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Paris

COP21: Carbon Pricing, Bill Gates, Businesses Act on Climate Change

As the COP21 climate talks continue in Paris global leaders and organizations are stepping up calls for carbon pricing. The leaders of France, Germany, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Ethiopia, as well as heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development say either taxing … Read more »

Carbios biodegradable plastics

Biodegradable Plastic Pilot Plant Online

Carbios’ biodegradable plastics pilot plan is now online in France. Carbios’ new production platform incorporates the biochemistry company’s enzyme-based technology and enables the pilot-scale reproduction, with a capacity of 40 kilograms per hour, of all steps required to produce plastic film. The biodegradable plastic pilot plant, located at Carbios’ headquarters … Read more »

Wood skyscraper

World’s Tallest Wood Building Would Store 3,700MT CO2e

Michael Green Architecture of Vancouver, Canada, along with architecture, design and engineering agency DVVD of Paris and real estate developer REI France have proposed a green building project called Baobab that would feature the world’s tallest wood building at 35-stories. The project’s collection of wood structures would offer greater environmental … Read more »

Monsanto to France: Roundup Is Safe

Monsanto says it was “surprised” by French environment minister Ségolène Royal’s comments made over the weekend about the sale of its Roundup lawn and garden products. Royal proposed restricting the pesticide to behind-the-counter sales — a system that already exists in several other European countries including Germany. She proposed this in … Read more »

Avery Dennison Expands Film Matrix Recycling

Avery Dennison and Belgian-based Seliplast AG (acronym for Second Life for Plastics) have launched what they say is a first-of-its-kind recycling option for label matrix waste made of polypropylene and polyethylene. The program is now available to converters in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France. This new offering builds on … Read more »

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan, according to a report by CDP and Accenture. Supply chain sustainability revealed: a country comparison also finds suppliers in China and India deliver the greatest … Read more »

Mercedes

Daimler Must Use Low-Global-Warming Coolant

Germany must force Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — to use a newer low-global-warming air conditioning coolant, according to the European Union. Industry Week reports the EC said Germany has “infringed EU law” and faces court action by allowing Daimler to use an older refrigerant that emits potent greenhouse gases. Since … Read more »

UK Lags Behind In Plastic Recycling

UK Lags Behind In Plastic Recycling

Over 77 percent of total European plastic waste is generated by seven countries, and of those, the UK is the worst when it comes to recycling and energy recovery, according to a recent report by Wrights GPX Plastics. The report notes that although there has been a positive trend in … Read more »

landfill gas to energy

GE’s Gas Engines Drive Landfill Gas Power Plant

Officials from French waste management and services company Véolia Propreté, energy services company Dalkia and distributed power services provider Clarke Energy have inaugurated the Electr’od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant in Plessis-Gassot. The 17.3 MW facility is the country’s most powerful landfill gas-fueled power plant and features 10 of General Electric … Read more »

Hydrogen Production Joint Venture Formed

Areva, Smart Energies through its subsidiary CETH2, and the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) have formed a joint venture, Areva H2-Gen, to manufacture Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers, which will enable hydrogen to be produced from water and electricity. Initially intended for industrial applications, PEM electrolysis is now … Read more »

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Climate Treaty Deal Closer After UN Talks

After two weeks of talks, delegates hammered out a deal Friday that lays the groundwork for a universal legally binding treaty to be adopted by 2015 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions globally. Delegates representing more than 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the parent treaty … Read more »