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SABMiller Makes Business Case for Tackling Water Scarcity, Climate Change

SABMiller Makes Business Case for Tackling Water Scarcity, Climate Change

Speaking at the Sustainable Innovation Forum, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, SABMiller Peru managing director Fernando Zavala stressed the increasing risks water scarcity poses to business and society, while also talking about the economic, social and environmental benefits of tackling climate change and investing in water … Read more »

e-waste

Dell, UNIDO Join Forces for E-Waste Management

Dell and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization have signed an agreement to implement an e-waste management plan for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The memorandum of understanding signed by Li Yong, director general of UNIDO, and David Lear, Dell’s executive director of sustainability, commits the two … Read more »

Global Warming Threatens Organic Coffee

Global warming has created the worst outbreak of leaf-rust fungus in 30 years for organic coffee growers throughout Mexico, Central America and parts of South America, according to Bloomberg. Farmers can use chemicals to kill the fungus, though they risk losing their organic certification if they do. Humid conditions and … Read more »

Novelis Commissions Largest Recycling Center in Brazil

Novelis has announced that it will increase the annual capacity of its recycling complex at Pindamonhangaba, Brazil, from 200,000 to 390,000 metric tons when fully commissioned later this year. The investment in the recycling center supports the company’s long-term commitment to increasing the recycled content in its products to 80 … Read more »

DAK Acquires Food-Grade PET Recycling Operation

DAK Americas, a producer of plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins in Argentina, has acquired CabelmaPET, a PET bottle recycling operation located in Pacheco, Buenos Aires, Argentina, that produces food-grade recycled raw materials from PET bottles. Terms and conditions of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquired facility currently recycles more … Read more »

native products

Majority of Sustainable Foods Produced in Latin America is Exported

Latin America has become a major producer and exporter of sustainable foods, but its domestic market has lagged, according to research by Organic Monitor. The region has an 18 percent share, or 6.8 million hectares, of global organic farmland. More than $1 billion worth of organic products is exported from … Read more »

SuperChar Kilns Promote Sustainability

SuperChar biochar kilns produced by Carbon Gold, are allowing cacao growers to farm sustainably by slowing environmentally damaging ‘slash and burn’ practices, cutting carbon emissions and adding value to waste stream, the company says. A five-year biochar project with the Toledo Cacao Growers Association (TCGA) encouraged the sustainable production and use of … Read more »

Environmental Suits Loom for Chile’s Copper Mines

Usually business-friendly Chile may be witnessing a turning tide, as more and more mining and energy projects get stalled by environmental objectors. The $5 billion Castilla coal-fired plant was cancelled after fierce environmental opposition, and legal challenges are possible for the Chilean energy company AES Gener’s Alto Maipo hydropower project, Reuters … Read more »

Walmart

Nestlé, Walmart, Coke, Pepsi and Unilever Support Recycling Network

Nestlé, Walmart Chile, Coca-Cola Chile, PepsiCo, and Unilever have signed a partnership to reduce waste and support a new recycling network in Chile. The companies have backed the Collective Recycling Project, which aims to recycle about 1,200 metric tons of waste per year through the installation of five recycling centers … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: ‘Flexible’ Climate Approach, Mining Water Permits

US special envoy for climate change Todd Stern called for the next United Nations climate deal to follow a more flexible approach. Countries should be permitted to determine their own levels of commitment, rather than adhering to negotiated targets and timetables, Stern said. Participants will meet to discuss the new … Read more »

artichokes

General Mills Launches $1.1m Sustainable Sourcing Program

General Mills and its foundation, as part of the company’s long-term sustainable sourcing program, have signed a four-year joint commitment with supplier partner AgroMantaro to provide $1.1 million to help smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru increase yields and improve profitability. The new program will reach about 100 small-scale artichoke farmers … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement: Ecuador Opens Park to Drilling, New Small Hydro Laws, ExxonMobil Leaked Pipe

Ecuador approved Yasuni national park oil drilling in Amazon rainforest after a conservation plan that attempted to raise funds from the international community failed to raise enough funding to keep out oil developers. President Rafael Correa signed an executive decree for the liquidation of the Yasuni-ITT trust fund. The fund … Read more »