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Solar Impulse 2 completes round-the-world flight, showcases chemical industry's energy-saving technologies
The aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has completed the first round-the-world flight using only solar power, traveling 42,000 kilometers over 16 months. The Si2 project aims to raise the profile of clean technologies that are already available....

European Commission sets out way to decarbonize EU economy
The European Commission has published a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe, including the transport sector. The proposals set clear and fair guiding principles to EU member states to prepare for the future and keep Europe...

Evonik targets life-cycle analysis of 80% of its products
Evonik Industries AG says it has conducted life-cycle analyses (LCAs) of about 70% of external sales generated by its three chemical segments as part of its sustainability analysis. LCAs comprise a cradle-to-grave analysis covering the environmental impact of products at all stages in their life cycles...

ACI urges EPA to exempt use of animal fats in RFS program
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt or minimize the use of animal fats under its Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) program proposed standards for 2017. ACI says the use of animal fats—a feedstock used by oleochemical producers to manufacture...

Strict standards and restrictions for fracking in Germany
Fracking in Germany will in the future be governed by uniform regulations and wide-reaching restrictions. The parliament’s upper chamber has approved the policy. In some areas and with certain types of rock, fracking will be completely banned. The country’s individual states can also add...

Once-through methanation pilot plant for SNG successfully tested in China
Clariant has announced that its methanation pilot plant at Nanjing, China, has been successfully tested, and that the technology is ready for commercial application. The VESTA once-through methanation new technology with wide hydrogen-carbon monoxide flexibility is an innovative methanation technology to...

AVA-CO2 starts pilot plant for recovery of phosphorus from sewage sludge
Biotechnology company AVA-CO2 (Zug, Switzerland) has started up its AVA cleanphos pilot plant at the AVA Green Chemistry Development site at Karlsruhe, Germany. The AVA cleanphos process which enables efficient and cost-effective recovery of phosphorus from sewage sludge, according to AVA-CO2. AVA-CO2 is...

Clariant becomes partner in CO2-to-chemicals project
Clariant said Tuesday it will become a partner in Carbon2Chem, a cross-industry project to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the steel industry. The project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for an initial four years, is active as of 28 June. It aims to...

Conference: Microplastics in Germany's inland waterways
At the opening of an international conference on the topic of plastic in inland waterways, Germany’s environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, has called for a more responsible attitude in dealing with plastic and plastic waste, as a way of tackling the discharge of plastic rubbish in rivers and the...

EU greenhouse gas emissions lowest since 1990
The European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen, Denmark) has reported the European Union’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased further in 2014, to 24.4% below those recorded in 1990. In absolute terms, GHG emissions in the European Union have decreased 1,383 million metric tons (MMt) since 1990...





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