Posted March 29, 2018
British supermarket chain to eliminate plastic in own-label products
Popular British supermarket chain Iceland Foods is planning on eliminating all plastic from its own-brand products by 2023, according to a recent announcement by managing director Richard Walker.
“A truckload [of plastic] is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the oceans for our survival,” wrote Walker in a letter to customers. “The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change.”Continue Reading...
Posted March 8, 2018
CalPERS considers integrating SDGs into investment strategy
The largest pension fund in the U.S., the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), is studying how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be integrated into its $357 billion (U.S.) investment portfolio. CalPERS has long been seen as a trendsetter on environmental, social and governance issues.
In late 2015, the United Nations adopted the SDGs, a set of aspirations for the world to realize by 2030. This set of goals, targets and indicators is intended to frame global efforts to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.Continue Reading...
Reforesting the north
Posted March 6, 2018
New forest planned for northern England
The U.K. government announced plans in January to plant a new “Northern Forest” that would stretch across northern England from Liverpool to Hull.
The project aims to plant 50 million new trees over the next 25 years, helping to reforest one of the least wooded portions of Europe. Only eight per cent of northern England comprises woodlands, compared to 15 per cent in Wales and 18 per cent in Scotland. The U.K. average of 10 per cent woodlands pales in comparison to other European countries, such as Germany’s 33 per cent.Continue Reading...
Global 100 progress report
Posted January 22, 2018
The pace of change is quickening in favour of a low-carbon future
From transportation to electricity generation, technological advancements are shifting the ways we shop, work, live and move around. One remarkable statistic released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance last month showed prices for lithium-ion battery packs dropping 24 per cent in 2016 alone – a vital tool for both the electric transportation and energy storage sectors more broadly.Continue Reading...
Posted January 5, 2018
Indigenous Canadians heavily involved in renewables sector
Canada’s electricity sector is in the throes of dramatic transformation and is creating a bounty of opportunity for Indigenous communities seeking to tap the country’s renewable energy potential, according to Lumos Clean Energy Advisors.
A national survey conducted by Lumos found 152 medium to large clean energy projects with substantive Indigenous involvement, a notable increase from just 26 projects in 2008. Indigenous ownership of the projects averages out at 25 per cent, manifesting itself through direct ownership, partnerships, impact benefit agreements, lease agreements and revenue sharing agreements, among other vehicles.Continue Reading...