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Control Union becomes first approved VVB for Verra’s Plastic Waste Reduction Program

Control Union Certifications has obtained recognition and approval by Verra to conduct validations and verifications for projects participating in their Plastic Waste Reduction Program (Plastic Program). It is the first Validation and Verification Body (VVB) to do so. The Plastic Program, launched by Verra in February 2021, provides a comprehensive framework for the consistent accounting of projects that collect and/or recycle plastic waste. 

Robustness and accuracy at scale – the certification process for large agribusinesses

In the GROUND burger kit case study from Neil Harleys farm, we saw how the certification process works for a single herd of livestock. Neil uses mob grazing on diverse pastures across an area of land that was being taken out of intensive crop cultivation, regenerating the land the biodiversity around it. Our audit covered the entire farm area and looked at management plans, soil sampling data and in field indicators. We used the information gathered to score Neil’s farm against the regenagri standard criteria, accessible through the Digital Hub. This area of Neil’s operation covered 87.5 hectares, and some larger agribusiness might be wondering how regenagri can be used to scale across a larger business, potentially in a different climate to Neil’s farm.
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New FSC® standard

An adjustment to the FSC Chain of Custody certification was approved by the FSC Board of Directors on 14th January 2021. FSC-COC-40-004 V3-1 will be the new standard and will be effective from 1st September 2021. Each certificate holder must comply to this new version within the transition period, which starts at the 1st September 2021 and runs until 31st December 2022.

Belgian Chaudfontaine obtains worldwide AWS certificate for sustainable water management

The Belgian mineral water bottling plant Chaudfontaine has obtained the platinum certificate for sustainable water management from the worldwide Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).

The certificate for sustainable water management is something that can be achieved worldwide.

Achmed Boumrah, director of the mineral water bottling plant in Chaudfontaine, said: “Protecting our resources and actively collaborating with stakeholders on water management are top priorities. We are therefore very proud that our efforts and the 590 measures we have taken in recent years are now also officially recognized,”.

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