Supported by the French agency for ecological transition Ademe, the Gaya platform is in line with the targets set by the French Law on Energy Transition for Green Growth, which aims for a 50% reduction in the quantity of waste going to landfill by 2025 compared with 2010 and a 30% reduction in fossil fuel consumption in 2030 compared with 2012, with a view to preserving the environment and strengthening France’s energy independence. From 2026, this will allow 70,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste per year to be used to produce up to 150 GWh of renewable gas, equivalent to the consumption of 670 urban buses. The tests carried out using SRF show that we now know how to produce renewable gas from this type of waste,” she added. In the absence of dedicated recycling channels, this type of fuel is mostly made up of waste wood, paper, cardboard and plastic resulting from economic activities. Based on the work already undertaken, Engie plans to build a first industrial unit in Le Havre, France, starting in 2023, the Salamandre project. As an alternative to landfill, which is due to be phased out, the Gaya chain is positioned as the channel of reference for making use of non-recyclable waste to produce a storable renewable gas, which can substitute for natural gas and as such has multiple end uses: sustainable mobility, industry, the tertiary sector. It contributes directly to the Engie Group’s purpose, “to act to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally friendly solutions,” Engie said in a press release. ENGIE

Construction of a first industrial unit in Le Havre could begin in 2023

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Through a project called Gaya, France’s Engie has recently started the production of renewable gas from solid non-recyclable waste. A year after successfully producing biomethane from forest biomass, the Gaya platform achieved a world first and took a historic step forward with the production of its first cubic metres of renewable gas from Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). ENGIE’s demonstrator has validated the integrated operation of the entire chain of innovative technologies under industrial conditions. The platform model contributes to the energy transition with the production of renewable gas and to the circular economy by making use of waste that until now was destined for landfill. In addition, the multi-energy process will allow production of 45 GWh of renewable heat to meet urban and industrial needs. This configuration maximises the production of renewable gas. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Engie produces renewable gas from solid non-recyclable waste

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The biomethane plant in Vermandois. “With GAYA, we have made major scientific advances in the development and industrialisation of renewable gas production sectors,” said Adeline Duterque, director of Engie Lab Crigen, the corporate group’s Research & Development centre.

Full implementation of the standards enshrined in EU legislation is important to effectively protect human health and safeguard the natural environment. Although the Slovenian authorities have shared monitoring data aimed to show compliance with the requirements of the Directive, the deficiencies and gaps therein identified lead the Commission to conclude that the authorities have failed to prove compliance for the above-mentioned agglomerations. EPA/ANTONIO BAT

General view of the Slovenian Capital Ljubljana

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The European Commission said it will refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice for failure to comply with the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>EU to refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice over waste water

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epa00161778 Picture dated 28 September 2002 showing a general view of the Slovenian Capital Ljubljana. In addition, the agglomerations Kočevje, Trbovlje, and Loka fail to meet additional requirements of the Directive related to sensitive areas, as urban waste water entering collecting systems is not subject to more stringent treatment before being discharged into those areas, the press release read. The Directive requires Member States to ensure that urban agglomerations – towns, cities, settlements – properly collect and treat their waste waters, thus eliminating or reducing all their undesirable effects, the Commission said in a press release on February 18. According to the Commission, Slovenia should have been fully compliant with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive requirements since 2016, according to its agreements under the Accession Treaty. The Commission said it sent a letter of formal notice to the Slovenian authorities in February 2017, followed by a reasoned opinion in 2019. The European Green Deal steers the EU towards a Zero Pollution ambition.   However, four agglomerations with a population of over 10,000 (Ljubljana, Trbovlje, Kočevje, and Loka) do not comply with such requirements because urban waste water entering collecting systems is not subject to the appropriate level of treatment before being discharged.

Myanmar’s military seized power and declared a state of emergency for one year on February 1, 2021. Stressing that the bloc stands with the Burmese people, they stressed that the EU will continue to provide humanitarian assistance and will also ensure that it will avoid measures that could affect the people of Myanmar/Burma, especially the most vulnerable ones. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

Protesters hold signs to express support for Myanmar democracy and call for the end of a military coup, during a rally in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 11 February 2021. Myanmar’s military seized power and declared a state of emergency for one year on 01 February 2021. In the meantime, the US have sanctioned two more generals linked to the country’s first coup since 1988. “Not only should authorities exercise maximum restraint, but all sides should refrain from violence,” their statement further reads. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>EU threatens to sanction Myanmar military junta

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa09004327 Protesters hold signs to express support for Myanmar democracy and call for the end of a military coup, during a rally in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 11 February 2021. They also condemned the coup in the strongest terms and called for perpetrators to be held to account. “The EU stands ready to adopt restrictive measures targeting those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests,” their joint statement reads. The restrictive measures by the US Treasury Department target Moe Myint Tun and Maung Maung Kyaw in response to the killing of peaceful protesters. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

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Europe’s foreign ministers warned they could impose sanctions on Myanmar military, according to a joint statement released after their meeting in Brussels on Monday. The bloc’s foreign ministers have called for the immediate release of the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, as well as of those who have been detained or arrested in connection with the coup.

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Boeing Co has recommended that airlines suspend the use of 777 jets after the engine on a United Airlines flight caught fire and fell apart over Denver on Saturday, dropping debris over residential areas before landing safely. The plane was checked by the security authorities and is expected to proceed to San Francisco. “Safety remains our highest priority, which is why our crews take part in extensive training to prepare and manage incidents like UA328,” the statement further reads. EPA/BARTLOMIEJ ZBOROWSKI POLAND OUT

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 flight from Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco, USA, takes off from Warsaw after earlier emergency landing at the Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, 30 July 2015. Reacting to the call, the United Airlines, which currently has 24 of the 777s in service said: “We are voluntarily and temporarily removing 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines from our schedule,” the company wrote in a Twitter on Monday. — United Airlines (@united) February 22, 2021

A similar engine failure took place over the weekend on a Boeing 747 cargo plane in the Netherlands, which was also using a Pratt & Whitney engine, but a smaller version of the PW4000 model, according to Reuters. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Boeing recommends grounding certain 777s

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa04866538 Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 flight from Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco, USA, takes off from Warsaw after earlier emergency landing at the Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, 30 July 2015. In particular, the company has suggested that 128 of its 777s operating with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, be grounded for full inspections due to the incident that brought the turbine makers to the spotlight. The move is expected to impact 69 aircraft that are currently in service and another 59 that are in storage. Pratt & Whitney is owned by Raytheon Technologies. In the meantime, Japan has imposed a mandatory suspension, while South Korea said it was monitoring the situation. We will continue to work closely with regulators to determine any additional steps and expect only a small number of customers to be inconvenienced. We are voluntarily & temporarily removing 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines from our schedule. The Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300 with 332 people on board asked for clearance for an emergency landing at the Chopin airport after a suspicious package was found on the aircraft.