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Sphera Releases Enhanced Tool to Ensure Compliance with Upcoming Regs

Regulatory demands from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will increase in complexity in 2018 with the forthcoming European Substance Volume Tracking (SVT) regulations, and EHS software provider Sphera has released an enhanced version of its Intelligent Authoring software that the company says will ensure companies are able to stay in … Read more »

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes is the leader at manipulating the way vehicles are tested, producing official fuel economy figures in labs that cannot be replicated in the real world, according to a report by Transport & Environment. The report analyzes real-world fuel consumption by motorists that highlights the abuses by carmakers of the … Read more »

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EU on Track to Meet 2020 Climate Goals

European Union greenhouse gas emissions fell almost 2 percent between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU very close to its 2020 reduction target, according to analysis from the European Environment Agency. The EU is also on track to meet two other targets to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency by … Read more »

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EU Leaders Strike Climate Deal

European Union leaders on Friday agreed on a climate and energy package that sets a binding carbon reduction target of “at least” 40 percent by 2030, compared to a 1990 baseline. About half of that figure takes place within the EU’s Emissions Trading System; the other half comes from the … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: European Union, Natural Gas Vehicles for America, ClimeCo

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. European Union: The EU government has confirmed Miguel Arias Cañete (pictured) as its new climate and energy commissioner. Cañete previously served as Member of the European Parliament for Madrid and as minister of agriculture, food and environment in … Read more »

Clean Transport, Energy Efficiency ‘Could Grow GDP by $2.6 Trillion’

Government policies that improve energy efficiency and public transport could increase global economic output by as much as $2.6 trillion per year, and also save lives, reduce crop losses and tackle climate change, according to analysis from the World Bank and the ClimateWorks Foundation. The Adding up the Benefits report, … Read more »

EU Greenhouse Emissions Hit Record Low

EU greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.3 percent in 2012 to their lowest recorded levels, putting member states within reach of their collective 2020 emissions reduction target, according to data from the European Environment Agency. The 2012 reduction puts EU emissions at 19.2 percent below 1990 levels, according to final EU greenhouse gas emissions for … Read more »

Changes to Agriculture Practices Could Slash Emissions Up to 90%

Changes to Agriculture Practices Could Slash Emissions Up to 90%

Better farm nutrient management and production practices as well reduced food waste and beef consumption are among 12 strategies that could slash annual carbon emissions from global agriculture by as much as 50 percent to 90 percent by 2030, according to a report released by Climate Focus and California Environmental Associates. … Read more »

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Chemical Engineers Push for Climate Change Policy

The Institution of Chemical Engineers has signed the Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a global call to arms from businesses and organizations that demand a proactive policy response to climate change. IChemE’s support for the Communiqué comes on the heels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report published earlier this month. The … Read more »

European Parliament Passes Invasive “Alien Species” Regulation

The European Parliament has passed a regulation aimed at preventing and managing the introduction and spread of invasive animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms alien to the European territory. The regulation aims to prevent those organisms from having a negative impact, either on the environment, human health or socio-economic development. Only 11 … Read more »

2020 Plastic Additives Market Worth $57.8 Billion

2020 Plastic Additives Market Worth $57.8 Billion

An increase in environmental awareness will help the global plastics additives market grow to $57.8 billion by 2020, up from $41.4 billion in 2013, according to a report by Allied Market Research. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 4.9 percent over that time period, according to Plastic Additives Market (Functions, Types, Applications … Read more »

Construction Sector Embracing Energy Saving Coatings

The increase in sustainability initiatives and focus on energy efficiency across the globe is driving the adoption of energy saving coatings, particularly in the building and construction sectors, which typically account for 40 percent of a nation’s energy consumption, according to research by Frost & Sullivan. To boost the use of … Read more »