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UK parliamentary committee calls for a moratorium on shale gas
The Environmental Audit committee of the UK parliament has today published a report on the environmental risks of fracking, a controversial method using water and chemicals to recover underground gas from shale rocks. The committee recommends a moratorium on the extraction of unconventional gas through...

International Renewable Energy Agency reappoints director general
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) has announced the reappointment of Adnan Amin as director general to a second four-year term, to run from April 2015 to April 2019. The reappointment was agreed by the 124 Irena member countries on the occasion of the agency’s...

Report: US could triple renewable energy by 2030
The United States could more than triple the level of renewable energy in its overall energy by 2030, according to a report published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates). The level of renewables in the total mix could increase from 7.5% (2010) to 27% by 2030...

Gevo hits isobutanol production target in December
Isobutanol producer Gevo (Englewood, CO) has announced that it produced over 50,000 gal of isobutanol via fermentation at its Luverne, MN, production plant. The company had previously stated a goal of producing 50,000–100,000 gal/month of isobutanol by the end of 2014. Gevo operates so-called...

REG completes acquisition of Germany-based biodiesel firm
Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) says it has completed the acquisition of biodiesel producer Petrotec (Borken, Germany). An REG subsidiary, REG European Holdings, purchased a majority stake in Petrotec for $20.9 million, or $1.235 per share, from IC Green Energy (ICG; Tel Aviv). ICG held a 69% equity...

European Bioplastics: Market for bioplastics to grow 400% in 2013–18
The ninth European Bioplastics Conference took place recently in Brussels, attracting more than 320 participants from 29 countries. “The market is predicted to grow by more than 400% in the midterm,” says François de Bie, chairman of European Bioplastics, citing the organization’s...

European Council reaches political agreement to reduce consumption of plastic bags
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 plastic bags. The rules aim to limit the environmental...

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 in the summer of 2015, the company says. At full...

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 Sunfire (Dresden, Germany) has developed a so-called...

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 2007, but without the action plan Germany would have...











 
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