UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

scale of packaging recycling”, rates had increased since the system was introduced in 1997. But it added: “The system appears to have evolved into a comfortable way for government to meet targets without facing up to the underlying recycling issues. The government has no evidence that the system has encouraged companies to minimise packaging or make it easy to recycle. “And it relies on exporting materials to other parts of the world without adequate checks to ensure this material is actually recycled, and without consideration of whether other countries will…

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Meet the Sustainability Leader: Darian McBain – Sustainability Leader of the Year 2018

With entries now open for edie’s revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. First up: our 2018 Sustainability Leader of the Year, Thai Union Group’s global director of sustainable development Dr. Darian McBain. Leading the sustainability efforts of the world’s number one seafood supplier, Darian McBain has played an instrumental role in developing Thai Union’s leadership position to enact real change across the global seafood industry. “There were so many worthy candidates, to be named…

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London, New York and Paris to spearhead new electric vehicle accelerator

The Climate Group and C40 Cities have launched a new initiative to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles (EV), with cities including London, New York and Paris all agreeing to support the new programme. The Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge, launched on Tuesday (July 10), will see states, regions, cities and international businesses use their purchasing power and policy influence to accelerate the uptake of fully-electric vehicles, encouraging other leaders in key groups to step up efforts in decarbonising the road transport sector. Supporters of the initiative, which include Unilever…

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Environmental News-Scientists capture breaking of glacier in Greenland

A team of scientists has captured on video a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland, an event that points to one of the forces behind global sea-level rise.  The resulting iceberg, broken off from Greenland’s Helheim Glacier, would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in New York City, as shown in this illustrated overlay. “Global sea-level rise is both undeniable and consequential,” observes David Holland, a professor at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, who led the research team. “By capturing how it…

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Sustainability ‘imagineered’: The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy

Sustainable Lifestyle: Through the scope of a sustainability professional, the city of Paris is emblematic of the global climate accord signed by nations back in 2015. For everyone else, minds race to Disneyland Paris. Just 6km down the road from where ‘the magic happens’, hectares of arable land have been converted into one of Europe’s largest waterparks. Villages Nature Paris (VNP) is a £435m joint venture between Disneyland Paris and Groupe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs that aims to reconnect visitors to nature through an array of sustainability measures that…

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World’s first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Technology & innovation  The world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) facility opened in Bury on Tuesday (5 June) in a move that could stimulate the market for long-duration energy storage technologies. The 5MW LAES plant at the Pilsworth landfill gas site in Bury was developed through a partnership between Highview Power and Viridor and was backed by £8m in Government funding. Aggregator KiWi Power will be able to draw power from the plant, which has an energy generation of 15MWh. The technology works by cooling air to turn…

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The Worlds Most Sustainable Companies Published in Organizations Doing Good

With 2016 being the second-warmest year on record, and with issues like high executive pay and diversity gaining more awareness, you may be curious to know what companies care most about sustainability. Since 2005, Toronto-based magazine and research firm Corporate Knights has put together the Global 100, an annual list of the world’s most sustainable companies. Using publicly available data, Corporate Knights rates large firms on 14 key measures, evaluating their management of resources, finances and employees. For the ranking, Corporate Knights considers about 4,000 companies with market values of…

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What is Sustainable Living? 10 Easy Steps!

Why do we need sustainability? It is simple, really. Of the thousands of benefits that sustainable development and living offer, the most important one is that is the only way we can maintain quality of life in the long run. In 2005, the World Summit on Social Development revealed what the three pillars of sustainable development are, to help us understand the areas where we need to make changes. The three pillars of sustainable development • Environmental Protection, which stands for doing our part to protect the environment, starting from…

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Patagonias New Short Film Focuses on Fair Trade Fashion

www.erthie.com As part of its effort to switch to Fair Trade, Patagonia has released a short 13-minute film, made with Little Village Films. Called “Fair Trade: The First Step,” it depicts the daily routine of a young Sri Lankan mother, who works as a sewing machine operator in a factory that sews Patagonia clothing, and her five-year-old son, who is able to attend the beautiful daycare built with the factory’s Fair Trade premiums. Some of the footage depicts the atrocious conditions, including chemical exposure, experienced by labourers in conventional factories,…

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Next Ten Years Critical for Achieving Climate Change Goals

In order to have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, it will be necessary to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking in the next ten years, according to a new study. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can be reduce in two ways—by cutting our emissions, or by removing it from the atmosphere, for example through plants, the ocean, and soil. The historic Paris Agreement set a target of limiting future global average…

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