One of the world’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced Saturday it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change. Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders, there is no indication Saudi Arabia will slow down investments in oil and gas or relinquish sway over energy markets by moving away from the production of fossil fuels. Energy exports form the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s economy, despite efforts to diversify revenue as the world increasingly looks to transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. The country is forecast to make $150 billion in revenue this year from oil alone.
To meet consumer demand in the wake of a comprehensive ban on single-use plastic products, fake “biodegradable” retail bags, eating utensils, straws, cups, plates and carryout containers are showing up in retail outlets.
Transitioning to a circular economy would support the EU’s efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2050, according to a recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation policy paper. The recently published policy paper A climate-neutral and circular industry for Europe, which the Foundation has co-authored with experts from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), demonstrates the importance of the circular economy to the EU’s ability to meet its climate targets, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation says. The Foundation has also offered a series of recommendations that it says will enable the EU to ‘accelerate the transition to a circular economy’.
In order to attract a wider consumer base that’s concerned about the environment, myriad businesses are introducing sustainable packaging, policies, and product lines. …
“Never buy anything that’s less than fabulous. Then you’ll wear it over and over again!” I often remember the words of Carrie Bradshaw’s character in Sex and the City before I buy something. She might not have meant it that way, but for me, it represents everything sustainable fashion is about.