The highest 10 GreenBiz articles of 2022


As 2022 rolls to an in depth, it has been an enormous yr for sustainability in enterprise. Trying again at our prime tales from January to November, in accordance with Google Analytics, the record 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 have 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 this moment’s adverse externalities might turn out to be tomorrow’s monetary dangers, and addressing them now can mitigate each. However there isn’t any customary definition of what constitutes good ESG. Scores corporations’ assessments are primarily based on subjective judgments, extrapolation and incomplete information. Many research that report ESG outperformance are flawed and are primarily based on short-time horizons that aren’t statistically important. And ‘a constructive relationship between high-ESG corporations and alpha might outcome from correlation — not causation.’”

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

“There may be 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 might probably imply various things in several sectors, industries and geographies. For instance, it might imply working in advertising and marketing, program administration, threat advisory or being an environmental engineer, a human rights lawyer or a local weather skilled.”

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 typically 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 trade greenwash. The activists can 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 subsequent technology of sustainability expertise? Consulting‘ by Dylan Siegler 

“Should you have been to search for this subsequent technology of sustainability professionals in in the present day’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 the moment chopping its enamel: 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 — may be the subsequent rent for an in-house sustainability workforce (or may 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 up to now behind on high-speed rail in comparison with different nations 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? Effectively, it isn’t that straightforward or excellent. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom both. The U.S. is way additional alongside on high-speed rail than I assumed, even with the hurdles that stand in its manner.”

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

“Salesforce’s Web Zero Market will permit companies to purchase carbon credit from a trusted accomplice with a third-party verification. The platform is constructed on Salesforce’s Commerce Cloud, which integrates instantly with the Salesforce Web Zero Cloud sustainability administration software program software. However even companies that aren’t prospects of Salesforce can buy credit by means of the platform. Opening up carbon credit to one of these ecosystem is a double-edged sword. Excessive-quality credit are already briefly 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 Venture 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 averted 186 million metric tons of emissions by means of Venture Gigaton in 2020. Costco, then again, has been a lot quieter on its provider sustainability plans. Whether or not this is because of lack of motion or a special 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 fuel outputs and provide chain emissions.”

8. ‘Sustainable investing skilled 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 all places, 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. Loads of tutorial 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 plenty 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 assist nature and biodiversity. The roles aren’t simply at corporations with services which are instantly depending on pure capital — logging or agriculture, for instance. This new technology of nature-related jobs may be discovered inside chemical corporations, client merchandise corporations, actual property corporations, tech corporations, insurers, bankers and retailers.”

10. ‘Resale will not be altering our relationship with stuff — here is why‘ by Nellie Cohen

“Resale packages have executed a commendable job of mainstreaming the acquisition of used clothes. However many of those packages launching not too long ago incentivize prospects to eat 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 trade.”

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 might have a degree” by Joel Makower

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

16. “Find out how 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 massive, daring clear power tasks'” by Elsa Wenzel

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


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