BASF promotes recycling of plastic waste with its ChemCycling project Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is currently not recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery. But chemical recycling offers another alternative: Using thermochemical processes, these plastics can be utilized to produce syngas or oils. The resulting recycled raw materials can be used as inputs in BASF’s production, thereby partially replacing fossil resources. BASF has for the first time manufactured products based on chemically recycled plastic waste and is thus one of the global pioneers in the industry. “A responsible use of plastics is crucial to solve the world’s waste problem. This applies to companies as well as to institutions and consumers. With chemical recycling we want to make a significant contribution in reducing the amount of plastic … [Read more...] about BASF for the first time makes products with chemically recycled plastics
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội aims to reduce the use of plastic bags in the traditional markets, supermarkets and trade centres to protect environment as well as ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem. This is the action plan of the Hà Nội People’s Committee that aims to implement the sustainable production and consumption programme by 2020. The city also plans to increase the percentage of enterprises in industrial parks and complex applying eco-friendly technologies to 60-70 per cent. Under the plan, Hà Nội will raise public awareness on the use of plastics, urge and educate enterprises to trade plastic products and nylon bags for recyclable materials instead. Most of the city’s markets and supermarkets do not use eco-friendly plastic bags, the Lao Động (Labour) newspaper reported. Đỗ Thị Mai, a fruit shop in Lĩnh Nam Ward, Hoàng Mai District, said she consumed over 1kg of … [Read more...] about Hà Nội strives to reduce plastic use
A few days ago, I got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by a small marketplace on the roadside. I was suffocating when I heard some motorbike taxi drivers gossiping as they fidgeted with their phones. “Smartphones can now do lots of things, right? Even birth registration.” “They are building smart cities, men.” “Will smart cities make the traffic better?” The chit-chat was drowned out by the rumbling of motorbikes moving slowly like no-one was in a hurry. Then I was a bit astonished by what the motorbike drivers just said. It turns out the story of smart cities is spreading more widely than had been expected. It is not confined to the urban elites but has also become a talking point among ordinary citizens. Like how seaports used to mushroom in the recent past, building smart cities has become a fever from north to south, with workshops and seminars taking place in every corner. I have a feeling that cities are scrambling for fear of … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
(VEN) - For the first time since the operation of PM3 Ca Mau gas pipeline system in 2007, on May 7th 2018, the system has experienced a gas exhaust with small amount of heavy hydrocarbons in liquid form dispersed. However, in a very short time, the incident was safely and effectively handled by PVGas Ca Mau which is in charge of management and transport of the system. The PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline system Rare event handled quickly and effectively On May 7th 2018, the above-mentioned incident at PM3 Ca Mau gas pipeline system (from the Bunga Raya Platform to the Ca Mau gas distribution center) occurred when the air compressor at the Landfall Station (LFS) was turned off for maintenance work. During the shutdown process of the air compressor, it was compulsory for the gas to be discharged out to the cold-vent at LFS in about 10 minutes (about 100 kg) according to design and operating principles of equipment approved by state management agencies. The main components of natural gas … [Read more...] about PVGas Ca Mau safely handles incident of PM3 gas pipeline system
A driverless car is displayed at the annual Baidu World Technology Conference in Beijing on Nov 16, 2017. (Photo: AFP/FRED DUFOUR) PALO ALTO, California: A lot of discussion and ethical thought about self-driving cars have focused on tragic dilemmas, like hypotheticals in which a car has to decide whether to run over a group of schoolchildren or plunge off a cliff, killing its own occupants. But those sorts of situations are extreme cases. As the most recent crash – in which a self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona – demonstrates, the mundane, everyday situations at every crosswalk, turn and intersection present much harder and broader ethical quandaries. THE ETHICS OF EXTREME As a philosopher working with engineers in Stanford’s Centre for Automotive Research, I was initially surprised that we spent our lab meetings discussing what I thought was an easy question: How should a self-driving car approach a crosswalk? My assumption had been that we … [Read more...] about The biggest challenge for driverless cars? Tackling dangerous but mundane situations