Biomass CHP plant replaces gas; Italy promotes biofuel in vehicles; Recovered metal to feed Australia’s metal needs; France joins plastic bag brigade; Egypt levies temporary rebar tariff
Biomass CHP plant replaces gas
A wood-fired CHP plant has been brought online at Leinefelde in Germany, replacing a natural gas-fired facility. Danpower has opened a €9m (£7m) facility as a 70-30 joint venture between the company and the city authorities. It will use around 16,000 tonnes of waste wood per year. Danpower has also improved the city’s 24km heating network, laying 2.5km of new pipelines and shutting down around 2km.
Organic waste reform call in Cyprus
Cyprus environment commissioner Charalambos Theopemptou has called for mandatory the recycling, separation and collection of organic waste in the country as well as fines for offenders. A government official said that legislation was on the way to deal with organic waste and domestic composting was one of the measures.
Italy promotes biofuel
Italy is poised to become the first country in Europe to legally require advanced biofuels made from waste in cars and trucks. Starting from 2018, all fuel suppliers in the country will have to include 0.6% advanced biofuel in petrol and diesel. This will rise to 1% by 2022. Italy has also announced plans to open three further plants in the south of the country.
Recovered metal to feed Australia’s needs
Australia’s University of Technology has found that that up to 70% of the country’s metal consumption could be provided by recovering the five million tonnes of metals in landfills or discarded products. The research advocated more responsive manufacturing, processing innovation and new business models around recycling.
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Japan backs solid waste management in South Africa
South Africa’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japan International Agency (JICA) to support Mahikeng city with its solid waste management. The JICA team will provide technical support to the municipality and will also provide bins and skips.
Cash for recycler backed by court
The German corrugated products company Propapier says it has been told that EU investment in 2008 conforms to European law. In April 2008 the European Commission (EC) authorised German authorities to fund around €43.4m but a competitor filed a suit against the decision with the European Court in Luxembourg which has now ruled the cash was legitimate. Propapier’s chief executive Jürgen Heindl said: “We have been entirely confirmed in our interpretation of the law by the EC. We were convinced of the legitimacy of the measures from the start.”
France joins plastic bag brigade
France is set to become the latest nation to ban single-use plastic bags in shops following a vote in the National Assembly Friday on a wide-ranging Energy Transition bill. The ban will come into force in 2016 if the bill is approved by the Senate, although it will not apply to re-usable or biodegradable bags. The proposed law will also outlaw disposable plastic cutlery and crockery by 2020, a measure introduced by members of France’s EELV Green Party which wanted the rule enforced by 2017.
Egypt levies temporary tariffs
Egypt has levied temporary tariffs of 7.3% on rebar, or reinforced steel bars, for up to 200 days and it is thought they could be made permanent. The country intends to protect domestic steel rebar manufacturers from cheap foreign imports from China, Ukraine and Turkey, after Egypt’s energy subsidies were cut in July, driving up costs.
Global copper market to grow to surplus in 2015
The global copper market is expected to grow in 2015, owing to greater output from expansions and new mine projects. In 2013, growth was 8% and is expected to be around 3% in 2014. In 2015, world refined copper is expected to grow by about 4% to 23.1 million tonnes. Global growth in demand for refined copper is expected to rise in 2014 by about 5% year-on-year to 22.4 million tonnes.