Fertilizer producers OCP, ICL sign agreement to promote sustainability research in Morocco

MOROCCO – Moroccan fertilizer group OCP and ICL Specialty Fertilizer have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable development and the fight against climate change. Under the agreement, the parties will offer funding to support sustainability programs and research at Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The research, according to reports by Morocco Word, will be centred around food security, ecological restoration, smart agriculture, water, climate change, remote sensing, renewable energies, venture capital, among others. The partnership also seeks…

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France accelerates transition to circular economy with new ban on plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

FRANCE – The ministry of environment in France has announced a ban on plastic packaging for an extensive list of fruits and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to cut packaging consumption, particularly the use of single-use plastic.  The ban will affect around 30 fruits and vegetables which include courgettes, aubergines and cucumbers, as well as apples, oranges and pears.   The French ministry of environment estimates that 37% of fruits and vegetables are sold in packaging, mostly single-use plastics which end up in landfills.  With the new ban, the ministry expects to…

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CCBSA continues to contribute to circular economy through plastic waste collection drives

SOUTH AFRICA – In line with its World Without Waste Vision 2030 agenda, the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has partnered with Matongoni Recycling Group to undertake a plastic waste collection and recycling initiative in rural communities of Limpopo Province. The beverage giant targets to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle it sells, and reach 50% recycled content of all its packaging by 2030 globally. Under the recently launched project, Coca-Cola will provide the much-needed boost to the collection of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles by availing a…

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Health of the planet overtakes personal health priorities in Innova’s Top 10 Trends for 2022

NETHERLANDS – Consumers now rank planetary health as their number one concern, overtaking personal health, which has been the top priority in Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends in recent years.   According to Innova, “Shared Planet” topping the Top Ten Trends for 2022 reflects a reality where today’s consumers are more ethically and environmentally conscious.  “One of the biggest shifts we are seeing is that the health of the planet is now the top concern of consumers,” says Innova’s global insights director, Lu Ann Williams.   “Personal health has been the big concern…

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Coca-Cola HBC pledges net-zero emissions by 2040, announces US$289m investment in emission reduction initiatives

SWITZERLAND – Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, the third-largest Coca-Cola anchor bottler in the world, has made a commitment to reduce emissions to net-zero across its entire value chain by 2040.  To achieve this goal, the Zug, Switzerland-based bottler has committed to invest €250m ($289m) in emissions reduction initiatives by 2025.   Part of the funds will go towards facilitating the company’s transition to 100% renewable electricity and low carbon energy sources.   Coca-Cola HBC also plans to invest in continuous improvements and innovations in energy efficiency to further reduce the carbon footprint…

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AmBev steps closer to 2025 sustainability goal with launch of first carbon neutral brewery in Brazil

BRAZIL – AmBev, Brazil’s largest brewing company and part of global brewer AB InBev, has unveiled its first brewing and malting facility in Brazil.  Located in the South region of Brazil, the brewery and malting site achieved the carbon-neutral status after reducing 90% of their CO emissions and offsetting the remaining 10%.  The maker of Brahma, Bohemia, Stella Artois beer brands also plans to unveil another four carbon-neutral breweries before the end of 2021.   “This important step supports our efforts to achieve our ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, which aim to drive progress across our full, integrated supply chain,” says Rodrigo Figueiredo,…

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Mars targets to rid supply chain of carbon emissions in new 2050 sustainability goal

US — American manufacturer of snacks and pet foods Mars Inc., has unveiled its new sustainability agenda where it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across its entire supply chain by 2050.   To become carbon neutral, the company plans to transition to renewable energy, redesign its supply chains to stop deforestation, and invest in renewable agriculture.  “To deliver meaningful impact and ensure it is fit for purpose, our net zero target covers our entire GHG footprint, from how we source materials through to how consumers use our products,…

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Afri-Plastics Challenge shifts to second strand seeking new solutions to reduce plastic usage across Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – The government of Canada in partnership with Nesta Challenges, have launched the second strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge, focusing on creating solutions. This strand invites individuals or organisations with a new or early-stage idea that seeks to reduce or eliminate plastic usage across Sub-Saharan Africa to apply for the Afri-Plastics Challenge. The challenge’s first strand, Accelerating Growth, was launched in July 2021 and it is ongoing, showcasing the best innovations designed to improve plastic waste management in a socially and environmentally responsible way. For the second strand, Creating…

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McDonald’s joins net-zero emissions bandwagon with new target to be carbon neutral by 2050

USA – American fast food company McDonald’s Corp has joined an ever-growing list of food companies with net-zero targets, promising to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.  According to the fast-food chain, the targets cover the entire supply chain of the company from the beef in its burgers to the light bulbs in its restaurants.  The burger chain also said it was working with the nonprofit Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to revamp its existing climate change targets.   It aims to lower absolute emissions by about a third…

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Coca-Cola scores highest on sustainable packaging in 2021 Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard

USA – US multinational beverage giant Coca-Cola has emerged as the consumer-packaged goods company with the most sustainable packaging portfolio in the 2021 Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard.  The scorecard by nonprofit As You Sow reviewed 50 consumer-facing companies, grading them on a number of factors including their packaging design, the amount of recycled content in their packaging, and their financial support of recycling efforts.  The maker of Sprite and Fanta CSD brands scored “B” from the nonprofit for its transparency around its packaging use, strong commitment to recycling, and its support of producer responsibility initiatives.  Coca-Cola…

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