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.
The Environmental Impact Assessment EIA
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the set of studies carried out by a multidisciplinary team, with detailed technical data, which evaluates the consequences of a given project for the environment. In the EIA, the impacts that a given project can cause in the environment, as well as the presentation of mitigating measures, are identified and evaluated technically and impartially. In this way, the EIA is an important instrument of Environmental Assessment (EA). The aim of the assessment is to guarantee...
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...