Next stop for climate action: Making emissions visible and pricing them

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Recent global policy convenings — from COPs in Scotland and Egypt to Climate Week in New York — have focused on methane. Remarkably, 125 countries have signed onto the Global Methane Pledge to cut emissions 30 percent by 2030. And, after a generation talking about pricing greenhouse gases, the US Congress passed a new law that puts a price tag on methane emitted by the oil and gas sector. These historic efforts are a big boost for climate action.

Can this chicken company solve America’s food waste problem?

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Do Good Foods sells chickens raised on surplus supermarket food, and they’re hoping to cash in on consumers who want to fight climate change over dinner.

Collaborations focus on plastic’s sustainability progress

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I considered making this column a call for the establishment of a new sustainability collaborative. But so many apparently capable ones exist, I’ve changed my mind. Here are some important ones to keep an eye on.

Tesco suppliers to use online swap-shop to cut costs and reduce waste

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More than 3,500 Tesco suppliers can now cut production costs and reduce waste by selling or donating surplus stock or products to other suppliers who can make use of them. Tesco Exchange is a new online marketplace that matches suppliers who have too much of a product, for example, crops, by-products, ingredients or packaging, with other Tesco suppliers that need it. It is expected that savings in production costs will ultimately benefit customers too.

Danone’s energy plan to cut emissions and build resilience: ‘We don’t want to be dependent on fossil fuels’

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Danone has launched a new energy programme, Re-Fuel Danone, that aims to ‘transform’ the energy footprint of its global manufacturing sites. This offers the potential to make the Alpro-to-Activia manufacturer’s operations more agile, cost efficient, resilient and sustainable.

Enviroscore: normalization, weighting, and categorization algorithm to evaluate the relative environmental impact of food and drink products

Ramos, S., Segovia, L., Melado-Herreros, A. et al. Enviroscore: normalization, weighting, and categorization algorithm to evaluate the relative environmental impact of food and drink products. npj Sci Food 6, 54 (2022). [open access]

Abstract: A 5-scale label that relativizes the environmental impact of a given product referred to the impact of the European food basket is proposed. It was developed based on the Product Environmental Footprint methodology with the following stepwise approach. First, a set of normalization and weighting factors were defined to aggregate all the environmental impact categories into a single dimensionless index referred to as the European food basket, coined the European Food Environmental Footprint Single Index (EFSI). Next, the effectiveness of the EFSI index was evaluated by assessing the distribution of the EFSI results on 149 hypothetical food items and comparing it with the results obtained with EC Single Score. Finally, the thresholds to translate the EFSI index into the 5-scale Enviroscore (A, B, C, D, and E) were established and validated using the Delphi method. Results indicated that both, Enviroscore and EFSI, were able to account for impact variability between and within food products. Differences on the final score were observed due to the type of products (vegetables vs. animal products), the country of origin and the mean of transportation. Regarding country of origin, results indicated that differences in water stress impact category were better captured by the EFSI index (r = 0.624) than by the EC Single Score (r = 0.228). Finally, good agreement achieved with the Delphi method (weighted Kappa 0.642; p = 0.0025), ensures the acceptability of the Enviroscore. In conclusion, this study developed a method to communicate environmental impact assessment in a front-of-packaging label.

Why sustainability and product superiority must go together for consumers

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After speaking at this year’s Sustainable Retail Summit, Guillaume Lebert, P&G Sustainability Director explains why superior performing products, that are environmentally sustainable is the winning formula that’s irresistible for consumer choices.

Partnership to accelerate commercialization of NETL-supported carbon capture technology

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A transformational absorption-based carbon capture technology long supported by NETL that can help lower the cost of more effectively eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2) in a range of industrial applications is the subject of a new agreement between two technology development organizations to accelerate industrialization and scale-up.

Schlumberger, a technology company that works with partners to deploy innovative technologies on a global basis, and RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to advancing objective and multidisciplinary answers to scientific challenges, announced that they will work together to accelerate the scale-up of a non-aqueous solvent (NAS) technology that enhances the efficiency of absorption-based CO2 capture in industrial applications.

National Energy Technology Lab’s director: Catalyzing the clean energy pivot

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Brian Anderson discusses how the Department of Energy national laboratory is driving technology innovations critical to the low-carbon future

Getting it to stick: Grabbing CO2 out of the air

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Direct air capture is hard to do. Researchers are now designing new materials that selectively catch carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.