Sustainability Wins: Eco News 7th August 2023

Sustainability Wins: Introduction

Welcome to Play It Green’s Weekly Sustainability Wins! Every Monday, we bring you the latest and greatest stories of ‘sustainability wins’. Wins from businesses making positive changes for our planet. Witnessing these remarkable transformations can inspire us all to take action and create a greener world.

In this edition, we highlight businesses that are leading the charge towards sustainability. They are doing this with innovative practices, eco-friendly initiatives, and impactful partnerships. Their success stories serve as beacons of hope, motivating us to make much-needed changes in our own lives and communities.

Join us in celebrating these inspiring achievements and discover how you too can be a part of the sustainable movement. Read on for a dose of inspiration and start making a difference today! Together, we can create a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

Sustainability Wins: Mondelēz shares DEI and ESG goals

Our first story celebrates the remarkable progress made by Mondelēz International towards achieving its 2025 ESG targets, driving sustainable transparency and net-zero goals. As an American-based snack company, Mondelēz owns some of the world’s most beloved brands.

Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, expressed his pride in their commitment to being a responsible and sustainable global snacking company. Furthermore, he emphasised their dedication to leading the future of snacking amid a time of significant change and challenges.

One of Mondelēz’s key focuses is on increasing transparency and sourcing sustainable ingredients. These ingredients play a vital role in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving biodiversity protection goals. As well as that. they recently published their Snacking Made Right Report, outlining their ESG priorities and long-term ambitions to drive sustainable growth and impact.

A highlight of their efforts is the Cocoa Life program, their signature global cocoa sustainability initiative, which involved over 230,000 farmers by the end of 2022. 

Sustainability Wins Mondelez, the maker of Oreo's has released it's latest impact report
Mondelez, the maker of Oreo's has released it's latest impact report

Following this, Mondelēz aims to scale the program’s positive impact, increasing the number of farmers to 300,000 by 2030.

Finally, Mondelēz has taken great strides in its global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. They are growing a diverse group of colleagues and delivering a supportive culture that empowers employees and communities worldwide.

There are several sustainability wins here, not just around footprint reduction, but better business, including positive action around DEI. Great work all around!

Sustainability Wins: Manchester Gets World’s Largest Battery Storage Facility

In our second story, we celebrate the news that the world’s largest battery energy storage scheme (BESS) is approved for development in Manchester. Carlton Power’s groundbreaking 1GW project is set to enter commercial operation in 2025, revolutionising energy security in the region.

This visionary £750 million project at Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park is a significant step towards achieving regional net-zero targets. With a massive production output of 2080MWh, the Manchester facility is nearly five times bigger than the next largest which is located in California.

Keith Clarke, founder of Carlton Power, expressed the company’s dedication to re-energising the Trafford site and delivering economic benefits to Greater Manchester. Additionally, Carlton Power is making strides with another major project – a 200MW green hydrogen facility scheduled to be ready in 2025.

By embracing innovative energy storage and green hydrogen initiatives, Carlton Power is at the forefront of the UK’s energy transition. Their commitment aligns with Greater Manchester’s priority to address the climate crisis and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2038.

Sustainability Wins Greater Manchester is pressing forward with its Net Zero targets
Greater Manchester is pressing forward with its Net Zero targets

This is another fantastic sustainability win for Greater Manchester and the planet as a whole. Well done to the Combined Authority and Carlton Power!

Sustainability Wins: Zero Emissions Flight Test a Success

In our final story of the week, we celebrate the remarkable success of UK firm ZeroAvia’s zero-emission hydrogen aircraft testing. With ten successful flights at Cotswold Airport, this testing campaign is a major leap towards sustainable flight technology.

The company has been exploring how its retrofitted engine performs across various parameters. This was done during a six-month testing campaign. The aircraft flew at 5,000 feet, underwent an endurance test, operated in diverse temperature ranges, and reached the maximum allowable speed for commercial aircraft.

Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia, expressed excitement over their progress in pioneering zero-emission flights. He emphasised the positive impact on climate and air pollution reduction. The project is part of the HyFlyer II initiative, partly funded by the UK Government. This truly showcases their commitment to supporting green innovation and creating high-skilled green jobs.

Nusrat Ghani, the Minister for Industry & Economic Security said: “ZeroAvia is making fantastic progress in pioneering zero-emission flight, and I want to congratulate them on another important step completed”.

Sustainability Wins ZeroAvia are changing the game when it comes to sustainable flights
ZeroAvia are changing the game when it comes to sustainable flights

That’s the last of our three sustainability wins and one that gives us hope for sustainable air travel in the not-too-distant future! Another reason to be cheerful and inspired!

That's a Wrap

And that’s a wrap for this week. Three sustainability wins from companies trying to do their bit for a greener and more sustainable future.

Well done to Mondelez, Carlton Power and ZeroAvia – three organisations making change and setting an example for others to follow.

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