IMF roots for sustainable growth to bridge income gap

Economies in sub-Saharan Africa grew at a record pace before covid-19 pandemic, however, the growth has not been equally distributed, leaving income gaps unfilled. The IMF in its economic outlook report says it is less clear if the gains in economic growth have been shared equally across regions. Read more

Solar panels have come a long way. Recycling them has not

Over the past five years, it’s become more likely to see solar panels blanketing a field or shimmering on a rooftop near you. The industry grew by 33 percent each year on average over the last 10 years, with cumulative solar installations nearly doubling in the last five. That growth will almost certainly accelerate thanks to a big […]

This collective wants to fix the beauty industry’s packaging problem

No recycled content. No take-back program. Destined for landfill, incineration or (worse yet) the environment. This probably doesn’t sound to you like a recipe for success in sustainability. It didn’t sound great to two veterans of the beauty products industry either. Mia Davis is vice president of sustainability and impact at Credo Beauty and Victor Casale is […]

Singapore aims to start drink container return scheme in 2024, targets 80 per cent collection rate

Singapore consumers may find themselves paying an extra 10 to 20 cents (about 7 to 14 US cents) upfront for their colas come mid-2024, as authorities look to impose a new surcharge to encourage recycling. Under the proposed “beverage container return scheme”, consumers can get a refund of the deposit if they return empty drink […]

Reduce food waste with processing and packaging solutions

This article is sponsored by Tetra Pak. It’s not hard to make the case for why tackling food loss and food waste is important to sustainability. About one-third of food produced globally never gets consumed. And food waste accounts for about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The food and beverage industry has a role to play by reducing […]

Climate change’s top five tipping points are out! Tag yourself! I’m Greenland’s melting ice cap

There can be no more hiding, and no more denying. Global heating is supercharging extreme weather at an astonishing speed, and it’s visible in Kenya and beyond. Guardian analysis recently revealed how human-caused climate breakdown is accelerating the toll of extreme weather across the planet. People across the world are losing their lives and livelihoods […]

NGO retracts ‘waste colonialism’ report blaming Asian countries for plastic pollution

An environmental watchdog has retracted an influential report that blamed five Asian countries for the majority of plastic pollution in the ocean. The report, Stemming the Tide, from the US-based environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, also included incineration and waste-to-energy as “solutions” to the plastics crisis. Published in 2015, it was decried as “waste colonialism” by hundreds […]

Plastic accounts for three-fourths of waste choking Jakarta’s rivers

The Citarum River that skirts the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is infamous as the most polluted river on Earth. The rivers inside Jakarta aren’t in much better state, either, with a new study showing that most of the waste collected from the city’s rivers is plastic. Plastic accounted for 74 per cent and 87 per cent of the […]

How can we design happy and healthy buildings fit for future generations?

This article is sponsored by VELUX The U.S. construction industry has a key role to play in ensuring global warming does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, with the built environment accounting for 40 percent of the world’s global GHG emissions and residential buildings alone being responsible for 20 percent of global emissions. The urgency to take a closer look […]

Frameworks must embrace carbon credits to spur transition to net zero

If done right, frameworks will raise the standards of reporting and data disclosure about carbon offsets. Carbon credit ratings have a complementary role to play in helping to improve standards and should also be part of a broader suite of standardized carbon credit disclosure requirements for companies. For example, highlighting a credit’s rating could bring […]