Tofaş has shared its 5th Sustainability Report with the public. For the first time this year the report has been published interactively, and gives all the shareholders the opportunity to examine and compare the company performance data since 2013. According to the report, Tofaş has provided an energy saving of 72,633 GJ and a water saving of 63 million cubic metres owing to the efficiency studies it carried out during that period.
The report also indicates that Tofaş has reserved 25 million TL of the 244 million TL spent on R&D expenses in 2017 on emission reduction projects, which resulted in a reduction of 5,918 tons of carbondioxide. As a result, Tofaş reduced the amount of greenhouse gas originating from production by 10,5% per vehicle compared to the previous year.
June 5th 1972 was announced by the United Nations as World Environment Day and since then has been celebrated worldwide for 46 years to increase environmental awareness. On this important day this year ÇEVKO Foundation participated in the events organized by a total of 52 municipalities including İstanbul and provided informative material on recycling, reaching more than 75 thousand consumers. Herein we would like to share some of these activities with our readers.
Environmentalist Children of Yenimahalle Lecture Grown-Ups – June 3rd
Thousands of children filling up the Hasan Doğan Stadium drew attention to the importance of environment. During the event, the children together with their YENİMEK teachers had the time of their lives with activities like the art of ‘ebru’, doll-making workshop, fragrant stone art, and ceramic art. Kindergarten kids learned about the environment through games and fun. The Mayor of Yenimahalle, Fethi Yaşar, also attended the festival and participated in the cloth bag painting activity with the children, later having photos taken with them.
World Environment Day at Esenyurt – June 4th Esenyurt Municipality celebrated the World Environment Day this year with the slogan “Our Nature Asks Us A Favour” in various schools and town squares, informing the public in the process. ÇEVKO Information Team and the packaging waste mascots met up with the residents of Esenyurt on this special day. Mayor Ali Murat Alatepe also participated in the celebrations where the public and students were informed on environment and recycling.
Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatons last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.
Global energy demand rose by 2.1 percent last year to 14,050 million tonnes of oil equivalent, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong economic growth, according to preliminary estimates from the IEA.
Energy demand rose by 0.9 percent in 2016 and 0.9 percent on average over the previous five years.
Over 70 percent of global energy demand growth was met by oil, natural gas and coal, while renewables accounted for almost all of the rest, the IEA said in a report.
Improvements in energy efficiency slowed last year. As a result of these trends, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.4 percent in 2017 to 32.5 gigatons, a record high.
“The significant growth in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 tells us that current efforts to combat climate change are far from sufficient,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director.
“For example, there has been a dramatic slowdown in the rate of improvement in global energy efficiency as policy makers have put less focus in this area.”
Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of global average temperature rise, which countries are seeking to curb to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change.
At talks in Germany late last year among almost 200 nations about details of a global climate accord, scientists presented data showing that world carbon emissions were set to rise 2 percent in 2017 to a new record.
“Global emissions need to peak soon and decline steeply to 2020; this decline will now need to be even greater given the increase in emissions in 2017,” the IEA said in its report.
The IEA said Asian countries accounted for two thirds of the global increase in emissions. China’s emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 9.1 gigatons, limited by renewables deployment and more rapid switching to gas from coal.
Most major economies saw an increase in carbon emissions, though Britain, the United States, Mexico and Japan experienced declines.
The biggest drop came from the United States, where they were down 0.5 percent to 4.8 gigatons due to higher renewables deployment.
The IEA said oil demand grew by 1.6 percent, or 1.5 million barrels a day, more than twice the average annual rate over the past decade, driven by the transport sector and rising petrochemical demand.
Natural gas consumption grew by 3 percent - the most of all fossil fuels - with China alone accounting for nearly a third of the growth. This was largely due to abundant and relatively low-cost supplies, the IEA said.
Coal demand was 1 percent higher last year, reversing declines over the previous two years, due to rises in coal-fired electricity generation, mostly in Asia.
However, renewables-based electricity generation rose by 6.3 percent, due to the expansion of wind, solar and hydropower. Renewables had the highest growth rate of any energy source, meeting a quarter of world energy demand growth, the IEA said.
Unilever’in Sürdürülebilir Yaşam Planı kapsamında geleneksel olarak düzenlediği Paydaş Çalıştayı, sivil toplum temsilcileri, sosyal girişimciler, akademisyenler, medya ve iş dünyasından 70’e yakın uzmanın katılımıyla gerçekleştirildi. Çalıştayda, Unilever’in mevcut sürdürülebilirlik hedeflerinin ötesini anlamak ve paydaşlarının görüşlerini almak amacıyla gerçekleştirdiği küresel araştırmanın sonuçları ilk kez paylaşıldı. Unilever’in değer zincirindeki 276 kilit paydaşın yanı sıra dünya çapındaki 40 bini aşkın çalışanının katıldığı araştırma, şirketten gelecekte odaklanması beklenen öncelikleri ortaya koydu.
Unilever Determines the Sustainability Road Map Together With Shareholders
The traditional Stakeholder Workshop of Unilever organized within the Sustainable Life Plan, was carried out with the participation of NGO representatives, social entrepreneurs, academics, approximately 70 experts from the world of media and business. The results of the global research done by Unilever in order to see beyond the current sustainability targets and get the opinions of the shareholders were shared for the first time at the workshop. Alongside the 276 key stakeholders in Unilever’s value chain, over 40 thousand employees worldwide took part in the research, which put forward the priorities expected to be focused on by the company in the future.
Brands Supporting Sustainable Life Grew Faster in 2017
Unilever’s ‘Sustainable Life Supporting Brands’, which have integrated sustainability as a business model into all their activities, showed a better performance than the company’s average growth rate in 2017 as well as in the last three years. These ‘Sustainable Life Supporting Brands’ showed a faster growth rate of 46% compared to the rest of Unilever, comprising 70% of the total growth turnover. In Turkey brands like OMO, Dove, Lipton, Knorr, Domestos, Signal, Algida, Elidor made up 72% of the total growth of Unilever Turkey by showing a growth rate of 44%.
Unilever gets opinions on sustainability from stakeholders
The Chairman of the Board of Unilever Turkey, Central Asia and Iran, Harm Goossens pointed out that sustainable life brands are the locomotive of growth in Turkey too, saying that they have started the greatest ever ‘listening survey’ in order to hear and understand the views of their employees and key stakeholders worldwide on their current sustainability targets and beyond. Alonside Unilever’s 276 key stakeholders including investors, suppliers, clients, creative agengies, opinion leaders, NGOs and academics, over 40 thousand workers of all functions from 21.000 production facilities worldwide participated in this survey named “Have Your Say.” In the survey which took more than three months, the participants were asked their views on the priorities they wished Unilever to focus on. It was observed that the answers given by the shareholders were similar to those given by the employees.
Unilever will play a leading role in the solution of the trust issue as well
Ebru Şenel, Director of Sustainable Business and Communications of Unilever Turkey, pointed out a serious trust issue worldwide. She said, “In our day, people do not trust each other, the states, the NGOs, and even the universities. As Unilever, we believe that it is critically important to build faith in every area of life, and we play a leading role in this.”
The zero waste studies which began in the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization building and which fall under the target of covering the whole of Turkey starting with the public institutions with the “Zero Waste Action Plan” by 2023 are in full throttle. The plan is to spread the project over the country incrementally with Ankara as the starting point. Alongside public institutions the project will cover educational institutions, shopping malls, hospitals, fun-rest facilities, and big businesses.
The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has recently announced the realization of their website www.sifiratik.csb.gov.tr where they have compiled all their studies regarding zero waste. On the website are zero waste activities, educational trainings, zero waste principles, application criteria, news and announcements, and a promotion film of the activities of the ministry. According to the ministry data, a total of 150 tons of assessable waste, of which 140 tons is packaging waste, have been collected.
June 8th has been celebrated as World Oceans Day since 1992 with the decision of the United Nations. On this date this year, Bosphorus University hosted a workshop, ‘Time for Action for Turkey’s Plastic Waste: Eco-friendly Production, Responsible Consumption, Effective Recycling.’ At the workshop attention was drawn to the fact that the Mediterranean has become one of the seas with the highest level of plastic pollution.
THE MEDITERRANEAN IS SENDING OUT SIGNALS OF ALARM! According to the “Escape from the Plastic Trap: Saving the Mediterranean from the Plastic Pollution Report” presented by Tolga Yücel, WWF Turkey Communications Director, 60 million tons of plastic is produced in the world, which creates 27 million tons of plastic waste. It is emphasized in the report that the amount of plastic waste in the seas is one of the most important problems awaiting global solution and this waste causes damage to the ecosystem of the seas estimated at $13 billion. It is also reported that 144 tons/day of plastic waste is dumped into the sea in Turkey.
‘LEGAL ARRANGEMENT IS MANDATORY’ The General Secretary of the Sustainable Development Association Konca Çalkıvık said, “A truck load of plastic waste goes into the seas every minute; every year 9 million tons of plastic waste go into the oceans. It is not possible to solve the global problem of plastic waste without local-regional cooperation.” Çalkıvık underlined the fact that trying to solve the problem with volunteers was not enough, legal regulations were also necessary.
Mete İmer, General Secretary of ÇEVKO Foundation spoke at the session and said that the issue of plastic was also included in the circular economy studies of the foundation. İmer gave information on the extended producer responsibility model and the works of ÇEVKO. İmer went on, “The future of the new plastic economy, which is a part of circular economy, lies in innovative solutions. These solutions are only possible with the collaboration of the public and the industry in the designing and recycling of plastic packagings.” The videos prepared by ÇEVKO on the recycling of plastic were shared with the participants at the same session.
Approximately eight thousand teachers participated in the Training of The Trainer Seminars within the scope of training studies of ÇEVKO Foundation going on since 2009. With the educational activities of the foundation since 2005, the number of students reached has exceeded 818,000. ÇEVKO Foundation holds these seminars for the teachers of primary and secondary schools in the collaborating municipalities with the permission of National Education Directorates and the support of the related municipalities. The agenda of these seminars are “Problems caused by waste in Turkey, the importance of recycling, methods of recycling, the historical development of recycling, the system of recycling.” At the same time the trainees learn about the works of ÇEVKO Foundation, the website www.cevkococuk.org and the training set distributed to the teachers.
With these trainings that have been organized all over Turkey for 9 years 7,968 teachers have been approached. Teachers attending the seminars receive the trainer’s training handbook, educational books prepared specifically for primary school students, and the ÇEVKO Foundation Educational Set, which includes an enlightening DVD, alongside the Certificate of Participation to the Training of the Trainer Seminar.
ÇEVKO Foundation also has different educational activities that target getting through to the students who have reached the age of education the importance of recycling, what they must do on this subject as individuals, and make recycling a part of their daily lives. Since 2005, when ÇEVKO Foundation became an authorized organization, it has approached an average of 55,000 students per year, and the total number of students so far is said to be 818,467. Apart from these activities, the foundation gives trainings to adults as well in order to establish social consciousness.
The previous year ÇEVKO Foundation had organized the International Circular Economy Congress in Turkey. This year the foundation’s target is continuity in thought and action in terms of circular economy with a series of workshops. The first of these, the New Plastics Economy Workshop was held on May 2nd 2018 with the participation of 31 representatives.
At the presentation by ÇEVKO Foundation, the work of the Ellen McArthur Foundation titled “New Plastics Economy” was taken into hand, and it was pointed out that 30% by weight of the current plastic packagings could not be reused or recycled without basic design and innovation. It was also stated that reusing would create an economic opportunity for at least 20% of plastic packaging materials; and the recycling of the remaining 50% would become economically attractive following the collaborative works on the design and post-use systems.
The Children’s Theatre of ÇEVKO Foundation, which was put together to instill recycling awareness in primary school children and which first put on stage the play “Recycling Will Do Us Good” in 2010, has been viewed by more than 50 thousand children via 160 performances.
The script of the musical children’s play was renewed in 2016, and emphasizes that packaging waste should not be thrown into the garbage but put into recycling boxes, and at the same time teaches the children what recycling materials are. Also from time to time the children take part in the play, which shows the struggle of ÇEVKİ, Water, and Soil to teach Fire, who damages the environment, what packaging waste is.
Şişli Municipality and ÇEVKO are in a ‘Fun’ collaboration to instill the habit of separating waste at its source for recycling.
The recycling bins in 24 different locations in Nişantaşı have been ‘dressed up’ by artist Serkan Altuniğne’s custom made recycling-themed caricatures that make one smile and think at the same time. The caricatures convey the message ‘Waste is Recycled, Şişli is Beautified’ and also aim to attract more attention to the recycling bins which have an important mission in terms of environmental sustainability. These pleasant recycling bins were put up on 5th June 2018, World Environment Day.
Caricature artist Altuniğne, who lives and pursues his career in Germany, says that recycling has become a part of the established culture in that country, and continues, “They try to teach you how to recycle in the integration courses while teaching the German language. Also in schools there are lessons on this subject, and you learn while still a child that recycling and waste separation is as natural as breathing, and the consequences will be dire if it is not done. The best part of the collaboration with ÇEVKO is that I will be able to convey to the people in a fun way the consciousness I have acquired on this important matter.”
On the subject, Mete İmer said, “We believe that the step we have taken in the collaboration with the Şişli Münicipality will render good results.”