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Mastercard Launches Sustainable Materials Program for Card Issuers

Mastercard developed a new sustainable card program for card issues globally aimed at reducing the amount of first-use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic used for manufacturing cards. The company also introduced a directory of sustainable materials and vendors for financial institutions.

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Crude steel production declines 6 percent globally in the first half of 2020

Crude steel production declines 6 percent globally in the first half of 2020

Crude steel production declines 6 percent globally in the first half of 2020
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World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, was 148.3 million metric tons in June of this year, a 7 percent decrease compared with production in June 2019. However, many of the figures for June of this year are estimates that may be revised with next month’s production update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the association says.

World crude steel production was 873.1 million metric tons in the first six months of 2020, down by 6 percent from the same period in 2019, according to Worldsteel. Asia produced 642 million metric tons of crude steel in the first half of 2020, 3 percent less than in the first half of 2019. The European Union produced 68.3 million metric tons of crude steel in the first half of 2020, 18.7 percent less than in the first half of 2019, while North America’s crude steel production in the first half of 2020 was 50.2 million metric tons, a decrease of 17.6 percent compared with the first half of 2019.

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In June of this year, production in the Asia region, which Worldsteel defines as China, India, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, declined 2.3 percent compared with June of last year, while it declined 3 percent for the first half of the year. China produced 91.6 million metric tons of crude steel, or 4.5 percent more steel than it produced in June 2019. India produced 6.9 million metric tons of crude steel in June 2020, down 26.3 percent from June 2019. Japan produced 5.6 million metric tons of crude steel in June of this year, down 36.3 percent from June 2019. South Korea’s steel production for June was 5.1 million metric tons, a 14.3 decrease relative to June 2019. Vietnam posted a 13.4 percent increase in production, going from nearly 1.7 million metric tones in June 2019 to 1.92 million metric tons this June. For the first half of the year, that country saw its production increase 4.6 percent relative to the first half of 2019.

In the E.U., Germany produced 2.5 million metric tons of crude steel in June 2020, down 27.3 percent on June 2019, Worldsteel says. Italy produced 1.8 million metric of crude steel for the month, down 13 percent on June 2019. France and Spain each produced 0.8 million metric tons of crude steel in June 2020, down 34.9 percent and 31.5 percent, respectively, compared with June 2019.

In North America, steel production for June of this year declined 32.2 percent. The United States produced 4.7 million metric tons of crude steel in June 2020, a decrease of 34.5 percent compared with June 2019. For the first half of the year, the country’s steel production declined 182.3 percent from the same period in 2019, according to Worldsteel. Canada saw its production decline 30.8 percent for the month and 15.2 percent for the first half of the year, while Mexico’s declined 21.4 percent for the month and 15.8 percent for the half.

Production in the C.I.S. is estimated to be 7.9 million metric tons in June of this year, Worldsteel says, which is a decrease of 5 percent from June 2019. The region’s production declined 4.1 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2019. Ukraine produced 1.8 million metric tons of crude steel in June, which is 9 percent more than it made in June 2019; it’s half-year production decline 7.6 percent from 2019.

Turkey’s crude steel production for June was 2.8 million metric tons, up by 4.1 percent from June 2019. Through the first half of the year, the country produced 16.3 million metric tons of steel, 4.1 percent less than in the first half of 2019.

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Crude steel production declines 6 percent globally in the first half of 2020
<![CDATA[World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, was 148.3 million metric tons in June of this year, a 7 percent decrease compared with production in June 2019. However, many of the figures for June of this year are estimates that may be revised with next month’s production update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the association says.World crude steel production was 873.1 million metric tons in the first six months of 2020, down by 6 percent from the same period in 2019, according to Worldsteel. Asia produced 642 million metric tons of crude steel in the first half of 2020, 3 percent less than in the first half of 2019. The European Union produced 68.3 million metric tons of crude steel in the first half of 2020, 18.7 percent less than in the first half of 2019, while North America’s crude steel production in the first half of 2020 was 50.2 million metric tons, a decrease of 17.6 percent compared with the first half of 2019.© Worldsteel In June of this year, production in the Asia region, which Worldsteel defines as China, India, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, declined…

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Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030

Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030
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Apple, based in Cupertino, California, announced plans to become completely carbon neutral in the next decade. It will be across the entire business with the goal of every Apple device having net zero climate impact.

“Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet—they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”

Apple also plans to reduce emissions by 75 percent by 2030 and have solutions for carbon removal for the other 25 percent.

To take on this mission Apple has created a climate road map for the next decade. Some of Apple’s first steps include increasing the use of low carbon and recycled materials in its products, innovating product recycling and designing products to be more energy efficient.

The company is working with several companies to develop more engineering solutions. All iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch devices released in the past year are made with recycled content.

Apple decreased its carbon footprint by 4.3 million metric tons in 2019 and over the past 11 years, Apple has reduced the average energy needed for product use by 73 percent.

It isn’t just the products though, as Apple is working to find new ways to lower energy use at its corporate facilities.

Last year, Apple invested in energy efficiency upgrades to more than 6.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings, lowering electricity needs by nearly 20 percent.

Renewable energy is also important. Apple has commitments from more than 70 suppliers to use 100 percent renewable energy for production. Those commitments will avoid more than 14.3 million metric tons of CO2 each year.

Emissions will also be tackled through improvements in processing and materials by supporting a direct carbon-free aluminum smelting process with two aluminum suppliers.

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Source: Recycling Today
Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030
<![CDATA[Apple, based in Cupertino, California, announced plans to become completely carbon neutral in the next decade. It will be across the entire business with the goal of every Apple device having net zero climate impact. “Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet—they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”Apple also plans to reduce emissions by 75 percent by 2030 and have solutions for carbon removal for the other 25 percent. To take on this mission Apple has created a climate road map for the next decade. Some of Apple’s first steps include increasing the use of low carbon and recycled materials in its products, innovating product recycling and designing products to be more energy…

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Reusable Packaging Solutions for Subscription Services

With subscription services on the rise, especially in times when in-person shopping is a challenge, four service providers are seeking alternative, reusable packaging options from a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based designer and manufacturer. Returnity Innovatio
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Nestlé Waters North America Converts 3 More Water Brands to 100% Recycled Plastic

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) recently announced that three more of its US domestic still water brands have started to convert their packaging to 100% recycled plastic.

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Morgan Stanley to Become First US Bank to Publicly Disclose How Much Its Loans and Investments Contribute to Climate Change

Morgan Stanley will become the first US-based global bank to join the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) and its Steering Committee as part of the firm’s commitment to measuring and disclosing its approach to climate change risk and opportunity.

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3 easy ways to help recycle rechargeable batteries

Lowe’s and its customers have recycled more than 6 million pounds of rechargeable batteries since 2004
Each year, more and more people enjoy the convenience of rechargeable batteries. Just count the number of everyday devices you use that are powered …
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Coca-Cola European Partners Invests in Polyester Waste Recycling

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) began funding Dutch startup CuRe Technology, which is developing a process for transforming difficult-to-recycle plastic polyester waste into high-quality recycled PET.

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P&G Says Global Operations to Be Carbon Neutral within the Decade

Procter & Gamble announced plans to go beyond their existing science-based target of reducing emissions from operations 50% by 2030 to have global operations become carbon neutral for the next decade.

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More than 7.5 Million Pounds of Batteries Recycled in U.S. in 2019 by Call2Recycle®

Retail partners and municipalities drive surge in battery collections
ATLANTA, GA. – January 30, 2020 – Thanks to consumer’s increasing battery recycling habits at retailers and municipalities, more than 7.5 million pounds of batteries were responsibly recycled in the U.S. …
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