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September 27, 2022
Dealing with net zero's mining dilemma

Dealing with net zero’s mining dilemma

Image: Daniela Jaramillo of Fidelity International How miners manage the social, political, and environmental risks of their operations will be crucial to the industry’s ability to deliver metals the world needs for a net-zero transition. Few details have emerged of Tesla’s recently reported $5bn agreement to buy nickel from Indonesia. But that such a deal has happened at all tells us something important. Among a number of environmental problems, Indonesia’s nickel production at worst creates almost three times as much carbon dioxide per tonne as the global average. It is likely that Tesla is buying the country’s lower-carbon nickel but the footprint remains significant for a company that prides itself on its green credentials. However, Tesla also needs to secure a long-term supply of the metal for its batteries, and there are only so many sources to choose from. HSBC AM to phase out thermal coal investing by 2040 […]

September 27, 2022
Some plants can short-circuit the toxic effects of metals – now scientists are trying to harness their power

Some plants can short-circuit the toxic effects of metals – now scientists are trying to harness their power

Heavy metals can be toxic to plants – and humans, too. At first glance, it’s hard to see what gold, iron, lead, arsenic, silver, platinum and tin have in common. A look at the periodic table will clear up the confusion: they are all heavy metals, typically categorised as those metals with an atomic weight and density at least five times greater than water. These and other heavy metals occur naturally in the environment, and in some cases, in our bodies. They’re mostly considered harmless but at certain levels of exposure they can be toxic to human, plant and animal life. Being over exposed to heavy metals can stunt plants’ growth and lower seed production. Some plants have evolved traits that increase their tolerance of heavy metals. Many researchers, myself among them, believe that understanding and harnessing these evolutionary traits may allow us to protect agricultural crops from the […]

September 27, 2022
Single Use Plastic ban spikes the price of paper, INR 15 per kg hike in last three months

Single Use Plastic ban spikes the price of paper, INR 15 per kg hike in last three months

Single Use Plastic ban spikes the price of paper, INR 15 per kg hike in last three months Kuantum Paper to reach revenue potential of Rs 1100 Cr by year-end: Mr Pavan Khaitan The paper industry witnessed a price rise of around Rs15 per kg in the last three months. We are looking at our margins reaching close to 30% from the current 22% by the end of the year. We are at full capacity utilization and forecasting revenue potential to reach Rs 1100 Crores by the year-end. 13 September 2022 | The Pulp and Paper Times: The tailwinds and increased paper demand have propelled the paper stocks anywhere between 100 – 200% in the past year. The question is, how long will it sustain? And what is the future of these stocks? Mr. Pavan Khaitan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Kuantam Paper, shared his insights with CNBC- TV18 on […]

September 27, 2022
Smurfit Kappa acquires packaging plant in Rio de Janeiro

Smurfit Kappa acquires packaging plant in Rio de Janeiro

PaperBox plant in Brasil. Smurfit Kappa has signed an agreement to acquire PaperBox , a packaging plant located in Saquarema, 70 kms east of Rio de Janeiro. The transaction, which is subject to the approval of regulatory bodies, is expected to close at the end of October. Brazil is the largest corrugated cardboard market in Latin America, with 7.4 bn sq m produced annually, and the Southeast region, where PaperBox is located, equates to 46% of this volume. This acquisition represents a further expansion of Smurfit Kappa’s operational footprint in Brazil as it currently operates in three other states: Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Ceará. “We are very proud to expand our footprint in Brazil to meet the growing demand for innovative and sustainable packaging. This acquisition will broaden and strengthen our presence in the country, improve our production capabilities and enable us to continue to create […]

September 26, 2022
How can the packaging industry engage with disability-led design?

How can the packaging industry engage with disability-led design?

Several consumer goods companies – including high-profile Unilever and Procter & Gamble brands – have unveiled what they refer to as inclusive or accessible packaging designs in the last few years. These companies often assert that they worked with disabled people during the development of the packaging, and that they are the first to launch a product of this kind. While largely aimed at European, UK, and US markets, Sirui Ma explains that many of these packaging designs have already existed for over 30 years in East Asia. Kao Corporation, for example, introduced tactile markings to its shampoo ranges in Japan in 1991 as Sirui Ma details in her exploration of Anglocentrism in business. In western markets, few packaging designs hailed as inclusive appear to have made it beyond the prototype stage. Packaging Europe has covered some of these releases, including, most recently, an interview with P&G about its […]

September 26, 2022
How digital technology can accelerate food sustainability

How digital technology can accelerate food sustainability

Food Security The Big Picture Crowdsource Innovation The food industry needs to innovate faster and collaborate better to effectively tackle environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges. Digital technologies can be used to address these challenges whilst potentially creating new businesses with attractive returns. Focusing on areas that have both ESG and financial value improves the likelihood of aligning stakeholders and scaling impact. Meeting the food needs of a constantly growing global population requires sustainable food production for both the planet and society. To do this, the food industry needs to address multiple complex issues: greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation; employee safety and fair wages; consumer nutrition and health. Recent shocks to our interconnected global food system remind us just how small our safety net is. These include climate change, COVID-19, and the conflict in Ukraine, among others. Have you read? Faster innovation and cross-value-chain collaboration are key to change. […]