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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...

ACC Global CPRI modestly increases
ACC says its monthly global chemical production regional index (Global CPRI) rose 0.2% on a three-month moving average basis (3MMA) in October, showing production in the fourth quarter starting on a modest note, ACC says. Gains in production were centered in North America, aided by the shale gas revolution...

BioAmber to supply biosuccinic acid to Oleon for lubricants manufacture
BioAmber (Minneapolis) announced today the signing of an exclusive supply agreement to supply Oleon (Ertvelde, Belgium) with biobased succinic acid. Under the terms of the five-year contract, which runs from 2014 to the end of 2018, BioAmber Sarnia, a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., will supply Oleon...

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...











 
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