Better management of climate risks needs higher standard of disclosure: TCFD

Better management of climate risks needs higher standard of disclosure: TCFD

Today, more companies are looking for guidance on how to incorporate climate change into their financial reporting, existing regulatory frameworks, corporate governance and reporting guidelines.

Recently, Energetics partnered with the Investor Group on Climate Change to host a briefing in Sydney and Melbourne featuring a presentation by Dr Fiona Wood – a member of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and an author of their most recent Recommendations Report. Read more

IKEA achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK

IKEA achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK

In the UK and Ireland, IKEA achieved zero waste to landfill and recycled 90.6% of the 33,944 tonnes of waste produced – with 9.4% being used for energy recovery.

IKEA aims to produce as much energy from renewable sources as the energy it consumes across all operations worldwide by 2020.

According to IKEA’s head of sustainability Joanna Yarrow, sustainable expansion is a key focus for IKEA, and that waste in recent years has become an extra revenue stream for retailer. Read more

Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said that the company would ensure that “it is technically possible for its plastic packaging to be reused or recycled, and there are established, proven examples of it being commercially viable for plastics re-processors to recycle the material.”

“Our plastic packaging plays a critical role in making our products appealing, safe and enjoyable for our consumers,” Polman said. Read more

Battery power is the answer: Mercedes

Battery power is the answer: Mercedes

The German automaker has made short-term plans to launch and support its F-Cell range of fuel cell vehicles, but in the long term, Mercedes says they are more uncertain, due to hydrogen fuel cell technology losing relevance, and batteries becoming much more capable.

Like many of the other major car manufacturers, Mercedes had invested heavily in hydrogen technology as they worked towards production of zero-emissions vehicles. Read more

Engie announces large-scale renewable projects in Australia and beyond

Engie announces large-scale renewable projects in Australia and beyond

The announcement was made not long after Engie confirmed preparations to shut down their 1500MW Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, with more than 800 set to lose their jobs in March when it closes.

Engie announced in November 2016 that it would shut down the Hazelwood coalmine and power plant in March 2017, as part of a global decision to get out of fossil fuels. Read more

Q&A: Evolution and convergence of tech - changes to look out for in the ICT sector in 2017

Q&A: Evolution and convergence of tech – changes to look out for in the ICT sector in 2017

This is according to Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association’s (AMTA) manager of recycling Spyro Kalos, who spoke to Inside Waste News’ Jan Arreza about what he’s been working on, the current state of Australia e-waste sector, and his expectation for 2017 and beyond.

Inside Waste: What are you currently working on? Read more

Sustainable goods could represent $1T market opportunity

Sustainable goods could represent $1T market opportunity

The study suggests that brands that move to promote the sustainability credentials of their products more clearly can tap into the $1 trillion dollar market opportunity, which will be catalysed by a growth in awareness amongst consumers.

The study, performed by Europanel and Flamingo, surveyed 20,000 adults and asked how sustainability concerns affected their shopping decisions and product use. Read more

Q&A: APC's new strategic plan a "game changer"

Q&A: APC’s new strategic plan a “game changer”

The Strategic Plan identifies priorities that align with the aims and goals of the Covenant over a five-year period, and will commence on January 1 2017.

Inside Waste News’ Jan Arreza caught up with Australian Packaging Covenant CEO Trish Hyde to talk about the significant update to the APC and what we can expect from this space moving forward.

Inside Waste: What are the significant updates of the APC and the new industry-led five-year strategic plan? Read more

202020 Vision recognised for work in improving urban green space

202020 Vision recognised for work in improving urban green space

According to Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) CEO and 202020 Vision member Peter Vaughan, this collaboration goes beyond just one person or organisation – it’s the biggest urban greening collaboration in all of Australia and it’s great to see the hard work of so many people being recognised.

“It is so important to have a combination of organisations and individuals working together, as you can’t enact positive change unless you’ve listened to as many voices as possible,” Vaughan said. Read more