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Why Businesses Need a Single Standard for Reporting on their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiatives

Posted by Jessica Wang on Mar 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Current World Progress on Sustainable Development Goals Reporting

Many businesses are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the 2017 United Nations Global Compact Progress Report, 75 percent of firms report that they “are taking action on the [SDGs].” Approximately 69 percent of CEOs take part in the creation and monitoring of sustainable development strategies and policies. The top five SDGs that companies focus on are Goal 8 (Good Jobs and Economic Growth), Goal 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 4 (Quality Education) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption).

ESG Investing and Climate Change

Posted by Dinali Mallikage on Mar 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM


The toll of climate change on businesses is highlighted by research published in a study by the London School of Economics. The study found that the global economy suffers losses up to USD 24 trillion due to climate change. As a result, ESG investing is on the rise. Data from the Bank of America Corporation revealed that “ESG investing has grown by more than 97 percent globally [from 1997 to 2017].”

Setting Science-Based Targets to Reduce GHG Emissions

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Feb 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Adopted by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in 2015 and signed in New York in 2016, the Paris Agreement set the universal goal of keeping the rate of global temperature rise this century less than 2°C above pre-industrial times. A key factor in achieving this goal is reducing and eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Paris Agreement’s goal will require deliberate and strategic action on an international level, in addition to solid commitment from countries and corporations. Effective global strategies and plans to reduce GHG emissions will require a clear understanding of the quantities of GHG emissions to be reduced on an ‘organization-by-organization' basis.

This extreme cold snap is great for what?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Feb 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Although it is face-numbing to endure an extended cold snap of -20C or more (more than -4F), that we have had for several weeks so far this winter, it is a great opportunity to seek and seal the energy leaks in your home because the 40-degree difference between the outside and inside temperatures (about 22C or 72F) is so extreme that they are easier to find. If you find and seal them now, your air conditioner will not have to be on as often, or as long because there will be less hot air getting into your home.

CleanChain Overview Webinar: Key Takeaways for Using Our Chemical Information Management Solution

Posted by Wendy Ye on Feb 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM


On Wednesday, January 31, ADEC Innovations hosted a webinar introducing CleanChain, our secure online chemical information management system, built for suppliers and supported by brands.

Electric Vehicles: A Solution to Air Pollution?

Posted by Megan Crawford on Feb 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Air pollution is a major environmental issue in cities around the world. In October 2016, the firecrackers and fireworks lit for the Hindu festival of Diwali triggered toxic smog in Delhi, which left the city’s air pollution levels 42 times higher than the safe limit. In December 2016, Beijing was enveloped in smog for six days, forcing authorities to declare the highest level smog alert of 2016. In June 2017, Parisian Clotilde Nonnez filed a lawsuit against the French state—she alleged that the French government’s inaction on Paris’ severe air pollution led to her serious health problems.

Ontario Now Has the Second Largest Cap and Trade Market in the World!

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jan 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM


The second largest carbon market in the world was created on January 1, 2018 when Ontario’s cap and trade program was linked with those of California and Quebec in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). This means Ontario, California, and Quebec will be holding joint auctions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowances, and also have harmonized regulations and reporting. The international provincial and state governments’ announcement made on September 22, 2017 pledged for them to work cooperatively. By doing so, they are effectively bypassing climate action delays or inaction at the federal level of government, and already this has had an impact on other international cap and trade programs.

How ICT Drives Progress in Financial Inclusion and Education

Posted by Jessica Wang on Jan 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM


In our February 2016 issue of Greenwatch, we discussed how information and communications technology (ICT) was essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. We reported the overwhelming conclusion that the SDGs can only be realized with greater progress in the speed, degree, and equality of development in ICT. This progress in ICT can lead to acceleration in meeting targets in key areas such as financial inclusion, education, health, energy, and climate change. This article takes a look at financial inclusion and education, and gives key points on how ICT contributes toward their advancement.

The Talanoa Dialogue: Climate Change and the SDGs

Posted by Mary Bean on Jan 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM


According to the UN’s recently completed Emissions Gap Report, the existing pledges by member states to cut emissions will not be sufficient to meet the Paris climate agreement of 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Importance of Machine Learning and Building a Data Set in Business

Posted by Chris Haddock on Jan 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Machine learning can significantly contribute to business’ efficiency. It can help identify which products and services sell well during defined periods, allowing companies to adjust their sales operations accordingly to improve their bottom line. Machine learning can also detect which parts of a business process are taking up too much time and resources, enabling companies to make improvements before profits are undermined.