Environment

The design standard with people at its heart

Mike Scott, (Apr 2, 2019)

Mike Scott reports on the WELL Building standard, which aims to optimise health and wellbeing

Singapore leads way as Asian developers wake up to climate risk

Jill Baker, (Apr 2, 2019)

Jill Baker reports on how air conditioning is one of the biggest energy efficiency challenges in a region that is home to the world’s hottest and most crowded cities

Why the buildings sector needs a LED light bulb moment

Mark Hillsdon, (Apr 2, 2019)

Rising investment in renewables has pushed energy efficiency down the climate agenda, but, as Mark Hillsdon reports, there are major wins to be had in carbon emissions and cost savings, and cities are leading the way

Cities at vanguard of global drive to move to negate climate impact of buildings

Mark Hillsdon, (Apr 2, 2019)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how the signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment are seeking to address performance as well as renewable energy to meet radical decarbonisation goals

Alarm sounded for urgent action on climate change at RBS New York

Terry Slavin, (Mar 23, 2019)

Terry Slavin reports on the second day of this week’s conference, with the assistant secretary-general of UN Environment warning that companies must go far beyond adhering to the Paris Agreement

As global water crisis looms, business as usual is no longer an option

Cate Lamb, (Mar 21, 2019)

On World Water Day Cate Lamb of CDP argues that while some companies, like L'Oréal, are showing leadership, overall action in safeguarding this dwindling resource is falling far short. There has been a 50% rise in companies reporting higher water withdrawals since 2015, according to a CDP report published today

‘Boycotting palm oil won’t end deforestation. But stricter new standards offer hope’

Dan Strechay, (Mar 12, 2019)

Ahead of next week’s Responsible Business Summit in New York, Dan Strechay of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil explains why his organisation’s new principles and criteria will help consumer goods giants deliver on their zero-deforestation commitments

Tom Szaky wants to throw packaging waste for a Loop. But will consumers buy it?

Terry Slavin, (Mar 8, 2019)

Terry Slavin interviews the CEO of TerraCycle, the New Jersey start-up that has partnered with brands including P&G, Unilever and Nestle and retailers Carrefour and Tesco in the new Loop platform, a breathtakingly ambitious attempt to move from disposable to durable packaging

The disruptors: The ‘climate convert’ banker who brought ING’s lending in line with 2C

Oliver Balch, (Mar 5, 2019)

Oliver Balch talks to Leon Wijnands, head of sustainability at the Dutch bank, about how his team developed the Terra approach, a ground-breaking methodology he hopes all banks will adopt to steer climate-friendly lending

With 12 years to save the planet can business step up to a 1.5C world?

Terry Slavin, (Feb 28, 2019)

From carbon capture to blockchain; Climate Action 100+ to Science Based Targets and the Green New Deal, the March issue of Ethical Corporation magazine assesses how the corporate world is responding to the challenge of radical decarbonisation

From cookstoves to carbon markets: how blockchain is supercharging sustainability

Mike Scott, (Feb 26, 2019)

Mike Scott assesses whether the technology will live up to its much-vaunted potential to be the Holy Grail of climate action, transforming supply chains and removing barriers to a clean energy future

Drax targets negative emissions with world’s first biomass CCS project

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 26, 2019)

Angeli Mehta reports on pilot bioenergy projects in North Yorkshire and in Japan, and concerns about whether they offer a climate solution at scale

Can UK Acorn carbon capture project grow into solution to industry emissions?

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 25, 2019)

With CCS seen as critical to reaching net zero by 2050, Angeli Mehta looks at prospects for scaling up the technology around the world

Why even Republicans are backing a Green New Deal for America

Michael Levitin, (Feb 15, 2019)

Michael Levitin reports on how the Trump climate narrative is under threat as the clean energy revolution in cities and states makes inroads in Washington

Major funds launch toolkit to help investors measure SDG impact

Terry Slavin, (Feb 6, 2019)

A dashboard developed by CISL's Investment Leaders Group, including PIMCO, Union Bancaire Privée and Zurich Insurance provides metrics to assess corporate social and environmental impact. Terry Slavin reports

The disruptors: How Mindy Lubber is leading the green business fight in Trump’s America

Oliver Balch, (Jan 30, 2019)

Oliver Balch talks to the CEO of Ceres about the Green New Deal, Climate Action 100+, and why business has to be at the table in the fightback against the rollback of environmental legislation

Why NGOs love Allianz, Axa and Swiss Re and are sharply divided on Nestlé

Robert Blood, (Jan 29, 2019)

As SIGWATCH’s Robert Blood explains, the three insurance firms are out-performed only by Unilever in this year’s index of companies most praised by NGOs while the food giant wins praise and condemnation in equal measure

How can the tourism sector regain its place in the sun?

Terry Slavin, (Jan 25, 2019)

Amid over-tourism accusations and growing concern about climate impacts, Ethical Corporation looks at sustainability efforts in the cruise, hotels and airlines industries in this month's issue of the magazine

‘While Bolsonaro grandstands in Davos, he is wreaking untold damage in Amazon’

Dinamam Tuxa, (Jan 23, 2019)

Dinamam Tuxá of Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil says despite the president’s attempts to woo the global elite at WEF, the indigenous people who are protecting forests are under severe threat

Peril on the high seas: the global push to rescue oceans

Angeli Mehta, (Jan 22, 2019)

From the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to new rules on cutting shipping emissions, Angeli Mehta looks at the plethora of initiatives to relieve the unprecedented stresses on marine life

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