Plastic Eating Super Enzymes for a Circular Economy

Invented in 1907, plastics have grown in popularity for their convenience and disposability. However, plastics are now becoming a cause for concern due to its poor degradability. The scale of the problem is large. Researchers estimate that since the 1950s,  more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. About 60% of that plasticContinue reading “Plastic Eating Super Enzymes for a Circular Economy”

The Value-Action Gap and Sustainability

Awareness of climate change, global warming and environmental risks among people is increasing by the day. Many surveys have shown that people prefer greener or sustainable alternatives to current products. However, these preferences or intentions often do not translate into consumption, lifestyles, or travel patterns.  On the flip side, companies also do the same. AccordingContinue reading “The Value-Action Gap and Sustainability”

Budget 2022 and ESG

Here is my quick take on budget announcements related to ESG. Swappable batteries: The government proposes to bring a battery swapping policy. This will enable people in in urban areas who may not have charging facilities to utilise their electric vehicles. While this is late in coming, it is a welcome move. Sovereign green bonds:Continue reading “Budget 2022 and ESG”

Green Methanol and Shift to Net Zero

China, the United States and India are amongst the largest greenhouse gas emitters and their efforts to mitigate climate change come under great scrutiny. India, for instance, plans to become carbon neutral by 2070 and projects carbon emission reduction by one billion tonnes by 2030. China has somewhat similar goals. However, newer technologies are requiredContinue reading “Green Methanol and Shift to Net Zero”

The Expiry Date Challenge for Sustainability

One of the things that we often do is check the expiry date before purchasing something. We ask ourselves, “Can I consume it within time?” So, what happens to expired products. Expired products occur at three points – unsold expired products in company warehouses; unsold products at retail stores; and unused or partially used productsContinue reading “The Expiry Date Challenge for Sustainability”