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PPG receives DOE funds for fuel-efficient tires
PPG Industries has announced that it has received funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support a project to improve the fuel efficiency of radial tires for trucks and buses. The project is a $1.25 million collaboration with Bridgestone (XXX). The goal of the project is to develop tires for DOE...

Cefic announces support to improve chemical industry energy efficiency
As part of an industry-wide commitment to help European chemical companies to improve their energy efficiency and competitiveness Cefic has announced a project to support smaller companies working toward this goal. The initiative, called Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Efficiency Excellence...

Stora Enso inaugurates new biomaterials innovation center in Stockholm
Stora Enso (Stockholm/Helsinki) on Thursday is inaugurating an innovation center for biomaterials in Stockholm. The center will include research, application, business development and strategic marketing activities. The ceremony is being attended by Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael...

Climate change agreement reached in Paris
Ministers and other officials from almost 200 nations, after two weeks of negotiation, have reached agreement on climate change at the conference meeting in Paris, COP21. The key elements of the agreement, which is partly legally binding and partly voluntary, include trying to keep the global temperature...

Climate change: Draft agreement produced in Paris
The parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), negotiating for a global climate change in Paris, have produced a draft of an agreement. The draft amounts to 48 pages of text and must still be finalized by global leaders before the conference ends. “We’re talking about life...

Germany starts competition for cooling technology to reduce emissions, energy consumption
Germany’s environment minister has initiated a national competition for the fifth consecutive year on environmental cooling technology. The “Cooling prize 2016” is awarded in three categories and is marked with total prize money of €52,500 ($55,700). The competition is open to both...

Carbios develops process to depolymerize PET products into original monomers
Carbios (Clermont-Ferrand, France) has developed an enzymatic process that allows the depolymerization of 100% amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET)–based commercial products into its original monomers: purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and ethylene glycol, the company has announced. The processes...

European Commission presents circular economy package (update)
The European Commission has released details of its “ambitious” new circular economy package, designed to facilitate the move to a more circular economy. The package will stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boosting global competitiveness, fostering sustainable economic...

EU GHG emissions fall 2% YOY in 2013, 21% in 1990–2013
The European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) has reported annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the European Union. The EEA's report is the official 2015 submission under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with data for 1990—2013. Total GHG emissions excluding land use...

UK government cuts $1.5 billion funding for carbon capture
The UK government has announced that £1 billion ($1.5 billion) funding for a competition aimed at the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology for power stations is no longer available. The competition can therefore no longer proceed on its current basis, the government says. Although...











 
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