Unilever launched yesterday the Sustainable Living Plan that focuses on its supply chain and aims, over ten years, to cut its environmental impact in half.
Reducing the Environmental Impact of Cows` Waste
No disrespect to cows, but they produce a lot of gas. And while farmers may be unfazed by the smell, the gas is methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Across the globe, livestock spew 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gases (methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases) released in the environment, and over half that comes specifically from cows, according to a United Nations report. With every episode of gas and especially burping, cattle release methane, which is 23 times more harmful...
Environmental impact of cured-in-place pipe renewal on an asbestos cement water main
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) estimation, asbestos cement (AC) pipe accounts for approximately 15% of the total length of pipe networks for water distribution systems in North America; and just as other pipe materials, the AC mains are deteriorating and are in need of attention/renewal. However, there are concerns surrounding the environmental impact of AC pipe renewal that are leading to confusion among the utility managers. The prevailing apprehensions led to the commission of a...
Environmental Impact does NOT equal risk
Auditing the new ISO 14001:2015: Environment Impacts does not equal Risk In recent transition audits, there has been one common misconception that I have seen repeated, and that is that environmental impacts are risks. This is not correct. Environmental impacts do not equal risk. Let’s start with the definition of environmental impact from the ISO 14001:2015 standard. “3.2.4 – environmental impact: change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting...
How food production impacts global groundwater supplies
The ever-increasing global trade in food is accelerating groundwater depletion in many areas of the world, emptying aquifers faster than they can be naturally recharged, according to newly released research.Although groundwater depletion is a well-known and frequently studied issue, the new research focuses on how groundwater supplies are affected by international trade.Agricultural product demand has increased pressure on nonrenewable groundwater supplies, which are frequently used for irrigating crops such as...
How to Make a Positive Impact on the Environment This Earth Day
This Saturday, April 22, 2017, marks the 47th annual Earth Day. Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was concerned that environmental issues were not being addressed. He created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, as an educational “teach-in,” with celebrations taking place at universities, primary and secondary schools, and communities across the United States. It is thought that over 20 million people participated in events that day. In 1990, Earth Day became a worldwide event,...