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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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/European-Parliament-proposes-ban-on-fluorinated-gases_52955.html
June 17, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) chemical engineers have devised a cheaper way to synthesize gamma-valerolactone (GVL)—a potential feedstock of interest...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/MIT-researchers-devise-cost-efficient-process-to-produce-biosourced-GVL_52860.html
June 13, 2013
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and ThyssenKrupp Unde have begun marketing BMS's previously announced oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC) technology worldwide, the companies announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/Bayer-ThyssenKrupp-launch-breakthrough-ODC-chlor-alkali-technology_52772.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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/Norways-environment-agency-aims-to-include-perfluorinated-substances-on-hazardous-chemical-list_52748.html
June 11, 2013
UPM (Helsinki) and cellulosic sugar start-up Renmatix (King of Prussia, PA) have entered into a nonexclusive joint development agreement in the area of biochemicals, the companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/UPM-and-Renmatix-sign-biochemicals-development-agreement_52746.html
June 10, 2013
Cool Planet Energy Systems (Camarillo, CA) says it closed on $29.9 million of its anticipated $100-million D-series financing that will fund construction of the company's first...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/US-firm-raises-funds-for-construction-of-commercial-biomass-fractionating-biorefinery_52718.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/people_and_business/green_issues/US-China-agree-to-cooperate-on-HFC-phasedown_52716.html
June 7, 2013
Takeda Pharmaceutical (Osaka) says it will start using biopolyethylene (bioPE) bottles as the packaging container for the hypertension treatment product Azilva. The company is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/Takeda-is-the-first-pharma-company-in-Japan-to-use-bioPE-bottles_52695.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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/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/people_and_business/green_issues/EU-CO2-emissions-fall-in-2012_52359.html
May 28, 2013
Evonik Industries and EDF Luminus (Brussels) are installing a Repower wind turbine at Evonik's Antwerp site, Evonik says. Preparations for construction are underway, and construction...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/Evonik-to-install-wind-turbine-at-Antwerp-site_52309.html
May 24, 2013
The European Commission has adopted a restriction on the use of 3 neonicotinoids that have been associated in recent years with a decline in the number and health of honeybees. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/EU-wide-restriction-on-use-of-neonicotinoids-to-be-in-force-from-1-December_52289.html
May 23, 2013
Braskem (São Paulo) has launched its line of biobased low-density polyethylene (LDPE) derived from sugarcane ethanol, the company has announced. Annual production of biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/green_issues/Braskem-launches-biobased-LDPE-line_52262.html
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