News Roundup: New Frontiers of Sustainability, China’s Circular Economy and Rise of Wind and Solar

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly post to highlight news and articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.

New Frontier of Sustainability: Asia

The consideration of environmental, social and governance indicators has become a well established practice in business and investing activities across European and North American markets. However, recent trends suggest that one of most important and fast-growing markets is finally catching on: Asia.

Plastic, China and how to drive your brand into the circular economy

Plastic waste is filling up the world’s oceans, landfills and creating pollution through incineration. However, circular economy opportunities have also arisen through policy changes and consumer expectations in countries such as China, to find solutions for the recovery and re-use of plastic, and to reduce the waste impact.

Tesla’s Model 3 orders are through the roof. Here’s what that means for the planet.

The new Tesla Model 3 has made recent headlines, racking up 276,000 orders in the first two days of its launch. With the falling cost of EV technology and strong growth in the global EV market, we’re surely making progress towards a low-carbon transportation sector. But will this be enough?

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

“What we’re talking about is miscalculation of risk,” said BNEF’s Liebreich. “We’re talking about a business model that is predicated on never-ending growth, a business model that is predicated on being able to find unlimited supplies of capital.”

Wind and solar energies have picked up speed in the past couple of decades, and their momentum isn’t stopping any time soon. They are thriving after two years of crashing prices for fossil fuels, and continue to become cheaper and more profitable as fossil fuels are drying up.

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