Weekly Round Up: Is the language of sustainability dead, China’s electric cars and migration’s environmental impacts

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 articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability.

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Should we abandon the language of sustainability?

Sustainability [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee] – do we need to get rid of the word completely or replace it with other generic terms? How can we communicate data and corporate jargon around the topic to inspire young generations?

Rural-to-urban migration associated with negative environmental effects in Chinese cities

University of Missouri research has found a strong correlation between the influx of labor migrants from rural to urban areas and negative environmental effects on those destination cities. Hua Qin, an assistant professor of rural sociology and sustainable development at MU, says this study could apply to other developing countries and could help shape public policy regarding population movement and distribution.

 China remains a rocky road for electric cars

With ambitious targets set for New Energy Vehicles in the coming 13th 5-year-plan, the government is still lagging behind on its objectives from the previous one. Only now are they bringing in policies and incentives to promote demand, while expanding supportive infrastructure outside of Tier 1 cities. It will still be some time before China is rid of its “gas-guzzling” personal transport, but in light of these commitments progress is on the horizon.

Leading energy companies join forces to double renewable energy capacity by 2025

This week, sixteen leading energy and technology companies gathered together to call for the doubling of renewable energy capacity by 2025 with the release of an action plan –  “Scaling up renewables”. Accounting for nearly 10% of global installed capacity, the companies raised four business-led solutions aimed at supporting the deployment of an additional 1.5TW worth of renewable energy capacity, including better grid integration, scaling up of green finance, improved procurement sources and expansion of low-carbon microgrids.

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