Day: March 15, 2021

Can Harvesting Rare Earth Elements Solve the Coal Ash Crisis?

Read the full story in Sierra Magazine.

Instead of mining and incinerating coal to generate electricity, the coal economy of the future could take the form of cleaning up and mining the industry’s historic waste.

Pressure mounts on President Biden to appoint a fashion czar

Read the full story at Fast Company.

More than 80 brands, experts, and organizations have signed on to a letter asking President Biden to help make the fashion industry more sustainable and humane.

Nestlé and Microsoft on financing circular innovations

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Nestlé and Microsoft are among the noteworthy corporations putting considerable investments behind circular programs involving products and services, in service of their sustainability targets and with an eye to spark broader change across their industries.

California legislators take aim at plastics with new bill package, including contested producer responsibility plan

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

California lawmakers have reintroduced SB 54, a bill that would require all single-use disposable packaging, including food service packaging, to be recyclable or compostable by January 2032. The bill debuted as part of a unified Democrat-led package of almost a dozen other plastic waste-related bills on March 9.

As currently written, the bill leaves out a major part of previous versions, which had required single-use plastic packaging to have a 75% recycling or composting rate by 2032. Bill sponsors anticipate SB 54 will undergo more updates as the legislative session goes on. 

Other new bills aim to standardize recycling labeling on packaging, set minimum recycled content standards for thermoform packaging, and prohibit the state from counting exported plastic scrap in its recycling rate calculations if it is landfilled, burned or dumped.

Team Zero Inventory of Zero Energy Homes in the US and Canada

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This report documents six years of findings and observations from inventorying zero energy (ZE) residential design and construction activity in the US and Canada. The new report documents an increase in total Zero Energy projects to 27,965 units from the previous 22,146 units in 2018. These single and multifamily units are working to achieve Zero Energy performance in design, construction, and/or operation.

Is data the currency of success in cocoa supply chain transparency?

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Following recent news that The European Union will contribute €25m to boost the sustainability of cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, the first session at this year’s Chocoa21 conference, held online from Amsterdam, could turn out to be one of the most important as it focussed on how data can play a crucial role in digitization an supply chain transparency.

Facility Decarbonization Playbook

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Production facilities collectively across all sectors account for a large portion of fuel combustion related global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While many companies and facilities are setting ambitions and targets to reduce these emissions, it is still a relatively small percentage of all production facilities across all industrial sectors globally. Alone, one facility does not make the difference needed to tackle climate change impacts of production but taken together, all facilities can have a significant impact following the approach outlined within this playbook.

The focus of the Facility Decarbonization Playbook is on providing guidance to less mature facilities to accelerate the journey from negative to positive impacts with regards to emissions. Because facility decarbonization needs to occur locally, the Facility Decarbonization Playbook offers foundational information to spur local efforts and is considered hugely informative to other sectors that might be lagging. As opposed to a step by step approach, the Playbook provides concise and focused key point for decarbonization through a methodical structure aligned with four pillars:

  • Reduction – decreasing emissions by increasing energy efficiency
  • Elimination – avoiding emissions by changings processes or technology or switching power or fuel source
  • Capture – removing and sequestering emissions (carbon) by industrial or natural techniques
  • Compensation – balancing emissions through carbon offsets, insetting, and credit.

Water Circularity Metrics Tool and Tool Application and Guidance Note

The Water Circularity Metrics Tool is a scenario-based tool providing a practical methodology for businesses to adopt a common metric for water circularity at a facility and enterprise level. The step-by-step process supports more informed decisions to evaluating a specific facility’s water needs, water source options, and determining post-use and discharge options allowing for a transition from linear to more circular and less demanding on the local watershed.

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