It’s time to reimagine carbon

“Ethical Markets welcomes this initiative and we intend to join Volans in this creative network.  We have advocated many new approaches to carbon, including advising asset managers to review their portfolios and re-categorize the fossil reserves from “fuel” to “feedstocks”, so as to  assure that they are not burned, but kept in the ground for higher-value uses.

See our “2017 Green Transition Scoreboard® “Deepening Green Finance” and my “Assessing Risks of Fossil Reserves:  Are they Fuel or Feedstocks?”, and my review in of  Transition Risk-O-Meter by 2 degrees Investing and Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken.  The best carbon sequestration is always in soils, plants and forests, managed sustainability!

We  also invite John Elkington and Volans to join us  in our campaign launched in our “EthicMark®GEMS” global standard, which certifies only gems NOT mined from the Earth, to support the disruptive new science-created gems industry and assist NGOs in phasing out conflict diamonds and the price cartel, since all gems are made of carbon and thus global gem mining is obsolete at

~Hazel Henderson, Editor”

Carbon Productivity: an idea that is igniting

Stalling productivity growth and accelerating climate change – arguably, these are the two defining challenges of our time. And, at a fundamental level, they’re interlinked: solving one without simultaneously addressing the other simply isn’t an option.


That’s why the concept of Carbon Productivity is catching fire.


In June, in collaboration with a consortium of like-minded organisations, we convened a one-day “Basecamp” in London to explore the potential of this emergent agenda. This highlights video will give you a flavour of the day.


My most recent GreenBiz column outlines the Carbon Productivity concept – and explains how it fits into a wider landscape of existing initiatives.


To find out more, take a look at the new Carbon Productivity website, where you’ll find a series of videos, details of a prototype tool and a map of key actors in this and related spaces.


And if you’re interested in exploring how to pilot the use of Carbon Productivity in your company or supply chain, and/or joining a new Carbon Productivity Development Council, or simply want to know more, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch, and join the conversation on Twitter (#ReimagineCarbon).


In other news

  • Last month, we convened some of the leading figures in sustainable finance to explore ways to accelerate investment in the SDGs. Read the event summary of the Breakthrough Money basecamp, hosted by UBS.
  • What does scaling financial inclusion involve? Watch our latest Project Breakthrough video featuring BIMA’s Head of Innovation, Marie Kyle.
  • Are you ready for the Sustainability Revolution? Read Richard Roberts’ latest Medium blog.
  • How can companies tap into new technologies to address the SDGs? We are proud to offer the full suite of 12 disruptive technologies briefings on the Project Breakthrough website, developed in conjunction with PA Consulting.
  • And finally, why and how sustainability must go exponential. Here is my latest video, in case you missed it.

?To stay updated, follow the conversation on Facebook, Medium and Twitter (@Breakthrough_IO and @volansjohn). We will soon be setting up a Project Breakthrough group on LinkedIn – stay tuned.