Sustainability > Green economics

Recycling rebates available for small businesses

19 December, 2014

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is giving small businesses an early Christmas present: up to $25,000 in government rebates for recycling.

Spectacular green energy orb to deliver sustainable profits to beef processor

16 December, 2014

A spectacular orb-shaped green energy storage facility being installed at one of Australia's largest beef processing plants is an example of how industry can profit from environmental initiatives.

Nestlé's anaerobic digestion plant a sweet success

27 November, 2014

As part of Nestlé's efforts to develop environmentally sustainable manufacturing at its Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in northern England, the company commissioned British company Clearfleau to build an on-site anaerobic digestion plant.

FSC and PEFC certification for UPM Raflatac's Chinese sites

03 November, 2014

UPM Raflatac's label stock slitting and distribution operations in Guangzhou and Tianjin terminals have both achieved FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications.This means that all of the company's Chinese sites are now CoC certified.

A new take on drink driving

31 October, 2014

Turning the dregs of whisky-making into fuel in Scotland.

Reducing water use in livestock use through food labels

21 October, 2014

Something as small as a food label could help reduce the amount of water used in livestock production, according to Washington State University researchers.

60% of Australians worried about climate change impacts on food

20 October, 2014

Almost 60% of Australians think climate change is affecting our ability to grow and access food in Australia, according to a new poll conducted by Oxfam Australia. In the 18-34 age bracket, this figure jumped to 68%.

Coffee farmers generate energy from wastewater

09 September, 2014

Results from a four-year project on coffee wastewater treatment have shown that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.

The true cost of cattle is much, much higher than you imagine

22 July, 2014 by Gidon Eshel, Bard College

That eating beef is environmentally costly is by now widely appreciated. My colleagues and I decided to calculate just how costly beef production is for the environment, and how it stacks up against pork, poultry, dairy and eggs.

GreenPalm trades 11 millionth certificate

10 July, 2014

Sustainable palm oil certificate-trading program GreenPalm recently traded its 11 millionth certificate.

Food loss - questions about the amount and causes still remain

10 June, 2014 by Jean C Buzby, Hodan Farah Wells and Jaspreet Aulakh

Food loss and its food waste subcomponent are increasingly in the spotlight both in the United States and around the world. This attention reflects concern about the resources wasted in the production and disposal of uneaten food, the negative side effects associated with food loss (such as pollution created during food production) and the growing pressures on the global food supply.

Stute goes green with in-house Krones recycling system

17 February, 2014

With its bottle-to-bottle recycling capability, Stute is processing its own PET waste and in future will also use non-returnable PET containers from its customers, using the decontaminated flakes as an admixture to the preform production process on injection-moulding machines.

Powering a processing plant with wastewater

03 December, 2013

Mexican food processor Sabormex has turned its wastewater stream into energy by installing a GWE ANUBIX-B anaerobic reactor, an ANAMIX-T reactor and a complete biogas re-use system.

Riverina to become hazelnut capital with Ferrero initiative

03 December, 2013

Ferrero Group has announced the establishment of a $70 million hazelnut production facility in the Riverina region, which has been launched by Agri Australis, a subsidiary of the Ferrero Group.

Cambodian hydropower project threatens food security

29 November, 2013

Cambodia faces a dilemma: 80% of the population lacks reliable access to electricity, a situation which could be remedied by developing dams for hydropower. However, in developing such dams, the country's own ecosystems and food security are under threat.

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