Collaborate to accelerate a circular economy for plastics: CGF

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There are times when the challenge of plastic waste seems so immense and so intractable that solutions feel difficult to find. More than 60 percent of plastics end up in a landfill or the natural environment. Millions of tonnes of plastic waste spill into the oceans every year, creating highly visible ecological devastation, a stark reminder that immediate action is needed.

Why the world needs better climate pledges

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As a cornerstone of climate leadership, the weakness of today’s pledges is particularly troubling. Without clear, robust and scientifically sound goals, it is impossible to raise climate action to the level Earth needs.

Novolex launches new U.S manufacturing line to make compostable cups from plant-based plastic

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Novolex® announced today that it has launched a new Chattanooga, Tenn. production line to manufacture compostable cold beverage cups made from a plant-based plastic.

The clear cups are made using polylactic acid (PLA), a plastics polymer created from starch-based plants such as corn, sugarcane and wheat straw. The cups will be available from Novolex brand Eco-Products®, a leading provider of foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources.

Boulder startup ElectraSteel raises $28.25M as it seeks to electrify steel production

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A Boulder startup has raised $28.25 million in an attempt to clean up steel production, which globally accounts for three gigatons of carbon-dioxide emissions per year, or 10% of the worldwide total.

PowerTech Water, manufacturer of ElectraMet™ brand water treatment technologies, closes $6 million in venture capital to expand operations in Lexington, KY.

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PowerTech Water announced the closing of its oversubscribed Series B financing round led by HG Ventures.  The funds will be used to meet the rising demand for sustainable industrial water treatment, accelerate corporate partnerships, and expand operations in Lexington, Kentucky.

Better together: collaborative spaces can inspire scientists of all ages

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An area where researchers can gather and informally discuss ideas is the best way to produce innovative inventions, argues Ethan N. Gotian.

Seven Barriers to U.S. Business Leadership on Climate Policy and How to Break Them Down

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This paper identifies barriers that prevent corporations in the United States from advocating for climate policy so that companies can break them down and embrace climate advocacy. We find companies face seven key barriers to comprehensively adopting a science-based climate policy agenda. None of these barriers are an excuse for inaction. The purpose of this paper is to help individuals within a company anticipate and overcome these obstacles. In the conclusion, we offer a checklist of specific actions and strategies to clear multiple barriers (e.g., conducting a risk analysis) and to help advance essential public policies that address climate change.

The audience for this paper is C-suite and other key staff members within large (Fortune 500) companies that strive to be climate leaders. Though the United States grants companies of all sizes the right to engage in political lobbying and campaign financing, those that have larger operations and revenue have a greater capacity, empowered by greater resources, to directly participate in the federal policymaking process. Similarly, this paper focuses on political influence at the federal level.

Future of Natural Gas in a Deeply Decarbonized World

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The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) is conducting a major study titled The Role of Natural Gas in a Decarbonized World to identify options, develop pathways, and inform policy that directly address these tensions. This report summarizes the discussions of more than 200 experts from research organizations, think tanks, investment firms, and other disciplines to discuss the potential role of natural gas in a low carbon future. The eight regionally-focused workshops led to the cross-cutting and region specific insights described in this report. These and other insights will inform future analyses of global natural gas supply and demand in the context of the technology options, infrastructure and investment requirements, and policies needed to meet both regional development and deep decarbonization needs by midcentury.

ReGrained receives certification for upcycled flour

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SuperGrain+ flour developed by ReGrained has become the first ingredient to receive the certification created by the Upcycled Food Association. The flour is derived from the byproduct of beer brewing and is rich in protein, dietary fiber and prebiotics, according to the company.

The comeback of reuse and the path forward

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Many feared that the COVID-19 pandemic would push climate and sustainability priorities to the backburner, but the opposite proved true. Setbacks on the use of reusable bags and cups were only temporary as the world adjusted, and overall we witnessed an increase in popularity of reusable packaging solutions that alleviate the waste associated with single-use packaging.

Consumer demand, behavior changes brought on by the pandemic, regulatory shifts, technological developments, the strong business case for resource efficiency and the need to protect our environment are all driving the growth of modern reuse models.

As cities, towns and states across the U.S. start to reopen, and with Starbucks’ recent announcement that personal reusable cups will be accepted once more (on June 22), it’s critical that we examine the potential of these models, why they’re growing and how to remove any potential roadblocks in their pathway to scale.