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"The pandemic has demonstrated to the world the deep connection between health and living conditions, but in far too many instances, homes that are supposed to be a refuge from disease have actually made people sicker."

5 ways to tackle the housing crisis after COVID-19

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

Even as COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in many areas around the world, we must look for practical and effective strategies to emerge from and recover from the pandemic’s devastating effects

According to the latest World Travel & Tourism Council, COVID-19 will impact, in a baseline scenario, an estimated 121.1 million jobs, and more than $3.4 trillion in GDP could be lost in 2020.

How we can prioritize sustainability in rebuilding tourism

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the global importance of the travel and tourism industry economically, as well as its interconnectedness with other industries

"When combined, sustainable digital finance can take advantage of emerging technologies to analyse data, power investment decisions and grow jobs in sectors supporting a transition to a low-carbon economy."

How sustainable digital finance can unlock a low-carbon economy

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

Many governments and corporations have made bold commitments to tackle climate change, labelling the next 10 years as the “decade to deliver”

"Making Responsible AI part of stakeholder feedback will not only help avoid reputational damage, but will ultimately increase customer engagement."

This is why we need to talk about responsible AI

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

Bias in AI and other negative consequences of the technology have become common media fodder

"While gaining in popularity, the concepts of circularity have been around for centuries – from regenerative agriculture and bartering, to repair and reuse, to renewable energy and plant-based meat alternatives."

4 lessons from nature to build a circular economy

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The circular economy is one of the few disruptive concepts with universal appeal - with business leaders, investors, activists, economists and environmentalists

"The coronavirus crisis will continue to accelerate in the months ahead, and will demand more imaginative initiatives at both EU and national levels than policymakers have so far contemplated."

Here’s a credible plan to soften Covid’s catastrophic job losses

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Let’s be clear about the corona crisis; Welcome as the news is of a vaccine, Europe is already in the grip of a recession so serious it risks turning into a depression

"Natural climate solutions can combat climate change using nature’s capacity to absorb and store greenhouse gases. These solutions use the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands rather than employing technological solutions."

What nature can do for the climate in a post-COVID world

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

It was expected that 2020 would set the agenda for environmental action for the next decade

“Numerous digital tools and assets are mature and available to improve predictability, reliability, grid stability and finally the security of supply, accelerating the energy transition.”

Emissions from energy sector likely to rebound from COVID-19, Capgemini warns

By: EBR | Thursday, November 5, 2020

Emissions from the global energy sector will be 7-8% lower in 2020 than in 2019, but most nations are still failing to align their energy generation and consumption patterns with long-term climate targets

"On top of the massive disruptions to business, mobility and everyday life, there have been clear signs that the EU plans to make the economic recovery a green one – having dedicated an additional €225 billion (or 1.7% of GDP) to the energy transition."

Oil and gas have been hit dramatically by COVID, speeding the transition out of them

By: EBR | Thursday, November 5, 2020

COVID-19 has had a wide-ranging impact on oil and gas, with estimates showing that oil demand could peak as early as 2025, rather than 2040, and that gas will be a much shorter bridge into renewables

According to Bloomberg, competition among offshore wind companies is rising as governments look to transition from fossil fuels.

Offshore wind energy to double by 2025

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wind and solar energy are quickly becoming one of the cheapest forms of energy across the world

With regards to hospitality, AI can easily take over standardized services based on verbal communication, such as reception and information services. For this reason, humans will need to acquire more advanced hospitality skills.

These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is going to accelerate a number of changes and transformations in human society

"Large asset managers and banks face rising challenges from clients, shareholders and the public as the costly toll of climate change becomes increasingly evident."

Five key climate metrics for the oil and gas sector’s next five years

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 3, 2020

It’s an unforgiving time to navigate the choppy waters of oil and gas investment. Demand destruction from the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded earnings, dented dividends and sent share prices plummeting

Industrial clusters are groups of industries, such as cement, steel and chemicals, physically in the same location. Europe is home to 3,000 such industrial clusters, representing 54 million jobs. Notable global examples include Humber (UK), Nagoya (Japan) and Suzhou Industrial Park (China).

Industrial clusters are critical to getting to net-zero. Here’s why

By: EBR | Monday, November 2, 2020

Industrial clusters have a big role to play in the clean energy transition. But what are they? And how can they help?

"Private actors engaging in nature conservation isn’t new at all. For corporate social responsibility (CSR) reasons, big and small companies have long supported conservation projects."

How to get private capital to protect nature – without greenwashing

By: EBR | Thursday, October 29, 2020

“Innovative finance” is the newest buzzword used to find ways to channel money – especially private money – to nature-based solutions

Scientists warn that we have just ten years at most to take the steps needed to keep global warming within 1.5 ?C of pre-industrial levels, and thus to avert significant risks to nature and humanity.

Here’s how we can reduce emissions from the shipping industry

By: EBR | Monday, October 26, 2020

This month, delegates from governments around the world are meeting (virtually) for a crucial, albeit under-the-radar, climate summit at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO)

World Bank President David Malpass estimates that up to 150 million people are being plunged into extreme poverty this year, taking the global total to well above 800 million. By the end of 2021, the total could be far higher.

The Post-Pandemic Crisis: What Happens Next?

By: EBR | Monday, October 26, 2020

The failure of multilateral strategic decision-making in these COVID times has been led by the Trump Administration and its bizarre attacks on international institutions

Digital’s potential to streamline transport, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and create value across the board is well-established on paper but it is only in recent years that companies have started to embrace it fully.

Transport leaders go in search of safe data spaces

By: EBR | Monday, October 26, 2020

The coronavirus is likely to accelerate transport’s shift towards digitalization and help the sector decrease both its environmental footprint and its costs

While geopolitical tensions are elevated, countries in the region are encountering falling fiscal revenues, increasing debt, higher unemployment, and rising poverty and inequality.

IMF: How to ensure an inclusive recovery in the Middle East and Central Asia

By: EBR | Friday, October 23, 2020

Countries in the Middle East and Central Asia face with COVID-19 a public health emergency unlike any seen in our lifetime, along with an unprecedented economic downturn

In Europe, they employ over 90 million people but their small size makes them vulnerable to cash flow crises. In Spain, for example, 83% of the 85,000 businesses that have collapsed since February employ fewer than five workers.

Over half Europe’s small firms fear for survival, survey finds

By: EBR | Thursday, October 22, 2020

Over half the small and medium-sized companies which together provide jobs for two-thirds of European workers fear for their survival in the coming 12 months, according to a survey released by management consultancy McKinsey

"Collecting used plastic is vital to create a circular economy in the industry and prevent fossil fuels from being used to produce new plastics."

Fixing plastic collection seen as vital to success of chemical recycling

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to proper waste collection services, leading to ever-growing plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, particularly in the global south

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