Tag: UK

Circa gets EU green light to import or manufacture its bio-based solvent

Circa gets EU green light to import or manufacture its bio-based solvent

December 11, 2018 |

In the UK, biotechnology company Circa Group has received authorization from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to manufacture or import up to 100 metric tons/year of its bio-based solvent CyreneTM in the European Union, after receiving REACH Annex VIII approval. A chiral dipolar aprotic solvent, CyreneTM was developed in conjunction with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence […]

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UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

December 5, 2018 |

In the UK, household food scraps could be transformed into environmentally-friendly plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to GBP60 million ($76.4 million) of new government funding. Innovators are being challenged to make the UK a world-leader in creating sustainable packaging and reduce the impact of harmful plastics on the environment, as the UK seizes […]

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University of York researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean

University of York researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean

December 3, 2018 |

In the UK, scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved to perform an important ecological role eating the abundant supplies of wood washed into the sea from river estuaries. They can […]

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Biodiesel-powered race boat takes third place in trans-Atlantic challenge

Biodiesel-powered race boat takes third place in trans-Atlantic challenge

November 21, 2018 |

In the UK, the Imerys Energy Challenge, centered on clean innovation and energy efficiency, is a self-sufficient, CO2-free energy production and storage system tested aboard the Class40 (12.19 meters long) race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events. This week the vessel came in third place at the Route du Rhum transatlantic race […]

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Virtual NGO making waves with online petition against palm oil in Europe

Virtual NGO making waves with online petition against palm oil in Europe

November 20, 2018 |

In the UK, virtual NGO SumOfUs has gathered nearly 75,000 signatures on a digital petition demanding the European Commission to ban palm oil as part of the regulatory process that will see it publish a report on “high ILUC risk” feedstocks by February 1, 2019. Calling out deforestation of rainforests, killing orangutans and their habitat […]

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UK Committee on Climate Change publishes reports on land use and biomass

UK Committee on Climate Change publishes reports on land use and biomass

November 20, 2018 |

In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) publishes two linked reports: ‘Land use: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change’ finds that fundamental reform is required to ensure land becomes a more effective carbon store. The critical services we receive from the land; clean water, healthy soils, wildlife, timber and food, are threatened […]

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UK biofuels consumption at 4% for April 15-December 31, 2018 (yes, you read that right)

UK biofuels consumption at 4% for April 15-December 31, 2018 (yes, you read that right)

November 19, 2018 |

In the UK, Department for Transport released biofuel consumption data for April 15 to December 31, 2018 based on data from mid-September showing that biofuels achieved 4% of road transport fuel during the period, roughly 525 million liters of which 172 million liters met sustainability criteria. Nearly 60% of the sustainable fuels was biodiesel, followed […]

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UK company wins grant to develop aviation biofuel from waste

UK company wins grant to develop aviation biofuel from waste

November 15, 2018 |

In the UK, Renovare Fuels has been awarded support by Innovate UK for aviation fuel testing through the Sustainable Aviation for Clean Growth program. The company has developed a technology that converts waste into a biofuel that could replace traditional fossil fuels. Fuel standards outlined by the British Ministry of Defense state that turbine-engine airplanes […]

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Biome Bioplastics launches #ThinkBioplastic digital educational channel

Biome Bioplastics launches #ThinkBioplastic digital educational channel

November 5, 2018 |

In the UK, Biome Bioplastics has launched a digital educational channel, #ThinkBioplastic. The platform aims to help government, media and the public better understand the complexities of plastics and plastic pollution and learn more about available alternatives. #ThinkBioplastic will share content about the whole plastic life cycle (production, use and disposal) and investigate the science […]

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UK grease thieves producing biodiesel and selling it on the black market

UK grease thieves producing biodiesel and selling it on the black market

October 30, 2018 |

In the UK, the Press Association reports that grease robbers are stepping up their game by not just stealing used cooking oil from restaurants but also by turning it into poor quality biodiesel that is then sold on the black market to avoid fuel duty. Though the government allows individuals to produce up to 2,500 […]

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