TETRA PAK ITALIA – REDEFINING SUSTAINABILITY 

An amazing article by our second year student Rohit Conudula, as we comeback from a beautiful experience at Tetra Pak Italia.

We, the students of RESD, got the privilege to visit Tetra Pak Italia in Modena on the 2nd of March and it reaped wonderful results. Our experience with them was wonderful and a great leap in our learning curve. Well, to begin with, it was a one and a half hour journey from our university and when we reached Tetra Pak Italia, we got a very warm welcome from the employees over there. The company at first glance looked a great place to work at and within no time we realized that our assumption was spot on, as every employee seemed to take pride in working it. It all started with an introduction on what is the main motto of the company’s founder -“The package should save more than it costs” and how the company is still abiding by it. Tetra Pak is a multinational food packaging and processing company of Swedish origin with head offices in Lund, Sweden, and Lausanne, Switzerland. We got a brief outline on the various functionalities of the company and how deeply it has imbibed its core values within itself. While we talk about core values and integrating it within the work culture, it doesn’t stop there because Tetra Pak also has its roots dug deep into corporate social responsibility that one may feel how does a company give so much attention to detail and yet manages to be the front runner in today’s rat race where one mistake may lead to unmeasurable complications.

The next part of our visit included how the company worked to be sustainable. Their motto “We make food safe and available, everywhere”  in the beginning seemed intriguing. In the end we understood that its ideologies, standards and transparency make the company deliver what it says. The company gives a lot of importance to its employees and according to me it makes them feel secured as it helps them to balance both their work and personal life, a step which many companies are even scared to think of. Practically, Tetra Pak has shown an amazing perception towards how a company can have the perfect balance of Social, Economic and Environmental aspects with a bend of sustainability. The visit was more like redefining sustainability and also proves that if resources are channelized in the right direction and most importantly with the right leadership, we might not just remain on the verge of sustainability but also achieve it!!

Thanks to everyone who provided us with this opportunity and we would also like to extend our gratitude to Tetra Pak Italia for their hospitality and time.

Better Life Index

An interactive and smart tool to rank how a region or a state perform according to 11 topic that make better life. The OECD Better Life Index aims at identifying the best way to measure the progress of societies, going beyond GDP and examining the areas that impact people’s lives.

The OECD has identified 11 dimensions as being essential to well-being

  1. housing,
  2. income,
  3. jobs,
  4. community,
  5. education,
  6. environment,
  7. governance,
  8. health,
  9. life satisfaction,
  10. safety,
  11. work-life balance.

Each topic is built on one to four specific indicators: For example, the Jobs topic is based on four separate measures: the employment rate, personal earnings, the long-term unemployment rate and job security.

It is important to point out that OECD does not provide an overall ranking. Instead, Your Better Life Index is designed to let you, the user, investigate how each of the 11 topics can contribute to well-being, attaching more importance to the topics that you feel more relevant to make life better.

Click on the link and start exploring how your region perform www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org

The Happy Planet Index

GDP is a good index when it comes to measure nations’ production but is a not good measure of their wealth. One of the most important thing GDP does not account for is sustainability.

Although, including environmental impacts in the measurements still is not enough. Moreover, we can not just rely upon the economic growth of our system as a measure of progress. As many suggest we have to change our national accounting system.

How can we measure progress then?

Social justice, sustainability, life’s expectancy: people’s well being more generally! These are things that should be at the core of national economic policies!

The Happy Planet Index: How successful is nation at providing happy and healthy lives?

This alternative index, created at the New Economic Foundation goes beyond GDP,  is easily calculated as follow:

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Happiness = WellBeing x Life Expectancy x Inequality / Ecological Footprint

Therefore, the best countries are the ones that using less resources are achieving the best results in terms of national welfare.

 

TOP ONE? COSTA RICA.

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Costa Rica uses a quater of US resource and still is better off.

Most of the western European countries and U.S.A. are way down the chart. In Europe “we have a lot”, however, at a tremendous cost for the planet’s ecosystem. At the top of our chart we find mostly Latin American countries.

In the specific Costa Rica uses a quarter of US resource to provide a better life to its population. Average life is 78 years, they are the happiest place on earth and have one of the highest global literacy rate.

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This gives something to think about. Surely the biggest challenge is to help other countries to follow the good example, but this means stop doing business as usual.  An happier planet means a healthier and more sustainable planet. 

Paris Summit 2015 – Each country’s pledge

Carbon Brief has been following each country’s pledge towards the Paris 2015 summit. Here on this post you will find more details on how each country pledged in the upcoming summit. While for some countries, the pledges seem a big task however it will be interesting to see if they manage to achieve the target.

For instance, Mexico – the first developing country to come forward – includes a section on adaptation, while the EU is silent on the topic. Switzerland’s pledge of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions looks high compared to the EU’s “at least 40%”, until you realise they plan to use international carbon credits where the EU will make all reductions on home soil.

These pledges are also known as “intended nationally determined contributions”, or INDCs. You can find more details of each country’s INPC on UNFCCC. If the INDCs fall short – as they are widely expected to do – there is no official mechanism in place to ratchet them up before Paris. This is where they will be incorporated into the agreement, and likely take on some element of legal force.

I have my skepticism too but let’s wait for this event to happen!

Source: Carbon Brief

World Air Quality Index

Couple of hours ago, I saw this really interesting website where you can find the pollution levels city by city just by one click.

This site give you a world map with numbers on it and on the top you can find the bracket or category where the pollution limit is mentioned.

My city has 129 AQI level of pollution which is termed as ‘Unhealthy’.

I hope more and more people become aware of their surrounding and start taking action to decrease at least some of the pollution at local level

Source: WAQI