A curated roundup of news impacting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Angel Yeast Co., Ltd, a listed high-tech yeast company in China, has launched AngeoPro F80, a vegan-friendly, allergen-free, natural-origin yeast protein. An ideal solution to complement plant-based protein sources to meet the growing demand for protein across the globe,
Black Buffalo 3D Announces Pact to 3D Print Plant-Based Affordable Housing (15 November 2021)
- Black Buffalo 3D, Alquist, and Revive Hemp Industries have committed to a collaboration, leveraging sustainable materials and joint R&D to create a structural hemp-based 3D construction ink.
The Consumer Goods Forum
CGF Food Waste Coalition Hosts Workshop on Upstream Losses in Animal Protein (16 November 2021)
- The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Food Waste Coalition of Action hosted a virtual workshop on upstream food losses in animal protein. The workshop was the third in a series of virtual events held by the Coalition on the topic, with earlier workshops focusing on fresh produce and non-perishable agricultural commodities.
- “Recently, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and the retail chain Tesco published the ‘Driven to Waste – Global Food Loss on), a report that quantifies the total amount of food lost on farms, globally, revealing an estimated 2.5 billion tons of food go uneaten around the world each year.
Tackling food waste, from farm to fork (11 November 2021)
- As the European Parliament signs off on its flagship Farm-to-Fork plan and events such as World Food Day gain momentum, the issue of food waste is rapidly rising up the collective agenda.
Plastic Waste/Circular Economy
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
- Third annual report demonstrates clear progress from brands and retailers on reducing virgin plastic use, but more effort is needed to reduce the need for single-use packaging in the first place.
- The Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners announced the launch of the Composting Consortium, together with Founding Partners PepsiCo and the NextGen Consortium.
World Economic Forum
Circular economy can transform food to fight climate change (15 November 2021)
- Businesses can set product portfolio strategies underpinned by a mindset of designing for nature, selecting ingredients that are: diverse, lower impact, upcycled and regeneratively produced. This is the basis of a circular design for food.
France Bans Plastic Packaging for Fruits and Vegetables (10 November 2021)
- The law was first passed in February 2020 and the environment ministry recently published a list of around 30 types of fresh produce that must be sold without plastic packaging from January 2022, including eggplants, round tomatoes, oranges, apples, and bananas.
Australian Financial Review
Andrew Forrest backs $234m ocean impact fund (15 November 2021)
- Andrew Forrest’s philanthropic vehicle will invest €5 million ($7.8 million) as a cornerstone investor in a new European impact fund that is focused on what is known as the “blue economy”.
- The symposium was co-sponsored by China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea, National Institute for South China Sea Studies and China Oceanic Development Foundation. More than 800 experts, academics, former political leaders, senior foreign diplomats, representatives of international organizations and government officials from more than 30 countries and regions attended the symposium in person or remotely.
The Washington Post
26,000 tons of plastic waste, PPE from covid pandemic pollute ocean (10 November 2021)
- Some 8 million metric tons of pandemic-related plastic waste has been created by 193 countries, about 26,000 tons of which is now in the world’s oceans, where it threatens to disrupt marine life and further pollute beaches, a recent study found.
- After extending the COP26 climate negotiations an extra day, nearly 200 countries meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, adopted on Saturday an outcome document that, according to the UN Secretary-General, “reflects the interests, the contradictions, and the state of political will in the world today”.
How oil palm production can benefit people and planet (16 November 2021)
- Our ‘sustainable village’ project in Indonesia is an example of how we’re working with smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods while, at the same time, protecting nature.
UN Global Compact
- 1,045 companies representing more than $23 trillion in market capitalization (more than the GDP of the United States) have responded to an urgent call to decarbonize at the pace and scale required to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The companies span 53 sectors in 60 countries and have more than 32 million employees