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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Posts Tagged ‘consumption’

Almirall builds the largest self-consumption photovoltaic plant in Catalonia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 novembre 2018

Almirall, S.A (ALM) has completed the construction of an innovative 800 kWp photovoltaic plant, located in its pharmaceutical plant in Sant Andreu de la Barca (Barcelona), which aims to save 12% of the electrical energy consumption from the site. This initiative is part of the company’s policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by promoting the use of renewable energies.The installation of this solar facility, which is the result of Almirall’s efforts to create an energy efficiency model through innovative projects, represents an important precedent in the fight against climate change. Already in 2017, Almirall installed the first solar panel system in Spain connected directly to its chemical plant in Sant Celoni (Barcelona)
With the construction of this photovoltaic plant, Almirall expects to reduce its dependence on the electrical network by more than 1,200 MWh per year in its Sant Andreu plant. It will generate the equivalent to the average annual consumption of approximately 350 homes with 100% renewable and local energy. Furthermore, the construction of the photovoltaic facility will reduce emissions by 479 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.All the energy to be produced by this photovoltaic installation will be instantaneously consumed by the Sant Andreu plant, covering 12% of its electrical needs.The solar panels will be installed on the roof of the building, the canopies of the parking lot and on the ground, and the photovoltaic plant will transform the solar radiation into electrical energy.This technology is able to capture the maximum energy during all hours of the day and all months of the year. The power output is 800 kWp, allowing to generate close to 1,200 MWh per year of clean energy for self-consumption.With the opening of the Sant Andreu de la Barca solar plant, Almirall reinforces its strategy of implementing ongoing measures to make its production processes more sustainable and to reduce the environmental impact in all the company’s operational areas. The efforts in this area extend throughout all the life cycle of the product: from its R&D and manufacture, to the acquisition of raw materials and the waste disposal process.Since 2012, Almirall has managed to reduce its energy consumption of electricity and gas by 18% by implementing 149 energy efficiency projects, with the common objective of reducing the effects of climate change.” Our main purpose is to promote renewable energy in all sites. We take care of people, that is why we are committed to finding energy efficiency solutions, to contribute to the construction of a more sustainable environment “, stated Victor Molina.Almirall’s energy efficiency model is based on the iterative search for projects and new technologies that have been applied progressively, according to the needs of each site. In this way, the company has managed to implement innovative technologies such as magnetic levitation and humidification by water nebulization by high compression, which allow the reduction of energy consumption in compressors of refrigeration equipment and steam systems by resistances and/or traditional electrolysis.

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“The Relationship of Coffee Consumption with mortality”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 agosto 2018

E’ nato, come scrivono gli autori, fra cui la ricercatrice madrilena Esther Lopez-Garcia, con il preciso obiettivo di ottenere elementi validi sulle possibili cause di decesso legate al consumo di caffè (elementi che, fino ad oggi, erano sparsi nella letteratura scientifica). Lo studio analizza i dati di due famose coorti americane, uno sulle donne (Nurses’ Health Study) e l’altro sugli uomini (Health Professionals follow-up Study) e valuta quanto il consumo della bevanda più popolare al mondo, dopo il tè, possa essere messo in relazione con i decessi per malattie cardiovascolari. Lo studio su oltre 86.000 donne, intervistate ogni 2 anni, a partire dal 1980 (per un totale di 24 anni), e quasi 42.000 uomini, intervistati ogni 4 anni a partire dal 1986 (per un totale di 18 anni), ha messo in rilievo che esiste una associazione inversa fra consumo di caffè e rischio di decesso per malattia cardiovascolare. Tale associazione sembra non dipendere dalla caffeina, ma da altre sostanze presenti non solo nel caffè ma anche di quello decaffeinato.
Inoltre il consumo di caffè non è stato associato al rischio di decesso per tumore. “I dati sono molto rassicuranti – lo ha commentato anni fa il Prof. Carlo La Vecchia, docente presso la Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’università di Milano e Capo del Laboratorio di Epidemiologia Generale dell’Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri – perché confermano che il consumo di caffè non è associato a rischio di cancro.” Essi inoltre suggeriscono un effetto favorevole sulla mortalità cardiovascolare. “Se non dovuta a differenze di base, tra bevitori e non di caffè, tale protezione può essere spiegata con un ruolo favorevole del caffè sull’infiammazione e sul diabete, due noti fattori di rischio per la patologia cardiovascolare”. Lo studio ha preso in esame i parametri confondenti come età, abitudine al fumo e altri noti o potenziali fattori di rischio per le malattie cardiovascolari e i tumori associati anche al consumo di caffè. “Infatti – rileva la Dr.ssa Alessandra Tavani, Capo del Laboratorio di Epidemiologia delle Malattie Croniche dell’Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” – uno dei motivi per cui il caffè è stato associato, in passato, ad aumenti di rischio di malattia cardiovascolare e di tumore, è che i forti bevitori di caffè sono spesso anche dei fumatori e hanno quindi un rischio aumentato di queste malattie a causa del fumo”. E prosegue: “Quando si tiene conto di questo nell’analizzare uno studio, come nel caso presente, e si elimina la parte del rischio dovuta al fumo, il caffè non solo non risulta far male, ma può addirittura ridurre il rischio di alcune malattie.” “Del resto il caffè contiene molte sostanze che possono produrre effetti benefici sulla salute”. Pur con i limiti di ogni studio osservazionale, Esther Lopez-Garcia e colleghi convengono che i dati sul caffè sono piuttosto incoraggianti e che permettono di escludere un aumento di mortalità associato al consumo della bevanda, mentre suggeriscono che occorrono altri studi per confermare la protezione evidenziata sulla malattia cardiovascolare.
Una cosa è certa, il consumo moderato di 3-4 tazzine al giorno, pari a circa 300 mg di caffeina totale, non dà fastidio a nessuno e risulta addirittura benefico associandosi ad un ridotto tasso di mortalità per numerose patologie”. (Redazione Fidest)

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Volkswagen Diesel Emissions – “We” Can Help

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2015

London. “As the issues around Volkswagen’s approach to diesel emissions testing rumble on, it is important to remember that there are solutions available to reduce the NOx emissions from vehicles. So to the new CEO of Volkswagen (VW) when he or she is appointed – we can help!When I say “we”, of course I mean the auto industry.
There are three key ways to reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines, and two of them rely on solutions from chemical companies.The third, of course, is the engine technology itself. But the other two involve catalytic solutions provided by chemical companies, namely:
· Lean NOx Traps (LNT) from the likes of BASF
· Selective catalytic reduction, which requires a consumable, AdBlue, produced by the likes of Yara
In addition to these, diesel fuel additives can also help reduce emissions. Additives such as Eolys from Solvay claim to enhance diesel particular filter (DPF) regeneration efficiency, limit the negative impact of bio-diesel fuels on performance, and reduce fuel consumption. The efficiency of particulate filters and NOx reduction technologies are very closely linked in real-world conditions – what makes for efficient NOx reduction does not always make for efficient particulate reduction.
And of course, it is worth remembering that bonding and light-weight composite technology are also helping to make all cars more light-weight and therefore more fuel efficient. So if this VW issue reinforces the public’s appetite for lower-emission vehicles, there are plenty of chemicals and materials to help make this happen.”

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US consumption: Happy Black Friday!

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 novembre 2014

consumer.480In recent years, US consumer spending has grown less rapidly than the historical norm. Several constraints have weighed on household income in an environment dominated by the correction of past excesses (housing market). Fiscal policy was a particularly strong brake from 2011 to 2013, both directly (tax hike) and indirectly (uncertainty). This constraint seems to have been loosened, while employment conditions are improving sharply. An acceleration in disposable income is thus foreseeable in 2015, and this should be reflected in consumption and growth figures.

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Living in a time of climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 giugno 2010

The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) met for its 8th Assembly 9-13 June in the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. Some 80 participants from 23 countries discussed the theme “Our daily bread – living in a time of climate change”. The connection between daily food consumption and climate change was highlighted from different perspectives. Czech scientists and politicians explained the situation in Central Europe. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) meat consumption contributes largely to global greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive industrial cattle breeding as well as mass deforestation for large soy plantations providing cattle feed, are the main causes. Bringing down meat consumption is therefore an important tool in combating climate change. The ECEN Assembly took this to heart by having mainly vegetarian catering during the conference. Quaker and leading Scottish theologian, Alastair McIntosh, spoke about the need for spirituality in order to bring about lasting change. Metropolitan Krystof, the head of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia, in his contribution pointed out the need for strong links between theology and care for creation. Libor Ambrozek, former minister of environment in the Czech government underlined the role churches play as a part of civil society in the dialogue with public authorities. The plea of keynote speakers to include depth-psychology and spirituality in creation theology was taken up by ECEN’s working group on theology. It will continue its work focusing on education of clergy, seminarians, teachers and pastoral workers.Other working groups on food, eco-management and lifestyle transition looked into the practicalities of helping mitigate climate change. New bilateral partnerships were formed between church organisations with different levels of experience throughout Europe. In the Czech Republic church environmental work has developed rapidly over the past few years, as presentations demonstrated. There is the need to understand that we are victims of economic drivers pushing us to consumerism. Only if we break through these psychological mechanisms can we turn around and become aware that we are part of creation, rather than misuse it.The Assembly will send a letter with a prayer to the European churches. In an annex with the letter, suggestions and recommendations will be listed including the recommendation to strengthen common lobby and advocacy on environmental issues on a European level on behalf of the European churches. ECEN intends to strengthen working relations with the World Council of Churches, the Council of European Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conferences and the World Student Christian Federation. Representatives of these organisations participated at the Assembly.www.ecen.orEuropean Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) is a church network promoting co-operation in caring for creation. ECEN is an instrument of the Conference of European Churches for addressing the relationship to nature and the environment from the perspective of Christian theology and Christian way of life.The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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Faster transportation time

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2009

Mumbai, India, Rapidly rising consumption of petroleum oil and gases, together with liquid chemicals, is driving the market for transportation of liquid and gaseous cargo in India. The growing economy, increasing disposable income, and growth in automobile and industrial production continues to push the demand for natural gas as well as petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL). More than half of the liquid and gaseous cargo in India was transported domestically by road in 2008; but with growing consumption, pipelines are expected to gain share from road and railways in the POL segment. The main reasons behind this are higher safety, lower rates of pilferage, and faster transportation time. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com),  Strategic Analysis of Liquid and Gaseous Cargo Transportation Market in  India, finds that the market earned revenues of $3.06 billion in 2008 and  estimates this to reach $3.73 billion in 2013. The study thoroughly examines  the market for transportation of liquid and gaseous cargo by road, rail coastal, and pipeline in the following end-user markets: petroleum oil  transportation, liquid chemicals transportation, edible oil transportation, and gases transportation. By 2010, public sector oil companies will spend close to $11.33 billion on expanding supplies and building new transportation networks for oil and gas. The Ministry of Petroleum also expects the demand to increase from the 176.4 million of oil equivalent (mmtoe) in 2007-08 to 233.6 mmtoe in 2011-12. Further, Reliance Industries Limited, the leading private participant in the Indian oil and gas sector, plans to invest between $5.45 billion to $ 6.54 billion over the next three years to lay a 10,000 km-pipeline. Strategic Analysis of Liquid and Gaseous Cargo Transportation Market in India is part of the Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Services program, which also includes research in the following markets: Strategic Analysis of Cement Transportation Market in India, Strategic Analysis of Metal Transportation Market in India, and Strategic Assessment of Containerization Trends in India. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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