Author: James Hannay

Despite industrial companies setting ambitious sustainability targets, roughly half (48%) have yet to take the necessary steps to meet them, according to a study by Schneider Electric, and Omdia, the technology research and advisory group. In order to understand businesses’ sustainable goals and maturity of their initiatives, the study surveyed hundreds of industrial companies in the food and beverage, life sciences, Semiconductor and electronics, chemical, oil and gas, and automotive industries, ranging from small to large. Over half (57%) of respondents said they were aiming for net zero greenhouse gas emissions, and that reduced energy consumption was a main factor…

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused large amounts of warming emissions to be released into the atmosphere, Ukraine has claimed at the climate summit in Egypt. According to Ruslan Strilets, Ukraine’s environmental protection minister, the war has directly led to emissions of 33 million tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to adding nearly 16 million cars to the UK’s roads for two years. Speaking at the conference, Mr Strilets said, “Russia has turned our natural reserves into a military base. Russia is doing everything to shorten our and your horizons. Because of the war, we will have to do even more…

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Microsoft Egypt has announced two key sustainability management partnerships with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) at COP27. The agreement will establish a Government Center of Excellence for Emissions Accounting and Reporting digitally (GEAR COE) that will let Egyptian authorities digitally record, measure, and report on carbon emissions and which will contribute to achieving institutional and national sustainability. “This cooperation is consistent in time and space with the State’s efforts to adopt eco-friendly policies.” said Dr. Amr Talat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the partnership. “It coincides with Egypt’s assumption of the presidency of the twenty-seventh…

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Ring Container Technologies, a leader in the plastic container manufacturing industry, has announced that the company received a gold medal sustainability rating from EcoVadis. The US-based manufacturer improved its score against the platform’s criteria by 20 points, taking its ranking from silver to gold and putting it among the top 5% of all companies assessed. “EcoVadis’ trusted, standard rankings reinforce Ring’s commitment to investing in making products and innovations more sustainable and eco-friendly,” said Brian Smith, Ring Container President and chief operating officer. “The progress made within the company throughout the last year is evidence of that. Our customers rely…

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WestJet has announced a three-month commitment to operating flights from San Francisco International Airport to Calgary International Airport using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The Canadian airline plans to make the 1018 mile (1,638 km) trip between the two cities 40 times within the 3-month period, using SAF produced by engineering services firm, Neste. The trial is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 186 tons on these routes. “We are thrilled that WestJet will be the first Canadian air carrier to operate a dedicated flight route using SAF,” said Angela Avery, WestJet Group executive vice-president and chief people, corporate, and…

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Fast food giant McDonald’s has announced that it will be axing plastic cutlery in favour of paper-based spoons, knives, and forks across England and Wales. Starting on Tuesday, McDonald’s will begin rolling out the new cutlery made from pressed-paper that is fully recyclable and compostable, and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The fast-food giant said it hopes the move will eliminate 858 metric tonnes of plastic each year and follows a similar change to paper-based alternatives across restaurants in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The move is part of the US-based firm’s sustainability strategy…

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Amazon has announced its new California-based fulfilment centre is on track to become the first logistics facility in the world to achieve Zero Carbon Certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The Sacramento-area delivery site, which aims to provide same-day delivery to customers, was constructed using sustainable building materials, including lower carbon concrete, and a fully electrified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Additionally, it is equipped with more efficient technology that helps it reduce operational carbon emissions. The building is designed to have a rooftop solar array that can produce as much as 80% of the facility’s…

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UK prime minister Rishi Sunak has reversed his decision not to attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, after confirming his attendance at the conference next week. No 10 had originally said that Sunak was too busy preparing for the 17 November budget to attend the event taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 6 – 18th November. The decision had been widely criticised, with Parliament’s cross-party environment group calling on Sunak to attend the summit in Egypt. However, the PM took to Twitter this morning to share his plans to attend the conference, commenting, “There is no long-term…

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ESG

Nokia announces enhanced Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy to address some of the biggest global challenges through its business and technology. The strategy, which Nokia has spent the past 12 months developing, builds on five strategic focus areas: environment, industrial digitalization, security & privacy, bridging the digital divide, and responsible business. Plans range from increasing the energy efficiency of their operations, hardware circularity, shoring up the security of their telecommunications devices, and ensuring responsible business practices across its value chain. Nicole Robertson, VP, ESG at Nokia, said: “The line between purpose and profit is dissolving and companies are looking…

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