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Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fall YOY for first time in three years

9:35 AM MDT | April 16, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Germany in 2014 fell in comparison with those in the previous period for the first time in three years, the federal environment ministry (UBA) reports. Emissions decreased by more than 41 million m.t. of carbon dioxide...


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Cefic to sell ReachCentrum to ERM

Environmental and sustainability consultancy ERM (London) says it has acquired ReachCentrum (Brussels) from Cefic. ReachCentrum is involved in the registration market for the European Union’s Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and...

ACC's Dooley remains confident on US shale advantage and TSCA reform prospects

The US chemical industry is poised to capitalize on the increased supply of energy and feedstocks that will allow it to reestablish itself as a leading global supplier, ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley told attendees of ACC’s Responsible Care...

Industry expresses support for House TSCA reform bill

Industry groups welcomed House draft legislation aimed at reforming US chemical management, with both ACC and Socma testifying on 14 April before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy in support of the bipartisan discussion draft of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015....

EFSA publishes annual overview for general public on chemicals in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has published its annual overview on chemicals in food. The report is targeted at the general public and aims to give non-specialists a balanced view of the findings of annual EU-wide monitoring of...

BioAmber licenses JM Davy BDO and THF technologies

Renewable chemicals firm BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has entered into a technology license agreement with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy) that will enable BioAmber to construct and operate 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) plants...

European Council ready to negotiate with parliament over market stability reserve

The presidency of the European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, currently held by Latvia, has a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the establishment and...

IEA: Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stalled in 2014

Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas (GHG) that was not tied to an economic downturn, according to...

EFSA report: More than half of food samples in EU are free of pesticide residues

About 55% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) show no detectable traces of pesticide residues, the authority says. Of the samples that show residual pesticides, the levels fall within the legal limits in more...

Industry welcomes latest bipartisan TSCA reform bill

US Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, major bipartisan legislation aimed at updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. ACC welcomed the bill as a...

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