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Dear reader,

Together with millions of Filipinos, I endured the blistering heat and long queues from vote counting machine glitches on Monday, to take part in choosing President Rodrigo Duterte's successor in the most consequential elections in the Philippines' recent history.

After months of divisive campaigning, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of the late dictator, is emerging as the presumptive winner. Eco-Business has spoken to experts about what this could mean for sustainable development in the country.

Apart from a burgeoning budget deficit borne out of the pandemic, Marcos will be expected to prioritise climate and environmental justice, as the Philippine Commission on Human Rights report finds that there are legal grounds to hold fossil fuel corporations liable for climate disasters. 

Elsewhere in the world, fossil fuels continue to take a hit as the price volatility of gas driven by the Russian invasion makes it no longer a viable “bridge fuel” for the energy transition. 

The electric vehicle industry is likewise taking a greener route, with a Singapore start-up aiming to recycle batteries as a much-needed alternative to lithium mining. The project was among the winners of last year’s edition of sustainability solutions contest The Liveability Challenge. See the innovations that made the final cut of this year’s competition.

As experts share tips on spotting false plastic solutions in corporates’ anti-plastic claims and businesses have been found to have inconsistencies in how sustainability leadership roles are organised, consumers must continue to be vigilant on what corporates—or new governments—declare to be the truth. 

Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez

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What a Marcos presidency could mean for sustainable development in the Philippines

What a Marcos presidency could mean for sustainable development in the Philippines

Bongbong Marcos, son of the country’s late dictator, is on the cusp of reclaiming power for his disgraced family. Eco-Business speaks with experts about how this impacts clean energy, climate justice, and corporate responsibility.

Plant-based bottles and paper straws: spotting false solutions in anti-plastic declarations

Plant-based bottles and paper straws: spotting false solutions in anti-plastic declarations

Months after the world’s biggest corporates agreed to develop a treaty to stop plastic pollution, experts examine solutions that corporates have claimed will be able to stem the global waste issue.

Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights finds world’s biggest fossil fuel companies accountable for climate damage

Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights finds world’s biggest fossil fuel companies accountable for climate damage

Activists have urged the incoming government to use the decision on the world’s first national enquiry framing climate change as a human rights issue, as the basis for seeking climate justice from big polluters.

After Russian invasion, gas is no longer a viable 'bridge' fuel for energy transition: report

After Russian invasion, gas is no longer a viable 'bridge' fuel for energy transition: report

As the cost of renewables plummets and the price volatility of fossil gas increases, gas can no longer be relied upon as a lower-emissions bridge fuel, a study finds. But subsidies are keeping gas artificially cheap in some Asian markets.

Global business survey finds 'little consistency' in how sustainability leadership roles are organised

Global business survey finds 'little consistency' in how sustainability leadership roles are organised

Among 300 firms, there are 44 different job titles for the same sustainability head function. According to the study by Dow Jones, the corporate world's approach to sustainability is muddled and clear reporting lines are lacking.

Wanted: new technology to recycle old mattresses

Wanted: new technology to recycle old mattresses

The pursuit of a good night’s sleep is doing bad things to the environment — judging from the number of used mattresses that end up in landfills. The hunt is on for new and innovative ways to recycle this bulky and hard-to-dispose item.

As lithium reserves dwindle, Singapore EV battery recycling startup aims to plug supply gap

As lithium reserves dwindle, Singapore EV battery recycling startup aims to plug supply gap

Lithium shortages are straining the electric vehicle battery supply chain. Entrepreneur Bryan Oh, co-founder of a low-waste, low-emissions lithium recycling firm, wants to be the world's largest lithium company without ever owning a mine.

Who made the cut for The Liveability Challenge 2022?

Who made the cut for The Liveability Challenge 2022?

From cultivated meat to carbon measurement, sustainability innovation competition The Liveability Challenge 2022 attracted 400 applications from more than 60 countries. This year's finalists are from Asia and Europe.

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