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Planet Tracker reveals how current EPA rules allow petrochemical companies to continue polluting local environments and communities with their toxic waste

Ten major failings regarding toxic emissions create an operating environment that allows businesses in the USA to avoid scrutiny of their chemical releases. If investors fully understand the toxic footprint of their investments and their effect on both the environment and human health, they can undertake an informed and accurate risk/reward assessment for themselves and for their clients.

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Planet Tracker questions credibility of Alliance to End Plastic Waste

In the first three years of its five-year target, the AEPW achieved only 0.04% of its own goal to divert and recycle 9 million tonnes of plastic, but with 40% spend against budget. This report provides data-backed evidence of the different ways the Alliance has undermined its own objectives to ‘end plastic waste in the environment and protect the planet’.

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Can Virtual Fashion Solve the Apparel Industry’s Dirty Problem?

Proponents of digital fashion suggest that it offers one potential answer to how to move the fashion industry to a more sustainable footing. This blog considers what digital fashion means and why we do not expect it to reduce the need for the industry to make significant structural changes if it is to move to a sustainable footing.

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Food System Decoupling?

Food supply chains are coming under heavy stress due to the conflict in Ukraine building on an already high inflation environment. This has pushed food security to the top of national agendas, alongside energy. This blog explores whether this will result in a food supply chain decoupling and a shift towards shorter supply chains and ‘friendly’ jurisdictions (‘friend-shoring’).

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Investors’ toxic footprints revealed

Everyday products – from plastics and synthetic rubber to detergents and dyes – hide a dangerous secret: their production results in the release of pollutants that are highly toxic and impact on human health, including arsenic and asbestos. This is a reality often overlooked by investors as Planet Tracker’s latest report, Toxic Footprints, reveals.

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Single-Use Plastic: Accounting for Change

Just as sustainability standard setters are consolidating into the more powerful International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), an influential participant, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), has recommended improved disclosures for plastics risks and opportunities.

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EUR 678 billion of investor capital at risk from EU plastic industry’s business-as-usual model

The European plastic industry provides an essential source of jobs to the EU27 and for years has been a steady driver of this economy. However, the industry’s rapidly declining ability to compete globally suggests that the industry is primed for disruption and a transition towards a more sustainable business model is now the most viable route to avoid stranding investor assets.

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Forget the metaverse, the future is in the natureverse

Celebrating World Biodiversity Day on 22 May,, we imagine how time and money spent on the creation of the much-hyped metaverse – persistent virtual worlds that combine aspects of the digital and physical worlds – could be used to build the ‘natureverse’, a perfect mirroring of the physical world (nature) by persistent digital worlds (financial markets).

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The Politics of Nature Dependent Trade: The role played by authoritarian regimes and others

The invasion of Ukraine has pushed sovereign states to reflect on the types of governments with which they trade. Recently, many democratic governments have been assessing their sources of non-renewable natural capital trade – notably oil & gas as well as metals & ores. In this blog, Planet Tracker focuses on the trade of key renewable agricultural exports such as cereals, meat, dairy and seafood and maps their sources by political systems.

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Recycling Targets – Soda-pressing

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are the world’s top plastic polluting brands and therefore their recycling targets deserve scrutiny. We believe that investors should have little confidence in these goals and financial institutions should share the blame for this.

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Deforestation Dozen: twelve traders linked to deforestation causing USD 2.7 billion of CO2 emissions, Planet Tracker reveals

This report calls out the ‘Deforestation Dozen’: 12 soy traders that control 89% of soy exports from the Paraguayan and Argentinian Gran Chaco, who are failing to prevent soy-driven deforestation in the region. The current level of deforestation is creating significant risk for these traders and other companies in the supply chain due to the associated CO2 emissions.

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Out of Sight – but not Out of Min(e)d

Supporters of deep-sea mining promise to provide the materials needed for a decarbonised future by extracting key metals from the seabed. However, the environmental effects of deep-sea mining have shown catastrophic and irreversible implications for biodiversity.

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Hiding Away?

Plastic producers and major asset managers are not signing up to the UN Plastic Pollution Treaty

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Zombie data: Fashionably fake facts

Zombie data, data that are false, unverifiable or lack credibility, have become all too en vogue. From fake news to corporate greenwashing, zombie data have been used to mislead or for monetary gain. This is particularly apparent in the fashion industry which many claim has a serious misinformation problem. This blog examines how zombie data concerning the environmental impacts of the textiles supply chain present a financial risk to capital markets investors.

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Implementing traceability: seeing through excuses

Supply chain disruptions were front page news in 2021, highlighting an urgent need for companies to be able to track products along their supply chains. Management teams sometimes resist implementing traceability systems arguing they are too costly. But are such systems the cost of doing business or a nice to have?

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Heading Towards a Global Plastic Treaty?

A revival of calls for a global plastic treaty is encouraging. There is a general recognition that there is a global plastic pollution problem, however, despite previous attempts to tackle this, little progress has been made. This time it looks more positive. Negotiating positions are coalescing and a timetable to move forward is solidifying. Planet Tracker examines the state of play.

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Do you IUU?

A new Planet Tracker report examines the limited role of stock exchanges in protecting investors from publicly listed companies involved in illegal fishing practices and offers an alternative way for investors to assess their exposure to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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No Rain on the Plain

Deforestation-driven climate change set to threaten Brazil’s position as leading agricultural producer, warns Planet Tracker.

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Are we there yet?

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week is categorical – climate change is real and the impacts are being experienced today, not at some point in the future.

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Beached, not Stranded

On World Ocean Day, Planet Tracker investigates the fate of fishing vessels that are past their ’use by’ date. As fishing fleets across the world age, they are likely to be beached, which destroys ecosystems and costs human lives.

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Work-From-Home Fashion Fuels Water-Related Risks

Strong growth in athleisure sales amidst a COVID-19 driven online acceleration has been a rare bright spot in a challenging operating environment for the apparel industry.
Yet the related increase in synthetic fibre use is likely to extend and deepen water-related risks to human and animal health.

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Seafood Supply – What a Waste

Seafood, the most traded food globally, is operating with a broken supply chain. Bottlenecks are apparent at both processors and distributors. If the seafood market were working efficiently, harvesting output would have fallen more dramatically. To date, lower seafood prices have failed to stop this oversupply, which means that seafood waste is rising.

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