Posts Tagged ‘resource efficiency’

PVC Stewardship Program 2014 Results

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:40 am, June 18th, 2015Comments1

PVCSshipVertLogoColGradCMYK0615The PVC Product Stewardship Program is a voluntary initiative  launched by the Vinyl Council of Australia in 2002. The 2014 Annual Report recently released for the Program shows increased commitment from signatories and a 50 percent increase in the number of companies in the Australian vinyl industry reporting actions to improve energy efficiencies on site, monitoring carbon emission or setting targets to reduce energy consumption.

The Program aims to improve the sustainability of vinyl, or PVC, products by delivering change across the life cycle of PVC. Signatories include local manufacturers and importers of a wide range of products – pipes, conduit, cable, flooring, windows, building profiles, flexible packaging, fabrics and medical products – as well as suppliers of raw materials and intermediates.

The Program is structured around five specific aspects of the life cycle of PVC products: best practice manufacturing, safe and sustainable use of additives, energy and greenhouse gas management, resource efficiency, and transparency and engagement.

According to the report, more than two thirds of signatory companies are now complying with the industry’s ‘Energy Efficiency & Greenhouse Gas Charter’. The Charter, introduced into the industry’s long-running PVC Stewardship Program three years ago, formally commits businesses to improve energy efficiency at the warehouse, distribution and manufacturing level, and to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations, and ultimately, their products.

 

EU Launches New Green Growth Package and Amendments to Product-Specific Directives

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:42 pm, July 10th, 2014Comments1

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission launched its Green Growth package. The aim is to link waste policy with resource efficiency through the “circular economy” to reduce resource consumption, maximise reuse and recycling, and improve security of supply and create jobs by reprocessing waste materials within Europe.

The Commission is now proposing a target of 70% recycling and preparation for reuse by 2030 and a ban on the landfilling of recyclable materials by 2025. The Commission is also proposing some aspirational targets – reducing food waste by 30% between 2017 and 2026, and ending the landfilling of recoverable waste by 2030. The Commission is proposing to replace overall recovery targets (recycling, energy recovery, etc.) under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive with overall and material-specific targets for recycling and preparation for reuse.

Member States must ensure that financial contributions into extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes by producers “cover the entire cost of waste management, including separate collection and treatment, adequate information to waste holders, data gathering and reporting.”  Producers must also “support litter prevention and clean-up initiatives.”

An overview of the proposals and targets, led by GlobalPSC Foundation Members Perchards, is provided in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members under the Frameworks & Harmonisation tab. 

GlobalPSC Government Member – Sustainability Victoria

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:08 am, September 13th, 2013Comments16

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainability Victoria (SV) contributes to a liveable and prosperous Victoria by delivering integrated waste management and resource efficiency programs. SV supports and complements the work of portfolio partners including the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, EPA Victoria and the Metropolitan and Regional Waste Management Groups.

SV implements government policies and initiatives by delivering targeted programs with a measureable impact in integrated waste management and resource efficiency (energy and materials). This includes increasing the recovery of priority products and materials that contribute weight and pose a risk and/or are a valuable resource. SV seeks to increase the recovery of priority products such as paint, batteries, tyres and household toxic products by supporting industry through product stewardship schemes and direct government activities.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Sustainable Resource Use

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:40 am, August 29th, 2013Comments2

Sustainable Resource Use (SRU) is an Australian environmental consultancy company trying to contribute to a more sustainable world.

Their work reduces the impact of material consumption, and leads to improved resource use efficiency and greater resource recovery.

A consistent feature of SRU’s work is identifying, measuring and describing the available options for reducing the environmental impacts of consumption. These options may range from changes to systems or products, right through to behaviour change by consumers. Areas of work include:

  • Environmental policy and strategy development.
  • Mapping resource flows, with associated data collection and research.
  • Environmental impact of policy and investment decisions.
  • Advice on issues and strategies relating to all aspects of the resource use hierarchy.
  • Product stewardship guidance and advice.
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) studies.
  • Resource efficiency / cleaner production assessments and advice.

SRU is a team with strong capabilities in core areas of expertise. They have also developed wide collaborative networks with partners in other disciplines, and often work with these partners to structure multi-disciplinary teams to meet the specific requirements of projects. Visit SRU’s website.

European Parliament Resolution on Resource-efficiency Includes EPR

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:33 am, June 4th, 2012Comments0

 

 

 

 

On 24 May 2012, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on a resource-efficient Europe. The Resolution calls for more EU-wide extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes, and for new legislative and labelling initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability. A summary of the Resolution’s recommendations and analysis of its implications has been posted on the Global Product Stewardship Council Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, courtesy of GlobalPSC members Perchards.

GlobalPSC members can access the information by logging in to the Knowledge Base at www.globalpsc.net.

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