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Italian Court Issues Decision in Biodegradability Case

An Italian court has ruled in favor of biotech firm Novamont in its case against Kromabatch, which distributes oxo-biodegradable plastics additive d2w in Italy, over claims that traditional plastics with added d2w could be labeled “biodegradable” or “oxo-biodegradable,” Waste Management World reports. Novamont said that the Companies Section of the Court … 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 »

AkzoNobel Additive Makes Roads Safer, Cuts CO2

AkzoNobel Additive Makes Roads Safer, Cuts CO2

AkzoNobel has launched an additive for road salt that helps to protect against frost damage and makes driving safer. Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice forming in their bodies, Ecosel AsphaltProtection is a fully biodegradable additive for de-icing brine. It works by slowing … Read more »

Bacardi-Owned Martini Brand Cuts GHGs 30%

Vermouth and sparkling Italian wines brand Martini, owned by Bacardi, has cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent and water use by 4 percent since 2006. The brand has also decreased its landfill waste 7 percent since 2009, a reduction of 750 metric tons. The company has implemented … 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 »

GE Technology Recycles Produced Water

A crude oil production site in Italy will use GE’s advanced evaporator and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technology to recycle up to 98 percent of produced water. Total E&P Italia has six wells in the Tempa Rossa oil field in Corleto Perticara. GE will provide the technology to engineering, procurement … Read more »

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Europe to Continue to Dominate Global Biogas Market

The global biogas market will continue to grow with Europe maintaining its leading position thanks largely to technology and favorable feed-in tariffs, according to a forecast by Environmental XPRT. Europe is the largest biogas market with more than 13,800 biogas-producing digesters in operation in 2012 and more than 7,400 megawatts … Read more »

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Plastic Bag Reprocessing Plant Turns Waste into Useful Products

PlasRecycle has built the UK’s first facility for reprocessing post-consumer polythene bags and packaging films to produce a plastic granulate that can be used for making new bags. The Woolwich, South East London plant has the capacity to recycle 1 metric ton of plastic packaging and will save around 1.5 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »