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Double Materiality Assessment

Double Materiality Assessment Unveiled: Decoding CSRD’s Key Evaluation Framework

Introduction Understanding Double Materiality The concept of 'double materiality' within the CSRD requires companies to evaluate the relevance of a sustainability matter from two distinct perspectives. On one hand, companies must assess the impact they have on the environment and society, known as the inside-out view. This involves examining issues such as damage to nature and violations…

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ESG Ratings Transparency

European Council Advances Transparency in ESG Ratings with New Regulatory Mandate

The European Council has agreed on a mandate for a regulation on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings to enhance investor confidence in sustainable products. ESG ratings, which assess a company’s sustainability profile and its impact on society and the environment, are becoming increasingly influential in capital markets. The new rules aim to improve the reliability…

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Electricity Sustainable

Germany Achieves Renewable Energy Milestone: Over Half of 2023’s Electricity Sourced Sustainably

January 3, 2024 In 2023, renewable energies accounted for nearly 52% of Germany’s gross electricity consumption, marking the first time the share has surpassed the 50% mark for a full year. This data, revealed by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW),…

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Green Fuels Alliance

Denmark and India Launch Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI) to Boost Sustainable Energy Solutions

Denmark has launched the Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI) to strengthen collaboration with India in sustainable energy solutions and advance their joint goal towards carbon neutrality. The alliance, led by the Danish Embassy and Consulate in India, aims to foster innovation and partnerships between Danish industries and their Indian counterparts, focusing on the Green Fuels…

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Sustainability Reporting Mandates

CSRD – A Deep Dive into Corporate Sustainability Reporting Mandates

Diving into the Depths of Corporate Sustainability Reporting Mandates The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), an initiative of the European Union, is set to usher in a new era of corporate reporting with an intensified focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. Building upon the foundations laid by the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), the CSRD…

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Clean Energy Training

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $40 Million to Train the Clean Energy Workforce

December 20, 2023 In support of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for competitive funding to upskill the workforce with energy efficiency certifications. Authorized by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Energy Auditor Training program (EAT) will provide up to $40 million in grants for states…

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Environmental Justice Projects

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $600M to 11 Grantmakers to Fund Thousands of Environmental Justice Projects Across the Nation as Part of Investing in America Agenda

December 20, 2023 As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Biden-Harris Administration announced on Wednesday $600 million for 11 selected Grantmakers under EPA’s Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program, created by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment in climate action in history. This new grant program, which will make it easier…

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Commission proposal for a Regulation on their transparency and integrity

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Rating Activities: Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Their Transparency and Integrity

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating activities play an important role in the EU sustainable finance market as they provide information to investors and financial institutions regarding, for example, investment strategies and risk management on ESG factors. ESG ratings have an increasingly important impact on the operation of capital markets and on investor confidence in sustainable…

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Redefining Sustainability

The Circular Economy: Redefining Sustainability for a Greener Future

In a world where environmental challenges are becoming increasingly evident, the concept of a circular economy is gaining prominence as a powerful tool for mitigating climate change, reducing resource depletion, and promoting sustainability. This transformative approach represents a departure from the traditional linear economic model, characterised by the extraction of raw materials, production, consumption, and…

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