(3BL/Justmeans) Disposable cutlery is convenient. Instead of having to wash spoons and forks, it is sometimes easier to use single-use ones that can be thrown into the trash. However, that only adds to the volume of garbage created every day. The average American generates about 4.3 pounds of trash a day, and about 55 percent of the 220 million tons of waste created annually winds up in landfills.
FROM THE EDITOR
Energy Majors Make Moves Toward Renewables—Again
“Could renewables be the Majors’ next big thing?” That’s the provocative question raised in a white paper by Wood MacKenzie, a research and consultancy group, promoted through its subsidiary, Greentech Media. A few years back, the major oil and gas companies had small but active units dedicated to renewable energy sources. When oil reached $100 a barrel, these exploratory departments went quiet. Now, as the rapid growth of wind and solar power radically reshapes energy markets, Big Oil is getting back into the renewables game. Whether the Majors are “leading the way in shaping strategies to capture a piece of the action” as the paper claims may be a stretch, but there’s clearly some movement away from a sole focus on fossil fuels and towards renewables. Read the details here.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Alongside climate change, the state of the world’s oceans and the life it harbors is one of the major environmental challenges of the Anthropocene. Overfishing caused by industrial, aggressive practices has run fisheries down across the globe while pollution and acidification has created dead zones where life cannot thrive.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — If you’ve ever flown across an ocean and looked out the window from 39,000 feet, it’s easy to think about how incredibly vast this planet is, and wonder how one species among thousands could possibly change the meteorological course of something this big. Then, you think about how there is almost no place remotely close to civilization that you can’t get to in two days or less, thanks almost entirely to fossil fuels. Then you think of the hundreds, if not thousands of other airplanes in the air at this same moment, and the millions of cars and trucks on the roads every single moment as they have been for a century or more....
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – It perhaps comes as no surprise that India continues to rank third lowest in the proportion of business leadership roles held by women for the third consecutive year, according to a global survey, Women in business: New perspectives on risk and reward by Grant Thornton.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions. Firms with weak ESG commitments started getting excluded from fund investment portfolios. The asset managers eventually began handpicking companies with a strong focus on ESG factors and socially responsible and ethical approaches.
(3BL/JustMeans) The wood products industry is a leader in the use of renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of the industry’s total energy is from renewable energy, on average. Most pulp and paper mills use the co-generation of steam and power, and many of them sell electricity or renewable energy credits. Energy happens to be Sappi North America’s third largest expense related to pape making, so reducing energy and using more renewables helps the planet and the bottom line.
(3Bl Media/Justmeans) — Why would a car company like General Motors help pollinators? The answer is simple. Along with other companies, the iconic car maker is participating in the Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project, an initiative of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and Pollinator Partnership.