coal Association Over Climate Change Stance

Despite the emergence of new carbon-capture technologies and campaigns spinning fossil fuels as a saving grace, there’s no denying that coal is on a downward spiral. Companies that refuse to recognize the resource’s link to climate change and begin embracing alternatives stand to do more harm than good to the future of their business. B.H.P. Billiton, a British-Australian mining company, has decided to follow this second

Trending: Scientists Uncover Unexpected Uses for Harmful Greenhouse Gases

Though harmful greenhouse gases are charged with driving unprecedented — and dangerous — climate change, they’re proving to be an unlikely ally to researchers working on solutions to treat African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and reduce the variability of renewable power. Caused by exposure to the tsetse fly, African trypanosomiasis is an infectious and potentially fatal disease prominent in rural regions of sub-Saharan Africa. The drug eflornithine is typically used to treat patients in the second stage

Uber Encourages Partygoers to Celebrate Responsibly in New Social Campaigns

From #DeleteUber to sexual harassment allegations, the Greyball scandal and a recent European court ruling that declared it a transportation business and taxi service, it’s fair to say 2017 has been a pretty rough year for Uber. In a bid to rebuild its deeply damaged reputation, the Silicon Valley-based ride-sharing platform has rolled out a series of campaigns targeting drinking and driving during the holiday season. Building on its previous partnership during the 2015 Superbowl, Uber launched a designated rider campaign with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ahead of the holiday season, calling on partygoers to celebrate responsibly and keep roads safe by committing to

This Holiday Season, Enjoy Your Festive Brew  —  While You Can!

The rise of craft beer is a major success story. Yet, the industry is reaching an important crossroads. A new study highlights major risks ahead — meaning continuous growth and success cannot be taken for granted. Meanwhile, there’s a great opportunity to find a new ‘sweet spot’ for growth and sustainability. The festive season is once more upon us. Perhaps you will raise a glass or two, and enjoy your favourite beer. You might go for one of the many mass-produced beers on the market, or maybe you will opt for something different, and a little more ‘crafted’ — a bright golden IPA

A birds’-eye view of the value of natural capital

At a cost of 10 percent of the $75 trillion global economy, nature is vital to business growth and viability. Here’s how to preserve its value.

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics Committee Launches Sustainability Report, Carbon Credit Campaign

With only a few short weeks left to go before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee has unveiled details of the measures being taken to ensure the sustainability of this year’s event. The Committee has published a sustainability report outlining the actions taken from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 to promote environmental and social stewardship during the Olympic Games. The sustainability activities were

Trending: New Initiatives, Innovations to Give Aviation Biofuels a Big Push

Air transport represents 2 percent to 3 percent of global man-made CO2 emissions. Sustainable aviation biofuel has been identified as one of the most promising ways to meet the ambitious targets of stabilizing emissions generated by global air transport as soon as 2020. A new initiative in France and a breakthrough discovery in Germany could just be the push the sustainable fuel source needs. To promote the emergence of sustainable aviation biofuel industries, Air France in partnership with the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Ministry of Transport, Ministry

The sustainability year 2017 in review, in haiku

This Year of the Rooster was stressful for those devoted to sustainability. It may help to take one syllable at a time.

8 ripple effects of the circular economy in 2017

From Apple to Cremona, Italy, to Unilever, here’s how industry, agriculture and cities cleaned up their acts this year.

The ‘Smartest’ Cities Will Be Future-Proofed

In the wake of natural disasters, it can be easy to feel like there’s nothing we can do to prevent or minimize the damage they cause. However, often this is not the case. Some cities are already making changes to offset future crises, and it’s time we learn from their

Trending: New Savvy Solutions for Redistributing Landfill-Bound Food in the UK

Around 7 million tons of food go to waste each year in the UK, but local startups and organizations are dreaming up new and noteworthy ways to tackle the growing problem. Action Hunger, a charity committed to alleviating poverty and hardship among the homeless, has created a novel solution for simultaneously providing essential items to those in need and diverting food from landfill: vending machines. The NGO launched the program in Nottingham, installing the world’s first-ever vending machine at the Intu shopping center