Hurtigruten’s war on plastic: Bans single-use plastic in 2018 | Hurtigruten

As one the first major companies, Hurtigruten bans all unnecessary single-use plastic. Already by 2 July 2018, everything from plastic straws and cups, coffee lids and plastic bags will be removed from all Hurtigruten ships. The goal is to become the world’s first plastic free shipping company.  Hurtigruten, we have focused on the problem with plastic pollution for years. There is a lot of talk about the impact plastic has on our oceans. But it’s time to take action. By getting rid of single use plastic on board all ships already by this summer, we will hopefully get others to follow. It is possible to act now, and the oceans do not deserve more hesitation, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.

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Measuring Your Supply Chain Emissions with Sustainability Cloud

Climate change is the #1 risk to company growth, but 75% of companies don’t yet have climate commitments. Businesses today are facing demand from stakeholders to provide transparency in their ESG reporting and engage in values-driven work.  Supply Chain emissions, or “Scope 3” emissions, result from activities your company indirectly impacts. Sustainability Cloud provides a trusted platform that helps you track these emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.

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Environment ministry gears up to phase out single use plastics by 2022 | Latest News India – Flash News24

The Union environment ministry on Tuesday launched a two-month long awareness campaign on single use plastics. A series of events are lined up for the same.  The ministry issued a draft notification in March this year to phase out single use plastic products in phases by 2022 by amending the plastic waste management rules. The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene [thermocol] for decoration will be prohibited from January 1, 2022.

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Rethinking Southeast Asia’s energy plans

Big hydropower plants are an important source of clean and cheap electricity for many countries in Southeast Asia. However, dams harm the environment and have dire consequences on local communities. Building more dams would therefore pose major trade-offs between electricity supply and environmental protection.  A team of scientists based in Singapore showed that these two challenges can be decoupled. Their study, titled “Solar energy and regional coordination as a feasible alternative to large hydropower in Southeast Asia,” recently published in Nature Communications, showed that there are more sustainable pathways to a clean energy future (refer to figure below).

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Sustainability and Clean Tech Meet the ‘Perfect Storm’ as Sector Surges | Newsroom

No one was saying it in so many words, but the report that the United Nations Global Compact and Russell Reynolds Associates released last year was aimed at nothing less than helping to save the world. Six years ago, leaders from 193 nations at an historic UN summit adopted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that involved everything from eradicating hunger to taking urgent action to overcome climate change. They were big, tough, imposing goals, with a deadline of 2030. With but nine years to go, the world remains far from meeting these objectives.

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