Coca-Cola Unveils Ambitious Sustainable Packaging Strategy

Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced a new sustainable packing strategy that calls for increasing the recycled plastic content in its bottles from 25% to 50% by 2020.

As reports, Coca-Cola has widened its strategy to include “championing new ways to improve recovery and recycling,” which includes a communications campaigns to reach 35 million consumers, clearer messaging on all products to encourage recycling, being active at “experiential” events such as music festivals, and working with customers to share its marketing expertise.

This is part of the beverage giant’s 2020 sustainability goals. Coca-Cola partnered with the World Wildlife Federation to develop the following goals for the company’s nearly 300 bottling partners in more than 200 countries:

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Source: Environmental Leader

Carbon emissions report says 100 companies to blame for 71% of greenhouse gases

Annual Carbon Majors Report from environmental charity CDP shows the role corporations play in greenhouse gas emissions.

Investors have been told the fight against climate change is in their hands, with 71% of the world’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions originating at just 100 fossil fuel companies — a third of which are publicly traded.

That’s according to environmental charity CDP’s 2017 Carbon Majors Report, which found that a total of 833 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions were released between 1998, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was founded, and 2015.

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Source: Wired

UPS announces new energy-based sustainability goals

UPS on Tuesday announced aggressive new sustainability goals to add more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources.

The goals, available in the company’s “2016 Corporate Sustainability Report”, support UPS’s commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse-gas emissions from global ground operations by 12 per cent by 2025, a goal developed using a methodology approved by the “Science Based Targets” initiative.

“Because of our size and scale, we know our commitments can shape markets, advance technologies and be a catalyst for infrastructure investments,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and chief executive officer.

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Source:The Nation

Virgin Atlantic hails 22% reduction in carbon emissions over nine years

Virgin Atlantic claims to have cut its total aircraft carbon emissions by 22% over the last nine years.

CO2e emissions have dropped from 5,218,451 tonnes in 2007 to 4,082,195 in 2016.

This is mirrored by reductions in two key efficiency measures: CO2 per Revenue Tonne Kilometre (down 17%) and CO2 per passenger km (down 22%), with all three measures having reduced 8% in the last year.

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Source:Travel Weekly


Sweden passed a new Climate Act on Thursday, legally binding the country to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2045. The act, which passed in parliament by a vote of 254 to 41, is even more ambitious than what the Scandinavian country pledged under the Paris Agreement: Under the new act, Sweden will reach carbon neutrality five years earlier.

According to a recent analysis, Sweden is one of just three European countries with climate policies in line with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The country has had a carbon tax in place since the 1990s and has invested heavily in wind and solar since the early aughts. Sweden derives only 25 percent of its energy from fossil fuel.

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Source: Pacific Standard

HP reveals new sustainability goals

It´s time to get on board with the circular economy, PC giant says.

HP has unveiled plans to revolutionise the way it works to provide a range of environmentally friendly business practices.

The PC giant has pledged to cut the amount of greenhouse gases and waste material generated in making its products within the next ten years as it looks to promote sustainability within what it calls the “circular economy”.

“Sustainability is a guiding principle for HP,” Judy Glazer, the company’s head of sustainability and product compliance said at the company’s HP Sustainability Summit 2017 event in London today, “there’s a real benefit for our customers and society at large.”

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Source: IT ProPortal

Mapping the carbon footprint of EU regions

While the EU Commission has encouraged Member States to combine national and international climate change mitigation measures with subnational environmental policies, there has been little harmonized effort towards the quantification of embodied greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from household consumption across European regions. This study develops an inventory of carbon footprints associated with household consumption for 177 regions in 27 EU countries, thus, making a key contribution for the incorporation of consumption-based accounting into local decision-making.

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Source: IOP Science

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