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Triple whammy helps green the shopping experience in Bahrain

Although a greater number of people are now more environmentally conscious than ever, public- and private-sector entities must continue to lead the way in raising awareness. Following consultations with Living Business, Bahrain’s Kingdom Pride Center is taking the message of sustainability straight to consumers. “Our major challenge is educating customers to be more mindful of […]
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UK urged to legally define sustainability in greenwashing clampdown

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has advised the government to clarify the law on providing environmental information to consumers – including having standard definitions for terms like ‘carbon neutral’ which it says will help make it easier for shoppers to make choices around sustainability. Following a public consultation, the CMA has recommended a number […]
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Dubai harbour welcomes 100% renewables-powered PORRIMA

Dubai Harbour, an extraordinary seafront district, welcomed the Swiss experimental vessel powered solely by renewables, PORRIMA, to its marinas on 17 March 2022, as part of its worldwide journey across five continents called the Blue Odyssey. Choosing Dubai Harbour for its second world destination, the first-of-its-kind solar, wind and hydrogen-powered ship has travelled more than […]
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Energy crisis concerns & desire for more sustainable living are now guiding home-moving decisions

Research carried out by the Home Builders Federation to mark New Homes Week 2022 has revealed the extent to which energy efficiency is now guiding the way Brits are now making home-moving decisions. Around three in four respondents (73%) to the HBF’s recent survey stated that they are worried about the energy performance of their […]
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Bluewater launches premium residential, commercial water purifiers

Bluewater, a leading innovator of premium water purification technologies and sustainable bottles, today (March 20) launched its pioneering premium residential and commercial water purifiers and sustainable bottles for the UAE and the GCC market at a key water symposium held in the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The event was attended by leading local […]
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Oman Shell to provide hydrogen car fleet to Oman Airports

Shell Development Oman LLC (Oman Shell) announced its 6th Gift to the Nation — a Green Hydrogen for Mobility project. The announcement came during the Oman Sustainability Week (OSW) events on Tuesday. As part of the first phase of the project, Oman Shell has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oman Airports that would […]
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Smart system to optimize energy use of water heaters

A pilot program that will use a smart system to help optimize the energy use of water heaters by having them run during off peak times is being introduced in California. The program is called WatterSaver and will be offered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). It will use a system by cloud-based service provider Virtual […]
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French fashion house Chloé develops new tool to measure social impact

The label aims to develop an open-source tool that will enable brands to measure performance on issues like gender equality, living wages and diversity and inclusion. After becoming luxury’s first major player to become B-Corp certified last year, Richemont-owned Chloé aims to take the lead in understanding fashion’s social impact. The company announced that it is working […]
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VPI creates a 100% recycled polypropylene refill for L’Occitane

Reusable or refillable solutions have been at the core of L’Occitane en Provence’s strategy ever since the brand launched its first eco-refill in 2008. For their latest project, L’Occitane entrusted VPI, a French specialist in injecting plastic parts for the luxury industry market, to make a refill from 100% PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) polypropylene (PP) material. The 100% […]
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EU Environment Council adopts new rules for more sustainable batteries

Yesterday in Brussels, EU environment ministers unanimously adopted the Council position on the EU batteries regulation. The regulation is intended to ensure more sustainable use of batteries along the entire value chain throughout the EU. To achieve this, a carbon footprint will be introduced for electric vehicle batteries and the replaceability of portable batteries improved. […]
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Investors launch global standard for corporate climate lobbying

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) Investors stepped up pressure on corporate climate lobbying on Monday, launching a new 14-point action plan for companies to stick to or risk having their actions put to a shareholder vote. The Global Standard on Responsible Climate Lobbying urges companies to commit to responsible climate lobbying, disclose the support given to […]
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UAE & Kenya complete mangrove reforestation partnership 

In cooperation between Aqdar, Blue Forest Company and Kenya’s forestry authorities, Khalifa Empowerment Program Aqdar has completed the first phase of the “Fifty Tree” initiative campaign, which was launched at Aqdar World Summit Dubai Expo 2020. It aims to plant 50,000 mangrove trees in the Republic of Kenya in celebration of the UAE’s Year of […]
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Mandarin Oriental commits to responsible procurement across all F&B outlets

This expansion of commitment reflects stepping away from serving a number of ‘luxury’ seafood items, including bluefin tuna, caviar and abalone, unless they can be certified to the robust standards of the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council. Hong Kong - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) has pledged to expand its responsible procurement efforts to […]
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Report shows how Amazon drastically undercounts its carbon footprint

This is how Amazon washes its hands of the climate impact of most of the things it sells: it simply decides to play by different rules than its peers.  For example, for all the packs of Pampers parents grab off the shelf at Target, the big-box retailer tallies the emissions that go into making those […]
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Mercedes-Benz to establish pilot lithium-ion battery recycling plan

The construction of the plant, which will be located in Kuppenheim in southern Germany, will be in two stages. Initially, a plant for mechanical dismantling will be constructed by 2023. As a second step - subject to promising discussions with the public sector - the facilities for hydrometallurgical processing of the battery materials are to […]
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Sheep fleeces offer a sustainable way to repair rural footpaths

Sheep fleeces have been used to repair a footpath at a nature reserve in Skye in an attempt to move away from “unsustainable” plastic repair materials. The wool came from local crofts just six miles away and was packed into the ground and layered with stones. This allows the water underneath to drain away naturally. […]
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Active commuting an essential for business sustainability reports BCO

Businesses are being encouraged by the British Council for Offices (BCO) to put active commuting at the heart of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies. A new BCO research report – The Market Cycles II – highlights that, “ESG policies can shift commuters towards more sustainable forms of travel, improve individual health and wellbeing and help companies […]
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Commercial launch of CO2-reduced steel can for Ricola herbal drops range

The German tinplate manufacturer thyssenkrupp Rasselstein has launched what it says is the world’s first food can made of CO2-reduced bluemint Steel together with the Swiss companies Hoffmann Neopac and Ricola, the latter of which will sell its herbal drops in the cans. The joint project involves thyssenkrupp Rasselstein suppling the CO2-reduced packaging steel, Hoffmann Neopac producing and printing the […]
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Start-ups and scale-ups invited to partner on sustainable beauty solutions

The Unilever Foundry, Unilever’s collaborative innovation network, is today launching a new entrepreneurial challenge focused on sustainable beauty solutions, through the Positive Beauty Growth Platform. Unilever is searching for the very best start-ups, scale-ups and academic spinouts to partner with our teams to bring brilliant functional ingredients that work with nature to our Beauty & […]
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Sustainability necessary for the hotel industry

Barrows (BarrowsHotels.com), the provider of hotel investment and advisory services for hotels in the Middle East and Africa is investing heavily in making the hotel industry more sustainable. A location where many people come together are hotels and hotel resorts. It is not without reason that the hotel industry is known as a major consumer […]
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From wildlife surveys to helping offset carbon emissions, drones are helping tackle the climate emergency

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – have emerged as the newest weapon in the battle against climate change. From aerial surveys to monitoring and inspection, drones are being used track wildlife numbers, collect samples and track methane emissions. “Drones can be a critical asset when tackling sustainability,” says Rabih Bou Rached Founder and […]
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B Corp launches sustainability-focused pop-up in London

B Corp UK has launched a corner shop-inspired space that aims to raise awareness of eco-friendly brands rather than sell them. The pop-up store concept, dubbed Good News, will showcase 300 ambient, fresh, chilled and frozen products from over 100 UK brands that are B Corp certified, including Cook, Tony’s Chocoloney, Vita Coco, Dash Water, Ella’s […]
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New concrete vaulted floor suggests path to cutting carbon emissions

A type of flooring that uses 75 per cent less concrete than the current standard has been invented by researchers at the universities of Bath, Cambridge and Dundee, who say it could make a "major difference" to the construction industry's carbon footprint. The UK-based researchers from the ACORN project (the name is short for Automating Concrete Construction) use a thin-shell vaulted […]
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Spinney’s partners with Emirates School Establishment to bring sustainable food programme to UAE public schools

Farm to Table’ aims to educate one million individuals by 2023 to eat well and live well, for a healthier and more sustainable future Dubai, UAE – Locally-owned supermarket Spinneys has partnered with Emirates School Establishment (ESE) to roll out its ‘Farm to Table’ educational programme in public schools across the UAE. As part of the […]
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Aston Martin to partner Britishvolt in quest for high-end electric cars

Luxury car maker Aston Martin has signed an agreement with Britishvolt as it develops a gigafactory to produce batteries for electric vehicles at its plant on the Northumberland coast. The memorandum of understanding is part of Aston Martin’s plans to launch its first battery-powered vehicle by 2025 and is a further boost to the plans […]
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ENGIE and O-I drive green electricity transformation in Europe

February 28, 2022 /CSRwire/ - O-I Glass, Inc. (“O-I”) (NYSE: OI) and ENGIE’s business entity “Global Energy Management & Sales” reached a long-term agreement for ENGIE to initially provide an aggregate 4.3 TWh of renewable electricity to O-I sites in Europe. Over a ten-year period, ENGIE will supply O-I facilities in Europe with electricity generated […]
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Tetra Pak invests in four new recycling facilities, enabling global carton recycling to exceed fifty billion units a year

Once fully operational, the latest recycling solutions in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Australia are expected to recycle up to 45,000 tonnes of post-consumer carton packages, or over 1.4 billion pack units, ensuring all components are given a new lease of life. Lausanne, Switzerland (22 February 2022)-In just four months, Tetra Pak has co-invested over […]
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Meijer plans to reduce carbon emissions with solar project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Midwestern retailer Meijer BB #:104887 announced today its involvement in a utility-scale solar project that will make significant strides toward its recently announced carbon reduction goal. The retailer signed a renewable energy power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, which states Meijer will purchase a portion […]
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Metito secures $120m sustainability-linked loan 

Metito Holding Limited, one of the leading global providers of water and alternative energy management solutions, has secured a $120 million sustainability-linked loan.  HSBC Bank Middle East acted as the coordinator, initial mandated lead arranger, and bookrunner for the issuance of this loan.  This transaction was also supported by Ahli Bank of Kuwait UAE with $40 […]
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IPCC to global business and government leaders: the jig is up

The latest IPCC report provides further detail about just how far we’re careening off the proverbial rails and our ever-narrowing window for getting back on a habitable track. But it also provides deeper insight into a potential path forward — if we take definitive, collective action immediately. Six months ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) […]
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