Ethanol’s Potential to Reduce GHG Emissions

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has revealed two new studies that offer evidence of grain-based ethanol’s potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, This new research will allow policymakers and regulators to focus on the advances being made by corn farmers and ethanol producers in sustainability and efficiency.“As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers the GHG impacts of expanded ethanol consumption under the Renewable Fuel Standard, we urge them to strongly consider the latest science and data regarding ethanol’s tremendous carbon benefits,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper in a press release.One of the studies was carried out by the Laboratory for Applied Spatial Analysis at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE-LASA).

EPA Halts Surprise Inspections of Power,Chemical Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing away with a policy that allows pollution enforcement officials to drop in unannounced for inspections at power and chemical plants.In a July 11 memo shared with EPA, regional administrators outlined a new enforcement policy that would do away with surprise inspections tactics.The new policy would stop agency officials from conducting inspections at facilities without giving prior notice to the states involved, as a way to increase communication between agencies, states, and regulatory bodies.“A ‘no surprises' principle is the foundation of joint work planning and will minimize the misunderstandings that can be caused by the lack of regular, bilateral communication,” wrote Susan Bodine, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assistance in the memo.

AIDA Target: Emission-Neutral Cruising

AIDA Cares, the German has announced in its latest sustainability report 94% of its guests will be sailing on ships that can be fully operated with LNG or, in port, with shorepower by 2023.The company introduced the first LNG-fueled cruise in 2018, the AIDAnova.

Carbon Capture Using Next-Gen Membranes

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas produced from burning fossil fuels that contributes to climate change. One way to cut down on CO2 emissions is through a carbon capture, which is a chemical technique that removes CO2 out of emissions, preventing it from entering the atmosphere.

EDF Improves Climate Policy on Refrigeration

The recent heatwaves in Europe this past few weeks are a blunt reminder of the world's race against the impacts of climate change.

EMSI Surpasses Hazardous Emissions Goal for 2019

Emission Monitoring Service Inc. (EMSI) announced their second quarter results for hazardous emissions reduction. The company has surpassed their original goal of 400 tons for the year, in the first half of 2019, reaching 429 tons at the end of the second quarter.

EIA Forecasts Drop in US Energy-related CO2 Emissions

The EIA recently released the July Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), which forecasts a 2.2% decrease in CO2 emissions in 2019.

Dow Enhances Sustainability of Olympic Games Venues

Dow, a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, is offering industry-leading solutions to help insulate, seal, connect, coat and protect key Olympic venues, such as the Olympic Stadium, Ariake Arena, and many more.

South Korea Expands VOC Controls and Tightens Limits

South Korea’s Ministry of Environmental (MoE) recently revised the country's enforcement rules on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), under the Clean Air Conservation Act.The revisions include:- Expand existing requirements that mandate companies to monitor VOC emissions and record them;- Adding 11 substances to the list of VOCs that must be monitored and collected under the Act;- Imposing a maximum limit of 67% VOC content in paints; and- Impose stricter requirements on crude oil refining facilities, which emit arsenic acids.The ministry believes this implementation will reduce VOC emissions from the oil refining and paint industries by 15%.

Chevron Awards Schlumberger 20-year Offshore Contract

Oil and energy Chevron has awarded Schlumberger a twenty-year contract for offshore projects in Gulf of Mexico. Schlumberger will provide the underwater equipment and services for Chevron's offshore projects in the area.