With market drivers showing the need to implement a more circular economy for plastics quickly, Unilever is on the case.
The UK should ban all exports of rubbish to stop plastic food wrappers and broken gadgets polluting the shores of poorer countries, the boss of the Environment Agency will declare on Tuesday. Exports of all rubbish should be stopped “as soon as possible” Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan will say, arguing the move is necessary to crack down on waste crime and bolster the UK’s reputation as a green country. The intervention is the first time the Environment Agency has called for a complete ban on all waste exports and will be a major boost for campaigners who have for years demanded the UK to stop exports of plastic waste to poorer countries. “Sending certain kinds of waste abroad is legal, but is it right? Is it morally right to dump the waste we create on another country to deal with?” Sir James will say in a speech to waste professionals.
Corporate interest and participation in sustainability practices are not abstract or theoretical goals, but are genuine intrinsic measures which when applied successfully, can result in positive results for a company, its employees, and the world around it.
The European Union has drafted plans to build up forests, grasslands and other natural “carbon sinks” that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help curb climate change, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Carbon sinks have gained in importance as countries strive to reach “net zero” emissions by 2050, the goal scientists say the world must meet to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Net zero emissions means emitting no more greenhouse gases than can be balanced by removing gases from the atmosphere. EU forests, grasslands, croplands and wetlands altogether removed a net 263 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) from the atmosphere in 2018, according to the European Commission. That tally also accounts for the amount of CO2 released when trees were cut down or wildlands burned.
USD Students, San Diego community members, and supply chain professionals are invited to join educators and industry professionals from diverse organizations at the 11th annual Supply Chain Management Institute’s Spring Symposium. This year, the one-day virtual conference will focus on sustainability and its relationship to the triple bottom line including common financial, social and environmental issues in supply chain management as well as tools, processes and metrics that can be used to address the needs of ‘people, planet and profits.’ Sustainability is a rapidly evolving issue that supply chain professionals are facing in organizations of all sectors. Global challenges within increasingly extended supply chains mean that it is now impossible for an organization to ignore regulatory, economic, environmental and reputational pressures to address the sustainability agenda of ‘people, planet and profits.’