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European Council reaches political agreement to reduce consumption of plastic bags

10:07 AM MST | December 17, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council–the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union—has announced that it has reached a political agreement on a draft directive aimed at reducing the consumption of lightweight...


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Renewable chemical company to build glucaric acid plant

Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT), a specialty chemicals company, has begun construction on a commercial plant at DanChem Technologies’ (DTI) site at Danville, VA. DTI will begin production of Rivertop’s glucaric acid-derived products beginning...

German pilot plant produces fuel from renewable electricity and carbon dioxide

Germany’s federal minister for research, Johanna Wanka, has opened the first demonstration plant worldwide that can produce synthetic fuel such as petrol, diesel, or kerosine from water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and renewable electricity. The company...

Germany confirms its action plan "Climate protection 2020"

Germany’s federal government has concluded its action program “Climate protection 2020.” The government has guaranteed that the country will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 compared with 1990. This objective was set in...

BioAmber to supply biosuccinic acid to Oleon for lubricants manufacture

BioAmber (Minneapolis) announced today the signing of an exclusive supply agreement to supply Oleon (Ertvelde, Belgium) with biobased succinic acid. Under the terms of the five-year contract, which runs from 2014 to the end of 2018, BioAmber Sarnia, a joint...

Report: China could double its use of renewable energy by 2030

A report prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates), in association with the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC; Beijing), says that China could increase the share of renewable energy in its overall energy...

EU agrees on new rules to reduce consumption of lightweight plastic bags

The Council of the European Union says that agreement has been reached with the European Parliament on new rules aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic bags in the European Union. The objectives of the new EU-wide rules are to reduce the effects on the...

IEA World Energy Outlook 2014: 'signs of stress must not be ignored'

The International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris) says that longer-term signs of stress are emerging in the energy system, and that there is a risk of decision makers being distracted by current events in recognizing and tackling these issues. The agency states in...

Germany's chemical industry: Sustainability only possible if we work together

The council for sustainable development (RNE; Berlin) and Chemie3 (chemistry to the power three), the sustainability initiative of Germany’s chemical industry, invited participants from business, politics, and non-governmental organizations to a...

Virent, PlantPET Technology Collaborative sign expression of interest on plant-based p-xylene

Virent (Madison, WI) and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative (PTC) have announced that they have signed an expression of interest that provides individual members of the PTC an option on preferred access to Virent’s 100% plant-based BioFormPX...

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