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March 03, 2023

 Sustainability Spotlight

Sustainability Spotlight: In FY22, Estee Lauder surpassed goal to double hires from historically black colleges and universities from FY20; ELC launched new cultural awareness training, refreshed pay equity analysis, expanded financial relief for workers
Industry Intelligence Inc. (03/02)

 Insight

GlobalData: Cellular agriculture emerging as key technology for decarbonizing protein production systems and food security, as global population could hit 10 billion by 2050; Agronomics, SEED Innovations, Qkine among companies investing in these products
GlobalData Plc (03/02)

Commentary: Corporations, governments need to think harder about 'when things go wrong' with climate, says Bank of Canada former governor; they must stop resisting reforms like disclosure standards needed to make economy more resilient to climate change
The Narwhal (03/02)

Reusable Packaging Assn. CEO discusses single-use verses reusable packaging and ‘what the corrugated industry gets wrong’; CEO comments on the circular economy, economic significance, supply chain resiliency, LCA modeling
Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) (03/02)

DSM publishes 2022 Integrated Annual Report, highlighting climate action, performance across people, planet and profit metrics; company has updated Food System Commitments related to health for people, health for the planet and healthy livelihoods
Koninklijke DSM NV (Royal DSM) (03/02)

Nucor CEO: Just as Nucor changed the face of steel industry 53 years ago with the first electric arc furnace, we will now aim at successfully developing and scaling up zero-carbon iron product to transform the industry again
Chemical Engineering Progress (03/01)

 Products & Awards
Elizabeth Rhue, VP of Sonoco's global environmental, su…
Elizabeth Rhue, VP of Sonoco's global environmental, sustainability and technical services, is named to Waste360’s 2023 40 Under 40 awards list; Rhue started in the waste and recycling sector in 2017, leading national accounts for Sonoco Recycling's S3
Eastman's recyclable Cristal One E Renew features in pa…
Eastman's recyclable Cristal One E Renew features in packaging for LUMENE's latest skin care innovation; Cristal One E includes molecularly recycled content, offers brightness comparable to glass with thick-wall construction
 Packaging

Metal Packaging

American Canning now manufacturing aTULC craft beverage cans developed by Japan-based Toyo Seikan within the US; unlike sprayed-on BPANI and epoxy applications, aTULC uses pre-coated aluminum sheet with a more robust liner, involves waterless production
GlobeNewswire (02/28)

Paper Packaging

Colorado-based organics recycler A1 Organics stops accepting compostable packaging, paper materials, effective April 1; company says new policy to ensure contaminated items, such as greasy pizza boxes, do not compromise compost's quality
A1 Organics (03/01)

Commentary: Paper-based packaging for fresh produce 'a colossal mistake' because it requires more energy than plastics production, requires lamination or adhesive additives that negatively affect compostability, reduces shelf-life and increases food waste
Fresh Plaza (03/01)

Eco-Products announces that one of its Vanguard clamshells has earned Compost Manufacturing Alliance’s CMA-W windrow technology approval, making it the first molded fiber item made with no-added PFAS to be approved by CMA
PR Newswire (03/01)

Government of Canada investing US$8.2M to help Friendlier standardize its reusable takeout packaging, Unified Flex Packaging Technologies increase manufacturing of recyclable films, Omnia Packaging purchase new equipment for paper and plastic trays
States News Service (03/01)

James Cropper, 11 other companies give support to environmental nonprofit Canopy by joining Pack4Good initiative, which focuses on transforming paper packaging supply chains to protect endangered forests by sourcing sustainable, responsible papers
James Cropper PLC (02/28)

Plastic Packaging

Washington Public Interest Research Group survey shows that customers have limited options to buy Whole Foods 365 brand products without plastic packaging, and fewer than 50% of surveyed Whole Foods 365 brand products have plastic-free packaging
www.kiro7.com (03/02)

H.B. Fuller joins RecyClass, a cross-industry initiative seeking to improve circularity of plastic packaging across Europe; H.B. Fuller highlights adhesive technologies as part of recyclability approach
Business Wire (03/02)

Coles, Woolworths make offer to REDcycle to take control of its stockpiled soft plastic, safely store material while recycling solutions explored; REDcycle has yet to respond, though retailers paid over AU$20M for company to recycle their plastic waste
ENP Newswire (03/01)

Sana Packaging--which launched its first reclaimed ocean-bound plastic cannabis packaging product in 2019--announces it now produces six ocean-bound plastic products and has reclaimed over 550,000 lbs. of ocean-bound plastic
GlobeNewswire (02/28)

Neste, ILLIG to build demonstration cases to showcase the benefits, feasibility of more sustainable solutions for thermoformed plastic packaging; such cases aim to verify the drop-in nature of renewable and recycled materials for demanding applications
InPR (02/28)

 Responsible Sourcing

Sustainable / Responsible Sourcing

Canopy and Ikea partner to keep ancient and endangered forests out of viscose supply for home textiles and to work toward supply chain transformation; Ikea is first major home improvement retailer to join CanopyStyle initiative
Canopy Planet (CanopyStyle) (03/02)

Consumer Goods Forum's Forest Positive Coalition of Action releases guidance for businesses to implement Forest Positive Commodity Roadmaps for soy and paper, pulp and fiber-based packaging, such as public commitment to deforestation, supplier engagement
CSRWire (02/28)

 Recycling

Reuse / Next Use / Upcycling

A move to 100% reusable packaging for dine-in by 2030 via EU’s current Packaging and Packaging Waste proposal would significantly increase GHG emissions, water use and energy cost, according to ‘No Silver Bullet’ report commissioned by McDonald’s
https://nosilverbullet.eu/ (03/02)

Genecis, a developer of bioplastics made from food waste, announces US$5.2M funding round with support by venture capital firm Emerald; Genecis solution is less expensive, reduces CO2 emissions compared to agricultural feedstocks, company says
Contify Investment News (03/02)

Smurfit Kappa invests €27M in new lime kiln, gas treatment system at Nervion paper mill in Iurreta, Spain; new circular system will turn mill's calcium carbonate waste into lime to be used in production, diverting 75,000 tonnes of waste from landfill
Smurfit Kappa Group PLC (02/28)

Recyclable / Recycled Materials

Siegwerk contributes delamination/deinking primer technology in recyclable PE pouch collaboration with ExxonMobil, Henkel, Kraus Folie and Windmöller & Hölscher; Siegwerk's CIRKIT OxyBar BC 1582 coating also contributes to oxygen barrier properties
Siegwerk Group (03/01)

EDANA announces shortlist for INDEX23 Awards; candidates include Suominen Hydraspun Circula nonwoven made of recycled paper, cellulose fibers, Reifenhauser Reicofil RF5 XHL line for supersoft spunbond, Sandler Fast Forward Fabric, Fitesa BioBase AquiDry 
European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) (03/01)

Charter Next Generation and Revolution Sustainable Solutions to collaborate on commercialization of food-grade recycled LLDPE resins; CNG will offer Revolution's Encore branded food-grade PCR-LLDPE resin in film products, including stand-up pouches
PR Newswire (02/28)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

UK government announces that reporting requirements for the EPR scheme for packaging are now in force; first reports must be submitted from Oct. 1
States News Service (02/28)

Recycling Centers / Materials Recovery (MRF)

ACE Green Recycling and Texas-based Green Giant Energy to develop Li-ion recycling facility in greater Houston area; JV facility to recycle up to 1,800 tonnes/year of batteries on US$3M investment from GGE, and additional US$3M for ACE's global operations
PR Newswire (03/02)

Sierra Club announces support for US DOE's US$375M loan to Li-Cycle; environmentalist group says it is 'pleased' to see federal investment in battery recycling facility, which will help accelerate EV transition while reducing need to mine new metals
Targeted News Service (03/01)

Austria's Hydro completes acquisition of Germany-based Hueck building systems, aluminum extrusion business; acquisition includes five extrusion facilities, three recycling facilities, 2,000 employees in Germany
Norsk Hydro ASA (03/01)

ReNew ELP, Wood Group to create commercial-scale plastic recycling plant in northeast England; plant to utilize HydroPRS technology, initially process up to 20,000 tonnes/year of waste plastics, increasing to 80,000 tonnes/year on site completion
Chemical Weekly (CBNB Abstracts) (03/01)

EverestLabs--developer of RecycleOSSM, the first AI-enabled operating system for recycling facilities--achieves more than 200% deployment growth for second year in a row; OS enabled recyclers to recover three times more recyclables than previous solutions
Globe Newswire (02/28)

Recycling

Project STOP, co-funded by Borealis and Systemiq, marks major milestones and expands plastic waste collection services to over 300,000 people
Borealis AG (03/02)

Divert teams with Enbridge for $1B plan to scale renewable natural gas volumes
Utility Dive (03/02)

 Climate

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

New Minnesota clean energy law to shut down HERC incinerator facility in Minneapolis, deeming it is not a renewable power source, though no closing date is set; environmentalists argue facility is spreading harmful emissions over nearby neighborhoods
Waste360 (03/02)

Airlines are investing in sustainable aviation fuels as part of sector's transition to a sustainable future; it raises questions about potential impacts of SAF, biofuels on forests and forest-dependent industries such as pulp and paper: Forest2Market
Forest2Market Inc. (03/02)

Perstorp's large-scale sustainable methanol initiative Project Air in Stenungsund, Sweden, to utilize Johnson Matthey license and engineering services; plant will operate first-of-its-kind Carbon Capture Utilization process at industrial scale
Contify Energy News (03/02)

ArcelorMittal develops low carbon-emissions products for KIRCHHOFF Automotive
ArcelorMittal (03/02)

Sun Chemical and DIC Corporation announce validation of GHG emissions reduction targets by the Science Based Targets initiative
Sun Chemical Group Cooperatief UA (03/01)

Climate Change

Canadian government awards C$300,000 to Kaska Nation in British Columbia to plant trees, advance climate action, create sustainable jobs
Canada Newswire  (03/02)

Researchers from Equinor ASA Describe Research in Climate Change (Stratigraphic expression of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum climate event during long-lived transient uplift-An example from a shallow to deep-marine clastic system in the ...)
Climate Change Daily News (03/02)

Scion’s focus on forestry and biobased research has made it a leading New Zealand voice in driving circular bioeconomy forward; Scion Bioeconomy Symposium in February explored opportunities in transition as momentum builds for climate change solutions
Scion (03/01)

Stanford-led study reveals 20% of California's Sierra Nevada conifer forests are stranded In habitats that have grown too warm for them
Targeted News Service (03/01)

Pacific Woodtech forester in Golden, British Columbia, highlights role of climate-based seed transfer as climate change adaptation strategy; it involves movement of tree seeds/seedlings to sites that will be most suited to that species in future climates
Salmon Arm Observer (03/01)

Forest Fire / Wildfire

Pano AI, a pioneer in climate change adaptation technology to help stop catastrophic wildfires, earns a place on Fast Company’s annual list of World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023
GlobeNewswire (03/02)

Environmental / Ecological / Carbon Footprint

Global investment group CDPQ invests in Westervelt Ecological Services; WES focuses on habitat restoration and land stewardship, managing more than 50 projects in US, protecting nearly 35,000 acres of wetland, streams, vulnerable species habitats
Canada Newswire  (03/02)

Chinese investment continues to hurt Latin American ecosystems, report says
Mongabay News (03/01)

Piedmont officials address community concerns about how environmentally friendly the work the company's Etowah lithium facility would be; management promises pressure leaching process will be used in lieu of acid
Daily Post-Athenian, The (Athens, TN) (03/01)

Tata Steel Nederland signs agreement with processors Wuppermann, Bilstein, EMW Stahl Service and Arania to supply its Zeremis Carbon Lite, a steel with an allocated carbon footprint reduction of up to 90% by 2030
Global Data Point (03/01)

Magnetite Mines to support green steel markets with Razorback ore and Direct Reduction test-work program; demand for Direct Reduction pellet feed expected to increase more than fivefold by 2050 as decarbonisation initiatives come to the fore, says CEO
News Direct (03/01)

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

U. S. Steel and CarbonFree Ink MoU to Capture CO2 Emissions at One of the Largest Integrated Steel Mills in North America
U.S. Steel (03/02)

PetroChina Company Ltd. Researchers Illuminate Research in Sustainable Development (Progress, challenge and significance of building a carbon industry system in the context of carbon neutrality strategy)
Energy Business Daily (03/02)

Enbridge CEO hopes for more carbon capture support in upcoming federal budget
Canadian Press DataFile (03/01)

Nestle and General Mills understand achieving goals with regenerative agriculture requires educating farmers about the role these practices play in improving soil health via carbon capture, according to company representatives
Wall Street Journal (03/01)

Ecopetrol selects Honeywell technology for carbon capture study in Colombia
Indian Oil And Gas News (03/01)

Carbon Trading / Credits

KlimaDAO, Silverpine partner to offset emissions associated with EVO II's expected lifetime emissions of 76 tonnes of carbon dioxide; development of infrastructure by KlimaDAO will allow for traceable and verifiable sourcing, offsetting of carbon credits
Newswire.com PR (03/02)

Verra is relaunching Verified Carbon Standard Program Advisory Group to help align VCS Program with global GHG emissions targets; deadline for advisory group applications is March 27
Verra (02/28)

Regenerative Agriculture

Australian Green Party outlines plans for a sustainable food system and a broad transition to sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices across New South Wales
Australian Green Party (03/02)

Beam Suntory launching a ‘first-of-its-kind’ pilot program in the tequila industry to explore regenerative agricultural practices in the agave fields near its Casa Sauza operations in Jalisco, Mexico
Business Wire (03/02)

AXA Mexico Foundation and World Wildlife Fund join forces to prevent deforestation and promote regenerative agriculture practices in Mexican state of Oaxaca; project has successfully sowed 130,000 trees with a 93% survival rate
CE Noticias Financieras (02/28)

 Pollution

Pollution

US EPA announces two public listening sessions related to concerns over potential liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; input will be considered in drafting PFAS enforcement, settlement policy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (03/02)

 Waste Management

Industrial Waste / Recycling

Researchers engineer air filter from corn protein fibers, which can capture small particulates and toxic gas chemicals, unlike current filters; filter captures 99.5% of small particulates, 87% of formaldehyde--higher than special filters for toxic gas
Washington State University (03/02)

CalMatters reports California businesses, government agencies routinely dispose of toxic soil in Arizona, Utah, where environmental regulations are weaker; California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control is allegedly one of the biggest out-of-state dumpers
Daily Democrat (03/01)

Clean Harbors Q4 net income soars to US$82.47M from year ago's US$48.99M, revenue up 14% year-over-year to US$1.28B; Environmental Services revenues up 15% year-over-year, landfill volumes up 28%, Safety-Kleen oil services revenue up 9%
Business Wire (03/01)

European researchers create bioplastic from groundwood fibers, polycaprolactone, kraft lignin extracted from black liquor; biodegradable composite shows tensile strength of up to 11.2 MPa: University of Girona, Queen's University Belfast
Polymers (02/28)

Waste Management

Incinerators are only commercially scalable PFAS destruction solution currently available, says Clean Harbors CEO; company awaiting regulatory clarity before moving forward on PFAS service, plans to open US$90M Kimball, Nebraska, incinerator by early 2025
Waste Dive (03/02)

Food Waste

Maryland-based Compost Crew CEO says company saw record growth in 2022, as organics recycling takes off in Mid-Atlantic; company more than doubled annual volumes to over 7,500 tons of food scrap amid state's recent enactment of organics diversion mandate
Waste Dive (02/28)

Researchers develop biobased food packaging films from orange peel juice-processing waste; chitosan is blended with cellulose to enhance strength, vapor barrier properties, and are enriched with LAE to improve film flexibility, provide biocidal efficacy
Foods (02/28)

 Bio-Economy

Biodegradable / Compostable Materials

Biodegradable bioplastics could represent 8%-10% of Europe's organic municipal solid waste in coming years; bioplastic waste can be collected, processed with no ecological risk to produce biogas, support renewable energy development: European Biogas Assn.
European Biogas Association (03/01)

Roswell Textiles, PADM Medical launch Viraloc Eco, Canada's first plant-based, medical-grade face mask; biodegradable, compostable mask is made from Roswell's Ecofuse nonwoven materials, produced from plant-based biopolymers
Cision Ltd. (03/01)

Carbios doubles number of granted patents for enzymatic recycling technologies; company patents protect its PET biorecycling, PLA biodegradation processes, currently holds 336 titles in countries such as US, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, India
Texination GmbH (03/01)

Researchers develop multifunctional PLA fibers for food packaging materials; antimicrobial, biodegradable PLA is reinforced with silver nanoparticles prepared via green protocol, using chitosan as reducing agent, centrifugal force-spining: study
Polymers (03/01)

Researchers develop biodegradable, antibacterial active packaging material using electrospun polyvinyl alcohol/limonene fibers; 7:3 PVA/limonene ratio shows lowest oxygen permeation, highest tensile strength, best degradability, bacteriostatic properties
Molecules (02/28)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Commentary: Top fence trends for 2023 include board-on-board and stockade fencing as privacy becomes bigger concern; more homeowners also seeking eco-friendly but affordable materials, such as bamboo, biocomposite materials, natural shrub/hedge barriers
Newswire.com (03/01)

Scientists develop intelligent, active biobased film for food packaging; gelatin-based film contains aloe vera, rosemary oil, poppy anthocyanins, changes color to green from 'reddish' when pH changes, is antimicrobial, shows antioxidant properties: study
Research Square (03/01)

Stora Enso’s lignin brand Lineo replaces fossil-based glue in Paged plywood; Polish manufacturer's goal is to meet customer demand for bio-based and more sustainable plywood, and partnership will also help it to cut carbon emissions from product
Stora Enso Oyj (02/28)

Mitsubishi Chemical's DURABIO plant-derived plastic receives German-based DIN CERTCO and Dutch NEN certifications, recognizing biomass content
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (02/28)

Fiber producer Kraig Biocraft Labs adds two senior-level genetic engineering positions on research team; new roles to accelerate development, implementation of company's next generation of spider silk technologies
GlobeNewswire (02/28)

 Community

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin awarded NCQA Health Equity Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance; accreditation based on company culture, services based on cultural and linguistic needs, other critiera
UnitedHealth Group (UnitedHealthcare) (03/01)

Community Betterment

Piedmont officials discuss future plans during community forum
Daily Post-Athenian, The (Athens, TN) (03/01)

Toyota launches the Way Forward Fund; fund is a multi-year initiative to strengthen access to care and injury recovery support for individuals and their families, with an initial focus on children with traumatic brain injuries
Toyota Motor Corp. (02/28)

 Roundup
Nutrien Ag Solutions announces collaboration with Samsa…
Nutrien Ag Solutions announces collaboration with Samsara Connected Operations Cloud, in which Nutrien will leverage Samsara’s video-based safety and vehicle telematics solutions to increase the safety, efficiency and sustainability of its operations
Entry period begins for 2023 Mass Timber Competition : …
Entry period begins for 2023 Mass Timber Competition : Building to Net-Zero Carbon, funded by Softwood Lumber Board and US Forest Service; US$2M in funding will support building projects that advance goal of accelerating pace of mass timber adoption
US-based pet products manufacturer Jolly Pets announces…
US-based pet products manufacturer Jolly Pets announces launch of Fill'n Treat, its first all-natural consumable product for dogs; product made with just three all natural ingredients: roasted peanuts, ethically sourced palm oil and ground pumpkin powder
Verra appoints Judith Simon as its new president; addit…
Verra appoints Judith Simon as its new president; addition will advance Verra's work to enable high-integrity climate and sustainable development action at scale, with a focus on improving operational excellence
 Sustainablity Goals, Targets & Reports

Essity publishes its Annual and Sustainability Report for 2022
Essity Hygiene and Health AB (03/02)

Kellogg achieves its goal of having 50% and above of male and female representation at manager level in the UK, three years ahead of schedule
FoodNavigator.com (03/01)

Executive Perspective: Heineken Mexico 'continues to tread firmly on the path to become the most sustainable brewery in the country,' says CEO Guillaume Duverdier
CE Noticias Financieras (03/01)

GlobalData: Tech-led innovations steer next wave of agriculture revolution, paving way for more sustainable and efficient practices; key areas include smart monitoring tech, autonomous robots to assist with farming tasks, algae-based carbon capture tech
GlobalData Plc (02/28)

Suncor to develop hydrogen project in Alberta amid renewables push.
Chemical Weekly (CBNB Abstracts) (02/28)

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