Oklo planning nuclear micro-reactors that run off nuclear waste

The face of nuclear energy is changing, and one of the companies working to redefine what nuclear energy looks like is Oklo. The 22-person Silicon Valley start-up has a plan to build mini-nuclear reactors, powered by the waste of conventional nuclear reactors and housed in aesthetically pleasing A-frame structures. “Microreactors are an exciting innovation that completely flips the technology story for nuclear energy,” Alex Gilbert, a project manager for nuclear power think tank the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, told CNBC.

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BASF expands biopolymer portfolio with Hydagen Clean

BASF has added a new product to its biopolymer line-up. Hydagen Clean is a cold processable rheology modifier, obtained from the tuber of the konjac plant, native to southwest China. The COSMOS-approved texturising biopolymer is said to be suitable for aqueous systems like gels, fluids and serums, as well as for novel formats like patches, jellies and peel-off formulations thanks to its film-forming and gelation properties. Due to its low microbial count and rapid dissolution in cold and hot water, Hydagen Clean is said to be easy to use.

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Flora Growth Establishes Long-Term Commitment to Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Flora Growth, an all-outdoor cultivator and manufacturer of cannabis-derived products and brands, is pleased to announce that its commitment to environmental sustainability will be represented across the Company’s value chain. Flora Growth’s sustainability initiatives will focus on the modern eco-conscious consumer looking for products made with cruelty-free, natural ingredients in sustainable, biodegradable packaging.
“At Flora, we have made sustainability a pillar of our strategy. We are doing this because consumers are guiding us in this direction, because we’re committed to our planet and our people,” said Luis Merchan, President and CEO of Flora Growth Corp. “From social equity and sustainable packaging to water and energy-saving practices, Flora is committed to sustainability across our value chain.”
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New ERA CSR KPI Guidance Framework to help rental companies improve sustainability ‎performance and reporting | ERA

The European Rental Association (ERA) has today launched the ‘ERA CSR KPI Guidance Framework’, a new tool to help rental companies assess their current approach to sustainability performance reporting and rate how well they perform against an industry framework. The Guidance Framework provides a practical approach to implementing a sustainability measurement and reporting framework depending on an organisation’s level of maturity, from getting started, with nothing currently in place, to industry best practice.

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DAAD says collaboration for sustainability is priority

With German federal elections coming up in September, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has presented a discussion paper outlining its chief activities in the coming years. The paper highlights the significance of international academic collaboration in tackling global challenges and achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. “We’re living in the Anthropocene age, in which humans and human action are becoming the all-decisive factor in Earth’s development,” said DAAD President Joybrato Mukherjee, announcing his organisation’s priorities for the next German parliament.

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