Here’s how US carbon pollution stacks up with the rest of the world

President Donald Trump may yank the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change, and even though that wouldn’t end the agreement, it would deal it a major blow.

The news sparked widespread criticism. The agreement, which went into effect last November, is the product of several years of difficult negotiations involving most of the countries on earth, and it marked the first global deal to limit carbon emissions.

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Source: CNBC

All UK Unilever sites powered by renewable energy

Unilever has announced all its sites in the UK are now powered by renewable energy.

The consumer goods giant has signed a contract with energy company Eneco UK that means 15 sites receive power from a wind farm in the Scottish highlands.

Coupled with an existing agreement with a biomethane company, which supplies five sites, this means “all of Unilever UK’s manufacturing sites source 100% of [their] electricity from certified renewable sources, which will help deliver long-term value and advance the company’s wider carbon reduction commitment”.

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Tesco pledges Paris agreement support with 100% renewable electricity target

Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 on its path to becoming a zero carbon company by 2050, in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.

Through investment of over £700 million in energy efficiency in its stores and distribution centres since 2007, the supermarket chain has reduced its emissions by 41% per square foot of its estate, saving £200 million in annual energy savings as a result.

However, despite being on track to deliver on its 2020 targets for emissions reduction, Tesco’s head of climate change and sustainable agriculture Kené Umeasiegbu has today said more must be done to reach the company’s more ambitious targets.

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Source: Clean Energy News

Nespresso bid to recycle coffee pods

The coffee company Nespresso – part of the Swiss multinational Nestlé – is to trial a scheme to make it easier for consumers to recycle their used aluminium capsules in the UK, in the face of a growing environmental backlash against increasingly popular single-serve pods, many of which end up in landfill.

A six-month pilot, starting this week in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will allow Nespresso Club members to recycle their used capsules through their council household recycling service, using special purple bags provided by the company. The borough’s 190,000 residents will only be able to put out capsules made by Nespresso.

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Source: The Guardian

You are what you buy – the first International Standard for sustainable procurement just published

Sustainable purchasing can improve supplier relations – and your business. ISO 20400 for sustainable procurement has just been published to help organizations make sustainable purchasing a way of life.

Procurement plays a large role in any organization, large or small. Who an organization buys from has just as big an impact on its performance as what it buys. Ensuring suppliers have sound and ethical practices – across everything from working conditions and risk management to their environmental impact – has the potential to not only make businesses work better, but to improve the lives of everyone in the communities where they are situated.

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Source: International Organisation for Standardization

Philips links sustainability performance to corporate finance

Philips has agreed a unique deal with a consortium of international banks that links the company’s sustainability performance to the interest rate attached to a €1 billion (£836 million) loan.

The company has agreed to have its current sustainability efforts assessed by independent provider of environmental, social and corporate government ratings Sustainalytics, which will be used as a benchmark for future improvements.

This year-on-year approach will determine how much interest is to be paid on the revolving credit facility, with greater achievements to be met with a lower rate. Alternatively, interest on the loan will increase should Philips go backwards in its sustainability efforts.

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Source: Clean Energy News

C&I Companies Can Expect Improvement in Plastics Recycling, Says BPFRG

British manufacturing companies can expect a steady stream of “valuable plastic material” for use in their operations, if the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPFRG) has its way. The group is launching a strategy that will use both industry-led initiatives and regulation in the hopes of improving plastic recycling in the UK.

The strategy aims to encourage the development of the UK plastic recycling industry and keep valuable plastic material in the UK so it can be used by the manufacturing sector. The group calls for a split plastic packaging recycling target that increases over time — the split would be between UK-based recycling and exporting.

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Source: Environmental Leader

The H&M Group Releases New Goals In Sustainability Report 2016

he H&M group Sustainability Report 2016 is published today, outlining several new goals including a commitment to use 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and to become climate positive throughout its entire value chain by 2040.

Another key highlight is the commitment to switch to 100% renewable electricity. In 2016, 96% of the company’s global electricity in its own operations came from renewable sources.  The report also mentions that H&M in 2016 was named the biggest global user of cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative.

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Source: PR Newswire


Britvic develops bottle made of wood fibre to champion sustainability goals

Britvic develops bottle made of wood fibre to champion sustainability goals

Britvic’s annual sustainability report highlights packaging innovation, alongside waste and water reduction achievements as part of the FTSE 250’s £240m supply chain investment programme

Britvic, the owner of major soft drinks brands including Robinsons squash, J20 and Fruit Shoot, and the PepsiCo bottler in the UK, has taken significant steps towards exploring wood fibre bottles as a viable packaging option for multiple sectors.

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Source: Packaging Today

Greenpeace slams soft drinks industry over ‘woeful’ response to ocean plastic crisis

Survey of leading soft drinks brands reveals majority do not have plans in place to tackle marine plastic

Fresh from its success securing a ban on the use of microplastics in cosmetics products, Greenpeace has turned its attention to the larger pieces of plastic litter that blight the marine environment.

The campaign group today launched a major new report investigating the soft drinks’ industries contribution to marine pollution and its attempts to curb levels of plastic waste.

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Source: Business Green