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VCI: EU waste rules must not be allowed to stifle production
Chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says that is supports the goal of a sustainable, circular economy in Europe. But overzealous regulations on industrial waste, such as those proposed by the European Parliament in a planned report, are both unnecessary and inefficient, according to VCI. “We...

Versalis and Chinese companies form green tire technology alliance
Versalis (Milan), the chemicals arm of Italy’s energy major ENI (Rome), said on Friday that it has joined forces with Chinese companies to develop innovative green tires based on breakthrough technology. Versalis and Ecombine and EVE Rubber Institute, respective subsidiary and affiliate companies of...

European Commission takes action against Germany, Greece over energy-efficiency directive
The European Commission has requested Germany to ensure the full transposition of the European Union’s energy efficiency directive, under which EU member states must meet certain energy savings targets during the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. Germany has now two months to comply with this...

Plastics 2020 launches plastics industry recycling action plan
The Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (Pirap) was launched on Tuesday by Plastics 2020, which includes the British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Packaging and Films Association and Plastics Europe as well as WRAP (London). The plan provides a cooperative strategy for the plastic packaging supply chain...

EU on track to hit 2020 renewable energy targets
The European Union is on track to meet its legally binding target to have 20% of its energy consumption based on renewable energy by 2020. The European Commission projects that 15.3% of EU gross final energy consumption in 2014 was renewable energy and that "the vast majority" of EU member states...

Metex signs agreement with UPM for production of MPG from cellulosic sugars
Biological chemistry firm METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) says it has today signed a joint development agreement with UPM (Helsinki) to develop a process for production of 1,2-propanediol (mono-propylene glycol, MPG) from cellulosic sugars. The process will be based on Metex proprietary...

Irena report: Fourfold increase in countries with renewable energy targets, versus 2005 level
Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; Abu Dhabi). A new report from Irena, Renewable Energy Target Setting, finds that 164 countries have adopted at least one type of renewable energy target, up from...

BioAmber: Biosuccinic acid plant at Sarnia 'substantially complete'
Renewable chemicals maker BioAmber (Minneapolis) says that the construction of its biosuccinic acid (BSA) plant at Sarnia, ON, is “substantially complete.” Commissioning is progressing as planned, and the plant is on schedule to begin commercial operations in the current quarter, according to...

Irena releases roadmap on renewable energy storage
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; Abu Dhabi) has released a report on renewables and electricity storage, part of the agency’s REmap 2030 program. The report shows how to advance storage systems and prioritizes 14 action items across five priority areas where government and industry can...

G7 Leaders commit to 40-70% GHG reductions by 2050
Leaders of seven of the world’s largest economies, meeting in Elmau, Germany, yesterday, expressed support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40-70% by 2050. The leaders emphasized that “deep cuts in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are required with decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century.” Germany’s chemical industry association (VCI) noted the lack of identified concrete steps to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide...











 
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