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Sustainability News for Technology Partners, Business Management Consultants & CXOs: 14 April 2023

April 14, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Here is today’s sustainability, Net Zero and circular economy news, research and analysis. This daily update is designed for technology partners, management consultants, CIOs, chief sustainability officers (CSOs) and c-suite members.

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Our updates for Friday, April 14, 2023 include…

A. Sustainability and Net-Zero Partnerships, Research & News

1. Launch - Consulting: We Are Impact Collective has launched to "accelerate planetary, relational, and societal issues with businesses, NGOs,start-ups, and family offices," the company said.

2. Launch - ESG Software: Compliance and Risks, a provider of regulatory intelligence and compliance solutions, has launched an enterprise SaaS ESG solution. The solution is "designed to help companies achieve ESG compliance and manage the associated risks and opportunities," the company said.

3. Partnership - Software and IT Consulting: Hexagon's Asset Lifecycle Intelligence division has partnered with Ernst & Young to offer digital transformation and cloud migration strategies that include enterprise asset management (EAM), asset performance management (APM) and sustainability services.

4. Partnership - Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations: Catalyst Power Holdings and Blink Charging Co. are partnering to provide electric vehicle charging services for commercial and industrial businesses in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

5. Partnership - Sustainability Software and Construction: Sustaira and Sellen Construction have co-developed software for sustainability data tracking and reporting within the construction industry. In addition to Sellen’s use of Sustaira’s Carbon Accounting and ESG KPI Tracking apps, the two organizations co-created a new application within Sustaira’s suite of sustainability and ESG tools. The new module provides sustainable construction professionals with a turn-key solution to track and report on relevant KPIs and initiatives with respect to carbon emissions, waste management water management, materials, and jobsite wellness relevant to general contractors, the companies said.

6. Talent: Myrtle Dawes is succeeding Colette Cohen as CEO of the Net Zero Technology Center (NZTC) of Aberdeen, Scotland.

7. Florida - Solar Energy: Duke Energy has completed two solar projects in Alachua and Suwannee counties, the latest sites in the company’s community solar program portfolio known as Clean Energy Connection. Together, the sites at peak production are delivering 150 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to the grid to benefit Florida customers, Duke Energy said.

8. Research - e-Waste Market Growth Forecast: Spending on e-waste management will reach $165 billion by 2030, up from $49.8 billion in 2020, according to Prophecy Market Insights. That's a 14.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period, the report said.

9. Apple - Battery Power: Apple plans to use 100% recycled cobalt in batteries by 2025, the company said.

10. University Research: The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will focus on greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere as the first of what will be several Flagship Destinations, the university said.

B. Sustainability Funding, Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions

1. M&A - Solar Power and Energy Storage: Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure (GSI), the North American renewable energy subsidiary of Libra Group, has acquired the solar and battery development portfolios of Saturn Power -- including energy storage projects in five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

2. Funding: ClimateAi, which develops machine learning software for climate risk forecasting, has raised $22 million Series B funding round. The round was led by Four Rivers Group, with participation from Neotribe’s Ignite fund and Yaletown Partners. Existing investors, Radical Ventures, Neotribe Seed Fund, and Academy Investor Network, also participated in the round.

C. Sustainability and Net-Zero Government Policies & Regional News

1. Japan: Climate ministers from the Group of Seven countries are set to agree that ammonia could be used to cut emissions from fossil fuel-based power plants, but only under certain conditions - offering a cautious endorsement of G7 host Japan's climate plans, Reuters reported.

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