Costa Coffee signs the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment to accelerate recycling of paper cups in UK

London, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Organisations from across the paper cup supply chain have signed an agreement with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) to accelerate UK recycling of PE lined paper cups. The cross-industry collaboration will work towards delivering a long-term, nationwide paper cup recycling solution which complements and builds on the recycling activities achieved so far by the paper cup industry.

The companies signed up to the agreement are: Benders Paper Cups, Bunzl Catering Supplies, Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Dart Products Europe, Greggs, Huhtamaki, International Paper, McDonald’s UK, Nestlé, Pret A Manger, Seda Group, Starbucks, and Stora Enso.

Using ACE UK’s extensive recycling expertise, gained running the beverage carton industry’s recycling programme, the fourteen companies will fund an activity programme which will give many more people access to recycling for paper cups. The programme includes:

From 1st January 2018 all ACE UK bring banks will accept paper cups for recycling, delivering an additional 382 recycling points located in 97 local authorities across the UK. With a further 33 recycling points across an additional eight local authorities scheduled during the next phase.

Cups from these recycling points will be processed at ACE UK’s recycling facility in Halifax.

Drawing on its experience and existing relationships with local authorities, waste management organisations and recycling bodies, ACE UK will work to include cups in local authority kerbside collections. Currently 66% of local authorities collect beverage cartons at kerbside, in addition to those which collect through bring banks, and it is hoped to achieve similar levels of coverage for cups.

ACE UK has been successfully running the beverage carton industry’s recycling programme for the last ten years driving significant increases in carton recycling as part of its role as the UK beverage carton industry trade body. During this time it has worked closely with local authorities and waste management companies so that today 92% of local authorities collect beverage cartons for recycling through either bring banks or kerbside collection.

Commenting on the agreement Richard Hands, CEO of ACE UK said: “The paper cup industry is facing very similar recycling challenges to the ones the beverage carton industry faced when we started our programme ten years ago. Whilst our primary focus will remain on increasing beverage carton recycling, we believe our expertise, experience and existing relationships can help the paper cup industry create a step change in cup recycling. Whilst it is early days, we have a clear measured plan agreed and expect to see significant progress in cup recycling over the next two years and beyond.”

The agreement builds on activities implemented and supported during the last year by the companies involved, such as in-store cup recycling, single site and pilot recycling projects including ‘One More Shot’ and the ‘Square Mile Challenge’.

Neil Whittall Global Category Director of Speciality Coffee at Huhtamaki UK, and chair of the Paper Cup Recycling and Recovery Group (PCRRG) said: “Whilst paper cups are fully recyclable, the industry recognises that many are not being recycled because of a lack of collection facilities. Companies across the industry have been working to address this barrier and increase cup recycling.

“This agreement with ACE UK represents a significant advance in UK recycling infrastructure for paper cups. It will also help us accelerate progress towards the PCRRG’s objective of ensuring the majority of the UK population have access to information, schemes and facilities to allow them to recycle their paper cup, as set out in our Paper Cup Manifesto.”

“Furthermore by generating greater volumes of cups for recycling this will create a market for the material, making cups more attractive to waste management companies and creating the potential for more schemes to be introduced to collect cups from a much wider range of locations such as offices and high street locations.”

Mike Turner MD, International Paper Foodservice Europe and chair of European packaging trade body Pack2Go added: “This collaborative agreement, funded entirely by the signatories, is a clear demonstration of the commitment of these organisations, from across the paper cup supply chain, to address the barriers to recycling and deliver practical solutions to maximise recycling of paper cups.”

Dominic Paul, MD of Costa Coffee, said:

Costa is proud to be a part of today’s ACE UK announcement, which will give our customers more access to recycling points for their takeaway cups.

Using ACE UK’s extensive recycling expertise, which currently allows 92% of local authorities to recover beverage cartons for recycling, the partnership will launch in January 2018.

This ground-breaking agreement will help to further accelerate takeaway cup recycling and compliment the nationwide, in-store recycling scheme we already operate across over 2,200 Costa stores. Since the launch of our in-store recycling in February we have already recovered and are in the process of recycling over 9 million takeaway cups, which includes any competitor cups. We also continue to drive the use of reusable cups and have launched two new multi-purpose cups, offering a 25p discount for customers using any branded reusable cup in store.

About ACE UK

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) provides a platform for the industry to profile and benchmark cartons as a renewable, recyclable and low-carbon packaging choice, and to drive its environmental initiatives. This includes running the industry’s carton recycling programme.

ACE UK represents Tetra Pak, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, the leading manufacturers of beverage cartons for the UK market. It is also supported by BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso, which produce about 98% of the paperboard used by ACE UK members to manufacture beverage cartons in Europe.

About Costa

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC, which this year celebrates its 275th Anniversary as a great British business.

With over 2,200 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,200 in 29 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and 2016).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 72 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

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NEW ZEALAND: New World unveils new initiatives to reducing the impact of plastic waste in the environment

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is committed to reducing the impact of plastic waste in our environment – and the BagVote campaign was just the start.

When we launched the project the discussion was all about introducing a levy, so we wanted to ask our customers what they thought.

The overwhelming majority has voted ‘yes – charge me for bags’, but we missed an important question – no bag at all. Many of our customers told us via email, Facebook, phone and in-store that they wanted this option.

Our customers also asked us to look harder at paper and biodegradable alternatives – both have their issues, but they are constantly being improved.

New World is aiming to be single-use plastic bag free by the end of 2018.  This move depends on being able to find the right bag solution to meet our customers’ needs and those of the environment.

To get there as quickly as possible we are implementing a number of really exciting initiatives to help New Zealanders adjust to life without single-use plastic bags. We’re taking the conversation even further and reviewing our approach to plastic packaging, plastic products and minimising waste overall.

It’s a big task but we are totally committed to change – we always have been.

So here’s what’s next for us:

–         We’re giving away a whopping 2 million long-life reusable bags to our New World customers this summer;

–         On 1 February 2018 we will introduce a 10c voluntary donation per plastic bag at New World, which will go to environmental causes including our amazing friends at Sea Cleaners;

–         We’re continuing the 5c rebate for each reusable bag in our North Island New World stores, which has resulted in a 20 percent reduction in plastic bag use;

–         And, we are committed to promoting and expanding the Soft Plastics Recycling programme. Our customers contribute more than two thirds of the total volume of plastic recycling in the country. The top 10 stores in the country, by volume of plastic recycling, are all Foodstuffs stores.

New Zealanders have always been able to make a personal choice to ban plastic bags from their lives and use reusable bags or boxes for their groceries – they just need to change the habit of a lifetime.

We’re grateful for the support we received from the community for taking a leadership position on this issue.

We’re 100% New Zealand owned and operated – and 100% for New Zealand. The fact that other retailers are now engaged on the plastic bag issue is a win for the environment and we are so pleased this important environmental issue is being addressed.

A New Zealand with less plastic has got to be better. Let’s get there together.

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

CBRE supports promising new technologies for built environment

Venture Capital Fund to Back New Technologies for the Built Environment

Los Angeles, 2017-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today (May 2, 2017) announced that the company is a founding anchor investor in Fifth Wall Ventures Management, LLC (Fifth Wall Ventures), the first significant venture capital fund entirely focused on backing promising new technologies for the built environment.

The fund closed with $212 million of capital commitments, with CBRE as the only real estate services company invested in the fund. Other Fifth Wall Ventures anchor investors include key industry players such as Equity Residential, Host Hotels, Hines, Lennar, Macerich and Prologis.

“Our active engagement in Fifth Wall Ventures will provide early insight into companies and technologies that have the potential to enhance our ability to deliver great outcomes for our clients,” said Chandra Dhandapani, CBRE’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer. “This is one vehicle, among several, that CBRE will use to identify emerging technologies, connect with top talent, build strategic partnerships and make investments that will create further competitive advantages for our clients and our company.”

“CBRE understands technology, talent and venture investing,” said Brendan Wallace, co-founder of Fifth Wall Ventures. “They moved quickly to engage with another founding investor to lead the negotiations to help establish our venture fund. Their early sponsorship of VTS/Hightower and acquisition of Floored, a top-tier innovator, impressed our team. They are also the largest, most profitable full-service commercial real estate firm in the world. With talent and scale advantage, CBRE is a perfect partner for our fund and for the companies that we invest in.”

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LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard talks about the significance of the Climate Change agreement

Sylvie Bénard © LVMH

Sylvie Bénard © LVMH


PARIS, 2015-12-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The COP21 meeting came to a close on Saturday, December 12th when 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. LVMH Environment Director talks about the significance of this universal agreement.

The COP21 ended with an agreement. Does this mean the conference was a success?
For the first time in history, the 195 countries attending together agreed to take measures to mitigate climate change.
The agreement is universal and also seeks a balance between developed, emerging and still developing nations, with a funding floor of $100 billion per year. The objective of holding the global increase in temperatures to 2°C – 1.5°C if conditions allow – was also formally stated.
Now it’s up to the countries to ratify the text and implement it.

What impressed you most during the COP21 meeting?
The positions taken by the world’s leaders confirmed my belief that climate change is now a reality for everyone. What personally marked me most was the engagement of the 20 countries most exposed to climate change – the Philippines, Maldives, the Cook Islands and others –  in order to weigh on the negotiations. They showed that their people are already experiencing the effects of global warming every day.
Another significant point was the degree to which civil society –businesses, NGOs and citizens – played a pivotal role by demonstrating that there are solutions and innovations and by showing that they can be implemented. Here, LVMH aims to be exemplary, and creating an internal carbon fund is elegant proof of this commitment.

What is your assessment of the COP21 conference?
Beyond the agreement itself, the conference raised awareness of the issue among all publics. It was extremely gratifying for my teams and for me personally since we’ve been “preaching the good word” for over 20 years!  Our Group can be legitimately proud to have been measuring its carbon footprint for more than 15 years.
The fact that LVMH was a partner of the COP21 is important too, since it has provided an opportunity to educate our staff, our management, as well as our external stakeholders. The very enthusiastic response to the presentations of initiatives by LVMH Houses at the conference definitely encourages us to pursue our efforts.


COP21: LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard provides an update and looks at the next steps

PARIS, 2015-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been meeting in Paris since November 30th. The goal of COP21 is an ambitious agreement to fight climate change. Where do negotiations stand midway through the conference? LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard provides an update and looks at the next steps.

What were some of the highlights of the first week of the Climate Conference?
The first week was marked by the presence of heads of state from the entire world who came to outline the commitments of their countries. Among the noteworthy speeches were those by U.S President Barack Obama, who recognized the impact of human activity on the climate, as well as China, which said it would pursue additional reductions if a final agreement is reached. India, on the other hand wants to continue to rely on fossil fuels. Small island countries also made their voice heard, demanding measures to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees. Otherwise, they emphasized, their countries will disappear.

The atmosphere at the “Climate Generation Village” set up at the conference venue in Le Bourget is both serious and smiling. Attendees from the world over have stopped in to share examples, initiatives and ideas. There are people from every continent wearing traditional dress, alongside prominent researchers, journalists and engaged citizens eager to be a part of this historic event.

Where do the negotiations stand?
On December 5th, the President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, announced that a new draft had been worked out and approved by all parties, providing a new basis for negotiations. So far the draft represents a shorter text – 20 pages, compared with 55 at the beginning of the negotiations – but there is still a great deal of suspense as the Thursday deadline for an agreement draws near. A “Paris Committee” will meet daily to provide an overview of negotiations, while a group of 14 facilitators is responsible for ensuring that the level of targets, adjustments and the preamble remain open to negotiation.

What are the next steps?
We’re beginning a decisive week that will see an agreement signed, or not. If there is an agreement, will it be balanced, binding and universal. On Monday, ministers from the 195 countries again played a direct role in the negotiations. I hope that uncertainties will be cleared up and that compromises will be found. Nobody wants to be held responsible for the failure of these negotiations. The key point is that all the countries want to see an agreement that is robust and legally binding to ensure that the measures are applied. The results of the negotiations will be announced on Friday, December 11th.
Between now and then the LVMH Group will continue to contribute to the conversation, organizing a conference on “Climate & Logistics” on Wednesday, December 9th, in the “Génération Climat” village. Several Group Houses – Guerlain, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, LVMH Fragrance Brands, Moët & Chandon and Sephora – will present initiatives to internal and external publics that illustrate how LVMH is contributing to the fight against climate change. We hope to draw a big audience!



COP21: LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard provides an update and looks at the next steps