From 4-7 May, edie brings its readers Engagement Week 2021, a bumper series of podcasts, blogs, live events and interviews all focused on helping sustainability professionals achieve excellence when it comes to reporting and communications. The edie content team will deliver a week of exclusive content focused on sustainability engagement. Brought to you by the award-winning edie content team, Engagement Week 2021 is our themed week of editorial content and events dedicated to supporting sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals build personal engagement and drive meaningful change through the work that they do.
May 3, 2021
Every industry needs to step up and commit to environmental goals, but tech has a big problem – 53.6 million tonnes worth of a problem, to be exact. According to the Global E-waste Monitor, that’s how much electronic waste, known as e-waste, was generated globally in 2019. Even worse, only 17.4% of it was correctly recycled, meaning 83% was discarded through improper means – mostly in landfills, which could leak harmful toxins into the earth.
Berkeley City Council approved a $53 million investment in building housing around the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations to ameliorate the city’s long-standing affordable housing crisis. “Berkeley is really leading in this and is going to be a model for the rest of the region,” Saltzman said. “We need the rest to invest this much money in affordable housing.”
As City Council considers implementation of the 2021-2022 budget, their decisions will be guided by the goals, objectives and implementation strategies of the City’s Master Plan, which serves as the principal guiding document for preserving and enhancing the community’s makeup and quality of life. Priorities will be placed on the following areas:
Continued support of the City’s 10-year Capital improvement Program to maintain and improve the City’s streets, underground infrastructure, parks and other public spaces.
Support of smart growth initiatives that enhance the vibrancy and viability of the community’s commercial districts while preserving the community’s residential nature.
Prioritizing a shift to implementing environmentally- and sustainability-appropriate practices, with the goal of achieving zero-waste, zero-pollution and zero-emissions by 2030.
EBRD announces that Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and connecting Europe and Asia, has joined its flagship EBRD Green Cities urban sustainability programme. The EBRD President welcomed Europe’s largest metropolis into the Green Cities family. She said: “The EBRD’s Green Cities programme offers a pioneering vision of how we can reimagine and reshape the cities we live in, and build a better and more sustainable future for us all. The EBRD is already financing two metro lines that keep Istanbul on the move, and we are ready to fund more improvements to public transport and other areas of city life.”
Eurazeo has launched a Sustainable Maritime Infrastructure thematic fund (the Fund) to finance more environmentally friendly infrastructure and technologies in the maritime sector that support the transition to a low carbon economy. The fund will have the objective of pursuing sustainable development within the meaning of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (known as the “Disclosure Regulation”) and will participate directly in the deployment of O+, the Group’s ambitious ESG strategy – one of the pillars of which is the achievement of net carbon neutrality by 2040.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established environmental and social sustainability throughout its value chain and made comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources an integral part of its strategy. Our aim is for the greenest electric vehicle to come from the BMW Group. To achieve this, we are working with the best suppliers worldwide and have set ourselves ambitious goals: We aim to reduce CO2 emissions in our supplier network by 20% by 2030. At the same time, we contractually require our high environmental and social standards to be met not only by our direct suppliers, but throughout the entire supplier network. We monitor this via audits and using various digital tools. The use of recycled raw materials will also become increasingly important.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced the successful completion of a second trial of sustainable marine biofuel onboard the M/V MOL Experience. The specifications of the second trial were different from the first trial, with the mixing ratio three times higher in biofuel content, taking ONE another step closer to reducing its carbon footprint. M/V MOL Experience was refuelled with marine biofuel during bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands on 7th March 2021. The vessel, deployed in AL5 service, fully consumed the biofuel 24 days into the 36-day trial period, which ended on 12th April 2021.
A group of international researchers led by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in Netherlands used 3D printing to create a living material made of algae that could lead to sustainable energy production on Mars as well as a number of other applications, a TU Delft press release explains. The researchers used a novel bioprinting technique to print microalgae into a living, resilient material that is capable of photosynthesis. Their research is published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
Houston, as the intellectual capital for the energy industry, can become a global leader in advanced plastic recycling, according to an expert from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Advanced recycling, or chemical recycling, transforms post-use plastics into their original, chemical building blocks so they can be continually reintegrated into the supply chain. Houston has the largest concentration of petrochemical manufacturing in the world, giving it “enormous leadership opportunities,” according to Rachel Meidl, the fellow for energy and environment at the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies.
Like many important trends, sustainable investing has spurred both excitement and confusion, for some in roughly equal measure. Misconceptions about the nature, purpose and even the definition of sustainable investing have taken hold, and it’s sometimes hard to find the signal in the noise.
We’ll tackle these misconceptions one by one. But first, we’ll define our terms. At J.P. Morgan Private Bank, “sustainable investing” is an umbrella term used to describe investment approaches that incorporate financial as well as social and environmental objectives.
After a year of working from home, some people are looking forward to getting back to the office. As we shift into this transitional period while companies navigate the future of the workplace, here are some tips to make your work life more sustainable. Printing
The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year and 45% of paper printed ends up in the trash by the end of the day. Printing might seem mundane – but it’s expensive, wasteful, and harmful to the environment. Next time you go to hit “Print,” ask yourself: Do you need to print out that document or will a digital copy suffice?
Getting better insights from the operations will help to reach climate goals. Most of the manufacturing companies have already taken carbon neutrality and sustainable operations as key strategic initiatives. Sustainability will not only become a competitive advantage but a demand from customers in order to engage in business relationships. Data insights and emerging technologies, such as Edge AI, can assist on the path towards carbon neutrality.
We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service are proposing to purchase the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, a planned 465-megawatt (MW) solar and battery storage project in south-central Wisconsin. If approved, the project would be the largest renewable energy project in the state. The Koshkonong Solar Energy Center would feature 300 MW of solar generation and 165 MW of battery storage, which can store solar-generated power and provide customers with “sunshine after sunset.” The project is planned to be built in Dane County, Wisconsin, southeast of Madison. The total investment is expected to be $649 million.
Sustainability has a long tradition in Berlin! This is the right place for events that are both socially and ecologically responsible while also economically successful. With Sustainable Meetings Berlin we focus on sustainably developing the Berlin event industry together with our strong partner network. When planning your event, you can benefit from these unique connections and many useful tips and tricks for your event organization.
Webinar: A Sustainable, ‘Blue’ Transition for the Ports & Shipping Industry Tickets, Tue, May 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM
The Ocean Foundation, U.S.A. (TOF), and the National Maritime Foundation of India (NMF) will be co-hosting a webinar on sustainable shipping on May 4th, 2021. We will attempt to bring together different perspectives (science, economics, legal, and policy) and produce specific policy recommendations. The webinar will be roughly 2-hours beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
In June, luxury fashion brand Prada announced its commitment to using only recycled nylon by 2021. It has started making good on its promise with its new line of Re-Nylon bags, made from Aquafil’s upcycled ECONYL® fabric — and is sharing the story of its sourcing via a new web series, co-produced with National Geographic and spanning five continents, which shows viewers the path toward establishing a cyclical, renewable supply chain.
Launched in 2013 by founders Iseult Ward (left, above) and Aoibheann O’Brien (right, above), FoodCloud is a non-profit social enterprise, based in Ireland, that has created surplus food redistribution solutions, offering an alternative to throwing away food.
In Ireland, more than 500 supermarkets upload details of their excess food to the platform so local charities can be notified to collect it daily. FoodCloud’s warehouse solution also redistributes surplus food from the supply chain to charities.
How to prepare manufacturing operations for a post-pandemic rebound with a focus on growth, profitability and sustainability
The last few years have been tumultuous for manufacturers, with demand swings, supply chain disruptions from COVID and increasing costs; new emerging imperatives for manufacturers are agility to meet customer demand, supply chain resilience, increased productivity and sustainability. These imperatives ask to deploy supply chain and manufacturing systems which are demand driven and optimized to ensure the maximum business returns that operational constraints allow.
The production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for solar PV modules is a positive for domestic original equipment manufacturers and it would help improve cost competitiveness for the domestic industry, rating agency ICRA said on Monday. ‘The benefits available under the PLI scheme along with the imposition of basic customs duty (BCD) on imported solar PV cells and imported solar PV modules are likely to improve the cost competitiveness of domestic PV module manufacturers against imported modules by more than 10 per cent at the prevailing imported module prices, under assumption of backward integration up to cells,” it said in a statement.