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Italian companies to collaborate in green production of levulinic acid
Bio-on and Eridania Sadam, both headquartered at Bologna, Italy, have announced that they will work together on defining and optimizing the production of levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic acid), a key molecule “for the sustainable and low-impact future of the chemical industry.” The companies say...

Irena: renewable energy can fuel India's economic growth
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) says that renewable energy can fuel India’s economic growth, and that the country “boasts some of the lowest development costs for renewable energy technologies worldwide.” The comments were made by Adnan Amin...

ACI 2015: Groups, governments, consider changes to recycling policies
Groups are advocating, and governments are considering, changes to recycling policy to increase recycling rates in the US, according to a panel discussion on packaging held yesterday at ACI’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida. US recycling rates are far below those of other developed nations, such...

ACI 2015: Standards harmonization key to international agenda
Executives at international cleaning products associations say that harmonizing regulatory and sustainability standards across different countries will be a key focus in 2015. Association executives also pointed to initiatives in individual countries or regions, such as Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) in Europe or education about proper use of cleaning products in Brazil. The executives spoke Tuesday at the global issues briefing at ACI’s annual conference in Orlando, FL....

UK parliamentary committee calls for a moratorium on shale gas
The Environmental Audit committee of the UK parliament has today published a report on the environmental risks of fracking, a controversial method using water and chemicals to recover underground gas from shale rocks. The committee recommends a moratorium on the extraction of unconventional gas through...

International Renewable Energy Agency reappoints director general
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) has announced the reappointment of Adnan Amin as director general to a second four-year term, to run from April 2015 to April 2019. The reappointment was agreed by the 124 Irena member countries on the occasion of the agency’s...

Report: US could triple renewable energy by 2030
The United States could more than triple the level of renewable energy in its overall energy by 2030, according to a report published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates). The level of renewables in the total mix could increase from 7.5% (2010) to 27% by 2030...

Gevo hits isobutanol production target in December
Isobutanol producer Gevo (Englewood, CO) has announced that it produced over 50,000 gal of isobutanol via fermentation at its Luverne, MN, production plant. The company had previously stated a goal of producing 50,000–100,000 gal/month of isobutanol by the end of 2014. Gevo operates so-called...

REG completes acquisition of Germany-based biodiesel firm
Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) says it has completed the acquisition of biodiesel producer Petrotec (Borken, Germany). An REG subsidiary, REG European Holdings, purchased a majority stake in Petrotec for $20.9 million, or $1.235 per share, from IC Green Energy (ICG; Tel Aviv). ICG held a 69% equity...

European Bioplastics: Market for bioplastics to grow 400% in 2013–18
The ninth European Bioplastics Conference took place recently in Brussels, attracting more than 320 participants from 29 countries. “The market is predicted to grow by more than 400% in the midterm,” says François de Bie, chairman of European Bioplastics, citing the organization’s...











 
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