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July 1, 2013
CF Industries announced today that it has begun restarting its operating units at its nitrogen complex at Medicine Hat, AB. The company shut down operations at the complex on 21 June...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/CF-Industries-restarts-Alberta-nitrogen-complex-after-flooding_53299.html
June 26, 2013
Industry groups, including ACC and American Fuels and Petrochemicals Manufacturers (AFMP), have issued mostly critical reactions to President Obama’s federal climate change...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Industry-mostly-critical-of-Obama-climate-plan_53148.html
June 25, 2013
Members of the environment committee of the European Parliament have approved for a second time a freeze—backloading—on the auctioning of some carbon dioxide (CO2) emission...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/EU-Parliament-environment-committee-reaffirms-support-for-emissions-trading-fix_53103.html
June 21, 2013
The European Commission is referring Greece to the European Court of Justice, on the recommendation of Janez Potocnik, European environment commissioner, for failing to take measures...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/European-Commission-takes-Greece-to-court-over-nitrate-pollution_53031.html
June 20, 2013
The European Parliament's environment committee today voted in favor of setting mandatory targets to boost the use of second-generation biofuels, the parliament says. Second-generation...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/European-Parliament-votes-for-mandatory-targets-to-boost-second-generation-biofuels_52963.html
June 20, 2013
Airbus, Air France, Safran (Paris), and Total have launched a program, Joining our Energies—Biofuel Initiative France, to further the R&D of sustainable biofuels for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Leading-French-companies-partner-in-R-and-D-to-speed-development-of-biosourced-jet-fuel_52958.html
June 20, 2013
The European Parliament says its environment committee has proposed a ban on fluorinated gases in refrigerators and air conditioners. The plan proposes to phase out completely the use...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/European-Parliament-proposes-ban-on-fluorinated-gases_52955.html
June 20, 2013
Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and dust from electricity-generating large combustion plants (LCPs) in the European Union have fallen since 2004, the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/European-Environment-Agency-reports-on-emissions-from-power-plants_52836.html
June 20, 2013
LanzaTech (Roselle, IL) a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, and Siemens Metals Technologies (Linz, Austria) have signed a 10-year cooperation agreement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/LanzaTech-and-Siemens-sign-10-year-agreement-to-convert-off-gases-into-bioethanol_52915.html
June 13, 2013
Forest (Helsinki) has awarded a €5-million ($6.7 million) contract to Technip for the front-end engineering design (FEED) of a new, second-generation biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Technip-awarded-biomass-to-liquids-plant-contract-in-Finland_52797.html
June 12, 2013
The European Union needs to look at the broader picture in terms of carbon emissions, Maria van den Hoeven, executive director at the International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris), says in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Carbon-emissions-EU-needs-to-look-at-broader-picture-says-IEA-Greenpeace-calls-for-tougher-targets_52776.html
June 11, 2013
More perfluorinated substances should be included on Norway's priority list of substances that pose a serious threat to human health and the environment, the Norwegian Climate and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/Norways-environment-agency-aims-to-include-perfluorinated-substances-on-hazardous-chemical-list_52748.html
June 10, 2013
The International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris) urges governments in a report, published today, to swiftly enact four energy policies that it says will keep climate goals alive...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/International-Energy-Agency-urges-action-on-emissions_52723.html
June 10, 2013
The Chinese and US governments have agreed to cooperate in the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, in an effort to combat climate change, the White...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/US-China-agree-to-cooperate-on-HFC-phasedown_52716.html
June 6, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited comments on two new proposals for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH). The chemicals concerned are...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/ECHA-invites-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-comments-on-tributyltin-compounds-and-PHMB_52616.html
June 6, 2013
The European Union is to remove an exemption to its batteries directive that has allowed the use of mercury and cadmium in certain battery applications. The legislation was introduced...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/EU-to-complete-ban-on-cadmium-and-mercury-in-batteries_52600.html
June 5, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has identified what it says are several weaknesses in a study published by the UK Food and Environment Research Agency...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/EFSA-EU-neonicotinoid-conclusions-not-affected-by-UK-study-on-bumble-bees_52571.html
June 5, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has launched a public consultation on draft guidance on how to carry out environmental risk assessments of plant protection...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/EFSA-consults-on-risk-assessment-for-greenhouse-crops_52570.html
June 5, 2013
Hans Bruyninckx has taken office as executive director at the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen).  "Environment issues are increasingly complex, interconnected...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/European-Environment-Agency-has-new-executive-director_52569.html
May 29, 2013
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel combustion in the 27 EU member states were 2.1%, or 72.5 million m.t., lower in 2012 than in the previous year, according to early...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/environment/EU-CO2-emissions-fall-in-2012_52359.html
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