The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a nonprofit consortium of companies focused on plastics sustainability, has named Jacob Duer as the group’s first CEO, effective 1 October. Duer was most recently a program director at the United Nations Environment Program.
In the new role, Duer will lead AEPW in its mission to develop, deploy, and scale solutions to plastic waste problems, including reuse, recovery, and recycling. The group is aiming to help keep plastics out of the environment.
Duer’s “demonstrated leadership, passion for promoting sustainability, and track record of building solution-oriented multilateral partnerships will be an invaluable asset as the AEPW grows into this next phase,” says AEPW chairman David Taylor, who is also chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.
AEPW has committed $1.5 billion over five years to further its mission, and it has initiated projects on river renewal and information technology infrastructure, as well as partnerships with municipalities and the development of new ideas. The group’s members include many major chemical manufacturers, such as BASF, Dow, Sabic, and LyondellBasell, among others.
By Vincent Valk
Source: Chemical Week
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?