Continue Reading... How re-refined oils could contribute to the circular economy of the future

How re-refined oils could contribute to the circular economy of the future

Refining crude oil for industrial use relies on separation processes like centrifuging and distillation to remove impurities and separate small and large hydrocarbons for use in different applications. In order to turn used oil into desirable products, plants can use similar approaches to those applied to crude oil to remove unwanted particles and sort degraded hydrocarbons from usable ones. There are two broad approaches to motor oil recycling: re-refining and chemical recycling. Re-refining aims to extend the fluid’s utility for another generation and avoid releasing it as a pollutant into the environment, while chemical recycling starts with breaking down the hydrocarbons that gave the former oil its unique properties in order to create feedstock for a wide variety of new products. Both approaches start with removing contaminants like dirt and metal particles from the fluid.

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Continue Reading... Putting sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade agenda

Putting sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade agenda

The question of how to put sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade policy, and retain public public support for it, has become a vital issue for EU policymakers. So, too, is getting the EU and wider international community to respect their commitments on social, labour and environmental standards.
Yet while respecting human rights and social standards has been an EU objective for six years, progress towards making this a reality has been mixed.
This special report looks at what is new in the European Commission’s trade strategy and how trade unions and civil society groups can be involved in monitoring the implementation and upholding the terms of the EU’s trade agreements.
Read the full article at: www.euractiv.com

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Continue Reading... Belgian Ambassador to the UAE discusses sustainability projects with Tractebel and Masdar | Tractebel

Belgian Ambassador to the UAE discusses sustainability projects with Tractebel and Masdar | Tractebel

During an event that helped deepen Tractebel’s footprint in the Middle East and India (MEI) region, our Middle East Regional Manager Thomas Palix and His Excellency Peter Claes, Ambassador of Belgium to the Unites Arab Emirates (UAE), met with global renewable energy and sustainability company Masdar at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi on August 16, 2021. Attendees discussed current Tractebel projects in the Middle East in desalination and renewable energy, the extension of the Framework Agreement and upcoming opportunities in UAE and abroad. Masdar representatives included Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi (Chief Executive Officer), Mohammad Abdelqader El Ramahi (Director, Asset Management & Technical Services, Clean Energy), Yousef Baselaib (Executive Director, Strategy and Corporate Development), and George Shenouda (Head, Strategy and Investment Research). The meeting was organized with the support of the Belgium Embassy in UAE and the Wallonia Export Investment Agency.

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