Europe’s drive to slash plastic waste moves into high gear

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As part of a broader effort to create a circular economy that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union will ban a host of throwaway plastic items next month and is working to create an expansive and lucrative market for recycled plastics.

Dominion Energy links debt costs to sustainability goals on $7 billion credit facilities

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Electricity and natural gas provider Dominion Energy announced today the syndication of nearly $7 billion of credit facilities incorporating pricing linked to sustainability goals.

Sustainability linked loans and securities are an emerging form of sustainable finance instruments, with attributes including interest payments tied to an issuer’s achievement of specific sustainability targets. The instruments have been gaining significant popularity by issuers looking to enhance their ESG profiles and investors and financiers aiming to improve the impact of the capital they deploy.

New gas turbines ‘better be flexible’ to someday accept carbon capture or hydrogen: New EEI chairman

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Natural gas is a critical part of the U.S. transition to a decarbonized power sector, top executives from three major utilities agreed on Tuesday. But its role will decline over time, and gas power plants will have to adapt to new technologies and fuels to reduce the risk of becoming stranded assets, said the recently elected board members of the investor-owned utility advocacy group, Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

“There’s no way to get to net zero without gas transitioning and eventually being either fully captured in terms of carbon or replaced with a different fuel,” Gerry Anderson, executive chairman at DTE Energy, said Tuesday at EEI’s “Road to Net Zero” conference. “As we permit new natural gas turbines, I think all of us need to be aware that someday they better be flexible enough to accept carbon capture, or in some way flexible to accept hydrogen,” he continued.

Anderson was elected this week as the new chairman of EEI’s board, alongside two new vice chairmen who echoed the persisting importance of natural gas: Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corp., and Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International.

There’s a danger in over-simplifying water conservation

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You hear it every time drought returns to California: “Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth.” “Collect shower water in a bucket before it warms up.”

While valuable, these tried and true drought resilience strategies can also deflect attention from the monumental challenges posed by droughts to natural areas, waterways, agriculture and people in California. Far-sighted and discerning management of the state’s annual precipitation and groundwater is critical, particularly as droughts become more frequent due to climate change, said Faith Kearns, the academic coordinator of UC’s California Institute for Water Resources.

Covestro ‘think tank’ to address how recycled food waste, fashion and mattresses make up circular economy

Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A year ago, Markus Steilemann, chief executive of Germany-based Covestro, declared the company aimed to become “fully circular” — a goal that includes having its 30-plus manufacturing facilities worldwide powered by renewable energy sources and using recycled raw materials for the plastics and specialty materials it makes for automotive parts, furniture, appliances, and other consumer and industrial goods.

Mr. Steilemann didn’t attach a timeline to his strategy. “But it was kind of a bold statement,” said Richard Skorpenske, Covestro’s head of advocacy and sustainability at its North American headquarters in Robinson.

Wind industry calls for ban on old turbine blades in landfills

Read the full story at Bloomberg Green.

Countries across Europe should ban old turbine blades from going into landfills by the middle of the decade, industry group Wind Europe said Wednesday.

House GOP to launch climate caucus

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House Republicans on Wednesday will launch a caucus aimed at educating its members about climate change. 

The effort, spearheaded by Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah), won’t endorse particular policies but instead will give members information and new strategies for how to talk about the issue and possibly even change some minds on climate change. 

Webinar: The Long-Awaited Promise of Carbon Capture

Jun 30, 2021 11:00 am-noon CDT
Register here.

Many people have predicted that carbon capture will play a key role in meeting emissions-reductions goals set forth by the Paris Climate Agreement. Others have been skeptical about the technology and economics around CCUS. Join us for a conversation science, financial and policy issues involved in whether CCUS may soon become important in hard-to-decarbonize sectors such as manufacturing and heavy industry.

24th Annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show

Thu, September 23, 2021
Indianapolis Marriott North at Keystone, 3645 River Crossing Pkwy, Indianapolis, IN 46240
More information and to register

Please join us for the premiere Pollution Prevention Conference in Indiana. Attend speeches and workshops presented by leaders in their environmental fields. During breaks and lunch, visit the 30+ exhibitors/vendors for services/products to assist you in your work and network with nearly 250 of your peers, including over 100 Partner’s member company attendees/representatives.

The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) is an organization comprised of Indiana industries, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that volunteer for a public-private partnership with IDEM to promote pollution prevention and environmental stewardship in Indiana.

Keynote speaker: Cynthia Nelson, Pollution Prevention Manager at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Sciences will speak about strategies to motivate change.

MacLennan highlights farmers role in pandemic and promoting sustainability

Read the full story in Food Business News.

Farmers and ranchers are heroes of the food system, playing a critical role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and embracing practices and technologies to produce food more sustainably, David MacLennan, chairman and chief executive officer, Cargill, told members of the National Grain and Feed Association on June 4 at that association’s 125th annual convention, which was held in person in Colorado Springs as well as virtually. 

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