Capital to Reduce Plastic Pollution

In April last year, the American multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley informed, that a new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing would highlight the groundswell of interest in the nascent field of integrating the changing plastics economy into investment decisions. “Both institutional and individual investors are beginning to recognize that they can […]

Coronavirus Update: European Commission Publishes Guidance Document

The European Commission has published its guidance on Shipments of Waste in the EU in the context of the Coronavirus crisis. The Commission recognises that companies dealing with waste are providing an essential service to society to protect health and the environment and to keep the circular economy moving. The Commission guides Member State Competent […]

BlackRock Global Fund Circular Economy

Assets under management in dedicated environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds have tripled in the past decade to a little under one trillion US-Dollar, the investment management corporation BlackRock stated in its “Davos brief”, referring to estimates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “Yet we see a far bigger structural shift afoot – akin to […]

The Global Environment Facility

It was almost 30 years ago that a special fund to preserve the environment was founded. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Through its strategic investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues. The GEF is a partnership of 18 […]

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 […]

Plastics Industry Excels During Coronavirus Pandemic

After first paralyzing China, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is now testing the very fabric of societies worldwide. It is challenging governments, companies and individuals alike, while reinforcing the key role played by plastics and polymers in keeping people safe and healthy. The irony is that, until recently, plastics in some quarters was being considered the […]

German Steel Scrap Association BDSV: The Use of Steel Scrap Saves Billions in Climate and Environmental Costs

Steel scrap is a key raw material for steel production, not only in Germany, and contributes significantly to the reduction of emissions. This is the main result of the study »Scrap Bonus. External Costs and Fair Competition in the Global Value Chains of Steelmaking«, which the Fraunhofer Center for Economics of Materials CEM conducted on […]

Critical Work of Recycling Industry Recognized in Many Parts of the World

At this unprecedented time as the world adopts severe and wide-ranging measures in a bid to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, BIR Ambassadors have volunteered to provide our members with ad hoc updates from their respective countries and regions. In the USA, the situation varies from state to state. The most populous […]

New Hall for ECOMONDO and KEY ENERGY (from 3rd to 6th November at Rimini Expo Centre)

The “Green Deal”, the new European economic policy of the Commission chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, will be covered in depth from 3rd to 6th November at Rimini Expo Centre on the occasion of the 24th edition of Ecomondo, the leading international exhibition of environmental technology and the 14th KEY ENERGY dedicated to renewable […]

Global Recycling Foundation Announces the Ten #RecyclingHeroes of Global Recycling Day 2020

To mark Global Recycling Day (18 March), the Global Recycling Foundation announced the ten #RecyclingHeroes who have each won a $1,000 prize thanks to their dedication and innovation in local recycling.  The winners, selected from over 2,000 entries, are from across the globe, covering eight countries and all the main continents. Their work spans all […]

Today Global Recycling Day 2020 Honours Recycling Heroes Across the World

Global Recycling Day 2020 has arrived and, although the world rightly focuses on its response to COVID-19, we encourage people around the world to remember the importance of recycling and to recognise the individuals, communities and businesses – some world renowned some unknown – who are the forefront of recycling innovation and best practice. An […]

BIR Postpones World Recycling Convention in Istanbul

BIR has announced that the World Recycling Convention 2020 in Istanbul will be rescheduled to (11) 12-14 October 2020.  Due to growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), and with the well-being of participants, exhibitors and staff as the number one priority, BIR has decided that rescheduling the event is the only responsible course of action […]