The Week in Sustainable Business News

The Trump administration is struggling to implement regulatory changes to allow automakers to create more air pollution from cars.

US lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced two bills related to carbon capture and sequestration. H.R. 5865 seeks to promote new technologies that capture or store carbon. H.R. 5859 seeks to promote forest management practices that sequester carbon in soil.

Frederik Dahlmann at Warwick Business School argued companies must focus on supply chains to reduce emissions. “Sustainability has become the issue of this generation. If businesses are to prosper in this climate, they need to include their whole supply chain to claim they are truly on the planet’s side and not be accused of creative carbon accounting.”

JPMorgan bank CEO Jamie Dimon claims the environment is a priority, but the company has resisted calls to act on climate. It requested permission from regulators to skip shareholder votes on climate-related proposals at its next annual meeting.

The Washington Post Editorial Board called on US lawmakers to embrace putting a price on carbon.

David Roberts discussed continued inaction on climate solutions. Climate advocates cling to the idea of social tipping points to believe progress will accelerate fast enough despite continued inaction.

Thomas Roulet and Joel Bothello wrote about degrowth and why it shouldn’t scare businesses, in Harvard Business Review.

Delta announced a plan to become the first carbon neutral airline by decreasing its use of jet fuel, buying carbon offsets, and working with partners to decrease their emissions. It remains unclear how airlines can reduce their emissions, and there’s no evidence that offset programs are effective.

Employees are taking collective actions to pressure their companies into acting on climate change.

Giselle Weybrecht writes about what business schools and faculty can do about climate change.

  • Make sure everyone knows what climate change is
  • Start with climate science, but don’t dwell on it
  • Move the discussion to areas that are relevant to business school students
  • Research climate change
  • Address climate change as an organization

Despite anti-plastic campaigns, investors are piling into plastic production.

Jeff Bezos pledged $10,000,000,000 to fight climate change.

Martin Wolf argued developing new technologies to power the economy without fossil fuels is the only realistic route left to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The United States government agency that collects taxes cleared up uncertainty around tax breaks for developing carbon capture technology.