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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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Elopak to use renewable polyethylene in beverage cartons

Elopak (Oslo), a leading liquid food packaging supplier, has announced the launch of beverage cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (PE). A wide range of these cartons will be commercially available in the coming months, making Elopak the first...

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EPA proposes stricter ozone standards

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Developer of organic photovoltaics receives more funds to commericalize its process

Eight19 (Cambridge, UK) , a developer of low-cost organic photovoltaics (OPV) technology capable of delivering flexible and light-weight solar panels in high volume, has announced that it has received a further £1 million ($1.6 million) in funds. The...

ENI signs agreement with unions to restructure Porto Marghera complex

ENI today signed an agreement to restructure the petrochemical complex at Porto Marghera, near Venice, operated by ENI’s chemical subsidiary Versalis. The agreement follows the permanent closure of the ethylene plant at Porto Marghera. Claudio Descalzi...

Calcium looping carbon capture technology developed by Taiwan researchers

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI; Hsinchu, Taiwan) in Taiwan has introduced a carbon capture technology that reduces carbon emissions from fossil power plants. High efficiency calcium lopping technology (HECLOT) is a solution designed to...

Technip and Biochemtex form bioethanol plant alliance

Technip and Biochemtex, majority shareholder in Beta Renewables, which controls the second-generation biotechnology Proesa, announced today that they have signed an alliance agreement covering future Biochemtex second-generation bioethanol projects. Proesa is...

Matrìca green chemistry venture holds open day, new units to be added soon

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