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Issue No. 70: August 2016

Our Perspective

The Risks of Unsustainable Urbanization to Businesses

Cities are growing at a phenomenal rate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and US consultancy firm Demographia, the world’s total urban population rose from 34% in 1960 to 56% in 2016. The WHO likewise expects the global urban population to increase by 1.63% per year between 2020 and 2025 and, in-line with this, the United Nations included sustainable urbanization in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More

Webinar: Understanding CDP's 2016 Methodology

CDP's 2016 scoring methodology has been released, and there are changes for this year! As CDP's Global Scoring Partner, FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) has scored 15,600+ responses since 2011 and is an expert in the methodology*.

Hosted by FCS, this 45-minute webinar will help you understand:

  • The new single-letter scoring standard
  • Changes in Scope 2 accounting and dual reporting
  • Expanded criteria for target setting
  • New questions on renewable energy
  • Changes in risk and opportunities

To view a recording of our ‘Understanding CDP’s 2016 Methodology’ webinar, please click here.

Industry Updates


Why Sustainable Development is a Matter of (Coherent) Policy

At a time of climate disruption and accelerated ecosystem degradation, rising inequalities, economic insecurity and citizen’s disaffection with governments around the world, reconciling environmental, economic and social concerns is essential for all countries. Read More


Australia's First Hybrid Wind-Solar Farm to be Built near Canberra

Australia’s first large-scale hybrid wind and solar farm is set to be built near Canberra, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) providing a $9.9m grant. Read More


Algae in Drinking Water Causes Santa Clara Valley Water Officials to Scramble

On most sunny summer weekends, Coyote Lake, a 4-mile-long reservoir in the hills east of Morgan Hill, would be busy with people boating, water skiing and fishing for bass and blue gill. Read More


UN Finds that Greenhouse Gases are Increasing from Agriculture

Food production accounts for approximately 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, 21 percent of these emissions come from deforestation and land use changes that are a result of agriculture. Read More


How Better Data Management Can Boost Corporate Sustainability Success

If it seems like corporate sustainability programs are quickly becoming the new currency for business, it’s because they are. What was once something “extra” is now a must-have, as investors and consumers alike increasingly look for sustainable businesses. Read More


2016 Set To Be World's Hottest Year On Record, Says UN

The world is on track for its hottest year on record and levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached new highs, further fuelling global warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said. Read More


Some Global Brands are Getting Creative to Lower Their Carbon Footprints

Global name-brand companies are increasingly looking for ways to lower or offset their carbon footprint. Many of them are concerned about the viability of their operations in a warming world, since changes in weather patterns and temperature extremes could affect, for instance, the farmers supplying their cotton, or increase the cost of cooling their data centers. Others are doing it so they’re not caught flat-footed when new climate regulations take effect. Read More

Top Posts from the FCS Blog

How, Exactly, will Innovation Spur Economic Growth?

By Sharolyn Vettese

Climate Change and its Effect on the Global Food System

By Wendy Ye

Energy Accountability & Transparency in a Low-Carbon Economy

By Sharolyn Vettese

How Does Your Company Manage its Water?

By Alicia Godlove

Plastic vs. Paper -- The Quest for Sustainability

By Wendy Ye

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