QUEZON CITY will ban single-use plastics and disposable materials in hotels and restaurants, the local government said in a statement. Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte signed an ordinance that prohibits the distribution and use of singe-use plastics and disposable materials, including cutlery for dine-in purposes in all hotels and restaurants in the city. Materials covered by the ban for dine-in customers of hotels and restaurants are plastic spoons, forks and knives, plastic and paper cups, plates, straws, stirrers and styrofoam.
The development of specific and actionable metrics at the systems, business and product levels will be a key accelerator for scale.
Australian mechatronics firm IM Group has launched a new program designed to repair, repurpose and sustainably dispose of batteries after they reach the end of their service life in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Dubbed ‘Infinitev’, the program offers three distinct services to dealers, workshops and electrification OEMs depending on the sort of battery and the condition it’s in once it has served its primary purpose in an electrified vehicle. The first of these is essentially a reconditioning service in which batteries that are faulty, slow to charge or no longer performing at an effective level are repaired and recirculated as a used spare. According to IM Group, it’s often only a handful of cells that cause faults or need repairing, meaning the bulk of the battery is still in good working order.
Reliability matters: Achieving affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 On the first UN International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, we recognize that achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 – needs to go beyond just distribution of clean cooking solutions. Focusing on the reliability of clean cooking solutions might be a key missing factor in clean energy progress.
ENoLL collaborated with researchers from Laurea University and published a report on Cities as Living Labs – Increasing the impact of investment in the circular economy for sustainable cities which enriches the European Commission’s RISE group (Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts) repository.