Finding Sustainability in Today’s Chemicals, Oil and Gas Market

The competitive nature of the chemicals, oil and gas markets requires that facility owners and operators continue to find ways to improve their current margins and establish resilience regarding long-term and financially relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks.  Doing so may mean a significant investment in renewable feedstocks. It may also mean the optimization of base operations and investment in new greenfield and/or brownfield technology upgrades, both new units and retrofits.

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New Renault boss plans leaner, electric future | Headlines

Under de Meo’s efficiency drive, Renault will build vehicles on fewer shared platforms to pare back costs by 600 euros per car by 2023, and aim to cut development time for new vehicles by a year, to under three years. The 53-year old’s shift to a more electric line-up will include building a battery plant in France with one of the company’s suppliers, while the company is working on partnerships in areas like technology.

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UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce Defence join to study nuclear power for sustainable, high-efficiency space exploration

A new research contract has been formed between the UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce Defence that will have planetary scientists working together to explore nuclear power’s potential as a plentiful source of energy to make deep space exploration possible in the decades to come. One area of research will be nuclear propulsion that would involve channeling energy released by splitting atoms to accelerate propellants, like hydrogen, at high speeds.

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Sustainability Webinar

From developing communities to finding research solutions to global challenges, Universities have a responsibility to support the sustainability agenda in a myriad of ways.  In November, the University Council approved a vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that includes the construction of a major new Science Precinct on central campus.  The Science Precinct will include new space for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and the School of Engineering, to enable them to grow, innovate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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New China regulations: Can your beauty brand benefit from new cosmetics claims rules?

The introduction of China’s CSAR means cosmetics companies now need to provide scientific evidence for any marketing claims. Carys Smith and Victoria Stoate from Ayton Global Research explain why this presents an opportunity for brands to improve their claims substantiation generally  You may have seen the big announcement regarding changes to cosmetic regulations in China from the Chinese State Council, including changes for advertising claims substantiation.

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Stacey Cassidy: Development of modular a key step on the road towards sustainable housing

According to the UK Green Building Council, the built environment weighs heavily on the UK’s carbon emissions, contributing up to 40% of our carbon footprint. Given the imperative to reach net-zero carbon emissions in Scotland by 2045 to tackle climate change, the property sector will need to play its part. Whilst this challenge looms large, the growth of modular and offsite manufacturing can provide a solution to the housing sector’s environmental impact, helping to create a more sustainable economy.

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Twists – Eco-Friendly Packing – To establish a sustainable packing solution, benefiting our future.

We believe that Twists can play a large part in the way the world thinks about plastic filler materials, and further the way the world looks at eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items. Twists can be used in so many applications, what will you come up with? Twists are made from post consumer recycled paper and do no harm to the environment. They can be recycled, re-used and even composted with no chemical signature. How can you make a difference? Start by ditching (recycling) your plastic foam packing peanuts, and switching to Twists.

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NOGA and Eni Rewind sign an agreement on circular economy initiatives in Bahrain

Bahrain’s The National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) and Eni’s environmental company will collaborate in the promotion of joint initiatives for the recovery of soil, water and waste resources.  The memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil and Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer of Eni.

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ISEAL Framework for Improving Sustainability Impacts: consultation

ISEAL has developed a good practice guide to support sustainability systems to strengthen the effectiveness of your improvement strategies. We are seeking input on this draft until 15 January 2021.  Global sustainability challenges are complex problems and determining the best strategies to bring about lasting improvements in sustainability performance remains a core challenge for sustainability systems.

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Pangilinan to industry: Be ‘greener’ this 2021, mass-produce alternatives to single-use plastics

As consumer giants Coca-Cola and Carlsberg recently announced the switch to plant-based plastics that break down within a year, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan encourages local manufacturers to follow suit.  Pangilinan noted that his Senate Bill 40, which seeks to ban the use, manufacture, and importation of single-use plastic, also encourages the research and development of biodegradable alternatives, and incentivizes individuals and groups, including businesses, that manufacture these alternatives.

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Lenovo CO2 Offset Services Offsets 26,000 Metric Tonnes as Global Rollout Points to a Sustainable Future for Retail

Lenovo has today revealed how customers are ushering in a green revolution in commerce by opting to offset the carbon emissions of new Think branded products at the point of purchase as part of the company’s new CO2 Offset Services initiative.

Lenovo first launched the program as a pilot in the Nordics in February 2020. Building on this successful pilot, the Company plans to roll out the program in 2021 for all of Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia Pacific and North America. It’s believed to be one of the first initiatives of its kind in the IT industry.

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#SustyTalk: Coca-Cola’s Therese Noorlander talks supply chain engagement on climate and plastics

The latest episode sees edie’s senior reporter Sarah George speaking with the Coca-Cola Company’s sustainability director for Europe, Therese Noorlander. 

Noorlander discusses how the company is working with its bottlers and suppliers to accelerate the net-zero transition. The Coca-Cola Company’s largest bottle in Western Europe, CCEP, notably set a 2040 net-zero target in 2020.

She also outlines the business’s plans on water stewardship and plastics – two of its most material topics – in 2021, in line with changing consumer and investor demands and improved scientific research. 

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Materials | Free Full-Text | Zirconia–Alumina Composites Obtained by Centrifugal Slip Casting as Attractive Sustainable Material for Application in Construction

This paper focuses on the possibility of adapting the centrifugal slip casting method to obtain zirconia–alumina composite materials in the form of finished tube-shaped products. These types of products, due to their unique properties, can be utilised, for example, in the transport of aggressive substances, even in extreme temperatures or corrosive conditions. The study reports on the two series of zirconia–alumina composites differing in the content of ZrO2—2.5 and 25 vol%. The fabricated and sintered materials were characterised using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and stereological analysis. Moreover, a life cycle assessment (LCA) was provided in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 14044 and EN 15805 standards. The obtained data clearly show that the centrifugal slip casting method allows obtaining samples with high density and extremely uniform distribution of the ZrO2 phase in the alumina matrix. The stereological analysis results proved also that the addition of ZrO2…

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Researchers propose a framework for evaluating the impacts of climate change on California’s water and energy systems

As the planet continues to warm, the twin challenges of diminishing water supply and growing energy demand will intensify. But water and energy are inextricably linked. For instance, nearly a fifth of California’s energy goes toward water-related activities, while more than a tenth of the state’s electricity comes from hydropower. As society tries to adapt to one challenge, it needs to ensure it doesn’t worsen the other.

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Jagadish Salunke: Towards low-cost alternatives for sustainable energy production | Tampereen korkeakouluyhteisö

Halide perovskite solar cells have in recent years emerged as a potential alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics due to their outstanding performance, having reached energy conversion efficiency comparable to the currently available silicon counterparts in less than a decade of research. Therefore, in addition to vast academic interest, industries are paying close attention to the development of perovskite-based photovoltaics.

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THE BETTER HOME IS AN INTELLIGENT AND LOVABLE BRAND IN THE ‘SUSTAINABLE CLEANING’ SPACE | Leapfrog Strategy Consulting

Don’t you love it when the detergent pack zooms across the shirt turning it a crisp white? Or when the toilet cleaner is advertised removing the grimy build-up to reveal a shiny, spotless surface? It’s pleasing to imagine the strong chemicals cutting through dirt and germs. But only because we’re not aware of the whole picture.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars triples global sales of xEVs and meets the European CO2 targets for passenger cars in 2020 | Automotive World

Mercedes-Benz is accelerating its journey towards CO2 neutrality. Significant progress was made in 2020, with a steep increase in xEV deliveries: More than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles were sold by Mercedes-Benz Cars worldwide (+228.8%), including about 87,000 units in the fourth quarter.

“We more than tripled sales of our plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars. Demand for these vehicles increased sharply, especially towards the end of the year.

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Sustainability and the Synthetic Biology Revolution

Synthetic biology has become a powerful tool to advance science, making processes more efficient, enabling completely new approaches to biology, and helping scientists find the right answers, faster.

These capabilities are having a ripple effect. They help researchers pursue avenues that had not been economically feasible or, in some cases, scientifically possible.

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