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World Environment Day 2015

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5 June 2015

Companies can consume with care when circular economies prevail

Author: Philips, in Guardian [UK]

"Consume with Care this World Environment Day", 5 June 2015

How can large corporations change the way we perceive and use natural resources? At Philips, we passionately believe that the old “take, make, dispose” linear economy model should be a thing of the past. The alternative, we believe, is a global transition to the circular economy model; a model which could represent $1tn (£656.8m) in savings by 2025, with the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the process. Such a transition is realistic and proven. As well as Philips (with pioneering closed material loop products such as the SENSEO Up coffee machine), companies like Lego have embraced the circular model by taking into account recycled product adoption from the starting point of design, and adopting “no end-of-life” eco-design into their standard processes.

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4 June 2015

Intl. oil & gas industry association IPIECA celebrates World Environment Day

Author: IPIECA

IPIECA joins the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in celebrating World Environment Day.

For over 40 years, IPIECA has brought the industry and stakeholders together to work on environmental issues related to the oil and gas industry. Through this work, IPIECA aims to identify, manage and mitigate any potential impacts on the natural environment, enabling members to improve their environmental performance.

Our environmental programmes and activities cover a wide-range of areas such as oil spill preparedness and response, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services and water management.

For more information on IPIECA’s environmental activities and publications, please visit our website.

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4 June 2015

Philippines: Greenpeace to file petition with human rights commission on responsibility of "carbon majors" for climate impacts on human rights

Author: Greenpeace

Greenpeace Southeast Asia is marking today by announcing the upcoming filing of a petition with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines. They are encouraging Filipinos to sign on to the petition, and non-Filipinos to show their support. People can get involved by signing up here.

The petition asks the Commission to investigate the responsibility of the investor-owned Carbon Majors  - some of the world's largest fossil fuel producers - for human rights violations or threatened human rights violations resulting from climate change and ocean acidification impacts.

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3 June 2015

India: Bhopal Gas Tragedy survivors stage protest urging govt to clean up toxic waste

Author: International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

Bhopal_Gas_Tragedy_Protest_Photo_ICJBOn the occasion of World Environment Day residents from the neighbourhood of Union Carbide’s abandoned factory in Bhopal demonstrated against the Indian government’s failure in removing thousands of tons of poisonous waste for the last 19 years. Hundreds of residents stood in the form of a question mark and held a banner atop the mound below which the hazardous waste lies buried...several thousand tons of hazardous waste from the Union Carbide pesticide factory was buried under the mound in 1996 by the factory management. The waste is known to contain chemicals that cause cancers and birth defects and damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and the brain.

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3 June 2015

Companies' sustainability initiatives beneficial for environment, society & business

Author: Delshad Irani & Ravi Balakrishnan, Times of India

"World environment day: big guns like HUL, P&G, & PepsiCo go green for the 'moolah'", 3 June 2015

Indeed, making the case for more businesses across the spectrum to adopt sustainable practices is the fact that securing the Earth's future and the company's bottom line, is one and the same thing...Unilever has avoided factory costs of over 400 million by reducing its environmental impact...P&G's Waste to Worth program has successfully found uses for tons of material that was previously sent to landfills; and in the process has created nearly $2 billion in value for the company through cost savings and revenue generation...[F]or indian conglomerate ITC...sustainability efforts focus on two specific areas - the creation of sustainable livelihoods and environmental replenishment...[E]xecutive director [of] ITC [says]..."Globally, the ley challenges that are of immense concern are poverty, social inequity and environmental degradation...[It] is critically important to find ways of replenishing the environment and addressing the threat of climate change that makes rural societies even more vulnerable...

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