Regular podcasts on topical issues from Innovation Forum
Weekly podcast: Why there’s confusion about red meat’s sustainability
This week: David Horlock from the British Standards Institute talks about how to develop sustainability standards for red meat. He argues that, despite the sector’s reputation, red meat can be part a sustainable food production system, but it depends on how it’s produced. And, a preview of the results of Innovation Forum’s research into developing resilience in smallholder farming communities with Peter Stanbury.
Plus: the latest Climate Action Tracker; UNEP’s post pandemic concerns; Amazon deforestation hits a 12-year high; and, will Swiss companies have extended liability for human rights and environmental damage?
Host: Ian Welsh
New ‘climate positive’ alternative for plastic sector
Tato Bigio, CEO of UBQ Materials Israel, talks with Ian Welsh about UBQ’s process that creates material – that can be used as a substitute for plastic made from petrochemicals – from household waste destined for landfill. UBQ’s material currently is used in the production of durable plastic materials in the automotive, construction and retail sectors. Bigio argues that it competes well with traditional plastics on full lifecycle analysis impacts, and can be part of regular recycling streams.
UBQ Materials was a sponsor of Innovation Forum’s recent future for plastics conference.
Weekly podcast: How Nestlé partners to create resilient landscapes in Peru
This week: Emily Kunen, global responsible sourcing lead for palm oil and seafood at Nestlé, Sandra Doig, head of sustainability at Grupo Palmas and Marianne Marinet, programmes director for the Earthworm Foundation, talk with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb about how they have collaborated to create a more sustainable landscape in Peru.
Plus: new food sector report from CDP; Vodafone tightens net-zero timeline; Malaysia’s rubber gloves sector forced labour risks; and, why infrastructure megaprojects are pushing forests to dangerous tipping points, in the news roundup.
Host: Ian Welsh
The challenges for Coca-Cola to meet plastics targets
Joe Franses, vice-president sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners talks with Ian Welsh about the company’s plastics targets, the challenges getting to real scale, and the need for better collection infrastructure.
Franses highlights the difficulties of finding recycled feedstock of the right quality and then turning that into food-grade materials, particularly when there are economic incentives to use cheap virgin plastics. And he argues the case for deposit return schemes as the only viable route to real circularity in plastic value chains.
Weekly podcast: Can waste be converted into plastic?
This week: Tato Bigio, CEO of UBQ Materials Israel, explains how waste destined for landfill can be converted into new thermoplastic material that can take the place of traditional plastics in potentially thousands of products. He says that the thermoplastic is competitive on price, significantly cuts emissions and outperforms traditional plastic on a full lifecycle analysis basis.
Plus, in the news digest: Unilever pledges to halve food waste and boost non-meat products; UK’s ten-point green recovery plan; slow corporate progress according to new human rights benchmark; and, how RSPO certification can help farmer community incomes – but additional resources often required.
Host: Ian Welsh
How the 43 largest food sector companies tackle forced labour
Felicitas Weber, Know the Chain project lead at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, talks with Ian Welsh about the latest food and beverage sector forced labour benchmark. The topline conclusion is that progress to get to grips with exploitation of workers remains slow. While there is perhaps some inevitable distraction from ensuring business continuity in challenging times, Weber argues that as companies move towards human rights due diligence, a worker-centric approach is essential.