Business plans: Cemfree, Moy Park and P&G
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the environmentalist gives a round up of environment management news from companies including Cemfree, Moy Park and P&G
Air monitoring units are to be installed at schools, commercial buildings and other infrastructure across London, with the aim of providing detailed street level air pollution data in the capital. The AirSensa network will see the installation of up to 10,000 units. The project is being led by not-for-profit organisation Change London, real estate business CBRE and law firm King & Wood Mallesons. Each unit will take continuous readings of key air pollutants, such as NO2 and PM2.5, and atmospheric conditions before transmitting the data to the project’s cloud platform. The first 500 units will be installed by May.
Cemfree has won the 2014 supply chain green solutions award from construction business Skanska UK. Cemfree uses industrial by-products to provide up to a 95% reduction in CO2 compared with conventional portland cement. If was used widely in the UK, it would reduce annual carbon emissions by up to 2.1 million tonnes.
Food company 2 Sisters has announced a deal with renewable energy experts H2 Energy, which will see the construction and operation of bio-refineries at all of the company’s 43 factory locations in the UK. The refineries will convert site waste to generate renewable power and heat. The first project will be at a site in Carlisle, which manufactures ready meals, and annually will produce up to 3,500 MWh of electricity and about 5,000 MWh of processing steam.
Moy Park, meanwhile, will install biomass boilers at 86 sites in England by the end of 2015. The project, which is backed by the Green Investment Bank, will be delivered through renewable energy specialists Land Energy and Cofely. Moy Park says the biomass projects will replace LPG fuel with sustainably sourced wood pellets, and reduce its CO2 equivalent emissions by 18,500 tonnes a year.
P&G has reported that it has reached its waste reduction goal six years early. The fast-moving consumer goods firm, whose brands include Ariel, Duracell, Gillette and Pampers, set a 2020 target to dispose of less than 0.5% of manufacturing waste at landfill. In 2014, it achieved 0.4%.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
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%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
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”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.