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Top 10 Sustainability Highlights of 2021

2021 was a prominent year for sustainability. We’ve witnessed major high-level commitments globally, devastating climate change related natural disasters and heard scientists warn ‘code read for humanity’ in the latest IPCC report. Whilst we’ve seen strides of progress in some areas, the world still has a long, winding road ahead of us if we are to keep within the 1.5C target. With the start of 2022 well and truly upon us, we thought an introspective look at the year we've left behind would help keep the lessons of the past in mind as we take on new challenges for this [...]

By |January 16th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Sustainable Development Goals|0 Comments

Top 10 Takeaways from the Blue Zone at COP26

We’re nearing the end of COP26 with negotiations set to finish today (Friday 12th), although there are some discussions of negotiations continuing until this Sunday. Here’s what we've heard from the Blue Zone now that Day 12 is coming to end: 1. Two highest global emitters, US and China, sign joint declaration on climate change “through respective accelerated actions". Xie Zhenhua, Chinese climate envoy said that "We both see that the challenge of climate change is an existential and severe one... In the area of climate change, there is more agreement between China and the US than there is disagreement.” [...]

By |November 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Carbon Neutrality, Sustainable Development Goals|0 Comments

Top 10 Takeaways from the Green Zone at COP26

From the 1st – 12th November, the COP26 Green Zone was open to the public at the Glasgow Science Centre. Youth groups, civil society, academia, artists and businesses from across the UK and all over the world hosted events, exhibitions, cultural, performances, workshops and talks. Below, we have listed what we believe to be the most impactful comments and takeaways that echo the public views of this year’s COP event. 1. “We will be 5-6x more likely to experience heatwaves than the generations before us – we will get old, the amazon will undergo savannization and the animals we know [...]

By |November 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Sustainable Development Goals|0 Comments

How to Turn Sustainability Insights into Value Creating Opportunities

Organisations embracing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practises as a driver of value creation are leading the transition to a more sustainable economy. As the world enters a new age, those leading the charge will be rewarded whilst laggards’ risk being left behind. With over 40 years of experience in sustainability data management, SustainIt drives positive change in SMEs and FTSE500s by delivering end-to-end data solutions for our clients. Using our expertise in this area, this blog offers industry insights into how to create value through data analytics, science-based targets, green funds, and social impact. How to use ESG to [...]

Becoming a Net Zero Business

Net zero is becoming an increasingly important talking point in organisations worldwide. With mounting societal and ecological pressure, businesses are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and encourage net zero practices across their entire workflow. While many of us are familiar with net zero as a concept, what does it actually look like in practice, and what changes do businesses need to make (and stick to) in order to become sustainably net zero? At SustainIt, we work with businesses to incorporate sustainability data into their decision-making processes, helping them to take the right steps towards net zero using [...]

An Overview of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are an important set of benchmarks that are relevant to a wide variety of sectors internationally. For any organisation interested in generating long-term shareholder value and genuinely striving for sustainability, these indices are incredibly influential. The DJSIs can be a difficult concept to understand initially, that’s why we've put together this brief overview to run you through the basic concepts of the DJSIs without the jargon and clutter that otherwise makes them so inaccessible. What are the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices? Launched in 1999, The DJSIs are a group of best-in-class benchmarks designed for [...]

‘Code red for humanity’? A Summary of the 2021 IPCC Report.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have released part of its Sixth Assessment Report this week, which details the current state of the global climate crisis. Since the release of the report, the bleak findings are ‘a code red for humanity’, as described by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. Here, we are providing a summary of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly news outlined in the report, including their recommended actions as well as actions we recommend you take that can help improve the climate crisis.   The Good: Deliberate removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere could [...]

SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Tips and Solutions for Small Businesses

In the midst of a global pandemic, the United Nations (UN) celebrated the 5th anniversary of adopting a new sustainable development agenda. The agenda set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) back on the 25th September 2015. As a collective, these are described by the UN as ‘the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all’. Each of the goals come with specific targets to be achieved by 2030 to tackle a huge range of global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. You can find more detail on each of the goals and [...]

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