Are businesses backtracking on ESG commitments?

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Stories of large organisations backtracking on ESG commitments have recently made headlines, along with news of significant changes of approach to sustainability standards. Forbes has called this ‘The Rise and Fall of ESG’, pointing to various factors including simmering global conflicts and a vocal US backlash. In the midst of a climate crisis, these are […]

Carbon Literacy: a solid choice for corporate sustainability training

Two Grain Sustainability consultants delivering carbon literacy training

By Laura Adams and Sophie Harbert What is Carbon Literacy? The nonprofit Carbon Literacy Project (CLP) promotes training for individuals and organisations across the world to become ‘Carbon Literate’. The CLP defines Carbon Literacy as ‘an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on […]

Galvanised by the climate crisis

Climate Fresk workshop showing cards and markers

Recently, Grain consultants Sophie, Mary, and I did a Climate Fresk at the Islington Climate Centre. I had first heard about Climate Fresk through my CISL group — my cohort who studied Business Sustainability Management at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in 2020 — but it had taken me a while to participate in […]

Climate Week 2023: practical insights for business 

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What is Climate Week?  New York City hosts the largest global Climate Week every year, to coincide with the high-level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly at their NYC headquarters. This year marked the 15th such event, with the organisers (The Climate Group in conjunction with the UN and the City of New York) arranging […]

GHG accounting news you can use

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Released in June, it was a summer splash, full of energy, lavish attention to detail, and thought-provoking insights. No, not the Barbie movie. We’re talking about the UK Government greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2023. The conversion factors are published in handy spreadsheet form by the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, formerly […]

How sustainable is AI?

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Despite being a relatively new phenomenon, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly appearing in modern-day life as technology replicating human actions. That may take the form of chatbots like ChatGPT, image generators, voice recognition like Siri or Alexa, or even driverless cars. Because using AI is instantaneous with no evident emissions associated with its use, the […]

Science Based Targets explained

A hand, tablet and graphics of effective management with net zero symbols - renewable energy, reduced CO2 emissions, green production, and waste recycling in business, net zero carbon.

After the hottest ever start to June, the need for every individual, business, or organisation to find ways to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is becoming even more apparent. If the commitments contained within the Paris Agreement are to be achieved, we need global GHG emissions to be reduced by 45% (from 2010 level) by […]

What is Scope 4?

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By now for anyone in the world of sustainability, reporting on scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions is commonplace. Scope 1 covers greenhouse gases released from direct (operational) activities, scope 2 refers to the emissions generated from purchased electricity, heating or cooling, and scope 3 are any indirect emissions occurring in the value chain, both […]