The successes of the week in terms of sustainable development


As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly roundup of five of the week’s top sustainable business success stories from around the world.

Published weekly, this series shows how businesses and sustainability professionals are working to achieve their “Mission Possible” through the campaign’s five key pillars: energy, resources, infrastructure, mobility and company management.

As the dust settles on COP26, companies are keen to show that they can turn their environmental ambitions into action – potentially going further and faster than national governments. Here, we put together five positive sustainability stories from this week for the latest edition of this article for 2021.

ENERGY: Green light for solar farms in Essex and Oxfordshire

As the UK strives to end the production of electricity from fossil fuels relentlessly by 2035, more renewables will need to come online. As such, it is good to see that two solar parks have obtained a building permit this week.

On Tuesday (December 21), Rochford District Council granted a planning agreement to British Solar Renewables (BSR) for the development of a solar farm, co-located with large-scale battery storage, on farmland low grade. There will be a 25 MW battery and 24.9 MW solar generation capacity at the Fambridge Solar Park. There were no objections to the plans at the meeting, after a lengthy period of consultation with local groups throughout 2020.

BSR plans to start construction in 2022. It aims for a net gain in biodiversity of 58% during the first year of operation of the solar park.

BSR Managing Director Tim Humpage said: “We are delighted that Rochford District Council recognizes that urgent action must be taken to tackle climate change. It’s well-thought-out projects like the Fambridge Solar Farm and those to follow that will be key to ensuring energy security and delivering on the UK’s commitment to a net zero future.

Separately, the South Oxford District Council planning committee also met on Tuesday and granted a planning deal to developer Low Carbon for a 49.9 MW solar farm on land at Harlesford Farm, near Tetsworth. The network will be developed on 78 hectares of land and sheep and lambs will be able to graze around the solar panels.

RESOURCES: Princes reduces food waste by more than 12% in one year

Multinational food and beverage maker Princes this week released food waste data for its global operations. Princes is perhaps best known for its brands such as Napolina, Flora and Branston.

The report reveals a 12.84% year-over-year reduction in total food waste generation in the company’s global operations. Of the food waste generated, over 65% was used to produce animal feed. An additional 29.6% was sent to anaerobic digestion plants for use in energy production. No food is sent to landfills in the UK, due to partnerships with charities, including FareShare, for distribution.

In particular, Princes strives to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which involves halving the world’s per capita food waste. Other companies supporting SDG 12.3 include Aldi, Arla, Danone and Tesco.

“As one of the leading grocery brands and food and drink manufacturers in the UK, we have a clear responsibility to tackle the farm-to-fork problem of food waste and take it very seriously. seriously, ”said David McDiarmid, director of corporate relations at Princes.

“Over the past year, we have continued to make good progress in our global operations, during what has of course been a very difficult year for colleagues at our sites. This work is ongoing, as we continue to explore any opportunities to accelerate new actions to reduce waste and ensure that everything we have is reused. “

MOBILITY: Kwik Fit Owner Acquires Tire Recycling Company

In this part of the summary of sustainability success stories, we often highlight a new electric vehicle (EV) model or charging point installation diagram. But sustainable transport is not limited to electrification, including considerations of modal shift and circular economy.

At the latter point, around 55 million used tires are disposed of in the UK each year. They are not biodegradable and present a risk of fire and pollution.

This week, Kwik Fir’s parent company ETEL confirmed the acquisition of UK tire recycling company Murfitts, which has the capacity to recycle around 20 million tires each year. Recycled tires are used to make rubber granular products such as artificial athletic fields and carpet pads.

“This acquisition makes clear strategic sense as we can bring the responsible collection, processing and remanufacturing of tires under our own roof,” said Sean Tanaka, Managing Director of ETEL.

“This will ensure that customers, both retail and wholesale, can be confident that their used tires are being treated in the most sustainable manner possible. “

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: CDL approved science targets of 1.5C

After setting a net zero target for 2030, City Developments Limited (CDL) set more stringent emission reduction targets and had them verified against 1.5C by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

CDL was the first real estate company in Singapore to set scientifically verified targets in 2018, aligning them with 2C. He promised to increase targets in line with 1.5C when he announced net zero vision in February 2021.

You can read the full story of edie, including what the new targets entail, by clicking here.

“To face the climate emergency, companies must set ambitious scientific goals and clear decarbonization paths,” said Esther An, director of sustainable development at CDL.

“Having set our net zero carbon goals as part of the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings commitment and strengthened our SBTi goals, we will remain committed to fostering green building innovations in the urgent pursuit of a low-carbon future. carbon emission, while creating value for our company and stakeholders.

COMMERCIAL LEADERSHIP: Allbirds and Adidas launch innovative low-carbon sneakers

An average running shoe has a carbon footprint of 13.6 kg of CO2e, when you factor in design, materials, manufacture, shipping and packaging. Eager to change that, Adidas and Allbirds have worked together to develop the world’s lowest carbon sneakers.

Following the launch of a prototype pair with a footprint of less than 3kg in May, the two shoe brands launched the shoe online and in select stores this month. 10,000 pairs of shoes are available initially, before lunch in four new colors in the first half of 2022.

The shoes, called FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT, are lighter than regular sneakers and have fewer components. Adidas and Allbirds didn’t reveal full details of the materials used, but said they only used natural, low-carbon options, like Allbirds’ sugarcane SweetFoam padding. They also said the shoe is just as durable as their traditional lines.

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