Business plans: Sainsbury's, Kellogg's and UPS.
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the environmentalist gives a round up of environment management news from companies including Sainsbury's, Kellogg's and UPS.
Food retailer Sainsbury’s and Dutch company Schoeller Allibert are working to recycle food crates. Two million “old” crates used by Sainsbury’s are being ground down into plastic flakes, which are washed and dried and turned by Schoeller Allibert into new, 100% recycled food crates that meet European Food Safety Authority Standards. The retailer says the scheme is an sector first in the UK.
The latest corporate responsibility report from Molson Coors, the UK’s largest brewer, reveals that it is pressing ahead with plans to invest in anaerobic digestion wastewater treatment technology to generate biogas to produce heat or electricity for its breweries. The AD technology is now operating in five breweries and Molson Coors, the firm behind Carling and Cobra beer brands, is investing $11.8 million this year to install it at two more sites.
New social and environmental commitments from Kellogg’s, the world’s leading cereal company, include expanding its use of low-carbon energy by half and implementing more water reuse projects – both by 2020. In addition, all packaging will be either from recycled content or certified sustainable sources, and 30% of its manufacturing plants will incorporate zero waste to landfill policies by 2016.
Boeing, South African Airways and “sustainable” jet fuel company SkyNRG have announced that they are collaborating to produce aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. Farmers in South Africa are trialling growing the hybrid plant. Initially oil from the seeds will be converted into jet fuel.
Logistics company UPS has revealed that it has already met its 2016 goal to reduce its air and ground fleet’s carbon intensity by 10% and will therefore double the target and hope to achieve a 20% cut from transportation by 2020.
Philips is to install LED lighting throughout the properties of Unite Students, one of the largest providers of student accommodation in the UK, over the next two years. Unite has 130 properties in 23 UK cities. Under the £21 million contract more than 300,000 new light fittings and 85,000 sensors and dimmers will be installed. Payback is estimated at five years.
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”.