Business plans: Carlsberg, BRE and Green Generation Solutions, Ikea, GE and Statoil, and Daimler
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the environmentalist gives a round up of environment management news from companies including Carlsberg, BRE and Green Generation Solutions, Ikea, GE and Statoil, and Daimler.
Carlsberg has unveiled plans to develop fully biodegradable wood-fibre bottles for beverages. The world’s fourth largest brewer is working with packaging company ecoXpac, as well as Denmark’s Innovation Fund and its Technical University, on the three-year project. All materials used in the bottle, including the cap, will be developed using bio-based and biodegradable materials, primarily sustainably sourced wood fibres.
BRE is to work with US organisation Green Generation Solutions (GGS) on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Under the arrangement, the building science centre at BRE will carry out independent energy audits to identify quick wins and long-term improvements that can be implemented. Cost and return data will be provided by GGS based on BRE’s recommended retrofit actions and manage the delivery of work. Solutions will include improvements to the building envelope, mechanical systems, controls and lighting. Additional areas of focus include policies, procedures and occupant behaviour.
IKEA’s 2014 sustainability report reveals that the home furnishings business now owns 224 wind turbines and has installed 700,000 solar panels, taking it closer to its 2020 goal to produce more renewable energy than the total energy it uses. By the end of 2015, the firm aims to have invested in or made a commitment to invest in renewable energy projects worth €1.5 billion.
GE and Statoil are collaborating on the development of more environmentally sustainable technology solutions that address some of the challenges facing shale oil and gas production. The US manufacturer of power generation technologies and the Norwegian energy company say the partnership aims to tackle issues such as global flaring, methane leakages and water consumption.
Nanoslide, a technology that is used to spray an extremely thin low-friction coating on to the inner surfaces of the aluminium cylinders in car engines, has secured Daimler the innovation accolade at European Business Awards for the Environment. The coating enables more efficient use of fuel, reducing consumption and CO2 output.
Demand for fossil fuels will peak by 2025 if all national net-zero pledges are implemented in full and on time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast.
The Green Homes Grant is set to deliver only a fraction of the jobs and improvements intended, leading to calls for more involvement from local authorities in future schemes.
COVID-19 recovery packages have largely focused on protecting, rather than transforming, existing industries, and have been a “lost opportunity” for speeding up the global energy transition.
Half of the world's 40 largest listed oil and gas companies will have to slash their production by at least 50% by the 2030s to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, new analysis has found.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.