Inspirational Sustainability News 22nd May 2023

Inspirational Sustainability News for You

Welcome to Play It Green’s weekly sustainability news, where we bring you the latest inspirational sustainability news. Discover how individuals and communities are making remarkable strides towards a greener future.

From urban gardens blooming with fresh produce to renewable energy projects transforming communities, we’ll showcase the positive impacts people are making. Join us as we delve into the world of sustainability, exploring uplifting stories that will leave you feeling empowered.

Are you ready to be inspired by the remarkable changes happening around the globe? Keep reading to find out how you can be part of the transformative journey towards a more sustainable and eco-friendlier world.

Let’s dive in and embrace the power of positive change together!

Inspirational Sustainability News from Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, in partnership with Twelve, is promoting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to address emissions in the aviation industry. The UAE-based airline and Twelve, a carbon transformation company, have developed SAF produced from CO2 and renewable energy. 

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer at Etihad said: “Etihad Airways is working hard on its sustainability strategy and deploying a range of initiatives across the spectrum of sustainability to achieve that.”

By combining renewable energy and water, Twelve converts CO2 into chemicals and materials, reducing emissions by 90% compared to fossil fuels. Etihad’s sustainability goals of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and waste-to-fuel conversion align with this partnership. They introduced the Etihad Greenliner Program in 2019, focusing on sustainability initiatives with Boeing and GE.

Etihad’s collaboration with Twelve reinforces its commitment to driving innovation and sustainability in aviation. Twelve has developed E-Jet fuel, a low-carbon jet fuel tested by the US Air Force, produced using carbon transformation technology. The partnership aims to promote SAF globally through international demonstration flights.

Inspirational Sustainability News Etihad Airways and Twelve are developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel made from the air
Etihad Airways and Twelve are developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel made from CO2

Nicholas Flanders, Twelve’s CEO, emphasises their progress toward creating drop-in jet fuel made from air. By using existing aircraft fleets, Etihad can reduce emissions by up to 90%, contributing to the UN’s 2050 net-zero emissions target in aviation. Carry on reading to find out about another inspiring sustainability news story.

Inspirational Sustainability News from The Lycra Company

The LYCRA Company has teamed up with Qira to produce bio-derived spandex using QORE, marking a new chapter in sustainable fashion.  LYCRA, invented in 1958, revolutionised the world of garments by providing elasticity and durability. Fast forward to the present, LYCRA continues to innovate and meet consumer needs with over 200 unique fibres.

In partnership with Qore, The LYCRA Company has achieved a breakthrough in bio-derived spandex production. With QIRA as a key ingredient, 70% of LYCRA fibre content will come from annually renewable sources. 

This collaboration aligns with LYCRA’s commitment to a circular economy and reducing environmental impact. Julien Born, CEO of The LYCRA Company said, “As part of our sustainability goals, we are committed to delivering products that support a more circular economy while helping our apparel and personal care customers reduce their footprint.”

The partnership signifies a significant step towards sustainability in the fashion industry. By using field corn grown by Iowa farmers, LYCRA and QIRA contribute to reduced CO2 emissions. Furthermore, there is the replacement of finite resources with renewable ones.

Inspirational Sustainability News Lycra is developing a material derived from renewable resources
Lycra is developing a new material derived from renewable resources

Stay tuned to discover how this collaboration will shape the future of eco-friendly fashion. Read on to find out more about the inspiring sustainable changes coming our way.

Inspirational Sustainability News from Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s is making waves in the eco-friendly space by converting its entire fleet at the Nine Elms London superstore to electric vehicles (EVs). This move aligns with their goal of achieving net-zero operational emissions by 2035. The fleet, consisting of 12 vans, will now be replaced with pure-electric models, resulting in a reduction of 57 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually.

Charging the vans will be done using 100% renewable electricity. Sainsbury’s is not stopping there. They are also planning to adopt electric refrigerated trailers and have been actively trialling innovative smart charging solutions. The supermarket aims to electrify its entire fleet by 2035, including refrigerated vehicles.

This exciting news coincides with a joint call from businesses urging the UK government to prioritise scaling the national electric HGV stock. The UK Platform for Battery Electric Trucking, which includes organizations like National Grid and the John Lewis Partnership, is advocating for a zero-emission vehicle mandate for HGV manufacturers to ensure the phase-out of petrol and diesel HGVs by 2040.

Inspirational Sustainability News - Supermarket Sainsbury's now has a fully electric fleet at its Nine Elms store
Supermarket Sainsbury's now has a fully electric fleet at its Nine Elms store

Sainsbury’s’ director of property and procurement, Patrick Dunne, said he is thrilled Nine Elms customers “will be delighted to learn that their groceries are being delivered with zero emissions, helping to reduce the environmental impact of their online shopping”. The supermarket’s EV fleet transformation is inspirational sustainability news and a significant step towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

That’s a Wrap

Inspirational sustainability news continues to inspire and drive positive change in various industries. From Sainsbury’s fully-electric fleet to The LYCRA Company’s bio-derived spandex, companies are taking bold steps towards sustainability.

These initiatives not only reduce environmental impact but also pave the way for a greener future. Stay informed and be part of the Play It Green community to learn about more inspiring sustainable changes.

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