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The Science Based Targets Initiative Launches First Framework for Financial Institutions

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched its first science-based target framework and validation service for financial institutions.

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Shipping Industry Unveils Fuel Cell Pilot Project to Reduce Emissions 40 Percent or More

Partners from shipping, R&D and oil and gas are constructing a pilot system for technology that can use multiple types of fuel, including green ammonia and liquefied natural gas (LNG). With this flexibility, vessels can

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OSHA Clarifies Reporting Requirements for Work-Related Cases of COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published additional frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizat
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Dehydration Technology Aims to Provide Nutritional Food at Scale, Reduce Food Waste

The U.S. is the global leader in food waste, with Americans discarding nearly 40 million tons of food every year. That equates to more than $ 161 billion, approximately 219 pounds of waste per person, and 30-40% of the U.S. food supply. With COVID-19
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A Balancing Act: Municipalities Talk Waste & Recycling (Infographic)

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to the waste and recycling industry, and as the nation slowly opens back up, it’s important for municipalities to address these challenges and make adjustments where needed to strike an overall balance. During t
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Managing energy costs during COVID-19 recovery

As the nation moves towards recovery from COVID-19, an organization’s success will depend upon informed financial management — using capital wisely, reducing overhead costs, and increasing efficiencies. Reducing utility and maintenance costs by upgrading facility infrastructure is an obvious first step towards a sustainable recovery. But the question remains, at … Read more »

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Global steel output rises in August, but imbalances remain

Global steel output rises in August, but imbalances remain
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Global crude steel output in August showed a 0.6 percent increase compared with August 2019, with the return to pre-COVID-19 levels of production largely attributable to mills in China—which produces half of the world’s steel—churning out 8.9 percent more tonnage compared with one year earlier.

Figures gathered and released by the Brussels-based World Steel Association (Worldsteel) also showed Turkey’s steel production for August 2020 was 3.2 million metric tons, up by 22.9 percent compared with August 2019. That surge in electric arc furnace (EAF) output in Turkey helped boost ferrous scrap demand in the United States and other parts of the world.

According to Worldsteel, the 64 countries that report to it produced a combined 156.2 million metric tons in August, a 2.3 percent boost from the July figure of 152.7 million metric tons. The August figure marks a 13.9 percent rebound from the COVID-19 related low point of 137.1 metric tons produced in April.

While the global steel output figure has returned to a prepandemic level, it has not been a balanced rebound. Among those nations at or above their year-ago output figures in August, in addition to China (8.9 percent) and Turkey (22.9 percent), were Brazil (6.5 percent), Iran (14.6 percent) and Vietnam (32.9 percent).

The list of nations with a decline in production this August compared with August 2019 is longer and includes major steel producers such as the United States (-24.4 percent), Germany (-13.4 percent), India (-4.4 percent) and Japan (-20.6 percent) .

Year to date, North American production is down 19 percent compared with last year’s output; the European Union is down 18.6 percent; South America’s output has fallen by 15.6 percent; and the former Soviet Union nations have produced a combined 4.5 percent less steel.

China has produced 22 million metric tons more steel year to date compared with the first eight months of 2019, but six of its neighbors in Asia (India, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan and Thailand) have made about 34.1 million metric tons less steel so far this year.

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Global steel output rises in August, but imbalances remain
<![CDATA[Global crude steel output in August showed a 0.6 percent increase compared with August 2019, with the return to pre-COVID-19 levels of production largely attributable to mills in China—which produces half of the world’s steel—churning out 8.9 percent more tonnage compared with one year earlier.Figures gathered and released by the Brussels-based World Steel Association (Worldsteel) also showed Turkey’s steel production for August 2020 was 3.2 million metric tons, up by 22.9 percent compared with August 2019. That surge in electric arc furnace (EAF) output in Turkey helped boost ferrous scrap demand in the United States and other parts of the world.According to Worldsteel, the 64 countries that report to it produced a combined 156.2 million metric tons in August, a 2.3 percent boost from the July figure of 152.7 million metric tons. The August figure marks a 13.9 percent rebound from the COVID-19 related low point of 137.1 metric tons produced in April.While the global steel output figure has returned to a prepandemic level, it has not been a balanced rebound. Among those nations at or above their year-ago output figures in August, in addition to China (8.9 percent) and Turkey (22.9 percent), were Brazil (6.5 percent), Iran (14.6 percent) and…

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COVID-19 PPE Creates Waste

We’ve seen first-hand that personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves and disinfectant wipes is effective in the fight against COVID-19, however, with people not disposing of it properly it’s creating a new problem: waste. And it’s harmfu
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Secondhand Shopping: Ikea to Open its first Secondhand Store

Swedish retailer Ikea has pledged to become a fully circular business by 2030. Its sustainability strategy includes inspiring its customers to live a more sustainable life at home striving for resource and energy independence and creating a better li
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Clothing Crafted with Sustainability at the Forefront

COVID-19 has changed nearly everything, including how we buy clothes. Consumers are no longer interested in fast fashion and are focused on sustainable, slow fashion. With a focus on artisan products and items with a focus on craftsmanship, hand-mad
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