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Issue No. 68: June 2016

Our Perspective

5 Sustainability Issues That Businesses Can Capitalize On

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Sustainability issues such as climate change, lack of clean water and reliance on fossil fuels may seem daunting to address. A closer look reveals that sustainability issues can be turned into business opportunities. 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

More Urban, Less Carbon

In April 2016, 175 countries signed the Paris climate agreement. Cities around the globe added almost 5 million people, and a report released by U.N.-Habitat shows this rise in urbanization continuing Read More

Solar and Wind Energy from the Same Device

A device that can simultaneously harvest energy from both the sun and wind might one day help generate power for "smart cities," researchers say. Read More

Could UAE Solar Push Lead a Trend for the Gulf?

As the Gulf states take steps to expand their use of clean energy, a bold plan by the United Arab Emirates to boost its use of renewable electricity from less than 1 per cent to 24 per cent in the next five years could be a game-changer for the region, experts say. Read More

Biodegradable Plastic 'False Solution' for Ocean Waste Problem

Biodegradable plastic water bottles and shopping bags are a false solution to the ubiquitous problem of litter in the oceans, the UN’s top environmental scientist has warned. Read More

Air Quality Reaches a 'Hazardous Level' as Sydney is Blanketed in a Smoky Haze due to Back-burning in National Parks

Sydney has been left under a cloud of smoke with air quality reaching 'hazardous' levels in the north west of the city after hazard reduction burning. Read More

Big Data Analytics and the Evolution of the Supply Chain

Companies today are nearly overrun with massive amounts of data about their customers, suppliers, and even potential markets thanks to evolving digital technologies. While it’s commonly said that information is power, if you don’t make proper use of that data, it’s all but useless. The adage holds true when it comes to crunching numbers to benefit a crucial business capability such as the supply chain. Read More

EPA Sets Drinking Water Advisory for Industrial Chemicals

The EPA has advised water utilities to lower the amount of perfluorooctanoic acid, a toxic industrial chemical, in drinking water. Read More

Top Posts from the FCS Blog

How Do We Integrate Climate Change into Our Current Business Strategy?

By Wendy Ye

How Does Positive CDP Performance Drive Positive Financial Performance?

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More Cities to have Low-Carbon Future

By Alicia Godlove

Why Gender Equality is Key to Addressing Climate Change

By Sharolyn Vettese

Why is it Beneficial to Consistently Strive for a High CDP Score?

By Amanda Kielian

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