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January 21, 2016

Standard for Sewage Treatment Plants in Developing Countries

A standard for sewage treatment plants is to improve the sanitation situation in developing countries. The international technical services group TÜV SÜD has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess facilities aimed at 1,000 to 100,000 people. The project started in November 2015 and is designed for a term of seven months.

Over one-third of the global population do not have access to functioning sanitation facilities and sewage disposal. This lack of sanitation adversely affects social and economic development in the countries concerned and is also a source of significant environmental pollution. One challenge is the treatment of sludge that [...]

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November 23, 2015

Food giants shoot for 100% renewable energy target

Unilever and Mars were among the first household names in the food and drink industry to announce plans for a 100% shift to renewable energy.

But few of them have a specific deadline, while some still heavily rely on biomass, which is controversial, because of potential competition with food crops.

A move to cleaner fuels and measures to cut energy consumption have already enabled food and drink manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions by 22% between 1990 and 2012, according to the European Environment Agency.

In total, fuel consumption across the food and drink industry was slashed by 65% between 1990 and 2012, according to EEA figures.

Most of these [...]

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