Epson has announced the publication of its 2019/2020 European Sustainability Report. The 48-page, ‘Green Choice’ report provides details of the sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) measures actioned by Epson across its entire EMEA operations. The company recently achieved an EcoVadis Platinum rating for sustainability, which means it “meets the highest standards for human rights, labour conditions, environment, ethics and sustainable procurement”. The Green Choice report details how Epson has reduced its green house gas emissions per employee by 8.56%, with scope 1 and 2 emissions reduced by 18%. The company said it is also now using 100% renewable energy in all its owned buildings, and recycled 23,700 tonnes of material in 2019, including batteries, paper, wood, plastic and waste electrical equipment. Epson also explains how, as a technology partner to the United Nation’s Smart Sustainable Cities implementation programme, it has made significant progress in 2020 in aligning its business activities to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, president of Epson Europe, commented: “Epson’s Green Choice report provides our customers with the assurance that we are taking all available measures to achieve sustainability across our entire European operations. “Sustainability is in our DNA; it runs through everything we do. It is about constantly addressing and improving every aspect of our global footprint, from our manufacturing and distribution to use of resources and behaviours of our people. “Working with our customers is my passion, understanding their needs and listening to what they say is essential as we continually work to improve what we offer. The Green Choice report is about providing our customers with the guarantee that Epson is completely serious about sustainability and the future of our planet. “Each and every one of us can make a green choice. Together, as we face the challenges in this ‘new normal’,…
n one of the world’s most polluted cities, there’s a futuristic tower that sucks up smog, turns it into clean air, and filters out the smog particles so they can be turned into diamonds. Sound like sci-fi? It’s real — and there are smog diamonds out there to prove it. The tower is the brainchild of Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde who looked out his hotel window in Beijing and realized that the smog was so thick, he couldn’t see the city.
Eight years after a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami and the meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Japan is still grappling with the fallout. A big concern for citizens is their food. As one of the country’s major food-producing areas, the coastal region of Fukushima supplies products like rice, mushrooms and fish throughout Japan, as well as overseas. But in the wake of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, people still worry that what they’re eating may be contaminated with toxic levels of radiation ― even if it meets government standards. Not Yuka Uchiumi. The food she buys meets radiation standards twice as strict as the government’s.
The University of Leeds has fully divested from significant fossil fuel extractors and has set out seven bold principles it will adopt to help tackle the climate crisis. The principles have been approved by the University’s governing body, its Council, and outline the ambitious steps the University is taking to support the global transition to a low carbon future. They commit to a 2030 net-zero carbon footprint target and a drive to achieve no direct carbon emissions by 2050.
BASTA is a project concerning the production and use of biochar in different applications. The project is carried out by UHasselt and ILVO with financial support of the FWO (Research Foundation of Flanders). Contact persons: Promoter UHasselt: Prof Dr Ann Cuypers [email protected] 011 26 83 26 Co-promoter ILVO: Dr Ir Bart Vandecasteele [email protected] 09 272 26 99 Project manager: Dr Marijke Jozefczak [email protected] 011 26 83 77
The World Circular Economy Forum brings together business leaders, policymakers, and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the landmark circular economy event, due to take place in Toronto in September, has been postponed until 2021. In its place, WCEFonline is diving into why and how a circular economy can help reboot and build resilience in the economy.