Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel 03-11-2020

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-Biden or Trump? What US election could mean for Europe’s foreign policy

After four years of Donald Trump, the EU’s foreign policy finds itself in choppy waters. Here is an overview of some of the major areas where Trump and Joe Biden have different approaches and how they could affect Europe

If Trump wins another term in office, there’s little reason to expect a new approach to US foreign policy, analysts say. At the same time, the tone could change with Biden, a convinced transatlanticist who believes the US can only play this role in dialogue with its partners.

After four years of Donald Trump, the EU’s foreign policy finds itself in choppy waters. Here is an overview of some of the major areas where Trump and Joe Biden have different approaches and how they could affect Europe.

EU’s foreign policymakers have long voiced the desire for more “strategic autonomy”, with more vocal ones arguing that no matter who wins the US presidential race, they will need to realise that Europe is serious about no longer being Washington’s junior partner.

If Trump wins another term in office, there’s little reason to expect a new approach to US foreign policy, analysts say. At the same time, the tone could change with Biden, a convinced transatlanticist who believes the US can only play this role in dialogue with its partners.

Multilateralism

Trump’s prioritization of US interests has led to a move away from several international accords, including his decisions to leave the Paris Climate Agreement and withdrawing support from the World Health Organization.

His budget proposals have sought to slash foreign aid and make it more conditional on support for US policies.

Biden, on the other hand, emphasizes that the US cannot deal with the new challenges it faces without close relationships with its allies and the cooperation of international institutions.

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-‘PVC Upcycling’ project: from a linear to a circular economy model

‘PVC Upcycling’ is a pilot project aimed at recovering the PVC component of electrical cables coming from the decommissioning of energy plants (de-manufacturing) and at recycling it into products with a low environmental impact (re-manufacturing).

Funded under the European Regional Development Fund, the ‘PVC Upcycling’ project is led by R.ED.EL. SRL in collaboration with the University of Calabria and ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).

The project focuses on electrical cables consisting mainly of copper, aluminium and PVC, with the objective of recycling the plastic component in potential secondary raw materials, PVC powder and granules, and in new civil engineering applications.

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-Univation PE technology selected by Sibur for Amur gas-chemicals complex in Russia

Sibur (Moscow, Russia) has awarded Univation Technologies a contract to supply its Unipol polyethylene (PE) process technology for Sibur’s USD10-billion Amur gas-chemicals complex (AGCC) being built in Russia’s Far East, said Univation.

Sibur, Russia’s largest integrated petrochemical company, says it has selected Univation’s licensed process for three 600,000-metric tons/year PE lines at Amur.

The lines will be part of the integrated project, located near Svobodny in the Amur region close to Russia’s border with China, which will have a total polyolefin design capacity of 2.7 million metric tons/year. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

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-AdvanSix swings to loss on lower prices, but nylon volume rebounds

AdvanSix today reported a third-quarter net loss of about USD700,000, compared with a net profit of USD7.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Net sales fell 9% year on year (YOY), to USD281.9 million, reported Chemweek.

Adjusted earnings amounted to a 2 cents/share loss, ahead of analysts’ consensus estimate of a 5 cents/share loss, as reported by Refinitiv (New York, New York). Volumes increased 5% YOY, but this was more than offset by a 13% decline in volumes.

“Our diverse product portfolio and global low-cost position continue to serve us well as we navigate through the current environment,” says Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix. “We have seen nylon volume returning to pre-COVID(-19) levels and we continue to optimize our mix across end uses, applications and geographies through the recovery. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The performance of the remainder of our portfolio, including ammonium sulfate, acetone and other high-value intermediates, remains resilient complementing ongoing benefits from our focused cost management and high-return capital investments.”

AdvanSix swings to loss on lower prices, but nylon volume rebounds

-SEAT targets sustainable interior materials development

SEAT says that it is in the process of trialing a number of materials innovations that it hopes will improve the sustainability credentials of its interiors.

The first, called Ku-Fizz, is a physical foam technology that reduces the weight of plastic parts, through the introduction of gas into the component as it is injection molded, generating a foamy structure in the component’s interior.

According to the company, this means that not only is less plastic and injection material is used, but the weight of the parts is reduced, benefiting overall vehicle efficiency and saving production costs and time. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The company is also experimenting with Oryzite, a material that uses rice husks to replace plastic products. SEAT notes that more than 635 million metric tons of rice are harvested worldwide each year.

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-Toppan launches full-scale sales of PE and BOPP high barrier films for mono-material packaging

Toppan USA, Inc. has completed preparations for the production and supply of PE and BOPP based additions to its market-leading series of GL BARRIER transparent vapour-deposited barrier films.

Full-scale sales of PE-based ‘GL-LE-G’ and BOPP-based ‘GL-LP-G’ will be launched in November, initially for the US and European markets. Toppan can now offer GL BARRIER films with PET, PE, and BOPP substrates to facilitate a full range of functional, mono-material packaging. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Numerous global companies are taking measures towards targets for better circulation of containers and packaging, and efforts to drive recycling by adopting mono-material structures are gaining pace around the world. Toppan has responded to these trends by driving the shift to mono-material functional packaging.

-Toppan launches full-scale sales of PE and BOPP high barrier films for mono-material packaging

-Why ‘The World’s Largest Recycling Plant’ Won’t Solve The Plastics Crisis

Big brands are betting on a silver bullet solution to the world’s plastics pollution mess.

In September, Loop Industries, a startup with backing from several giant consumer brands, announced it was partnering with French waste management giant Suez to open the world’s largest recycling facility, somewhere in Europe, by 2023. The company said it would be capable of turning otherwise unrecyclable, low-quality plastic waste into 4.2 billion soda bottles’ worth of like-new recycled plastic every year.

It was touted as the world’s first Infinite Loop recycling facility, using Loop Industries’ proprietary, “game-changing” chemical process to break down PET, the most widely used plastic, into its molecular building blocks and reassemble it into plastic that’s as good as new. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Loop billed its “infinitely” recyclable plastic as a way to help companies meet ambitious goals to use more recycled plastic in their products and packaging without sacrificing performance.

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-Russia Readies to Host XII BRICS Summit

Under Russia’s BRICS Chairmanship 2020, President Vladimir Putin will host Heads of State of Brazil, China, India and South Africa via videoconference on 17 November. Initially planned to take place in St. Petersburg in July, it was cancelled due to current coronavirus pandemic. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The leaders will discuss the strengthening and further development of cooperation within the framework of BRICS, including in the context of the global political and socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the leaders will focus on significant and complicated issues or questions relating to geopolitical to socioeconomic spheres, transformations on the global landscapes in the 21st century. The meeting will adopt a working document that will further reinforce the position and development of the group.

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-True circularity. Food contact. Powered by styrenics.

Event Overview

How can circular polystyrene best meet the growing demand for high quality recyclates suitable for food contact applications? What are the achievements so far in fulfilling the intrinsic circularity of styrenics and what are the milestones? Which environmental footprint of the different polystyrene recycling technologies can be expected? How does recycled polystyrene compare with virgin polystyrene in the production process of food packaging? Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers, together with Packaging Europe, will address these issues in an online event at 10.30am CET on Thursday 26 November.

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-First wave of ships explore green hydrogen as route to net zero

Developers across the world are for the first time testing the use of hydrogen to power ships as the maritime industry races to find technologies to cut emissions and confidence grows the fuel is safe to use commercially.

To reach goals for the shipping industry set by the United Nations, industry leaders say the first net-zero ships must enter the global fleet by 2030. Ships powered by green hydrogen could help meet the target. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

Made from electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from renewable energy, green hydrogen is emissions free.

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L last month reiterated its commitment to hydrogen, which it saw as “advantaged over other potential zero-emissions fuels for shipping”.

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-Spanish partnership targets 20% of green hydrogen goal

Spanish utility Iberdrola and chemical manufacturer Fertiberia have formed a new partnership that, with a €1.8 billion investment, aims to install 800MW of green hydrogen production capacity in Spain by 2027. Petrochemical Hydrogen Biofuel

The announcement from Iberdrola on 28 October is a positive step for Spain in achieving its recent renewable hydrogen target of 4GW by 2030.

IBERDROLA LEADS THE WAY

This builds on a current project announced by the partners which is expected to come online in 2021. The project aims to be Europe’s largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use and is based in Puertollano. The green hydrogen produced will be used in the Fertiberia ammonia plant.

The complex will comprise of a 100MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a 20MWh storage capacity and one of the largest systems for producing hydrogen by electrolysis (20MW). Once built, this will be Europe’s largest electrolyser.

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