Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter. This week we take a broad look at the plastics dilemma, both internationally and in New Zealand, then we dig into some ideas on how the private sector can step up when it comes to emissions and sustainability reporting.
We also cover two interesting articles on geothermal energy and then we finish off this week’s SnippETS with some achievable projects that you can implement at home to tackle climate change.
‘Single –use’ has had quite a rise to prominence this year. The rise in awareness over the environmental cost of ‘single-use’ plastics, whether it’s bags or packaging, has meant this phrase has had a lot of air time in 2018. It rightly deserves its place as the Collins Dictionary word of the year. You heard it here first, and no this is not ‘fake news’!
As the concern over plastic use rises, the New Zealand Government has signed a global declaration to cut plastic waste. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Global Commitment brings together governments, businesses and NGOs around the world to address the root causes of plastic waste and pollution, by looking at the big picture.
We next look at how the world and New Zealand will cut plastic waste under the New Plastics Economy Global commitment. Signatories of the commitment are formally endorsing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s framework of a circular economy for plastics, which centres on ensuring that plastics never become waste. This article covers five takeaways from the new commitment.