Business plans - October
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A round-up of the latest business environment and sustainability plans, including Gillette, Tetra Pak and Electrolux.
A 2 MW combined heat and power plant at Gillette’s factory in Berlin will reduce CO2 emissions by about 2,600 tonnes a year. The plant is being built by E.ON Connecting Energies and will provide the manufacturing site with heat, power and cooling. E.ON said the plant would help to reduce overall power consumption because absorption cooling will decrease the site’s annual power demand by around 2.5 GWh. The plant, which will be operating by the end of the year, will also cut public water consumption for cooling processes by 86%.
Cummins has launched a supplier programme to help to improve the engine manufacturer’s environmental impact and reduce its carbon footprint. Called the Environmental Innovation Gateway, it will support suppliers to develop innovative goods and services that can assist Cummins’ UK facilities in trying to surpass their environmental goals. Cummins has set global targets for 2020 to cut annual emissions by 3.5 million tonnes and direct water use by 33%.
The US Ball Corporation, which earlier this year acquired UK packaging firm Rexam, has reported that it has reduced the carbon footprint of its most common beverage can formats – such as the 330 ml size used for most soft drinks and beer – by 10% since 2010. The company said it was on course to meet its global Cut/4 CArboN target of 25% by 2020.
Tetra Pak’s latest sustainability report reveals that the carton company reduced emissions by 15% in 2015, while the number of packages sold increased by 16%. All the paperboard used in its products came from FSC-controlled wood sources. Since 2011, Tetra Pak has produced 6.4 million caps for cartons from bio-based plastic and 43 billion cartons were recycled in 2015.
Electrolux Group has announced social investments in food and related sustainability issues as part of its support for the UN sustainable development goals. It is setting up the Electrolux Food Foundation, which will invest 10m Swedish krona in projects to address issue such as hunger, poor nutrition and food waste.
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”.
The UK government is not on track to deliver on its promise to improve the environment within a generation and is failing to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, a damning new report from MPs has revealed.
The UK's solar energy capacity must treble over the next decade for the country to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, but is only set to double under a business-as-usual scenario.
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has today been launched to support financial institutions and corporates in assessing and managing emerging risks and opportunities as the world looks to reverse biodiversity loss.