Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling 04-05-2022

Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

-A novel plastic-eating enzyme may solve our plastic woes once and for all

Gobbling up environment-throttling plastics in just a matter of hours.

Plastic pollution is everywhere. It’s showing up as microplastics that contaminate nearly everything and even in the stomachs of dead whales. This is because a lot of plastic is simply not biodegradable and has a very long lifespan.

Researchers around the world have been coming up with ingenious solutions such as reusing plastic into building blocks and even turning it into useful oils. But still, the problem persists on a large scale.

An enzyme variant that gobbles up hard-to-degrade plastics

Now, engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have come up with an innovative solution that may just resolve our plastic woes once and for all, according to a statement released by the institution on Wednesday. The solution takes the shape of an enzyme variant that gobbles up environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.

“The possibilities are endless across industries to leverage this leading-edge recycling process,” said Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

-CCBPI gives incentives to recyclers of clear PET bottles

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI), the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country, is accelerating its plastic bottle collection program “Tapon to Ipon: Basta Klaro, Panalo” to benefit more communities nationwide.

Through “Tapon to Ipon,” clear beverage plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are collected to be recycled through PETValue Philippines, the country’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling facility. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

In neighborhood stores’ collection hubs first launched in Batangas City and the City of Manila, used PET plastic bottles are being collected and exchanged by community members for incentives (ipon). All “Tapon to Ipon” collection hubs accept all types of clear post-consumer PET plastic beverage bottles, regardless of brand. Underscoring that clear plastic bottles chart higher in recyclability compared to colored ones.

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“Through ‘Tapon to Ipon,’ we want to raise awareness about recycling and we want to do our part in ensuring that plastic packaging materials that are 100% recyclable are collected and used again,” said Gareth McGeown, CEO and president of CCBPI. “At the same time, we’re starting a movement within local communities called World Without Waste.”

World Without Waste

World Without Waste is Coca-Cola’s global goal to collect and recycle 100% of the bottles and cans it sells by 2030, a campaign now finding a pillar in “Tapon to Ipon” and its ability to enjoin every stakeholder within and beyond the Coca-Cola ecosystem.  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

“Tapon to Ipon” leverages Coca-Cola’s extensive network to collect post-consumer plastic bottles: trade outlets such as neighborhood stores and wholesalers are being tapped to stand as collection hubs. These outlets are also used as collection hubs.

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Investments in the plant in Belgium and in the R&D center in America for long fiber reinforced materials.
Launch of a new pre-pregs for the automotive industry.
Solvay is investing to enhance the production of composites for the automotive sector. New equipment for the production of Xencor LFT long fiber reinforced materials was installed at the Belgian site of Oudenaarde and one of the technology centers in the US hub of Alpharetta, Georgia was upgraded.
The Xencor LFT series has been developed for lightening applications, to replace stamped aluminum components, for the next generation of electric or hybrid vehicles. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling
Also for the automotive sector, SolvaLite 714 Prepregs, a new line of pre-impregnated products based on unidirectional and non-woven carbon fibers, impregnated with SolvaLite 714 epoxy resin, was introduced on the market.
These semi-finished products – states the Belgian group – offer fast curing times, long life and are optimized for large-scale compression molding of automotive components, such as body panels, with faster cycle times.
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-Germany reduces dependence on Russian Oil from 35% to 12%, aims to End Imports

Germany has reduced its dependence on Russian crude oil from 35 to 12 percent and will take steps to replace the remaining deliveries to the Russian-operated Schwedt refinery within the next days, said the economy and climate minister.

As Gazprom stopped supplies of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria because of their “failure” to pay in roubles, both EU and German politicians said that Vladimir Putin’s warning shot should not make governments nervous, as contingency plans were put in place. [UPDATE adds spokesperson statement on Germany finding solution for Schwedt]  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

Germany will create the basis to become independent from imported Russian oil within the next days, economy and climate minister Robert Habeck said after a visit to Poland on 26 April. Germany has reduced its dependence on Russian oil imports from 35 to 12 percent since the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the minister said. PET-bottle-chip – Chemical-Recycling

Habeck detailed how all major German refineries had put plans into action that would wean them off Russian crude oil deliveries, with the exception of the Rosneft-operated PCK refinery in eastern German Schwedt. The Russian-owned Rosneft refinery, which receives its crude through a pipeline connection with Russia, “obviously has no interest in refining any other but Russian oil”, Habeck said. Alternative crude oil deliveries to Schwedt could come from the port of Rostock, and the Polish government had agreed to help with supplies – but only if this didn’t mean that they would help to keep Rosneft alive, Habeck explained.

Germany reduces dependence on Russian Oil from 35% to 12%, aims to End Imports

-Italy’s Sitip shows embossed sustainable designs at Performance Days

At Performance Days, the leading trade fair on the latest trends in the development of fabrics for the functional textile industry, Sitip presented its latest innovations with an absolute focus on the embossing technique, a particular system of mechanical processes that now can also be used on the recycled items from the Native Sustainable Textiles line.

The collection of embossed designs combines performance, style and sustainability: thanks to special mechanical processes that combine heat and pressure, the fabric is embossed with geometric and design motifs for a more structured and palpable texture perfect for fashion and athleisure. The Native line is a technology that is applied to fabrics produced with recycled yarns and chemicals with low environmental impact, implementing the Global Recycle Standard (GRS), result of the journey towards sustainability implemented by the company, the company said in a press release.  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

Performance Days, this year had its Performance Forum titled “The Journey to Carbon Neutrality – CO2 Reducing Technologies and Measuring Tools”. Protagonists were therefore all those materials that contain carbon in reduced form and the strategies/technologies that companies implement to ensure the reduction of CO2 emissions during production and how these reductions are actually measured (through energy saving, careful use of resources, use of more sustainable materials, local production and other technological and production measures).

Sitip’s fabrics selected by the forum were Native-Cosmopolitan Oslo, Native-Cosmopolitan Belfast and Native-Cosmopolitan Paris GZ Design Carreaux/Seersucker Gale. Native-Cosmopolitan Oslo is a fine gauge circular fabric made with post-consumer recycled yarns, 4-way stretch, gives UV protection (UPF 50+), skin comfort, no-see-through effect and perfect fit. Native-Cosmopolitan Belfast is a fine gauge 4-way stretch and double-knit fabric made with post-consumer recycled yarns, no-see-through effect and soft hand. Native-Cosmopolitan Paris GZ Design Carreaux/Seersucker Gale is a back brushed fabric in fine gauge made with post-consumer recycled yarns and chemicals with a low environmental impact, 4-way stretch, no-see- through, comfortable on the skin and easy care.

Italy's Sitip shows embossed sustainable designs at Performance Days

-German government mulls limiting biofuel production

Germany’s environment and agriculture ministries are reportedly working on restrictions for biofuel production so more grain can be used as human food as agriculture markets remain strained due to the war in Ukraine.

Together with Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, Environment Minister Steffi Lemke is currently looking to reduce the production of biofuels made from grain or oilseeds, Lemke told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper on Friday (29 April).

Agricultural raw materials such as rapeseed, grain, and beet have often been used to produce additives mixed with climate-damaging fossil fuels to improve their CO2 balance. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

“Agricultural land is limited worldwide, and we urgently need it for food, as the war in Ukraine dramatically demonstrates,” Lemke also said. From her point of view, agricultural land should be used for food production instead of for the tank, she explained.

The Green minister also pointed out that Germany had already decided to no longer recognise diesel with added palm oil as environmentally friendly biofuel. Now she also wants to reduce further the use of agrofuels in food and animal feed.

Lemke’s party colleague, Özdemir, recently expressed similar views on several occasions.

Proposal needs cabinet approval

When considering whether to use agricultural raw materials for food, animal feed or bioenergy, the “food first” principle prevails, Özdemir said following a meeting with federal agriculture ministers at the start of April.

The Green ministers are also supported by Development Minister Svenja Schulze of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). In Germany, 5% of arable land is used for biofuel production, she told the newspaper Handelsblatt.

“If we succeed in reclaiming this land step by step for food production, that would be a win for food security,” Schulze said.  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

It is not yet clear to what extent Transport Minister Volker Wissing of the liberal FDP would support Lemke’s initiative. A permanent exchange between the ministries is ongoing, a transport ministry spokesperson told EURACTIV.

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Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass 04-05-2022

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-Domo Chemicals Expands Polyamide Capacity in China

The Belgian company acquired Solvay’s Performance Polyamides business in 2020 and has sold Technyl products globally since February 2022.

Domo Chemicals has announced a long-term investment plan in China to continue expanding its production capacity of Technyl high-performance polyamides. This plan aims to meet growing demand in the automotive, electrical and electronics, and industrial consumer goods industries, and help build a sustainable future, said the company. Domo Chemicals acquired Solvay’s Performance Polyamides business in 2020 and has sold Technyl products globally since Feb. 1, 2022, including in China, one of the company’s key strategic markets.

Global demand for polyamide materials is currently increasing at a compound annual growth rate of up to 3%. The adoption of new energy vehicles — including pure electric, hybrid, and fuel cell models — is expected to reach 45% globally by 2030, and automakers are increasingly using sustainable materials to make components, which are key growth drivers of the polyamide market.

In addition, demand for miniaturized circuit breakers, contactors, plug switches, and other components in the electrical and electronics and industrial consumer goods industries further opens up the application potential for polyamide materials.

Asia is the fastest growing market for polyamides in the world, with the majority of that growth concentrated in China. Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass

As an integrated producer of PA 6/66, Domo Chemicals is committed to improving and expanding its production facilities in China in order to increase capacity and establish a strong presence. This will help local manufacturers keep pace with emerging trends and create innovative, high-performance, and sustainable products and applications.

To this end, Domo Chemicals will continue to expand capacity at its production site in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, in three stages.

Since March 2022, an additional 6,000 tonnes/year of capacity has been made available, with the plant achieving total capacity of 14,000 tonnes/year of PA 6 from April onwards.

A new 35,000-tonnes/year plant in Haiyan is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2023, in which Domo Chemicals has invested more than €14 million ($14.8 million).

Going forward, Domo Chemicals will further expand the plant, gradually increasing capacity to 50,000 tonnes/year.

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-SK Chemicals ready for mass production of PO3G polymer derived from biological raw materials

SK Chemicals, a unit of South Korea’s SK Group, is ready for the mass production of PO3G (Polyoxytrimethylene Glycol), a polymer derived from biological raw materials, using fermented corn. The new material brand-named “Ecotrion” reduces greenhouse gas emissions and offers long durability.

SK Chemicals has completed the establishment of a PO3G production line in the southeastern industrial port city of Ulsan. PO3G products would be mainly used for materials that require elasticity, such as polyurethane and spandex. This family of high-performance polyols is an ideal replacement for petroleum-based ingredients as it offers numerous advantages in various fields of applications.

SK Chemicals would gradually increase the production of PO3G in line with the market demand and accelerate efforts to tap into markets such as artificial leather, sneakers, fashion, and furniture with Ecotrion’s excellent physical properties and eco-friendliness. Sneakers and fashion products using PO3G have the advantage of smoother, elastic resilience and wear resistance over existing products, making them more wearable. Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass

“The white bio-industry is growing rapidly with domestic and foreign carbon reduction policies,” SK Chemicals’ new business development division head Chung Jae-joon said in a statement on May 2. “We will further strengthen the green business system based on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) management as a bio-material project that we have been preparing.”

Plastic products are broken down into microscopic sizes but they still remain in the environment. The accumulation of plastic waste has become a serious global problem. White biotechnology is an area of science that is devoted to using living cells collected from yeast, molds, microorganisms and plants, and enzymes to create products that can be easily degraded.

SK Chemicals ready for mass production of PO3G polymer derived from biological raw materials

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SK-Chemicals ready for mass production of PO3G-polymer derived from biological-raw-materials

-A novel plastic-eating-enzyme may solve our plastic-woes once and for all

CCBPI gives incentives to recyclers of clear-PET-bottles

Solvay empowers composites

Germany reduces dependence on Russian-Oil from 35% to 12%, aims to End Imports

Italy-Sitip shows embossed sustainable designs at Performance-Days

German government mulls limiting biofuel-production

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