MondayApr 29, 2024 2:00 pm

Climate Change Puts Mining Companies in Catch-22

As countries around the world work to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to slow global warming, the extraction of metals such as cobalt, nickel and copper grows even more important. Forecasts from the World Bank estimate that by 2050, the demand for minerals and metals needed to produce clean energy in order to meet the objectives set under the Paris Agreement will have grown by close to 500%. This surge in demand is expected to affect nature and biodiversity negatively, however, with Re:wild warning that over one-third of great apes in Africa were at risk due to increased…

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FridayApr 26, 2024 9:45 am

Headhunter Says Top ESG Professionals Becoming Disillusioned by Lack of Commitment

Despite the recent surge in corporate sustainability commitments across several industries, top environment, sustainability and governance experts are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the lack of proper commitment by companies. The result is a notable increase in senior ESG professionals searching for new employment opportunities after realizing that their bosses were not as serious about committing to sustainability practices as they initially claimed. TWS Search Partners founder and sustainability market headhunter Tom Strelczak says he has seen an increase in the number of inquiries from candidates dissatisfied with their previous positions in Q1 2024. According to Strelczak, some ESG specialists are…

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WednesdayApr 24, 2024 2:30 pm

Group of ESG Investors Demand for Market Reforms

A coalition of ESG investors from different parts of the globe say the time has come for more accountability by private markets. This comes after evidence showed that private markets are absorbing many fossil-fuel-linked assets. The coalition, called the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance (“NZAOA”), has $9.5 trillion under management. NZAOA has 89members, including Munich Re, Zurich Insurance as well as CalPERS. It is currently focused on broadening its scope to encompass all classes of private assets. Prior to this change, residential mortgage loans as well as debt funds of directly held real estate and other debt funds were excluded…

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MondayApr 22, 2024 10:00 am

AI Can Facilitate Sustainability, Profitability in Manufacturing

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) technology has the potential to facilitate sustainability and boost profitability in the manufacturing space, an industry expert says. James Newman, head of product and portfolio marketing at technology company Augury, notes that AI can be instrumental in launching and running sustainability initiatives that allow manufacturers to position themselves as enviable employers for the incoming generation of new talent. Newman adds that the novel but incredibly advanced technology can also help employers in the manufacturing space upgrade the skills of their current cadre of employees. Augury develops purpose-built Internet of Things (“IoT”) and artificial intelligence-based solutions to monitor…

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FridayApr 19, 2024 1:00 pm

EU Council Adopts Rules Mandating Net-Zero Buildings by 2050

The European Union Council has adopted an amended directive on helping decrease greenhouse-gas emissions and energy poverty. The directive’s primary objective is addressing the energy performance of buildings. At the moment, buildings produce more than one-third of greenhouse emissions in the European Union. Under the new directive, all buildings shall be zero-emission by 2050. By 2050, the European Union’s building stock should have transformed into zero-emission building stock. The directive also introduced standards on energy performance for nonresidential buildings in an effort to ensure that they do not surpass the maximum amount of energy used every year for each square…

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WednesdayApr 17, 2024 2:31 pm

Europe Resists US-Driven Backlash Against ESG

The finance industry in Europe is withstanding pressures to backtrack on its environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) investments, with some help from regulations and steady investor demand. In the United States, GOP legislators have successfully diluted regulations that promote ESG, reduced ESG product marketing and discouraged financial companies from working with others to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Thus far, Europe has resisted the anti-ESG movement due to consumer support for greener products and regulations supporting operations of companies in the economy, particularly in the finance industry. Some politicians have also helped ease environmental legislations and rules, with investors in Europe injecting…

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MondayApr 15, 2024 10:00 am

AI, ESG Helping to Tackle Climate Change

A growing number of corporations in the United States and other nations are using artificial intelligence (“AI”) technology to enhance their environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) reporting and tackle the increasingly dire issue of climate change. Despite being in its infancy, the nascent AI industry has attracted significant attention due to its potential to disrupt several industries significantly. Generative AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT have been especially popular in corporations in recent years as the AI can help companies supercharge their ESG reporting and enhance their climate-change mitigation efforts to meet increasingly stringent corporate sustainability requirements. Josh Hatch from Brightworks…

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MondayApr 15, 2024 9:00 am

Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX.V: BAY) (OTCQB: ATBHF) Starts Exploration Program as Growth Is Forecast for Copper Sector

Experts project demand for copper is set to rise in coming years Increased demand from power generation, EVs and electronic devices may push the copper supply deficit to 6.5 million MT “We are excited about this significant exploration program at Storm,” said Aston Bay CEO Thomas Ullrich In a space projected to see significant growth and demand in the coming decade, Canadian minerals exploration company Aston Bay Holdings (TSX.V: BAY) (OTCQB: ATBHF) is focused on establishing a strong foothold. As an explorer of high-grade copper and gold deposits in North America, the company is beginning an aggressive exploration program focused on immediate resource…

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FridayApr 12, 2024 10:00 am

European Bankers Push Back Against ESG Requirements by ECB

European bankers are pushing back against the increasingly strict environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) reporting requirements being passed in the European Union, yet their competitors in America aren’t required to adhere to those requirements. The European Banking Federation (“EBF”) recently said that as long as Wall Street continues to ignore ESG rules, European lenders who adhere to American ESG rules will find it impossible to compete with their U.S. counterparts. ESG has been one of the largest trends in the financial sector for the past several years, partly due to being pushed by major investment companies, such as BlackRock, and…

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WednesdayApr 10, 2024 10:00 am

AI Could Help Companies in Their ESG-Linked Workflows

Businesses could take advantage of the nascent artificial intelligence (“AI”) sector to improve their environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) reporting. Both ESG and AI are currently among the largest trends in the financial world, and some players in the sector are already considering the benefits of combining the two. Artificial intelligence especially has drawn a lot of attention in recent months due to generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, which can generate incredibly impressive results from simple user prompts. Although a lot of the focus on these tools has been around their potential impact on the creative industries, the financial…

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