After a year of energy shocks, natural disasters and calls for new investments in hydrocarbons, efforts to reduce our fossil fuel dependency have gained greater urgency. While the world made some additional progress in 2022 to address climate change and protect nature, much remains to be done to overcome entrenched interests.
7 Jan 2023
The world economy’s carbon intensity is declining at nowhere near the rate needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C. But while continuing to tout an unrealistic goal could hamper progress, as people become demotivated or simply stop viewing the effort as credible, setting a more feasible goal raises risks of its own
31 Dec 2022
Six decades after the green revolution began, the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence may usher in another agricultural transformation. By enabling farmers to grow more while using fewer resources and generating less waste, these tools could make food more sustainable, accessible and cheaper to produce
26 Jan 2023
To mitigate the worst effects of climate change and prevent societal breakdown, we must shift to renewable energies and reduce extreme inequality. But doing so would require massive increases in public spending, which is why governments must overhaul their outdated and regressive tax systems
18 Jan 2023
As part of Asset Benchmark Research’s (ABR) annual review and recognition of the leading companies in Asia, we assessed what were the best ESG practices being executed in the region during the review period. ESG Awards
9 Jan 2023
While some believe that economic growth is incompatible with fighting climate change, only growing economies can produce the financial resources needed to make the transition to a net-zero economy. Accelerating global growth could bring lower-income households into the middle class and build infrastructure to reduce emissions
5 Jan 2023
Much-hyped clean hydrogen is increasingly heralded as the best alternative to fossil fuels. But to prevent it from becoming another excuse for greenwashing, Western policymakers must work with their counterparts in the Global South to create an economically viable sector with strong environmental and social standards
3 Jan 2023
Faced with growing threats to biodiversity and the natural systems that are crucial to all economies, conservation efforts that merely stop nature loss are no longer enough. Rather, we need to reverse the decline, which means changing how we produce and consume
14 Dec 2022
Proponents of solar geoengineering say that lowering Earth's average temperature by reflecting sunlight into space will tackle global warming. But if we are to avoid a climate catastrophe, there is no substitute for phasing out fossil fuels
13 Dec 2022
Progressive companies in Asia are taking significant steps to address pressing issues facing the world today. Whether it be reducing carbon emissions or bridging knowledge gaps, these initiatives display how companies go beyond what is expected of them to make a positive impact on society. We at Asset Benchmark Research (ABR) are pleased to undertake the task of evaluating a number of submissions from corporates that highlight such efforts.
12 Dec 2022
As part of Asset Benchmark Research’s (ABR) annual evaluation of corporates in Asia-Pacific, we have sought out the best investor relations teams in the region. Though operating in different industries, leading teams evaluated by ABR have common attributes that make them stand out among their peers. We also are pleased to highlight for the first time sustainability-focused individuals who have driven the ESG conversation across their respective organizations.
12 Dec 2022
Although the United States is not a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), its heavyweight status affords it ample opportunities to contribute to global conservation efforts. One major test will be this month’s CBD conference, which may be the world’s last best chance to reverse biodiversity loss
12 Dec 2022