The highest 10 GreenBiz articles of 2022

As 2022 rolls to a detailed, it has been an enormous yr for sustainability in enterprise. Trying again at our prime tales from January to November, in response to Google Analytics, the checklist tells a narrative of elevated curiosity in surroundings, social and governance firm methods, pleasure over new entry-level sustainability careers and a give attention to carbon markets and plastics. Listicles and articles from our reprint companions had been excluded. Listed here are the unique narrative tales that attracted essentially the most consideration (we excluded lists such because the GreenBiz 30 Underneath 30), with key excerpts from every.

1. A 3-part ESG sequence by Joel Makower

“Right now’s destructive externalities may turn out to be tomorrow’s monetary dangers, and addressing them now can mitigate each. However there is no such thing as a commonplace definition of what constitutes good ESG. Rankings corporations’ assessments are based mostly on subjective judgments, extrapolation and incomplete knowledge. Many research that report ESG outperformance are flawed and are based mostly on short-time horizons that aren’t statistically important. And ‘a optimistic relationship between high-ESG corporations and alpha could outcome from correlation — not causation.’”

2. ‘The sustainability job market is booming. What does that imply for hiring?’ by Prerana Tirodkar

“There’s excessive demand for sustainability employees and a rise in provide of sustainability jobs, however there’s nonetheless a way of randomness to how sustainability jobs are getting stuffed. We lack readability on what abilities qualify as sustainable. It may imply various things in numerous sectors, industries and geographies. For instance, it may imply working in advertising and marketing, program administration, threat advisory or being an environmental engineer, a human rights lawyer or a local weather knowledgeable.”

3. ‘Is superior recycling the reply to plastic waste?‘ by Joel Makower 

“Superior and chemical recycling have turn out to be soiled phrases amongst some environmental activists, who usually conflate (or maybe confuse) the waste-to-fuels and incineration processes with the rising waste-to-materials market, dismissing the complete suite of superior recycling applied sciences as chemical business greenwash. The activists could be inspired to take one other look. The processes utilized by waste-to-materials corporations have improved and are ramping up, with important potential to create long-hoped-for round fashions for plastics, together with the stuff that beforehand hadn’t been simply recycled.”

4. ‘The place’s the following technology of sustainability expertise? Consulting‘ by Dylan Siegler 

“For those who had been to search for this subsequent technology of sustainability professionals in as we speak’s workforce, the place would you discover them? I hope your reply is EY, KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, Accenture and their massive and small brethren, as a result of that’s the place this subsequent technology is at present slicing its tooth: consultancies. There’s a consulting child increase of well-educated, well-trained younger practitioners with more and more specialised ability units who — in three or 5 or 10 years — could be the following rent for an in-house sustainability group (or could be the one hiring you).”

5. ‘Can high-speed rail lastly turn out to be a actuality within the U.S.?‘ by Vartan Badalian

“The U.S. is to date behind on high-speed rail in comparison with different international locations it appears the U.S. is Superman and high-speed rail is its kryptonite. Nevertheless, what if all that’s about to alter? What if the U.S. is on the precipice of a significant shift the place know-how, politics and local weather motion all come collectively to assist spur the adoption of high-speed rail? Nicely, it’s not that straightforward or good. However, it’s not all doom and gloom both. The U.S. is way additional alongside on high-speed rail than I believed, even with the hurdles that stand in its method.”

6. ‘Salesforce will launch carbon credit score market‘ by Jesse Klein

“Salesforce’s Internet Zero Market will enable companies to purchase carbon credit from a trusted companion with a third-party verification. The platform is constructed on Salesforce’s Commerce Cloud, which integrates straight with the Salesforce Internet Zero Cloud sustainability administration software program utility. However even companies that aren’t clients of Salesforce should purchase credit by the platform. Opening up carbon credit to the sort of ecosystem is a double-edged sword. Excessive-quality credit are already in brief provide, and the convenience of service of {the marketplace} will improve demand from smaller corporations.”

7. ‘Costco and Walmart: A story of two provide chains’ by Jesse Klein

“Walmart has been outspoken and press-happy about Undertaking Gigaton, its plan to avert the discharge of a gigaton of greenhouse gases from the worldwide worth chain by 2030. In its most up-to-date report, Walmart concluded it prevented 186 million metric tons of emissions by Undertaking Gigaton in 2020. Costco, alternatively, has been a lot quieter on its provider sustainability plans. Whether or not this is because of lack of motion or a unique press technique is unclear. In January, the corporate’s board opposed a shareholder proposal, led by the influence investing fund, for Costco to be extra forthcoming about its greenhouse gasoline outputs and provide chain emissions.”

8. ‘Sustainable investing knowledgeable Alison Taylor on ESG misconceptions and why ethics are a part of the equation‘ by Grant Harrison

“We’ve fallen prey to unhelpful binaries in every single place, and ESG isn’t any exception. ESG protection tends to deal with the difficulty as a boxing match between free market advocates who suppose that is all a harmful effort to govern us, and individuals who think about that ESG will save the world. This isn’t simply the media. A number of educational research on whether or not ESG hyperlinks to monetary efficiency appear to wish to show or disprove the hyperlink to monetary efficiency, so there’s a number of affirmation bias within the research.”

9. ‘Your subsequent company job: Defending biodiversity‘ by Joel Makower

“Over the previous yr or so, a rising variety of corporations — primarily however not solely in Europe — have created positions to help nature and biodiversity. The roles aren’t simply at corporations with services and products which are straight depending on pure capital — logging or agriculture, for instance. This new technology of nature-related jobs might be discovered inside chemical corporations, shopper merchandise corporations, actual property corporations, tech corporations, insurers, bankers and retailers.”

10. ‘Resale shouldn’t be altering our relationship with stuff — here is why‘ by Nellie Cohen

“Resale packages have achieved a commendable job of mainstreaming the acquisition of used clothes. However many of those packages launching not too long ago incentivize clients to devour much more new issues. To ensure that a resale program to be an genuine sustainability program, it should allow the model to divert some gross sales of latest clothes to the gross sales of used clothes. The world can’t afford recommerce to turn out to be one other greenwashed, box-checking train for the style business.”

Listed here are 10 extra of our prime articles of the yr:

11. “The reality behind EV gross sales in 2022” by Vartan Badalian

12. “Are carbon offsets a joke? A response to the comic John Oliver” by Jim Giles and Jesse Klein

13. “Conscious: Inside Amazon’s new non-public label for sustainable items” by Joel Makower 

14. “The ranting critics of sustainability could have a degree” by Joel Makower

15. “The conflict on plastics, 2022: A change of local weather” by Joel Makower

16. “The right way to greenwash like a professional” by Joel Makower

17. “So that you’re the primary sustainability rent. Now what?” by Olivia Morton

18. “Made in America: A lithium provide chain for EV batteries” by Katie Fehrenbacher

19. “Jennifer Granholm: ‘Ship us proposals for the large, daring clear vitality tasks'” by Elsa Wenzel

20. “Lab meat has 3 massive issues. Is it time for a pivot?” by Jesse Klein

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