Major UK retail chain Iceland to eliminate plastic packaging in 5 years

UK - Leading U.K. supermarket Iceland, which specializes in frozen food, has made a commitment to eliminate plastic packaging from its own brand products by the end of 2023. In an announcement Tuesday, the retailer said it had already removed disposable plastic straws from its own label range. It added that its new food ranges…

EU sets 2030 deadline for recyclable plastics packaging in new strategy

EU - The EU plans to make all plastic packaging across Europe recyclable or reusable by 2030. The pledge forms part of a wider plastic strategy to tackle the issue of plastic waste. Other commitments include a reduction in consumption of single-use plastics and restrictions on the use of microplastics, such as microbeads found in some cosmetics. “If…

Carlsberg achieves zero carbon emissions at Swedish brewery

SWEDEN - Carlsberg Sverige has managed to reduce its carbon emissions to zero from its energy sources by utilising 100% biogas and green electricity at its Swedish Falkenberg brewery. The brewery has reduced its carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero through an initiative that has targeted the elimination of ozone depleting energy…

Fonterra commits to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra has partnered with the New Zealand government  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, with a 30% reduction by 2030 from a 2015 baseline. According to the company, the partnership was an example of how the private and public sectors could work together to accelerate New Zealand’s transition to…

Cargill commissions Ghana solar plant

GHANA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has pulled the symbolic switch to officially commission Cargill’s solar facility at the company’s factory in Tema. A statement from Cargill said the President in a brief remark congratulated Cargill for the initiative and said the move to host solar powered energy was in line with government’s agenda…

Tanzania Breweries touts effective water management

TANZANIA – Private sector has a key role in ensuring that it utilises and manages water efficiently to ensure that the resource is available to all, the AB-INBEV President for East Africa Roberto Jarrin has said. Jarrin who is also the Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) Group Managing Director was speaking at the 10th Economic Update…

Water association reports 40% reduction in glass and plastic packaging

USA - The amount of material used to make PET, HDPE and glass water bottles fell by more than 40% between 2007 and 2015, according to a report into the environmental footprint of North America’s bottled water industry. Commissioned by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), the report found that total bottle material per gallon…

DSM reports significant progress in use of renewable energy

NETHERLANDS - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has reported significant progress in powering their plants with purchased electricity produced from renewable sources. The company has reported important improvement in use of its electricity from renewable resources at its Engineering Plastics facilities in Benelux and India. Production of Stanyl…

Rabobank, UN launch US$1b fund to boost sustainable farming

NEW YORK - Rabobank has launched a US$1 billion fund with the United Nations to finance farmers as they transition to more sustainable practices. Rabobank plans to offer a mix of grants, loans with lower interest rates and insurance products with the three-year programme, a move that came after food companies and consumers were demanding…

Coca-Cola unveils $20m safe birth initiative for West Africa

WEST AFRICA - The Coca-Cola Company is set to launch a new program tagged, ‘The Safe Birth Initiative’ aimed at supporting the ministries of Health in Nigeria and Ivory Coast to tackle the high incidence of maternal and newborn mortalities. This was disclosed by the Coca-Cola Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Group President, Brian…