Day: October 14, 2019

Study Shows Consumers’ Environmental Concern Creates ‘Pivotal Opportunities’ for Food and Beverage Companies

Read the full story from Environment & Energy Leader.

The environment and health have historically been seen — and communicated — as separate areas: however they are increasingly converging, creating pivotal opportunities for food and beverage (F&B) brands in how they market their products over the next 12 months. That’s according to a recent study by Tetra Pak and Ipsos.

Circular Economy & Product Design Mandates: EU Bans Halogenated Flame Retardants in Electronic Components and Imposes Reparability Obligations

Read the full story from JD Supra.

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a new set of eco-design requirements for ten categories of energy-consuming products, including refrigerators, washing machines, and televisions pursuant to the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC). Under the new Ecodesign Regulations for Electronic Displays, the use of halogenated flame retardants in electronic display enclosures and stands will be prohibited effective March 1, 2021. The new Ecodesign Regulations applicable to electronic displays and certain categories of household appliances will also impose reparability requirements on manufacturers and importers of covered products placed on the market in the EU beginning March 1, 2021.

What Climate Change Could Do to Cities’ Power to Borrow Money

Read the full story at City Lab.

Cities rely on municipal bonds to pay for major projects like infrastructure. But financing could get harder as investors increasingly talk about climate risk.

Behind the scenes at Nestlé Packaging Science: A 5-step approach to the plastic problem

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Swiss food giant Nestlé recently inaugurated its new research facility focused on tackling the problem of packaging waste. The company is taking a 5-step approach to this challenge. FoodNavigator goes behind the scenes at the facility to learn more.

Burned by lithium battery surge, recyclers seek solutions

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

Lithium batteries are increasingly popular because of their powerful punch, but that also makes them a risk when mismanaged. Safety and recycling programs are on the rise to survive the trend.

This home goods startup wants to be an eco-friendlier Proctor & Gamble

Read the full story in Fast Company.

But it faces tough questions about scaling sustainably.

GreenBlue develops Recycled Material Standard

Read the full story in Recycling Today.

Charlottesville, Virginia-based GreenBlue, the parent nonprofit to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), How2Recycle and other programs, has selected NSF International, Ann arbor, Michigan, to facilitate the development of its Recycled Material Standard (RMS). The RMS is meant to serve as a voluntary, market-based tool to address some of the challenges that brands, their suppliers and the recycling industry are facing in trying to incorporate higher amounts of recycled content into packaging materials.

The world’s mayors are calling for a Global Green New Deal

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The mayors of 94 megacities, from Paris to Mexico City, also just declared that the planet is in a state of climate emergency.

GRI, IRF and SASB: Updated guidance on reporting frameworks

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

For those tasked with communicating their organization’s sustainability information, these are challenging times. What to communicate and to whom, and which tools to use, always have been pain points. Add to that the recent increases in the types and volume of data; the number of reporting frameworks, standards and recommendations to handle it; and the interest from disparate stakeholder audiences with different needs — all without a significant increase in people dedicated to reporting.

Boards, top management, investor relations and human resource leaders, along with those in sustainability, EH&S and marketing and communications, have become more involved as a result. This has added yet more challenges, such as agreement on approach across the departments involved; and motivating and gathering data from many subject matter experts across an organization.

EPA Seeks Comments on RCRA Instructions and Forms

Read the full story at Waste360.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR) for “RCRA Subtitle C Reporting Instructions and Forms,” according to a Federal Register posting.

Before doing so, however, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through May 30, 2020. Comments must be submitted on or before December 6.

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