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8th February 2017

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Gillian Clark

A round up of the latest business news, including P&G, Gatwick and Kodak Alaris

P&G has announced further investment in recycling and reuse of materials to eliminate all manufacturing waste from more than 100 production sites worldwide by 2020. Since 2010, 56% of the company’s global production facilities have qualified as zero manufacturing waste-to-landfill sites. It now plans to eliminate or reuse about 650,000 tonnes of waste so the remaining facilities send no waste to landfill. The firm said it would achieve its zero-waste goal by ensuring all incoming materials are: converted into finished products; or recycled internally or externally; or reused in different ways through partnerships.

Logistics business Deutsche Post DHL Group has announced that its climate protection project in Lesotho is the first to meet the Fairtrade Climate Standard. The company said the scheme, which supports the use of efficient wood-burning stoves in villages to reduce harmful smoke, has helped it offset logistics-related greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions for its customers as part of its climate-neutral services. Fairtrade Climate Standard certification monitors the reduction in GHG emissions and the societal value of the project.

Gatwick is the first UK airport to join the global renewable electricity alliance. The airport, in West Sussex, was unveiled as one of three new RE100 members during the World Economic Forum in Davos and expects to be carbon neutral by the spring. Gatwick has purchased 100% renewable electricity since 2013. Electricity comprises 80% of the airport’s operational carbon footprint, and Gatwick said the remaining emissions would be offset through investments in international, national and local renewable energy programmes as well as from continued spend on energy and fuel efficiency.

Kodak Alaris has achieved 11% savings on annual energy costs at its UK manufacturing site at Hemel Hempstead by using cloud-based energy-management software. DONG Energy’s site optimisation product analyses half-hourly signals from the energy market and calculates the most cost-efficient operating schedules for a specific site.


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