New scientific training programme on sustainable fisheries launched under the auspices of UNESCO

Funded by the Government of Iceland and run in partnership with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the Fisheries Training Programme promotes the sustainable use and management of living aquatic resources in less developed countries. The Fisheries Training Programme will offer applied postgraduate scientific training for fisheries professionals, coordinate targeted short courses in partner countries and administer postgraduate scholarships to former fellows. The Fisheries Training Programme is part of the training portfolio of GRÓ – International Centre for Capacity Development – Sustainable use of Natural Resources and Societal Change, a Category…

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Iceland Aims To Be Carbon Neutral Eight Years Ahead Of Government’s Target

Iceland has announced that it has reduced its operational carbon footprint by nearly three quarters (74%) since 2011, ensuring it is well ahead of schedule to hit the Government’s target of being carbon neutral by 2050. Its footprint has fallen from almost 250,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2011 to just 46,000 tonnes in 2020. The significant reduction has been made despite Iceland increasing the number of stores it has nationally by 181, and is a result of the supermarket investing over £35 million  in more energy efficient equipment and innvovations,…

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Iceland Announces 23% Food Waste Reduction And Launches Nationwide Colleague Food Redistribution Trial

Iceland has announced that it has reduced its food waste by nearly a quarter (23.2%) in the past two years, reducing the amount wasted by almost 2,500 tonnes. The announcement comes twelve months after DEFRA’s Food Waste Champion Ben Elliot called on businesses to ‘step up to the plate’ and drive forward plans to cut food waste. Iceland has done this using the ‘target, measure, act’ approach set out in the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap launched in 2018 by WRAP and the IGD.i Furthermore, and in line with the UN’s…

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Iceland Announces 29% Reduction In Plastic Usage Following Uk-First Pledge To Remove Entirely From Own Label Products By End Of 2023

Iceland has announced a reduction of 29% in its overall plastics packaging usage, two years on from the retailer’s industry leading pledge to remove plastics from all own label product packaging by the end of 2023. The retailer was the first globally to make such a commitment and remains the only supermarket in the UK to have pledged to remove plastic in its entirety from its own label range. The 29% reduction reflects a removal of 3,794 tonnes from the retailer’s annual plastic usage, the equivalent weight of 36 blue…

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Iceland Launches UK-First Trial To Reduce Plastic Packaging On Fresh Produce By 93%

Iceland has launched an industry-leading trial that will see the retailer reduce its plastic packaging by 93% across a range of fresh produce. The trial launched on 22 January in 33 of Iceland’s stores across London and the South East region, and will offer customers the opportunity to buy 38 fresh fruit and vegetable lines in innovative new packaging solutions that are either plastic-free or have a significantly reduced plastic content. Iceland is expecting the trial alone to remove seven tonnes of plastic, reflecting the growing consumer  appetite  to reduce…

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