Why Industry is Going Green on the Quiet

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To Engineer Sustainable Cities, Engineer Social Behaviour

Energy efficiency and responsible investment go hand-in-hand to lighten a city’s environmental footprint and slow climate change. But consumers must bridge the gap between design and implementation, said experts at a recent forum in Singapore.   Every minute, another 10,000 square metres of the world becomes urbanised. That’s enough roads laid, concrete...


OCBC is Southeast Asia’s first bank to rule out funding new coal power plants

Singapore’s OCBC Bank CEO Samuel Tsien declares the bank will stop funding for new coal-fired power plants. Two days later, rival DBS follows suit, ruling out financing a fossil fuel that is the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.   Singapore’s OCBC Bank is the first banking giant in Southeast Asia to...


Add Sows, Subtract Chemicals: Organic Farming A Plus for Climate-hit Indian Farmers

Farmers are producing biogas from cow manure to provide clean energy at home, and then using the leftover slurry to improve the soil in their fields. As climate change brought less predictable weather, farmers Deepankar Mandal and Sanjib Mandal used to struggle with growing uncertainty about whether they would get a...


Australia’s Energy Market Confusion is Hurting the Environment and Business

Clarity and decisiveness from governments is critical to managing the renewable energy transition, with Australia’s decade of policy chaos providing a lesson in how not to do things. Across the Asia Pacific region, government policy on sustainable energy is often a study in mixed messaging, reflecting a stop-and-go approach and lack...


Memilih Jalan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan

Oleh Jalal  Chairperson of Advisory Board Social Investment Indonesia “Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game,  the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.” – Paul Hawken Ketika diminta untuk menjadi pembahas buku Profesor Oekan S. Abdoellah, Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Indonesia di Persimpangan Jalan—yang diterbitkan oleh Gramedia pada tahun...


Delhi Doctors Declare Pollution Emergency as Smog Chokes City

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at...


Regreening the Planet Could Cut as Much Carbon as Halting Oil Use – Report

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Corporate Case Study: The Body Shop – Setting a higher bar for offsetting

  It’s easier to trade in arms than in carbon credits, but some forest-based schemes demand stretching standards for community involvement and biodiversity Carbon offsetting is a CSR practice with a dubious reputation. Companies have been criticised for investing in projects that do not deliver the carbon savings promised, or using...


Business as Usual is Dead – How Businesses are Transcending Boundaries to Fight Climate Change

By Philippe Joubert, Senior Advisor, WBCSD and Chair, Corporate Leaders Group Climate change is now at the forefront of the policy agenda. The Paris climate talks have ushered a new wave of urgency; the goal is to decarbonise the world by the second half of the century and try to...


Three Ways Your Business Can Use the Sustainable Development Goals

By Robert Stevens, Head of Partnerships, ClimateCare Following the launch of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, there is general agreement that these targets can only be achieved if all areas of society, including governments, NGOs and the private sector, act together. Under the new framework, businesses now have a more explicit,...


Lifting the Game in Sustainable Reporting

With the start of a new year, it is usually a time for people to reflect on the year that has passed, draw lessons from it so that they can improve themselves in the coming year. For sustainability practitioners, and advocacy evangelisers like myself, it is also an opportunity...


Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis | Jeff Biggers

Hundreds more died off the coast of Libya today, on the heels of 71 deaths of migrants trapped in the back of a truck near Vienna, Austria. At the same time, NASA officialsjust warned that rising global sea levels from climate change could affect coastal regions, including 150 million...


Water for development

This World Water Week, from 23 to 28 August 2015, will see attention turn to the role of water in development. In Stockholm, Sweden a gathering of over 3,000 people from more than 120 countries (including world leaders, water experts and development professionals) is expected to discuss and jointly find...