Category: Thought Leadership

Higher COVID-19 fatality rates among urban minorities come down to air pollution

Higher COVID-19 fatality rates among urban minorities come down to air pollution

May 24, 2020 |

A startling reality has surfaced from the coronavirus health crisis: Pollution has been significantly reduced in recent weeks during the shutdown. Whether in New Delhi, Kansas City, New York, or Beijing, less driving has resulted in cleaner air. Vistas that previously were only foggy images have burst through as crystal clear pictures of what clean […]

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BD Zones and BDO Zones: Weaponizing Biomass to support a Bio-Fueled Economic Recovery

BD Zones and BDO Zones: Weaponizing Biomass to support a Bio-Fueled Economic Recovery

May 20, 2020 |

By Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat Inc. Special to The Digest The US has over a billion tons of biomass which can be used as a key lever to drive economic recovery. USDA estimates that 3.4 million jobs and nearly $660 billion of economic benefits would be created by using biomass to manufacture alternative fuels, renewable […]

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What’s next for biofuels? 8 Scenarios for a Post COVID-19 World

What’s next for biofuels? 8 Scenarios for a Post COVID-19 World

May 18, 2020 |

By Steve Hartig, Senior Consultant at ReCon Associates Special to The Digest  This has been a dramatic time in gasoline and ethanol with demand dropping quickly due to COVID 19 and the related shutdown. It is impossible to know what is going to happen ahead but what we can do is to create some scenarios. […]

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Running for Office on Climate Change?

Running for Office on Climate Change?

May 13, 2020 |

By Peter Brown, Founder and Principal of Euro Marketing Tools Special to The Digest This election cycle has confirmed that the United States’ political hopefuls have abdicated any participation, influence and presence in the climate change debate as it is being set out in the various ecosystems around the world. This is happening in the […]

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May heralds even more disruption and uncertainty for petrochemicals

May heralds even more disruption and uncertainty for petrochemicals

May 11, 2020 |

By Nigel Davies, Insights Editor, ICIS Special to The Digest The impact of the coronavirus lockdowns on the oil, gas and chemicals industries’ integrated value chains is radically shifting relationships and profitability. It is also making planning virtually impossible, as BASF suggested last week. The environment around refining and chemical margins remains challenging, Shell CEO […]

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European Bioeconomy Alliance Position on the EU Green Deal

European Bioeconomy Alliance Position on the EU Green Deal

May 5, 2020 |

By The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) Special to The Digest The ambitious European Commission strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and achieve climate neutrality by 2050 has recently been set in motion as the European Green Deal. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), representing twelve organisations in various sectors active in the […]

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RNG’s Untapped Potential

RNG’s Untapped Potential

May 4, 2020 |

By Michael Bakas, EVP Distributed Energy Systems, Ameresco Special to The Digest In the final weeks of 2019, the American Gas Foundation updated its nearly decade-old report assessing the market and technical potential for renewable natural gas (RNG) supply and emissions reductions. One of the biggest takeaways was this: RNG could reduce emissions from natural […]

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Iowa agriculture plows ahead on front lines of pandemic

Iowa agriculture plows ahead on front lines of pandemic

May 1, 2020 |

By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Special to The Digest    As crop farmers charge ahead into the spring planting season, livestock producers are putting in longer hours to keep meat, dairy and eggs on the grocery store shelves. As a leading producer of corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, […]

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Is the U.S. Doing Enough Testing? No, We Need Much More

Is the U.S. Doing Enough Testing? No, We Need Much More

April 28, 2020 |

By Randall Bolten, data scientist, professor at UC Berkeley Extension, author of Painting with Numbers Special to The Digest No, we’re not doing enough testing – not if we look at the rest of the world.  We’ve all heard that testing is a measure of how effectively a country is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]

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Using Waste Carbon Feedstocks to Produce Chemicals

Using Waste Carbon Feedstocks to Produce Chemicals

April 27, 2020 |

By Elizabeth R. Nesbitt, Senior International Trade Analyst (Pharma/Biotech/Nanotech), U.S. International Trade Commission Special to The Digest Using waste carbon from industrial emissions as a feedstock for chemical manufacture appears to be a viable complement to ongoing abatement efforts. For one thing, such processes can reduce the amounts of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere, helping […]

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