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EPA Recognizes Outstanding Food Recovery Challenge Participants

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the accomplishments of 13 organizations and businesses participating in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.

In 2015, more than 800 governments, businesses and organizations participated in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Participants include organizations such as grocers, restaurants, educational institutions and sports and entertainment venues, who together kept more than 690,000 tons of food from being wasted. These efforts reduced carbon emissions equivalent to taking approximately 86,000 cars off the road for a year and saved businesses up to $35 million in avoided waste disposal fees.

“The waste reduction efforts of this year’s award winners, as well as all Food Recovery Challenge participants and endorsers, are leading the way for the United States to meet the national goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030,” said Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. “These Food Recovery Challenge award winners are reducing food loss and waste within their communities to make America a healthier, more sustainable nation. They are leading by example and have reduced their climate footprint, helped communities and achieved cost savings by taking actions based on EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy and sustainable materials management best practices.”

In the United States, wasted food carries significant economic and environmental costs. Food accounts for the largest share of the municipal waste stream, with roughly 77 billion pounds discarded each year. The estimated value of food that goes uneaten each year is $161.6 billion, costing the average family up to $1,500. Uneaten food and other organic materials in landfills decompose and generate methane, a significantly harmful greenhouse gas. Landfills are one of the largest sources of methane emissions produced from human activity.

To reduce their food waste, Food Recovery Challenge participants use creative practices such as:

  • Recovering food from farmers’ markets
  • Creating food waste volunteer programs in high schools
  • Giving college students the option to choose what goes on their plates
  • Using tools to improve portion control and meal forecasting
  • Adding infrastructure to more efficiently distribute perishable produce

Read the full article here.

Read EPA’s blog post by Mathy Stanislaus here.

How Sustainability in Sport Can Reach A Tipping Point in 2016

By Claire Poole, Climate Action

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Sport is a crucial part of our social dynamic; providing a way for people to come together that transcends class and background, and engage in a collective experience.

In short, sport whether partaking or watching is a crucial part of our social infrastructure, and one which will not (and should not) go away any time soon.  However, this €450 billion a year industry (AT Kearney ‘The Sports Market’) has an impact on the environment, and plays its role in contributing to climate change.

How can we even start to calculate this impact?  In short, it’s difficult. Emissions are produced as teams and fans travel to sporting events, as stadiums are built, run and maintained, as sportswear and equipment is produced.  Sport contributes to sectors where emissions are already high; transport, energy, cities, industry, consumer goods and waste.

Putting a global figure on this is impossible, but it’s certainly an area where positive changes can be made – both on the industry itself, but also by engendering behavioural change in the general population, which could have a ripple effect of epic proportions.  As Niall Dunne of BT said last year during the launch of 100 per cent Sport, “When Chelsea played their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day this year, 1.7m BT Sport customers tuned in. Imagine if just 10 per cent of those, a mere fraction of the UK’s football fans, switched to renewable energy.”

Read the full article here.

 

Zero-carbon Infrastructure for 2018 Asian Games

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European energy specialist company IMS Ecubes is partnering with the government of South Sumatra to provide zero-carbon energy infrastructure for the 2018 Asian Games.

The two parties announced their partnership during the European Utility Week Expo in Barcelona, Spain, last week.

The Asian Games or Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years gathering athletes from all over Asia, and the second largest sporting event in the world.

The multinational joint venture company IMS Ecubes produces demand responsive, MW-scale hydrogen generation and storage, advanced grid flexibility solutions and zero-emissions mobility solutions, thanks to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.

The Games will be held in Indonesia this year, in the capital Jakarta and in Palembang, which is the capital of the province of South Sumatra.

Read the full story here.

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