First Investments Targeted in Asia by Early 2020

In December last year, New York-based investment management firm Circulate Capital has announced the first close of the 106 million US-Dollar “Circulate Capital Ocean Fund (CCOF)”, which was launched in Singapore. As reported, the company is dedicated to incubating and financing enterprises and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia. “The fund […]

BlackRock Joins Climate Action 100+

In January this year, the US-headquartered multinational investment management corporation BlackRock has become the latest signatory to Climate Action 100+, a global investor engagement initiative “to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change”. With the addition of BlackRock – which is classified as the world’s largest asset manager […]

Investors Want to Place Funds Sustainably

According to Schroders, a global asset manager with 565.5 billion US-Dollar in assets under management, this year ESG (environment, social, governance) themes have been in the spotlight of the World Economic Forum in Davos, with the program covering topics such as ‘How to save the planet’. According to investment writer Emma Stevenson, the reason such […]

Investments in the Environment

Sustainable investing is becoming increasingly important around the world, as shown by a few examples. At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, a coalition of private and public sector organizations (including United Nations entities, non-governmental organizations and a private equity firm) have announced the launch of SDG500 – a new investment platform to help […]

The Global Recovered Paper Market

According to USA-based market intelligence company Beroe Advantage Procurement B.V., the global recovered paper demand, which was predicted to be about 250 million metric tons in 2018, is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of two to three percent until 2021. As reported, Asia – dominated by China and India – […]

Aqua Metals Cooperates with Veolia North America Regeneration Services

Aqua Metals, Inc., which has invented AquaRefining technology, has signed a long-term contract with Veolia North America Regeneration Services LLC to provide operations, maintenance and management services at Aqua Metals’ AquaRefining facility in McCarran, Nevada. Veolia will contribute operational and technological expertise and organizational capabilities in aqueous-based process chemistries and electrolysis along with taking on […]

Lithuania: Scientists Invented Method of Producing Plaster Stones from Waste

In June this year, the Lithuanian Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) reported, that a group of scientists have developed a method of producing increased strength gypsum binding material using only industrial waste products. By combining phosphogypsum (fertilizing production waste), zeolite (a waste product from oil refining industry) and an activator they have cast gypsum stone, […]

Billions to Support the Circular Economy in the EU

The European Investment Bank (EIB) in tandem with Europe’s largest National Promotional Banks and Institutions have launched a 10 billion Euro initiative to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and circular economy. The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) is to support the development and implementation of circular economy projects and programs in the European […]

Sorting: Looking for the “Holy Grail”

The “HolyGrail” project was nominated for the Packaging Europe Sustainability Awards 2019 in the “Driving the circular economy” category. In the European project, nearly 30 partners investigated how tagging of plastic packaging could have a drastic impact on more accurate sorting and high-quality recycling. This cross-industry project ran for three years and was driven by […]

“Making More Plastics Recyclable”

A German project aims at increasing the share of recyclable plastics by reducing the number of material components. To date, it is nothing but the wishful thinking of many plastics recyclers: that recyclability is taken into account right from the very beginning of a product’s life cycle, at the product design stage. A new project […]