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SOCIAL ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2017
Mary Coyle MBE, the Chair of Shared Interest, says: "I am pleased to report in this set of Social Accounts that we have made considerable progress in achieving the goals set out in our 2014 Strategic Review. This year our lending supported over 160 producer groups, helping almost 375,000 individuals in 60 countries, 30% of whom were women."
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Retailer Iceland's decision to remove palm oil from its own branded food has been criticised by both The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, who share Iceland's concerns about the environmental impact of palm oil, but do not agree with the solutions Iceland are adopting, and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Biology who say Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products is understandable but could backfire.
As an intial bid to phase out single use plastic packaging, the British Museum are introducing impulse bags of sweets which are wrapped in compostable, transparent packaging which breaks down and disappears in soil in six to 12 weeks. Regular biodegradable bags can take decades to degrade and can leave a residue in the soil.
Arup is calling on arid cities to move on from a 1950s model of city planning and design, or face becoming increasingly less habitable as they become drier. The report urges cities to learn from innovative developments around the world, such as industrial-scale fog and dew harvesting and cooling pavements that can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 7 degrees.
Media giant Sky has placed £25 million into Sky Ocean Ventures, an investment vehicle that will fund new ideas and businesses who can help solve the oceans plastic crisis with solutions to everyday plastic problems, and it has also simultaneously launched an incubator project for businesses to test their ideas at Sky's west London campus.
Online retailer Ocado have published a total food waste figure of 0.02% – just 1 in 6,000 items, a near zero waste figure. Ocado's automated business model is built on efficiency and low waste, and tackling the food redistribution strategy has become key, with 2,200 tonnes of food donated in 2017 alone.
Britain's largest modern forest, situated in the Ochil Hills of central Scotland, has been praised as the way forward by the UK's Environment Secretary for mixing successful commercial timber production with habitats for endangered wildlife and recreational amenties.
Pioneering pollution-busting "moss trees" have been installed in Newcastle and London where they will purify the city centre air and create opportunities for research into the benefits of the plants' natural filtering abilities.
Protein Challenge 2040, a coalition of businesses and organisations, has launched a report titled The Feed Behind Our Food, urging retailers and food service companies to scrutinise what is fed to livestock and farmed fish at a time of massive growth for animal feed production. It also outlines several new innovations that can tackle the problem.
Knauf Insulation and Veolia have opened a £10 million glass recycling facility in St Helens, Merseyside whereby 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars will now be given a new lease of life each year as energy-saving insulation. Fittingly, the town has been well known for glass making, including pioneering the float glass window method, for hundreds of years.
Come and see us ! The Environment Times, as part of its 25 year celebrations will be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2018 this week, 6-8 March at ExCel in London's Docklands. Our stand number is C181. Founding Directors, Editor Duncan Ashcroft and Marketing Manager Susanne Karmy, will both be there, so come along for a chat ! Just click on the link below to register for your free ticket.