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Spunlace snapshot: Glatfelter expects spunlace business to turn profitable in Q2, with US$1M improvements from pricing-related actions, US$3M from operational improvements, synergies; CEO sees segment accelerating innovation with plant-based feedstocks

BLM to hold public meetings in June for input on development of Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan; plan will guide management of natural and cultural resources on about 382,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in eight counties

SC Johnson named corporate charity partner of MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers for third consecutive year; SC Johnson will aid team’s charitable activities through its Saves for the Ocean initiative, donate to groups working to reduce plastic waste in oceans

PPG releases 2021 ESG Report, plans to set new near-term companywide emission reductions in line with climate science; in 2021, company increased renewable energy use in its facilities, increased sales from sustainably advantaged products

K-C's global menstrual health and hygiene programs benefitted 8.7 million people in 2021; company highlights campaigns in Brazil, Taiwan, South Africa, Chile and Argentina for awareness on period stigmas, access to period products, sanitation facilities

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May 17, 2022

 Insight

Commentary: Aviation will heavily rely on carbon credits to meet EU's target to reduce net CO2 emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030, says Eurocontrol; other initiatives to play smaller part, including sustainable aviation fuel, fleet upgrades
Flight International (05/16)

McKinsey: Net-zero transition rich in opportunity for Asia-Pacific, including expanded EV markets, rare-earth metals, forest management; many nations can take advantage of potential transition opportunities due to abundant natural, human, tech capital
McKinsey & Co. Inc. (05/13)

Commentary: With voluntary carbon markets, it's buyer beware amid ambiguity over right price for credits; prices in compliance carbon markets are often set by governments/regulators, but it's not the case for voluntary markets, which follow market forces
The Business Times (05/13)

Commentary: Using conventional toilet paper sourced from trees can be destructive to the environment; more alternatives are entering the market such as bidets, paper produced from bamboo, sugarcane and hemp that can help the planet if produced properly
Business Insider (05/13)

Australian National University professor says Australia's AU$220M forestry industry pledge is bad policy for economy, climate and biodiversity, and will increase bushfire risk; ending native forest logging would bring multiple benefits to society
The Conversation (05/13)

 Packaging

Paper Packaging

Navigator submits five applications for EU Recovery and Resilience Plan funds, for investment totaling over €100M; projects focus on forest-based packaging material, new genetic materials for forests, industrial waste circularity, digitizing logistics
CE Noticias Financieras (05/13)

Plastic Packaging

Vietnam will reportedly ban the use of all plastic bags from 2030, including those in wet markets; country has also set a target of using 100% environmentally friendly bags at commercial centers and supermarkets by 2025
Xinhua News Agency (05/16)

Alliance to End Plastic Waste launches US$3M prize for solutions to accelerate more effective collection, processing, recycling of flexible plastics in household waste; application deadline is July 26, and solutions must be commercially viable, scalable
Alliance to End Plastic Waste (05/13)

 Responsible Sourcing

Sustainable Sourcing

UK government pledges to deliver world’s first net-zero-certified transatlantic flight by next year, using 100% sustainable aviation fuels and offsetting; Dept. for Transport forecasts 70% to 80% less lifecycle emissions compared to conventional fuel
Edie (05/16)

JDE Peet's announces plans to increase its responsibly sourced coffee target from 30% to 80% by end of 2022; company to also invest €150M into its responsible sourcing program to directly support more than 1 million smallholder coffee farmers by 2025
Globe Newswire (05/16)

BMW using paints made from biomass instead of crude oil at European plants to cut CO2 emissions by 40%; BMW also using sustainably-produced corrosion protection at plants in Leipzig, Germany, and Rosslyn, South Africa
BMW AG (05/13)

Local Sourcing

Insulet releases 2021 sustainability report; highlights include 100% fulfillment of customer orders via dual and local sourcing while in Europe, UK, Canada, Insulet diverted over 135 metric tons of Omnipod Pods from landfills via product takeback programs
Insulet Corp. (05/13)

 Recycling

Reuse/Next Use/Upcycling/Closed Loop

Washington State University researchers develop process to repurpose PP fibers from used face masks for strengthening concrete; cement mixture shows 47% greater strength, and repurposed fibers offer low-cost option compared to common cement microfibers
Washington State University (05/13)

Recyclable/Recycled Materials

Ohio's Advanced Drainage Systems joins Cyclyx consortium to double recycled content in company's products to 1 billion lbs./year by 2032; company produces plastic drainage pipes for use in construction, agriculture's stormwater systems, septic wastewater
Cision Ltd. (05/16)

Northvolt-Hydro JV Hydrovolt begins operations as Europe's largest EV battery recycling plant in Fredrikstad, Norway; fully automated plant recovers 95% of materials, can process 12,000 tons/year of batteries, aims to expand to 500,000 tons/year by 2030
Contify Automotive News (05/16)

Scientists develop recyclable, polylactic acid nonwoven membrane for separating oil, water; membrane is made by coating cellulose nanospheres with polydopamine, and 98% separation efficiency is maintained even after 100 repeated uses: study
Research Square (05/13)

Boeing and Cannon Ergos, an Italian composites company, begin trialing recycled carbon fibers for making aircraft cabin interior sidewall panels; Cannon Ergos can process recycled carbon fiber whether mixed with resins or integrated in thermoplastics
Cannon Power Group (05/13)

Recycling Centers/Materials Recovery (MRF)

ACE Green Recycling plans to build four lithium-ion battery recycling facilities across India, Thailand, US, each with 10,000 tonnes/year capacity; India facility to start by Q3, and Thai, US facilities to start in 2023, reaching full capacities by 2025
MarketLine (05/16)

Recycling

Norske Skog Saugbrugs marks official opening of biocomposite plant; company signs commercial agreement with packaging, components, insulation solutions supplier BEWI and injection molded plastic specialist BEForm to market CEBICO biocomposite product
Oslo Bors Newsfeed (05/16)

UK's National Composites Centre, B&M Longworth, Cygnet Texkimp develop low-cost process to reclaim, recycle carbon fibers from hydrogen pressure tanks used for cars, aircraft; carbon fiber demand to grow five-fold from 2025-2030, exceeding global capacity
National Composites Centre (05/13)

US asphalt roofing industry targets 50% reduction in landfill disposal of asphalt materials by 2035 and to approach 0% by 2050; trade group ARMA to set common goals by promoting responsible, economically feasible, sustainable circular economy options
Targeted News Service (05/13)

 Climate

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

New Zealand’s CO2 price is at record high and overseas interests are launching billion dollar funds to purchase carbon offsets; NZ is well placed to become a world leader in decarbonization using forestry and geothermal BECCS technology
The Conversation (05/16)

The Illinois Trucking Assn. issues a public comment to the US Environmental Protection Agency against proposed 'unachievable' low-NOx rule; association warns too high of standards could result in purchasing new trucks before standards are implemented
Targeted News Service (05/16)

World Economic Forum launches new dashboard on impact of policy on low-carbon emitting technologies in seven jurisdictions including the US, EU; hope to provide support for industry decision making and analysis of decarbonization-promoting policies
World Economic Forum (05/16)

Israel's High Hopes Labs develops affordable, scalable carbon capture technology; patent-pending hydrogen balloon uses 'special material' to collect frozen CO2 from 15 km above the earth, with first milestone aiming at 50-300kg of CO2/day for US$100/ton
The Times of Israel (05/16)

DHL to deploy 44 electric Volvo trucks on European routes to advance shift to heavy e-trucks; DHL Parcel UK has already ordered six trucks, while DHL Freight has ordered two, which will save nearly 600 tons/year of CO2 and 225,000 liters of diesel fuel
MarketLine (05/16)

Forest Fire/Wildfire

US Forest Service draft decision notice for Mendocino National Forest North Shore restoration project finds no significant environmental impact; selected approach includes fuels reduction treatments on some 40,000 acres, reforestation on 2,600 acres
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (05/13)

US allocates US$68M from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to conserve, strengthen ecosystems, economies; projects include advancing healthy forests to reduce wildfire risk through Good Neighbor Agreements, eradicating invasive species to restore ecosystems
U.S. Dept. of the Interior (05/13)

Environmental/Ecological/Carbon Footprint

Scientists develop hydroxypropyl methylcellulose films reinforced with cellulose micro/nanofibrils to help reduce plastic waste; films with 50% or more micro/nanofibril content have potential for packaging use, high resistance to fat penetration: study
Nanotech Daily (05/16)

Scientists discover nonwovens microfiber shedding into air, water environments may be reduced by using specific manufacturing processes; methods include meltblown processes, using less natural cellulosic fibers, or hydroentangling, double-bonding fibers
Environmental Science and Pollution Research (05/16)

Verdant Innovations, a Cellulose Solutions company, introduces first line of green specialty chemicals for pulp, textiles, nonwovens industries; company customizes formulations for products, brands using 'natural' energy, soil, and plants, especially hemp
PR Web (05/16)

Ford Pro introduces new E-Transit Custom EV van for European market with targeted range of up to 380 km, full towing capacity, DC fast charging; van is first of four all-electric commercial vehicles Ford Pro will introduce by 2024
Ford Motor Co. (05/16)

North American post-production truck service company Fontaine Modification to offer installation of clean tech company eNow's electric system on all refrigerated trailers; system pilot in Fresno, California, emitted 86% less CO2 compared to diesel systems
Contify Energy News (05/16)

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

Chevron, Talos Energy and Carbonvert announce proposed JV expansion to enhance the Bayou Bend CCS offshore carbon capture and sequestration hub currently held by Talos and Carbonvert; site encompasses over 40,000 gross acres in Jefferson County, Texas
Chevron Corp. (05/16)

Regenerative Agriculture

Cargill announces expansion of its Cargill RegenConnect regenerative agriculture program to 15 US states for the 2022-2023 season; states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska
Food & Beverage News (05/16)

 Pollution

Air Pollution/Air Quality

US EPA says in court filings it will reconsider the national air toxics standards covering petroleum refineries and ethane crackers; Earthjustice says the standards ‘contain dangerous loopholes allowing the release of toxic air’
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (05/16)

Pollution

Green concerns prompt young women in India to more widely accept menstrual cups, switch from sanitary pads; advocates say pollution from sanitary pad waste is a concern, but cup faces challenges such as fears of injury and infection, conservative culture
The Times of India (05/16)

 Waste Management

Waste Management

Teamsters vote to authorize strike at Republic Services in Las Vegas after weeks of contentious contract negotiations; strike would impact tens of thousands of Las Vegas residents, tourists, businesses including McCarran International Airport, casinos
Targeted News Service (05/13)

 Bio-Economy

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Tork Heavy-Duty Cleaning Cloth named overall winner and winner of Sustainability & Environment category of 2022 Amsterdam Innovation Awards; bio-based cloth made of 99% sustainably sourced, plant-based fiber, helps industries lower environmental footprint
Essity Aktiebolag (05/13)

 Roundup
ACC announces that US chemical industry investment link…
ACC announces that US chemical industry investment linked to domestic supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids has topped US$200B; natural gas ‘has an important role in the energy transition and efforts to address climate change,’ says CEO
Over 20 industry partners collaborate on world's first …
Over 20 industry partners collaborate on world's first megawatt charging project to implement a high-performance charging network with at least 1,700 green e-charging points across Europe; partners include Germany-based MAN Truck & Bus and ABB E-Mobility
University of Tokyo researchers develop fast, selective…
University of Tokyo researchers develop fast, selective membrane for desalinating sea water; membrane comprises fluorine nanorings, and offers low-cost, low-energy method to purify salt water compared to energy-intensive reverse osmosis, thermal methods
Southern California Gas wins Leading Private Fleet Awar…
Southern California Gas wins Leading Private Fleet Award at the 2022 Advanced Clean Transportation Expo; award honors SoCalGas' investments toward replacing 50% of its fleet with clean fuel vehicles by 2025 and operating a zero-emission fleet by 2035
 Sustainablity Goals, Targets & Reports

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Insulet 2021 Sustainability Report
Insulet Corp. (05/16)

Norfolk Southern CEO shares plan at shareholder meeting to restore service quality for customers by hiring more conductors; competitive pricing and helping customers reach sustainability goals will enable company to capitalize on truck-to-rail conversions
ENP Newswire (05/13)

Weyerhaeuser's sale of 630,000 acres to Southern Pine Plantations galvanized TPL to partner with companies such as SPP, Stimson Lumber to secure conservation easements; NGO's Forever Montana campaign is targeting protection of 200,000 acres in three years
States News Service (05/13)

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