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‘20.08.31~’20.09.06 World’s first ‘carbon-capture at sea’ set for shipping trials

...Japanese shipbuilding giant Mitsubishi announced on Monday (31 August) that it will build and test a carbon-capture system for ships, aimed at significantly reducing the emissions of the maritime sector....In 2018, members of the International Maritime Organisation agreed to club together and work towards a 50% cut in emissions by mid-century. Technologies like hydrogen, ammonia and even...

Occidental-backed company will build new U.S. CO2 removal plant (20.08.17~20.08.23)

… (Reuters) - A new venture backed by U.S. oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum Corp will develop the largest ever facility to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through a process known as direct air capture, the companies said on Wednesday.Occidental’s venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, has formed a...

CO2 sucked out of the atmosphere can be reused for new chemical processes (20.06.15 ~ 20.06.21)

... DAC is implemented in pilot plants by several companies in Europe and North America, and on an industrial scale by a Swiss company called Climeworks. They plan to suck one percent of the global CO2 emission in 2025. For this task, they will need to install around 750,000 DAC units.

CO2 price of €200 for EU net zero: Shell (20.05.04 ~ 20.05.17)

… "Our analysis assumes a rising carbon pricing mechanism — whether explicit or implicit — to more than €200/t CO2 equivalent (CO2e) by 2050 to deliver and sustain the emission cuts and CO2 management necessary for the EU to reach climate neutrality," Shell said today. This is well above...

Climate experts call for ‘dangerous’ Michael Moore film to be taken down (20.04.20 ~ 20.05.03)

… A new Michael Moore-produced documentary that takes aim at the supposed hypocrisy of the green movement is “dangerous, misleading and destructive” and should be removed from public viewing, according to an assortment of climate scientists and environmental campaigners. The film, Planet of the Humans, was released on the eve...

欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) (20.03.16 ~ 20.03.22)

... 欧州委員会は3月10日、「欧州新産業戦略PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」をまとめたコミュニケーション(政策文書)を公表した。(1)欧州産業の競争力の維持、(2)「欧州グリーン・ディール(2019年12月12日記事参照)」が掲げる2050年までの気候中立の実現、そして(3)「欧州デジタル化」への対応、が3本柱に挙げられている。 まず、競争力維持のために欧州委は、EUの特徴である欧州単一市場を一層深化させる必要があるとし、同戦略と合わせて「﷟単一市場の障壁の特定および対処PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」および「単一市場ルールのより良い実施と執行のための行動計画PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」と題した2つのコミュニケーションを発表した。両文書では、EU法規制の複雑さ(EUレベルと加盟国レベルでの法規制の関係など)や、加盟国ごとの税制および行政手続きの差異など、単一市場の課題を洗い出すとともに、行動計画が定めるイニシアチブの一環として、加盟国および欧州委から構成される「単一市場実施タスクフォース」を新設して各種の課題に対処していくとしている。 ... 気候変動およびデジタル化に関しては、「グリーンへの移行(Green Transition)」「デジタルへの移行(Digital Transition)」というキーワードを用いて、両課題への企業のスムーズな適応を促すための諸政策を挙げている。 ... ビジネスヨーロッパ(欧州産業連盟)は、欧州新産業戦略の発表に合わせて3月10日、「欧州がグリーンおよびデジタルへの転換を加速している中、世界のほかの地域ではアグレッシブな政策が採られ、一部の国がルールから外れた行動をとっている現状では、欧州は一層戦略的に行動しなければならない」など、包括的な戦略を後押しする声明外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きますを発表した。 ... An excerpt from https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.16 (Mon.) . The U.K.’s lost seagrass meadows to...

EU plans for 2030 climate target can shape Cop26 momentum, ministers warn (20.03.02 ~ 20.03.08)

... In a letter to the EU Commission’s climate chief Frans Timmermans, environment ministers from 12 EU countries said the EU should present plans for a new 2030 climate target by June 2020, three months earlier than the Commission’s proposed date of September. The ministers raised concerns...

Mike Bloomberg says he has the best record on climate change. Does he? (20.02.24 ~ 20.03.01)

... Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person in America, per Forbes, has used his immense wealth for years to back a variety of causes and institutions, ranging from the Museum of Science in Boston to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. And climate change has been a major focus of his spending. In...

Made in Italy Project: Blockchain to Change Textile Industry

The first pilot project for the use of blockchain in SMEs in the textile industry was officially presented at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) on March 13. The main goal of the aforementioned project which has been assigned to IBM, is mainly to ascertain all the benefits ofdistributed ledger technology (DLT) within the Made in Italy textile...

Holy grail’: how textile recycling can help slash emissions, pollution and landfill

"Textiles account for 10% of global carbon emissions. The industry is the world’s second-biggest industrial polluter, behind oil. BlockTexx.. The focus will be on recycling commercial fabrics – old towels and bedsheets from hotels and hospitals, work uniforms and unwanted clothing not given to charities. “If it’s ripped or torn or stained then you have to put that into...

EU sets goal of tackling pharmaceutical pollution in the environment

"The six areas identified by the commission include actions to raise awareness and promote... gather monitoring data, incentivise ‘green design’, reduce emissions from manufacturing, and reduce waste and improve wastewater treatment. " An excerpt from Chemistry World For the original EC document, click here"

Blockchain In Fashion – A Necessary Step Towards Transparency And Sustainability

"With Bext360, the entry point is at the level of farming, by testing the cotton’s authenticity and the farm practices. Then, it is marking the cotton bags with critical information such as where it was harvested, when, and by whom. This initiative has been named ‘Organic Cotton Traceability’, and Bext360 is backed by C&A Foundations and Fashion for Good to...

[Korea] LPG vehicles to be allowed for everyone in Korea

"Under legislation passed Wednesday morning, anyone in South Korea can now buy a liquefied petroleum gas-fueled vehicle. Previously, only taxis and rental cars could use LPG fuel." An excerpt from The Korea Herald

[Korea] Parliament passes bill on designating fine dust as social disaster

"The National Assembly passed a bill on the designation of fine dust as a social disaster Wednesday as South Korea struggles with its worst-ever particle pollution. The proposal on fine dust as a social disaster will pave the way for the government to inject state money when an urgent need for expenditure arises." An excerpt from Yonhap News

Blockchain Adoption in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

"A report by the World Health Organisation ( WHO) states that about 100,000 people lose their lives every year due to counterfeit medicine in Africa alone. The report also estimates that 10% of medicine worldwide is counterfeit and rises to 30% in emerging regions. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) estimates the loss of €10.2B annually...

Iran handmade carpet to get identity certificate in Blockchain platform

"Managing Director of National Center for Identification of Goods and Services (Iran Code) Seyyed Hossein Paryab announced the presentation of projects to revive the identity of Iran’s handmade carpet at the World Summit of GS1 and said soon this Iranian art-industry will get identity certificate to prevent the production and sale of counterfeit carpets in Blockchain platform." An excerpt from...