Ball strengthens its European goal of achieving 100% renewable energy

Ball Corporation has announced the signing of two virtual contracts for the sale of energy (VPPA) in Europe, one for the Corral Nuevo project, located in Valladolid, with wpd and another for the Brattmyrliden project with Falck Renewables, which representing a total of 93.4 megawatts (MW) of additional wind power. These agreements not only demonstrate Ball's commitment to achieving and maintaining 100% renewable energy in Europe, but will also allow the company to serve around 63% of the demand for electrical energy in its can manufacturing plants. of drink in Europe (excluding Russia) with new renewable energy.

Advances in wind energy in Spain and Sweden will allow Ball to reduce its scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by nearly 60% compared to 2019, equivalent to the reduction in the carbon footprint achieved by removing more than 47,000 cars in circulation in one year. Ball's goal is to address 100% of its electrical footprint in the region with clean energy, for which it will seek energy purchase agreements when possible. At the moment, the company is acquiring Power Attribution Certificates (EACs) and has recently announced the acquisition of EACs to fully cover its operations in the European Union, Serbia and the UK until 2020.

"These unprecedented agreements confirm Ball's strong commitment to reducing the carbon footprint both in our operations and across the value chain," says Kathleen Pitre, director of business and sustainability, Ball Corporation. "Both projects will allow us to cover a substantial part of our electricity demand in Europe with new wind energy and accelerate progress towards the science-based targets that we have recently approved."

Coaali, the coalition for aluminum and light steel recycling, is born

Coaali is the coalition born to promote the effective recycling of light steel and aluminum products, materials with infinite recyclability. It is a project of progress towards an increasingly circular and sustainable economy, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The three main lines of work will be the search for alliances with public institutions, companies, NGOs, environmental entities, etc .; promote effective recycling and promote public awareness in the responsible management of waste.

This initiative is promoted by Nespresso, as a founding company, in line with its commitment to sustainability for almost 20 years. At the moment, the companies Cofresco (Alabl), JDE (L'Or, Marcilla, Saimaza), Codorníu and Hydro Extrusion have joined the coalition, which also value the sustainability potential of aluminum and light steel in their business models. Coaali opens the door to all those organizations determined to promote sustainability and the circular economy within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

Currently, the lack of adequate technology in packaging selection plants prevents aluminum and light steel products from being recycled and, consequently, they are being wasted in landfills. Coaali was born with the vocation of expanding the separation, collection and recycling capacity of these products in pioneering cities in Spain. To do this, the coalition will promote the implementation of innovative technological solutions in these cities to solve these separation difficulties due to the small size of said waste. In addition, Coaali will work to make recycling as easy and comfortable as possible for the citizen, exposing the different local and regional administrations to the possibility that these products can be deposited in the yellow container.

The Life EPS ‐ SURE project demonstrates a breakthrough in the circular economy of plastics

The Life EPS ‐ SURE project has successfully completed three years of research: Expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes, known as white cork, which are used as packaging to store, transport and present fresh products such as fish, can be transformed into new PS containers suitable for food contact, such as the yogurt container, thanks to an innovative recycling process.

The consortium formed by the companies Cicloplast, Anape, Coexpan, El Corte Inglés and Total Petrochemicals Ibérica presented the results of the R + D + i project in an online event with more than 100 attendees from different European countries. The project started in 2017 with a budget of 1.5 million euros and has been 60% co-financed by the European Union through the Life Program.

The main conclusion is the technical feasibility of the project, which opens the way to new developments and lays the foundation for food grade authorization and certification for recycled polystyrene from the fish box (r-PS) by the European agency EFSA.

Ultimately, it is demonstrated that based on the criteria applied for PET, the containers obtained from r-PS would be safe and safe for use in food contact applications, in addition to producing a great environmental benefit.

The Life EPS ‐ SURE project opens the way to future new markets for polystyrene and lays the groundwork for achieving food grade authorization and certification by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for polystyrene.

L'Oréal presents its sustainable goals for 2030

L'Oréal launches its new sustainability program 'L'Oréal for the future', which sets the Group's ambitions for 2030.

L'Oréal is accelerating its transformation towards a business model that respects planetary limits. By 2025, all L'Oréal facilities will be carbon neutral, with improved energy efficiency and the use of 100% renewable energy. By 2030, 100% of the plastic used in packaging for L'Oréal products will be recycled or biologically sourced, and L'Oréal will reduce all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% per finished product, compared to 2016 .

Furthermore, through a plan launched in May 2020, L'Oréal will allocate € 150 million to tackle more pressing social and environmental problems.

The Group has defined new quantifiable objectives for 2030 to fight climate change, which it already does through the “Science Based Targets” initiative, but now goes one step further, by addressing three other environmental problems: preservation of biodiversity, sustainable water management and circular use of resources. In order to empower its consumers to make more sustainable decisions, L'Oréal has developed a rating system for the environmental and social impact of its products, which scores on a scale from 'A' to 'E' , being the 'A' products considered as "the best in their category" in terms of environmental impact. The method has been endorsed by independent scientific experts and the data has been verified by Bureau Veritas Certification. The first brand to implement this new methodology from 2020 is Garnier, with its hair care products. The system will gradually be extended to other L'Oréal countries, brands and product categories.

"L'Oréal's sustainable revolution is beginning a new stage. The planet faces unprecedented challenges and it is essential to accelerate our efforts to preserve it and make it a safe place for all of humanity. We will do so in our own business operations and in our contribution to society at large. We know that the greatest challenges are yet to come and L'Oréal will remain faithful to its ambition: to work within the limits of the planet, " says Jean-Paul Agon, president and CEO of L'Oréal.

DS Smith presents its Principles of Circular Design

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as a strategic partner, joined DS Smith in a virtual event held on June 24 to explore the new DS Smith Circular Design Principles.

A group of experts comprised of Joe Iles, leader of Circular Design at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Lydia Butler, director of Customer Experience at DS Smith, chaired by Greg Dawson, director of Corporate Affairs at DS Smith, discussed why the Design is vital in the transition to a more circular economy.

With more than 700 packaging designers worldwide, as Greg Dawson said, DS Smith is helping customers optimize packaging for their supply chains every day.

Lydia Butler stated, “Although our material in corrugated packaging is already circular in nature, we work tirelessly to make our packaging solutions even more sustainable. Our great source of inspiration was the Design Guide created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. With the Circular Design Principles we have developed a specific personalized frame for packaging. This will help us challenge ourselves, designing even better packaging. I am convinced that our international clients will benefit from our Circular Design Principles. » She also commented on different aspects related to the circular economy, such as the importance of creating a framework, of emissions from the means of transport of products, even more so with the rise of e-commerce ...

When it comes to design, customers, the design world, and internal synergies are three big influences, according to Joe Iles, who commented, “Partners like DS Smith have a great capacity to raise awareness about a change very quickly, as they mobilize their large design community, and influence their customers, many of them, global brands. What's more, the company will also inspire many other companies and designers around the world. ”

The Principles of Circular Design

The Circular Design Principles, created in conjunction with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, have been developed to eliminate waste and contamination from design, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

DS Smith's 5 Principles of Circular Design are:
1. We protect brands and products - Designers must ensure that the packaging correctly protects the product it contains. Products that are damaged by improper packaging have an economic and environmental impact.

2. We don't use more materials than necessary - Optimized use of packaging materials saves resources and reduces waste.

3. We design for supply cycle efficiency - Our designers add efficiency by changing the design of products within boxes to stack them on transport vehicles.

4. We keep materials in use - We eliminate waste by keeping containers in use for as long as possible. We can "close the loop" for customers in 14 days, recycling packaging and turning it into new products.

5. Find a better way - We empower our designers to challenge the status quo and support clients on their journey to the circular economy.

At the online event, several DS Smith designers explained how they apply each of these five Circular Design Principles and how they offer a framework for designing more sustainable packaging solutions in collaboration with customers, many of whom are international brands with goods from consumption in continuous movement. Thus, for example, Robyn Macdonald, Solutions Consultant, and Elena Fleming, Innovation and Concept Development Manager, among other experts, intervened.

The virtual meeting ended with the questions of the Internet users and the answers of the speakers.




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