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BioNTech Enters Multi-Year Strategic Partnership with Victoria, Australia, to Boost Local mRNA Ecosystem

(IN BRIEF) BioNTech, a leading biotechnology company, has formalized a multi-year strategic partnership with the State of Victoria in Australia, building upon a prior Letter of Intent established in October 2022. The collaboration aims to strengthen the local mRNA ecosystem … Read the full press release

DNV to Certify Ørsted and PGE’s Baltica 2 Offshore Wind Farm in Poland

(IN BRIEF) DNV has secured a contract from Ørsted and PGE to certify the Baltica 2 offshore wind farm located in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. This project plays a crucial role in Poland’s transition to green energy, … Read the full press release

EDF Group Reinforces Commitment to Climate Action and Net Zero Emissions at COP28

(IN BRIEF) During the 28th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP28), EDF Group has reiterated its dedication to combating climate change and achieving “net zero emissions.” The company supports various initiatives announced at COP28, including efforts … Read the full press release

Scania Introduces Fuel-Efficient Biogas Engines with Super-Based Powertrain for Decarbonization

(IN BRIEF) Scania has unveiled a new range of biogas engines that are coupled with two-thirds of the successful Super-based powertrain, comprising G25 gear-boxes and axles from the diesel sibling. This harmonious combination has proven to deliver significant fuel savings … Read the full press release

ArcelorMittal Completes Sale of Kazakh Steel and Mining Operation to Qazaqstan Investment Corporation

(IN BRIEF) ArcelorMittal has successfully concluded the sale of its Kazakh steel and mining operation, ArcelorMittal Temirtau, to the Qazaqstan Investment Corporation (QIC), a state-controlled direct investment fund. The transaction involves a total consideration of $986 million, comprising $286 million … Read the full press release

Škoda Auto Expands Partnership with Allur in Kazakhstan, Plans Local Assembly and Technical Training Support

(IN BRIEF) Škoda Auto is furthering its collaboration with Allur in Kazakhstan, signing key agreements to solidify their partnership. The focus of this cooperation includes vehicle assembly from Semi Knocked Down (SKD) kits starting next year, exploring local production from … Read the full press release

European Investment Fund and CDP Real Asset SGR Partner to Allocate €300 Million for Social Housing in Italy

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Fund (EIF), a part of the EIB Group, has joined forces with CDP Real Asset SGR, a subsidiary of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, to allocate €300 million towards social housing programs in Italy. This groundbreaking … Read the full press release

EIB Commits €250 Million for Second Rail Track in Slovenia to Boost Transport Network

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €250 million loan agreement with 2TDK Družba za razvoj projekta d.o.o (2TDK) to support the construction of a second rail track in Slovenia, a vital component of the Baltic-Adriatic-Mediterranean Trans-European … Read the full press release

Voith Composites Achieves UNECE R 134 Certification for Large Hydrogen Tank, Paving the Way for Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Trucks

(IN BRIEF) Voith Composites has achieved a significant milestone by obtaining UNECE R 134 certification for its Type IV 700 bar and 350-liter hydrogen storage tank. This certification marks the first approval for a hydrogen tank of this size under … Read the full press release

Saint-Gobain Strengthens Construction Chemicals Portfolio with Acquisition of Menkol Industries in India

(IN BRIEF) Saint-Gobain has announced its acquisition of Menkol Industries Private Limited, a prominent Indian manufacturer specializing in high-value waterproofing systems. This strategic move enhances Saint-Gobain’s position in the Construction Chemicals sector, focusing on specialty building materials within the dynamic … Read the full press release

British Homes Lack Energy Efficiency Clarity, Reveals New Research by British Gas

(IN BRIEF) New research conducted by British Gas has unveiled confusion among British homeowners when it comes to addressing energy efficiency in their homes, especially as colder months approach. Only 42% of Brits believe their homes are energy efficient, and … Read the full press release

Partnership of North Cumbria NHS Trust, GRAHAM, and CCL Solutions Wins Award for Collaborative Healthcare Projects

(IN BRIEF) The North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, GRAHAM, and CCL Solutions have been honored with the ICW Collaborative Working Award for their successful collaboration in delivering critical healthcare construction projects. This partnership, which implemented ISO44001 collaborative practices, … Read the full press release

AFRY Chosen as General Designer for Prague’s Savarin Palace Redevelopment Project

(IN BRIEF) Crestyl Group has selected AFRY as the general designer for the Savarin Palace complex, a prominent urban development endeavor in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. This project involves the revitalization of a historical area and has been … Read the full press release

€500 Million Investment to Boost Sustainable Rail Travel in Italy

(IN BRIEF) In a significant move towards promoting sustainable mobility, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has committed €500 million to Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. (FS) to enhance rail services in Italy’s Campania and Lazio regions. This partnership aims to … Read the full press release

ANDRITZ Collaborates with Sfilacciatura Negro for New Textile Recycling Line in Italy

(IN BRIEF) ANDRITZ has successfully initiated operations for a new textile recycling line at Sfilacciatura Negro’s facility in Biella, Italy. This state-of-the-art tearing line is designed to process post-consumer textile waste while automatically removing hard parts. Sfilacciatura Negro, with a … Read the full press release

Alfa Laval Chosen for Maersk’s Pioneering Methanol Retrofit Project

(IN BRIEF) Alfa Laval’s FCM Methanol fuel supply system has been selected by Maersk for their groundbreaking methanol retrofit project on the container vessel Maersk Halifax. This achievement highlights the viability of retrofitting ships for methanol-based propulsion, marking a significant … Read the full press release

Lightsource bp and REA Discuss Solar Power’s Role in a People-Centric and Nature-Friendly Energy Transition at COP28

(IN BRIEF) Lightsource bp and the UK’s Renewable Energy Association (REA) convened a high-level roundtable discussion during COP28, focusing on the role of solar power in facilitating an energy transition that prioritizes both people and nature. With 117 nations aiming … Read the full press release

NatWest and BCG Report Highlights £900 Billion Investment Requirement for UK’s Net Zero Energy Supply

NatWest Survey: UK Regional Business Activity Slows in July 2023, Employment Holds Steady while Inflation Trends Vary

(IN BRIEF) NatWest and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have released a report emphasizing the substantial financial investment needed to achieve a net-zero energy supply in the UK by 2050, estimating the capital expenditure requirement at over £900 billion. This investment … Read the full press release

BASF Commits to Scope 3.1 Emission Reductions, Targets Net Zero by 2050

(IN BRIEF) BASF, a major player in the chemical industry, has announced new sustainability commitments, including targets for Scope 3.1 emissions. The company aims to reduce its specific Scope 3.1 emissions by 15% by 2030 compared to 2022 levels. This … Read the full press release

BASF and Heidelberg University Commit to Advancing Sustainable Chemistry with Catalysis Research Lab (CaRLa) Extension

(IN BRIEF) BASF and Heidelberg University have extended their partnership for another five years to continue operating the Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) until 2028. CaRLa, founded in 2006, focuses on homogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis, with the aim of developing … Read the full press release

Sustainability Milestones: Siemens’ Fiscal Year 2023 Report

(IN BRIEF) Siemens has released its Sustainability Report for fiscal year 2023, highlighting substantial progress in sustainability efforts. Since 2019, the company has reduced its own CO2 emissions by 50%. Over 90% of Siemens’ business supports sustainability, helping customers avoid … Read the full press release

University of Exeter Ranks 30th Globally in QS Sustainability Rankings 2024, Acknowledging Commitment to ESG Challenges

(IN BRIEF) The University of Exeter has achieved a global ranking of 30th in the QS Sustainability Ranking 2024, which evaluates universities’ efforts to address Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) challenges. Exeter also secured 15th place in Europe and 10th … Read the full press release

Arcadis Ost 1 Wind Farm Powers Up, Adding 250 MW of Renewable Energy to German Grid

(IN BRIEF) The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm, situated off the coast of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, has commenced full capacity operation, contributing 250 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to the German electricity transmission system. The wind farm operator, … Read the full press release

EDF’s Port-Est Power Plant Achieves 100% Renewable Energy with Liquid Biomass Conversion

(IN BRIEF) EDF Group’s subsidiary, EDF Production Energie Insulaire (PEI), has converted its bioenergy power plant at Port-Est in Reunion Island to operate on liquid biomass made from rapeseed oil, making it fully renewable and contributing to the region’s aim … Read the full press release

COP28: TotalEnergies Collaborates with National Oil & Gas Companies to Measure and Reduce Methane Emissions Using Innovative Drone Technology

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has signed cooperation agreements with National Oil & Gas Companies (Petrobras in Brazil, SOCAR in Azerbaijan, and Sonangol in Angola) to use its AUSEA technology for methane detection and measurement campaigns at oil and gas facilities in … Read the full press release

Symbio Inaugurates Europe’s Largest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Gigafactory to Accelerate Hydrogen Mobility

(IN BRIEF) Symbio, a joint venture between Forvia, Michelin, and Stellantis, has inaugurated its first gigafactory called SymphonHy in Saint-Fons, France. This gigafactory is Europe’s largest integrated site producing hydrogen fuel cells and is part of the HyMotive project, a … Read the full press release

Vattenfall and BASF Forge Green Partnership for German Offshore Wind Farms

(IN BRIEF) Vattenfall and BASF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the Nordlicht 1 and 2 offshore wind farm projects in the German North Sea. BASF is set to acquire a 49% stake in these projects, which … Read the full press release

EIB Global Pioneers Just Resilience Approach for a Climate-Resilient and Equitable Future at COP28

(IN BRIEF) At the COP28 climate change conference, EIB Global, the development arm of the European Investment Bank (EIB), introduced its new approach to increase financing and advisory services in support of a just transition and just resilience worldwide. EIB … Read the full press release

Societe Generale Issues Landmark Digital Green Bond on Ethereum Blockchain, Pioneering Enhanced Transparency and ESG Traceability

(IN BRIEF) Societe Generale made a groundbreaking move by issuing its first digital green bond on the Ethereum blockchain, with AXA Investment Managers and Generali Investments as key investors. Valued at EUR 10 million with a 3-year maturity, this bond … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies Signs Investment Agreement for Largest Wind Energy Project in Kazakhstan

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has signed an Agreement on Investment (AoI) for its Mirny project during COP28 in Dubai. This project, the largest wind energy initiative ever undertaken in Kazakhstan, will provide low-carbon electricity to over 1 million people and reduce … Read the full press release

Siemens and Intel Collaborate to Advance Sustainability in Microelectronics Manufacturing

(IN BRIEF) Siemens AG and Intel Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in enhancing digitalization and sustainability in the field of microelectronics manufacturing. The collaboration aims to advance manufacturing processes, improve factory operations, enhance cybersecurity, … Read the full press release

Eni Secures €3 Billion Sustainability-Linked Revolving Credit Line

(IN BRIEF) Eni, the energy company, has signed a Sustainability-Linked revolving credit line for a duration of five years, amounting to €3 billion. This credit facility is tied to two sustainability targets outlined in Eni’s Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework, which was … Read the full press release

EIB Group Partners with Mission Innovation to Advance Clean Energy Innovation Globally

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, comprising the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund, has announced a partnership with Mission Innovation to promote clean energy innovation on a global scale. The collaboration aims to facilitate access … Read the full press release

UK Becomes Associated Country to Horizon Europe, Gains Access to Research and Innovation Funding

(IN BRIEF) Starting from January 1, 2024, the United Kingdom will officially become an associated country to Horizon Europe, the European Union’s research and innovation program. This milestone was achieved as the EU-UK Specialized Committee on Participation in Union Programs … Read the full press release

EIB and Development Bank of Rwanda Collaborate to Boost Sustainable Development with €20 Million Credit Line

(IN BRIEF) During the COP 28 summit in Dubai, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) have formalized an agreement designed to promote sustainable development in Rwanda. The €20 million line of credit, accompanied by … Read the full press release

European Investment Bank Commits EUR 100 Million to Aqaba Amman Desalination and Water Conveyance Project in Jordan

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced an additional EUR 100 million investment for the Aqaba Amman Desalination and Water Conveyance project in Jordan. This project aims to desalinate water from the Red Sea and transport it to … Read the full press release

EIB and Ørsted Sign €400 Million Agreement to Boost Renewable Energy in Europe

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Ørsted have inked a €400 million framework loan agreement to support the expansion of wind energy production, in alignment with the RePowerEU initiative’s objectives. This marks their fifteenth joint project, reflecting Ørsted’s … Read the full press release

EU Investment Bank Commits €25 Million to Boost Ukrainian Tech and SMEs

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB), managing the EU for Ukraine Fund, held its initial Contributors’ Committee meeting and approved its first project financing of €25 million for Ukraine’s equity growth fund, Horizon Capital Growth Fund IV (HCGF IV), … Read the full press release

Surprising Discovery: Excited Electrons Straighten Perovskite Nanocrystals

(IN BRIEF) Researchers from ETH Zurich, Empa, and Stanford University have made a remarkable discovery that excited electrons can straighten the crystal lattice of perovskite nanocrystals, increasing their symmetry rather than causing disorder. This unexpected finding could pave the way … Read the full press release

Valio’s Seasonal Milk Production Challenge Solved by Elvenite in Hackathon Competition

(IN BRIEF) Jamk University of Applied Sciences organized a hackathon in collaboration with Valio Ltd. to address the challenge of seasonal variation in milk production. Swedish Elvenite AB emerged as the winner of ValioHackathon 2023/11/28 by proposing a data-driven solution … Read the full press release