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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 mix from 13% to 26% by 2030. The country could also...

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 environment caused by the littering of plastic...

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 its World Energy Outlook 2014 that events of the...

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 conference on the topic “Sustainable development: 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 p-xylene. Plant-based p-xylene in combination with...

Perstorp to increase investment in bioplastics
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says it is stepping up its investment into the fast growing bioplastics market. The investments include a pilot plant at Warrington (UK), which is already in operation, a new laboratory at Perstorp, due to be ready in January 2015, and increased technical resources. World demand...

Cabot to provide activated carbon to several US facilities
Cabot announced today that it has entered into two separate contracts to provide activiated carbon products to energy utilities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. Cabot says that to meet new federal regulations for mercury emissions in the United States, the company expects to provide...

ACC chemical barometer falls in October
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), posting a 0.1% decrease in activity over October, measured on a 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. However, despite the decline, ACC says the CAB still signals further US economic activity through the second quarter of 2015. Year-over-year...

European leaders set ambitious climate, energy targets for 2030
The European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, has agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union. The European Commission had proposed 2030 targets for EU reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

ACC: Global CPRI inches up, production slows in third quarter
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today released its monthly global chemical production index (Global CPRI), with the CPRI rising 0.1% over September on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Production in the third quarter ended on a slow note, ACC says. Gains in production were centered in North...











 
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