US Senate approves HFC treaty

Read the full story at Chemical & Engineering News.

The Senate voted 69–27 on Sept. 21 to allow the US to join an international treaty to curb the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons. HFCs are industrial gases used in a slew of applications, including as refrigerants in air conditioners and freezers. They are potent greenhouse gases.

Natural packaging material that’s biodegradable, bactericidal, and waterproof

Read the full story at Food Engineering.

A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, U.S., has developed a “smart” food packaging material that is biodegradable, sustainable and antimicrobial. It could also extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by two to three days.

Sustainable Stellantis Energy Center halves HVAC chilled water energy costs

Read the full story at Chiller & Cooling Best Practices.

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) first opened in 1953 as a missile plant, producing jet engines for the U.S. Army. More than 30 years after its 1980 conversion to an automobile plant, millions of vehicles have rolled off the line at SHAP.

The Sterling Heights facility has undergone extensive overhauls and re-tooling in the last decade. In 2010, Stellantis (formerly FCA) announced it would invest nearly $850 million in a new state-of-the-art paint shop at the SHAP Site, as well as the installation of new machinery, tooling and material-handling equipment. The following year, the company added another $165 million to the investment to build a one million-square-foot body shop. 

In 2016, it was announced that the auto giant would invest $1.48 billion to again retool the SHAP site to build the next generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram brand. The overhaul included an upgrade of the South paint shop and its Energy Center, which houses chillers, hot water generators, pumps, purified water equipment, non-potable water supplies and associated equipment. Production at the retooled plant launched in March 2018.

Packaging Recyclability & Design reports from RECOUP

RECOUP, a UK organization committed to securing sustainable, circular, and practical solutions for plastic resources, has released a series of reports related to recyclability and design of plastic packaging. The series includes:

Why Bridgestone is investing $42 million in desert shrubs

Read the full story at Fast Company.

The tire giant is making a big bet on guayule, which produces rubber to protect itself in the desert and doesn’t require any irrigation.

Climate change gets personal

Read the full story at Food Business News.

Consumers are placing the health of the planet ahead of the health of the population on their list of concerns, according to Innova Market Insights. The market researcher’s annual Lifestyle and Attitude Survey found 55% of shoppers in the United States and Canada are engaged in actions to help the environment.

Product launches carrying sustainability claims are growing at three times the pace of total food and beverage activity, according to Innova.

Almost 90% of marine species at risk under high emissions scenarios: ‘Mitigation needs to occur now’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Fresh research shows that high emissions scenarios place the vast majority of ocean life at ‘high’ or ‘critical’ risk, with implications for the economic wellbeing of costal economies and future food security.

In ‘Cancer Alley,’ judge blocks huge petrochemical plant

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Louisiana activists battling to block an enormous plastics plant in a corridor so dense with industrial refineries it is known as Cancer Alley won a legal victory this week when a judge canceled the company’s air permits. In a sharply worded opinion released Wednesday, Judge Trudy White of Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge noted that the residents in the tiny town of Welcome, where the $9.4 billion petrochemical plant would have been built, are descendants of enslaved Africans.

Shell’s new plan to bolster sustainable aviation fuel

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Sustainable aviation fuel is one potential path airline’s can travel to mitigate aviation’s impact on the climate crisis. Shell is hoping to lead the charge for cleaner business travel.

Energy efficiency, carbon reduction grow smart manufacturing market

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Through active initiatives to increase energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions, the smart manufacturing market is expected to reach $620 billion by 2026, according to TrendForce.

Automation, remote operations, simulation operations, and a focus on emerging markets will all drive the growth of smart manufacturing. An increase in low-carbon machinery, more sustainable packaging, and circular manufacturing will also contribute to the growth, according to the TrendForce research.