Sustainability

Pacific could face food shortage by 2030

16 September, 2013

Researchers from the University of Wollongong say that Pacific Island communities could face food shortages due to dwindling fish stocks by as early as 2030 - a problem that could be exacerbated by climate change.


Ball Corp listed in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

16 September, 2013

Ball Corporation has been listed on the 2013/2014 DJSI as the most sustainable company in the containers and packaging industry. Ball is the only packaging company listed in both the DJSI World and DJSI North America.


Cool technology to power refrigerated trucks

09 September, 2013

Most refrigerated trucks and delivery vans used to rely on diesel power to keep their cargoes at the desired temperature, but now silent, emmission-free fuels are being trialled as an alternative.


RSPO palm oil linked to deforestation, Greenpeace claims

05 September, 2013

A new Greenpeace analysis shows that significant deforestation in Indonesia took place in concessions owned by members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry's largest sustainability organisation.


Trio to produce bio-based superabsorbent polymers in Sri Lanka

27 August, 2013

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), CIC Holdings and Chemanex have formed a joint venture - Chemcel - and will build and operate a processing facility in Sri Lanka, manufacturing bio-based superabsorbent polymers.


No bull: biogas recovery to reduce carbon bill

21 August, 2013 | Supplied by: Wiley & Co Pty Ltd

JBS Australia, the country's largest producer of meat products, has engaged Wiley to project manage the $8.7 million upgrade of its wastewater treatment system.


Litter on the decline

19 August, 2013

The occurrence of litter national is declining, the National Litter Index (NLI) shows. Victoria is ahead of the other states and territories with a 17% reduction by item on the 2012 count.


Egg producer to install biogas digester

05 August, 2013

Darling Downs Fresh Eggs will become the first Australian egg producer to install a biogas digester to power its poultry business. The project is expected to reduce the business’s current grid electricity usage by 60% in the first year.


Guide to Life Cycle Inventory

30 July, 2013 by Professor Gordon Robertson FAIP | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Packaging

Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) identifies and quantifies energy and resource use and environmental discharges through the entire product life cycle, from cradle to grave.


Apple and tomato peels used for water treatment

23 July, 2013

Low-cost and efficient, the novel water purification methods could benefit economically and technologically disadvantaged communities.


Turning wastewater into green energy

16 July, 2013 | Supplied by: CST Wastewater Solutions

The United Farmer and Industry cane sugar mill in Thailand is one of the latest mills to use GWE Anaerobic technology. The plant has a capacity of 3500 cubic metres a day of wastewater, containing 22,750 kg per day COD of natural origin that can be broken down into biogas by anaerobic bacteria.


What to do with 1.31 trillion plastic beverage bottles each year

15 July, 2013

The 446 billion PET containers used worldwide for beverage packaging in 2011 is expected to grow to 1.3 trillion by 2015. That’s a lot of bottles that have to be dealt with in the waste and recycling streams.


BASF creates a new way to drink coffee

10 July, 2013 | Supplied by: BASF Australia Ltd

BASF’s compostable plastic ecovio has found its first production application in a system solution for coffee packaging. BASF has collaborated with the Swiss Coffee Company to develop a coffee capsule with aroma-tight outer packaging.


Reducing energy and water usage in continuous-process cooking and cooling

05 July, 2013 by Jim McMahon | Supplied by: Lyco Manufacturing

Recent developments in continuous-process cooking have provided critical reductions in energy use. Capable of being integrated into existing rotary drum systems, these heat and water recovery systems are helping food processors realise significant cost savings.


Bindaree Beef beats the carbon tax

05 July, 2013

A more energy-efficient rendering plant and directing all of its organic waste through a digester to generate clean energy from biogas will reduce Bindaree Beef’s carbon emissions by 95% and deliver annual operating cost savings of $2.44 million.


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