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Following some recent key milestones for the tire-derived fuels industries, it appears that TDF is now positioned for significant growth across Canada in the coming years. It hasn’t been easy in light of long-standing environmental concerns and pressures for circular economy solutions for end-of-life tires but TDF may well be poised to gain ready acceptance as part of Canada’s resource recovery strategy. Nova Scotia Legal Challenge Unsuccessful The watershed moment for TDF in Canada arguably…

After the uncertain rise and precipitous fall of a number of Canada’s energy-from-waste (EfW)  industries, it may have been easy to underestimate the commercial opportunities for renewable natural gas (RNG). After all, the corporate community lost much of its interest in capital intensive and technologically uncertain EfW projects at some point following the 2008 crash.  With a few notable exceptions, EfW became a local, and mostly municipal, waste management issue, usually undertaken on a small scale.  …

Jonathan Cocker’s abstract on North America’s first circular economy law was accepted by the Yale University Journal of Industrial Ecology’s special issue on Material Efficiency for Climate Change Mitigation.

The transition to a circular economy, including the move to a form of full Extended Producer Responsibility, invariably requires adapting international models to local political, economic and environmental circumstances. In many developing countries, one of the most challenging questions is how to incorporate the existing and often well-entrenched informal waste recovery sector within regulatory models which make international product makers the responsible party for operating reverse supply chains for their end-of-life goods and related packaging.…

Marisa Martin and Alexandra Carranza’s article, “Encouraging Private Investments in REDD+ in the Post-2020 Paris Agreement World” has been published in IETA Insights Quarterly Report: Greenhouse Gas Market Report, No. 3, 2018. The article (pages 13-16), discusses how Peru is approaching nesting projects, the challenges ahead, and how the country can open the door for increased private sector capital. To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) is partnering with IBM and Tsinghua University for its 15th World Low Carbon City Development Forum – “AI & Sustainability: Green Economy”, taking place in Toronto, Ontario on Friday October 5th, 2018. At this event, Jonathan Cocker will be co-presenting on a panel entitled “City Development: PPP Collaboration and Sustainability,” alongside Yu “Sam” Sun (Deputy-President, Asian Development and Investment Bank), Haitao Li (Group Deputy President, China Science &…

Jonathan Cocker co-presented and spoke at the breakout session “Sustainability: What’s Driving the Agenda and How Can Your Business Evolve to Meet and Stay Ahead of Demand?” alongside Christine Constantine, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (Baker McKenzie), Jeremy Schwartz, Ex CEO (The Body Shop), Julia Dickenson, Senior Associate (Baker McKenzie), Emily Tilden-Smith, Associate (Baker McKenzie), and Francesca Richmond, Partner, Dispute Resolution (Baker McKenzie), during the Luxury Law Summit which took place at the Ham Yard…

On September 21, 2016, Brazil ratified the Paris Agreement executed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the objective to promote greenhouse gases reduction as well as to avoid the increase of the global average temperature, among others. In such context, parties have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions, which in the case of Brazil corresponds to a reduction of 37% of the 2005…