Environment

Pruitt takes EPA reins as Trump targets regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners.

Republican Senator opposes Pruitt for US EPA chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Republican US Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Wednesday she would oppose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, citing his numerous lawsuits against the agency.

DuPont, Lundberg to offer pollution control systems for refineries, petchem plants

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Belco Technologies Corporation, a DuPont company, and Lundberg, LLC, a Dustex company, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the supply of air pollution control systems on an exclusive basis around the world. The partnership applies to air pollution control systems for refining and petrochemical plants, as well as to coke calciners associated with refining and petrochemical plants, and is valid for 10 years.

Haldor Topsoe joins research program to improve catalysts

Haldor Topsoe is part of ProNOx – a new four-year, $4-MM research program to improve selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts by designing an optimal nanomaterial.

Auto CEOs want Trump to order review of 2025 fuel rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The chief executives of 18 major automakers and their US units urged President Donald Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration to lock in vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025.

UK grocer first in Europe to use new trucks fueled by food waste

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- A British supermarket has become the first retailer in Europe to use a new type of tank that keeps trucks motoring on fuel made from food waste for 500 miles, almost twice the current average.

IEA: The changing landscape of energy investment

As the global energy sector undergoes deep transformations, investment decisions are more important than ever. They play a critical role for energy security and environmental sustainability and will shape the energy landscape for years to come.

ACC comments on congressional resolution to address chemical security concerns

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mullin (R-Okla.-02) introduced a resolution today with the support of 15 cosponsors to prevent a new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule from making changes to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) that will create new security and safety issues.

Report: Cheaper renewables to halt coal and oil demand growth from 2020

LONDON (Reuters) -- The falling cost of electric vehicle and solar technology will halt demand growth for oil and coal from 2020, according to research published on Thursday, posing a threat to fossil fuel companies unprepared for the transition.

Business Trends: Anticipated market and pricing impacts from new marine fuel regulations

Tallett, M., Witmer, T., Dunbar, D., EnSys Energy; St. Amand, D., Navigistics Consulting

In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that it will implement a new regulation that calls for the sulfur content in marine fuels to be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5%. The new regulation will go into effect in January 2020. This action by the IMO will have a profound impact on the maritime and refining industries worldwide, as well as on the environment. This month’s Business Trends section provides an overview on the anticipated impacts of the IMO’s decision on petroleum product markets.