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A selection of guest posts, helping shape the sustainability landscape. If you are interested in submitting guest content, please get in touch via collaborate@sustainablefuturenews.com.

Labour’s manifesto says relatively little about Electric Vehicles, but is in proportion to the size of the manifesto document and its overall scope. In addition, Labour produced an automotive white paper at the end of 2023 which provides additional details. In general, electric vehicles and infrastructure are key to Labour’s ambitions for cleaner, cheaper transport, net-zero targets and the wider economy over the next decade. It’s equally important to note what the manifesto doesn’t say – as well as what it does say – to provide an indication of the government’s future directions. Labour Government’s Policy – Analysis Firstly, the…

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The monetary aspect is just one of the costs concerned with electronic waste, writes Liam Kilmister. But what can manufacturers and consumers do to stem the tide? The true cost of electronic waste (e-waste) extends far beyond the financial, although monetary value is certainly a factor to consider. E-waste encompasses any electronic device or component that has been discarded, including wires, smartphones, and televisions. The high cost of this waste stream comes from plastics, elements, and chemicals, especially in microchip components. The world is at a crossroads. In 2022, 62 million metric tonnes of e-waste were generated globally, which is…

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ESG

Addressing medium-term structural and governance frameworks through holistic and comprehensive overhauls can enable investors, miners, communities, and all stakeholders effectively account for new and dynamic ESG risks transparently and qualitatively. Recognising the link between environmental challenges and social equity is crucial for a holistic, people-centric, and human rights-based approach to environment, social, and governance (ESG) risk management, particularly as investors become increasingly focused on companies’ ESG credentials. Future green industries and societies will be reliant on the extraction of critical minerals, putting focus on the importance of a mining sector that has supply chain reliability, business and community economic benefits,…

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The substantial carbon footprint generated by construction activities can be mitigated with emissions-free technologies such as electrified equipment and more sustainable forms of fuel. The construction sector accounts for more than a third of global carbon emissions, of which emissions from sourcing and producing materials, logistics, and other construction activities make up more than 16 per cent. The need for electric solutions in the construction industry is being driven by increasingly stringent emissions regulations, as well as high fuel costs, which is seeing a move away from diesel engines to electric or hybrid equipment. Along with producing zero emissions, electrified…

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In this guest post, Gavin Miller, CEO of Asurion Europe, shares his insights on the global e-waste problem and provides clear steps for businesses to reduce and reuse more technology in their operations. Mobile phones have always been a status symbol. From the giant Wall Street walkie-talkie to the ‘all business’ Blackberry, making sure we have the latest gear has been important at home and at work. It can feel essential to keep up, but at what cost? The phrase ‘fast fashion’ is pretty well known these days, but what about ‘fad tech’? And what do consumers – and businesses…

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In this guest post, Stephen Johnson, CEO of EV charger provider Evec, provides an overview of the EV landscape and explains why it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to support the evolution of electric vehicles. The UK is experiencing a major shift in attitudes towards electric cars. An ever-expanding range of electric models from an increasing number of manufacturers is now available on the UK market. Most people believe electric is our future, and the Government has now committed to Net Zero targets that will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030. If…

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In this guest post, Chimdi Obienu, research consultant at climate consultancy EcoAct, shares his thoughts on the current state of the EU and UK Emission Trading Schemes, and what businesses should be doing moving forward. A true flagship of the European decarbonisation agenda, the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been in operation for almost two decades and is the world’s largest carbon market. Lauded for its ambition, but also no stranger to criticism, the EU ETS has played a key role in forging the path and serving as a model for other carbon markets across the globe. When…

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In this guest post, Mary Jacques, Executive Director, Global ESG and Regulatory Compliance at Lenovo, shares her expertise on the importance of data in fulfilling sustainability objectives. She also provides practical steps that companies can take to improve their data acquisition. The theme of Earth Day 2023 was ‘invest in our planet’, underscoring that in today’s business world, the more sustainable option can also be more profitable. The very same technology decisions which enable an organisation to reach its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals can also deliver business value. In uncertain economic times, it can be tempting for business…

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As we head towards impending climate targets, a new era is unfolding—one that seeks to combat the consequences of climate change, innovative technology has emerged as a beacon of hope. Co-founder and CEO of Sea Change Paige Carratturo analyses this industrial revolution against the last two and explains why this one is the most important. The Industrial Revolutions of the past two centuries stand as unparalleled accomplishments in human history. The first took root in 18th-century Britain, fueled by coal and the emergence of the factory system. It later spread to America and reshaped society until World War II. This…

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ESG inflation ESG

As costs continue to rise, corporations are left wondering how they can balance their profits and environmental contributions. Investing in social responsibility and sustainability is typically good for business, but increased expenses may make it challenging. What does inflation mean for ESG-themed targets? How does inflation connect to ESG goals? Inflation has many causes — effects from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine have contributed significantly to recent increases. Certain regulations contribute as well. For example, the government passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 to combat inflation and address climate change, using a $669 billion total…

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