Policymakers worldwide have woken up to the costs that climate change will inflict and are trying to smoothen the transition to a green economy. Environmental scientists believe 2020 to 2030 is the decisive decade for climate change action. But there is another factor that could push businesses into changing their ways even more urgently – consumers and investors may shun them if they do not.
Australian capital city Canberra has topped a new study of the world’s most sustainable cities. The study, conducted by UK price comparison site Uswitch, calculated an index score based on seven sustainability factors which were: energy; transportation infrastructure; affordability; pollution; air quality; CO2 emissions; and percentage of green space available.
Many industries, especially those that have operated for 100+ years, have to work to overcome legacy issues and negative consumer perceptions of the past and ensure they aren’t causing harm to the people, planet and communities they serve today. Brands must dissect their supply chain to make sure they are being purposeful and sustainable every step of the way. Look at the diamond industry for example.
The last few years have been tumultuous for manufacturers, with demand swings, supply chain disruptions and increasing costs. New emerging imperatives for manufacturers are agility to meet customer demand, supply chain resilience, increased productivity and sustainability. In this webinar learn how AVEVA’s model-driven MES approach combines the benefits of a manufacturing execution system with digital workflow management technology to bring people and processes together for increased operational efficiency and intelligence. Hear how it is transforming the way manufacturers digitize operational processes to enable efficiency, standardize global best practices for a consistent approach to compliance and operations, and continuously improve operational processes to adapt to changing business needs.
The regional LafargeHolcim Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and Acknowledgement prize winning projects will be announced in a hybrid event on November 13, 2021, as part of the 17th international Biennale of Architecture in Venice, Italy. The Global LafargeHolcim Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be announced at the same event by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Biennale and Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury 2021. Representatives of the 33 Main Category winning teams are invited to attend this event in person and receive the Awards and Acknowledgement prize trophies.
Celebrating individuality, diversity, and embodiment, the third edition of Rio Ethical Fashion took place last week. Leading voices stirred up conversations about impending challenges and opportunities in the sustainable fashion industry. A spicy debate focused on the future of fashion upon the expansion of the Metaverse—the so-called “new, persistent virtual world.” Metaverse will host an increasing number of people throughout 2021. Currently, digital fashion is mostly restricted to video games (think of Gucci’s digital tennis).
Carbon labels and digital passport for clothing, accessories and shoes may quickly become fashions hottest new trend. Telling end users how to wash or take care of their wares is no longer enough to appease today’s green-led consumers. Weary of greenwashing (only 20 Percent of consumers actually trust brand sustainability claims), consumers are looking for hard facts before giving up their dollars. I’ve spoken before about the heavy impacts of fast fashion and how the revolving of trends with every season has snowballed into widespread pollution, a waste crisis, and the exploitation of workers. And yet, there are few signs of change.
Until recently, most HR professionals have stayed on the sidelines of corporate sustainability and their firm’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment activity. But with increasing pressure from investors, employees, and other key stakeholders, HR executives are leaning in to the strategic opportunity of a sustainability lens and sustainable Human Capital Management (HCM) practices. For the past year, our Human Capital Investment and Reporting Council (HC IRC) has explored ways to bring sustainable business practices into people management.
More great news from the European Parliament! The newly adopted Biodiversity Strategy text includes: “Encourages the EU and the Member States to promote the recognition of ecocide as an international crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC)” Stop Ecocide fully support all the European parliamentarians who are hugely committed in their unstinting work campaigning for an international law of Ecocide.
Vilnius’ abundance of nature, old forests and picturesque hills make it one of the greenest capitals in Europe. But Vilnius is also going greener and becoming more sustainable, making it easier to preserve the environment and leave a smaller footprint. Even if you don’t think about it every day, the smallest of actions can make a difference. Try buying fresh produce from local farmers, shopping at bulk stores, raising your kids in an eco-friendly way, making friends with like-minded people, exchanging various household items and participating in clean-ups. To make it even easier, check out this list of great sustainable stores and environmental events in Vilnius.
Situated in a rural forest, the new Torvbråten primary school has become Norway’s second school to achieve the highly-regarded Nordic Swan Eco-label. This accreditation is a voluntary license system demonstrating environmental excellence, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1989. With a gross area of 6,700m², the school caters to 470 students and 46 permanent employees and consists of two wings and a multi-purpose hall. Large-scale glass windows create a flow of daylight inside and foster an important connection with the surrounding natural landscape forest, which provides a natural home for an array of outdoor activities, including a mountain bike track and a light trail for skiing and walking to benefit the pupils as well as the local community.
From the start, we have felt a responsibility to the future and a drive to do things better. Sustainability has been at the heart of the firm since mechanical engineer Gerald D. Hines founded the company in 1957. Over the decades, we have continuously partnered with leading manufacturers, universities and engineers to pioneer new approaches and technologies that elevate the efficiency and value of every building, every investment. We believe prioritizing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) facto
Waste management today requires forward thinking and viable alternatives as manufacturers explore ways to cut costs and improve their sustainability initiatives. Although sometimes an afterthought, solvent waste plays a valuable role in industry. With the right disposal processes put into place, solvent waste can also offer manufacturers a way to save costs and help reduce their dependence on natural resources. This push toward embracing circular economy concepts under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has helped thrust solvent waste management into the spotlight.
It’s Canadian Environment Week and together GreenStep Solutions and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) are excited to announce the launch of the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge. The Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge is a new initiative that encourages tourism businesses and destinations across Canada, and globally, to commit to measuring and improving their sustainability performance each year between now and 2030. Developed in Canada by GreenStep, the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge offers a free online assessment and sustainability score, helping tourism businesses and destinations self-assess on a broad range of sustainability criteria.
Siemens Energy and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have signed a partnership agreement aimed at advancing the global energy transition based on renewable energy, in support of sustainable development goals and climate action. Under the agreement, the organizations will cooperate, facilitate, and strengthen collaboration in areas to advance the global energy transition based on renewable energy.