Food Giants Align For Climate Action

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday.

Representatives from Mars, General Mills, Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s and Nestle appeared at an event on Capitol Hill calling for strong government action on climate. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) hosted the event with the sustainable business group Ceres.

Whitehouse has been a major advocate for climate action in Congress, giving weekly speeches on the subject. And Gibson recently led an effort among House Republicans to get party leadership to pay attention to the problem.

Energy Management — Beverage Sector Guidance

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) recognizes that energy management equals cost savings and has therefore released an Energy Management Guidance section to their website.  This Guidance was developed by energy managers for energy managers and further reinforces the Beverage Sector’s leadership on sustainability and commitment to sharing practical knowledge and expertise in support of all sectors.

The Guide is structured around six topics that can be utilized sequentially or as stand-alone modules depending upon user interest. They are:

  • Boundary — determining what operations will be included in tracking energy production and consumption;
  • Baseline — creating a benchmark performance and measuring improvement;
  • Metering — continuous collecting, measuring, and monitoring of energy data;
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) — measuring what is important
  • Benchmarking — comparing the facility’s results with other plants or best-in-class performers; and
  • Goals & Targeting — pursuing deliberate reductions, increasing employee engagement, quantifying financial savings and tracking progress.

This materials is not a comprehensive management system for energy but rather guidance developed and focused on special topics related to energy management in the beverage industry.

Craft Breweries Support Sustainability

Read the full story in Triple Pundit.

The 2014 numbers for America’s craft beer industry are in, and crafties are excited. The industry is in the midst of a renaissance. Craft brewing is at an all-time peak, with diversity reigning and craft breweries contributing to the sustainability efforts of local economies.

According to the Brewer’s Association, in 2014 craft breweries numbered at nearly 3,500, a 19.4 percent increase from 2013. In terms of market share, craft beer sales accounted for 11 percent of intake, with a 22 percent growth in sales from 2013.

Alongside the daily reality of watching these breweries thrive, the growing numbers are heartening for advocates of sustainable economies.

General Mills brings supply chain into emissions goal

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Taking bolder responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions by its supply chain of farmers and mills and packagers than is typical, General Mills announced a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its entire business — “from farm to fork to landfill” — by 28 percent within 10 years.

Glass Works: Dedicated Glass Container Recycling Produces Results

Read the full story in Ceramic Industry Magazine. Ripple Glass was founded by Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City.

About 80% of the U.S. population has access to single-stream curbside recycling collection, which is accompanied by issues of contamination and often ineffective recovery, especially for glass containers. Some alternative recycling systems are in place, however. Where feasible, many of these systems are showing impressive results for high-quality, efficient closed-loop glass recycling.

One example is a company that is finding remarkable success by focusing solely on glass container recycling. Since 2012, Kansas City, Mo.-based Ripple Glass has used a recycling system that is both old-school and new for container glass recovery.

How Mars is greening pet food with bycatch and grain

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The United States is home to 85.8 million cats and 77.8 million dogs. They all have to eat. And that’s a problem — particularly when owners decide to feed their pets as if they were people.

The environmental impact of pet food is big, although no one knows just how big. Like the rest of us, dogs and cats consume meat, fish, corn and wheat, thus creating pressures on the global food system, along with carbon emissions as the food is manufactured and transported.

What we do know is that pet food is big business, generating about $22 billion in sales a year, industry groups estimate.

Much could be done to “green” pet foods — dogs and cats are getting more meat and fish than they need, for starters — but the industry is just starting to grapple with its sustainability issues.

Turning coffee, mango and cashew waste into valuable resources

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Byproducts from fruit drying, cashew milling and coffee production have traditionally been difficult to deal with but new technologies are turning them into heat, gas, electricity.