This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.


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What Does 10,000 tons per year of GHG Emissions Look Like?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Oct 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM


On May 18, 2016 the Ontario government gave royal assent to legislate the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, which implements the Cap and Trade Regulation effective July 1, 2016. Reporting and verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is required.

The Holy Grail of Supply Chain Traceability

Posted by Ben Wilde on Oct 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM


From governments and regulatory bodies to companies and consumers, the value of supply chain traceability has become more easily understood. Supply chain traceability is defined as the ability to identify and trace the history, distribution, location and application of products, parts and materials, to ensure the reliability of sustainability claims in the areas of human rights, labor (including health and safety), the environment and anti-corruption. It allows us to verify where resources or materials come from, as well as product quality and authenticity.

There's More to Offer: FirstCarbon Solutions is Now ADEC Innovations

Posted by Michele Carchman on Oct 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM


We are excited to announce that FirstCarbon Solutions’ (FCS) ESG business line is now ADEC Innovations!

When you hear the name ‘FirstCarbon’, to some it conveys a sole emphasis on carbon management. While carbon management is one service we provide, our capabilities exceed and build upon this, combining our Industry Expertise, Data Management and Software Solutions into innovations that help save time, reduce costs, optimize resources and drive operational efficiencies.

Why You Need Science Based Targets

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Companies that pursue sustainability are quickly committing to the Science Based Targets Initiative. What is it, exactly? A joint initiative by CDP, the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the Science Based Targets Initiative aims to boost corporate action on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Tree Hugging: Green Development Goes Mainstream

Posted by Ashley Laor on Sep 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Green development is a wide field in development and land planning which includes city planning, architecture and landscaping. Green development is, quite literally, green. In almost all cases, it incorporates tree preservation throughout all stages of development.

How to Mitigate the Effects of the Urban Heat Island

Posted by Phil Ault on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM


More than half the total global population lives in urban areas. This global rate of urbanization is expected to grow by more than 1% per year until 2030 as people migrate from rural to urban and suburban areas. As this migration occurs, it carries with it a number of potential environmental impacts, including the Urban Heat Island (UHI), which are increasingly concerning for many countries around the world.

Alternative Materials for Sustainable Clothing

Posted by Ben Wilde on Sep 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Clothing is a basic human need, and the clothing industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Meeting this global need without jeopardizing the natural resources that drive our supply chains leads us to explore sustainable clothing, which is defined as clothes made from fibers that are the most natural and the least harmful to the environment. Such materials have less environmental impact and lower overall carbon emissions during production.

Background into Risks and Opportunities (Part 2)

Posted by Wendy Ye on Sep 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM


If you missed Part 1 of 'Background into Risks and Opportunities', read it here.

A comprehensive understanding of the whole value chain and the three spheres of sustainability – environment, social and economic – may be helpful in identifying the drivers of risks and opportunities. Public reporting sources such as CDP are educational and can help lead companies to examine and evaluate risks and opportunities.

Background into Risks and Opportunities (Part 1)

Posted by Wendy Ye on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM


According to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), “Corporate Sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.” How we identify the drivers, and manage risks and opportunities plays a big role in influencing corporate sustainability.

What is Impact Investing?

Posted by Ben Wilde on Aug 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Conventional wisdom dictates that the goal of businesses is to generate profit — and this goal may come into conflict with objectives such as environmental conservation and responsibly-sourced consumer goods. Impact investing dispels these beliefs by offering opportunities for stakeholders to invest — and, ultimately, profit from — social and environmental solutions.