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Kerakoll has achieved the EPD Process certification!

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The verification and validation process by SGS ended successfully for the Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) Process of Kerakoll’s products, with the support of Aequilibria. The “EPD® International” program allows, in fact, the possibility to develop and certify the EPD Process, in accordance with an articulated system of rules and binding and addressing documents, called EPD Process. In this case, the object of the certification is not the single Environmental Product Declaration, but the process of elaboration of EPDs within the organisation, allowing the company to record the EPDs of each of its products with greater flexibility and speed.

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China: absolute leader of photovoltaic

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The axis of renewables is moving more and more towards Asia. China, in addition of producing 60% of panels worldwide, represents alone more than 40% of the global capacity growth of renewables. It has already reached its own 2020 targets of solar energy and is expected to reach the ones of wind energy by 2019. The EU maintains the second position in the rating of global capacity of renewables, but the projections for 2020 suggest the overtaking by the US and India. In this context, Commissioner Sefcovic initiative is particularly important to bring together strategic firms in Bruxelles to form a kind of Airbus-style consortium of storage batteries. Click here to read the original article

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At full capacity also the Maritime MRV

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The European Union, with the EU Regulation 2015/757, has launched a system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from marine transport. In particular, from January 1st 2018, ships (passengers/cargo) of more than 5,000 tonnes gross tonnage, that pass, even only once a year, in an EU port, are obliged to monitor and communicate their verified annual emissions. The 30th of April will then be the deadline for submitting the first monitoring report for each ship, while by the 30th of June 2019 each ship should have a compliance document with Reg. 2015/757. For more information click on the following link: Maritime MRV.

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The Netherlands introduces the stop to the internal combustion engine and Shell buys a battery charging network

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The transition towards the electric car in the Netherlands seems faster than expected. The Dutch-English oil company Shell immediately reacted to the Dutch ban on gasoline and diesel car by 2030, acquiring New Motion, one of the largest electric vehicle charging nets. Shell has started providing charging points for electric vehicles at some of its retail stations and said the acquisition of NewMotion would help it offer a full raft of electric vehicle services. “Today’s announcement is an early step towards ensuring customers can access a range of refuelling choices over the coming decades,” said Matthew Tipper, Shell’s vice president for new fuels. Shell did not previously own any equity in Dutch company NewMotion and declined to comment on the…

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The Netherlands launches the Carbon Tax

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The Netherlands launches a progressive Carbon Tax and bans motor cars by 2030. Below are the main actions of the Dutch government’s agreement launched yesterday: – introduction of a CO2 tax on electricity at 18 euro per ton in 2020 that should rise to 43 euro by 2030. – all cars should be emissions free by 2030 – 49% CO2 reduction by 2030 (translates to 56 million tonnes according to accord) – 18 out of 56 million tonnes co2 reduction should come from carbon capture, utilisation and storage – 12 out of 56 million tonnes should come from the closure of coal power plants by 2030 (only 1 will be closed during the new government coalition period to 2021) –…

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Under revision the accreditation standards of environmental assessments and audits

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The revision works of ISO 14065, the accreditation standard for EU ETS and for all the other GHG verification activities, are starting today in Zhuhai, China, and will continue throughout the whole week. The scope of the standard, however, has been extended to all environmental assessments and audits and will therefore have even greater resonance and application in the near future. In general terms, the validation and verification activities will also be defined by the new standard being developed by ISO/CASCO, the part of ISO that deals with conformity assessment, the future ISO 17029, whose works started in Geneva last week. Daniele Pernigotti is the Italian representative for the development works of ISO 14065 and is also part of the…

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Electric sector investments exceed those on fossil fuels

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According to IEA data, for the first time in 2016, investments in the electricity sector were higher than those on fossil fuel supply, becoming the first energy investment area. Another important data is related to renewable sources, which saw a 3% reduction in investment (now $297 billion). Thanks to technological improvements and reduced costs of photovoltaic and wind energy, these investments generate more than 35% of energy production compared to what they would have produced only five years ago.
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Eighth historical minimum for the Arctic ices

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The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reiterates it in the premise of its announcement: changing wind or a late warm season are still possible (events that already occurred in 2005 and 2010) to vary the minimum ice extension at the end of the Arctic summer. For this reason, official data will only be communicated in October. The 13th September result at the moment to have recorded the seasonal minimum extension, with a reduction of 4.64 million km2, the eighth lowest in the 38-year satellite record of Arctic ice extension. It should also be noted that the overall rate of ice loss this summer was slowed by a persistent pattern of low sea level pressure, focused over the central...
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