France: Cracking down on food waste through severe penalties
Jun25

France: Cracking down on food waste through severe penalties

The French National Assembly has passed legislation banning supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Instead, supermarkets must donate it to charity or use it as animal feed or compost. This is part of France’s wider efforts of halving the amount of food waste in the country by 2025. According to official estimates the average citizen throws out 20-30kg of food a year – 7kg of which is still in its wrapping. The cost...

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San Francisco’s bold and risqué water strategy
Jun17

San Francisco’s bold and risqué water strategy

San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has launched its successful bold and risqué water conservation advertisements for the second year in a row to achieve well-below average consumption rates compared to the rest of California. Meanwhile the city is developing recycled water to ensure San Francisco can provide a drought-resistant and sustainable water source for non-drinking uses. Bold and risqué  water strategy On June...

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Amsterdam’s renewable energy aspirations
Jun10

Amsterdam’s renewable energy aspirations

Amsterdam has launched its Sustainability Agenda for renewable energy, clean air, a circular economy and a climate-resilient city. Amsterdam’s citizens and businesses spend approximately EUR 1.8 billion on electricity bills annually. The municipality is aiming to join forces with partners in the city to invest more in renewable energy and energy efficiency. This will simultaneously reinforce economic growth in Amsterdam and the wider...

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New York protecting its most valuable natural resource
Jun03

New York protecting its most valuable natural resource

New York City has launched its One New York plan for a strong and just city in terms of social, economic and environmental equity. As part of the plan New York aims to be the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change. To achieve this aspiration, the city will: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels Reduce waste disposal by 90% in 2030 compared to 2005...

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