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Sustainability is a journey for businesses and our society. It is a long-term endeavour for any industry, and there are immense challenges to overcome along the way. It can be demanding, costly, and filled with obstacles in terms of achieving profitability in a short term but has surefire benefits in the longer run. Recent political, social, and industrial developments have highlighted transformational trends like net zero and circular economy. By following these trends, the construction sector can play a crucial role in this journey, through the use of upcoming technology that changes the dynamics within this industry.

Green construction holds…


The fifth-largest bank in North America by assets, TD Bank Group (TD) unveiled its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, Adapting with Purpose, which outlines how the bank accelerated its efforts, elevated its contributions and enhanced its oversight and measurement of ESG practices. The 2020 TD Ready Commitment Report highlights the progress and impact TD has achieved through its corporate citizenship platform with a focus on financial health, social inclusion, equitable health outcomes and the environment to create the conditions for everyone to succeed in an ever-changing world. …


A Fortune 500 company, Aflac Incorporated announced that it has closed its first sustainability bond, further reinforcing the company’s longstanding commitment to upholding the core values of our “people-first” business approach that balances purpose and profit. The company’s core values include reinforcing and operating with the utmost respect for the environment and the communities they serve.

The company issued $400 million principal amount of 1.125% senior notes due 2026.

The company intends to allocate an amount at least equivalent to the net proceeds from the offering exclusively to existing or future investments in, or financing of, projects which provide environmental…


Shell and Alfen have launched a pilot to trial an on-site battery-powered system to support ultra-fast electric vehicle charging at Shell’s Zaltbommel forecourt in the Netherlands.

A Shell first, the battery-powered system offers an alternative solution to costly and time-consuming public grid upgrades by storing electricity in an on-site battery. This increased supply of energy helps power ultra-fast chargers, allowing drivers to simultaneously use the site’s two 175kW charge points.

Connected to a Virtual Power Plant (VPP), the system provides additional benefits as it can use the spare capacity of the battery to sell electricity back to the grid at…


Today is International Women’s Day and what could be more apt than an article on Gender Lens Investing, which has been gaining momentum over the last few years — a strong indication that the financial sector is working to balance a legacy of lopsided investments. This article is written by Jayakumar I, and was originally published on www.sapehstrainer.com

It is an almost 22 years old story when I was working as a chemist right after my post-graduation studies. I came across highly energetic, confident female colleague named Vasantha, who always wanted to start her own organization. The main driving factors…


Sustainability has taken the centre stage in the manufacturing sector. Interestingly, companies are becoming more environmentally conscious. Read the detailed interview of Jagmohan Sood, Director and CEO, Jindal Stainless (Hissar) with Think ESG’s Editor-in-Chief Renjini Liza Varghese.

Sustainability measures are typically classified under CSR activities, however, Jindal Stainless has been taking major measures in bringing sustainable development at the plant level. What pushed Jindal Stainless towards such initiatives?

The sustainability-related work is happening at the plant site, in the units and in the area of labour. As a group, our focus is to bring down the carbon footprint by all…


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there are only two ways to fight climate change and calamities. He said, “One is through policies, laws, rules and orders.” But the most powerful way to fight climate change, Modi said, is behavioural change. He gave a call to fix ourselves so the world will be a better place. He said this spirit of behavioural change is a key part of our traditional habits, which teach us consumption with compassion. “A mindless throw-away culture is not a part of our ethos.” …


Dr Vibha Dhawan, the current Senior Programme Director, has taken charge as the Director-General of TERI effective 1 March 2021. She takes over from Dr Ajay Mathur, who is appointed as the Director-General of the International Solar Alliance.

Dr Vibha Dhawan is associated with The Energy and Resources Institute since 1985. She also served as the Vice-Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies from 2005–2007. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.

“I am honoured to lead TERI. We stand on the strong foundation of four decades of knowledge and innovation in the field of sustainable…


DeepGreen Metals, a developer of lower-impact battery metals from unattached seafloor polymetallic nodules, has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company with a dedicated ESG focus and deep operational and capital market capabilities in the energy and resource sectors. The transaction represents a proforma equity value of $2.9 billion for the combined company, which will be operate as ‘The Metals Company’ upon closing.

Responsibly sourcing battery metals to address looming critical shortage for EV supply chain

DeepGreen is developing a new, scalable source of EV battery metals in the form…


A $100 million gift from FedEx will help fund a new center at Yale University focused on developing natural solutions for reducing atmospheric carbon. The Center for Natural Carbon Capture will support and accelerate research across academic disciplines, helping to establish a more sustainable and healthier future for our planet.

The center is a key aspect of both Yale’s broader Planetary Solutions Project — a campus-wide effort to develop integrated, powerful solutions to Earth’s climate and biodiversity crises — and the ambitious goal from FedEx to achieve carbon neutral operations globally by 2040.

“At FedEx, we have a responsibility to…

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