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Discovering the "Third Generation" of Bioplastics
Phys.org - July 2017

"The ongoing revolution in packaging is the use of 100% organic materials obtained from the leftovers of agricultural production. An expert from the Italian National Research Council (CNR) says that in the early 2020s these bioplastics may become as competitive as traditional ones, even if not suitable for all uses

What if we could turn the waste from the world's crops into a biomaterial suitable for packaging? This is not science fiction. Today plastics can be made with the waste from tomato production, for example. Or with the unused organic elements of coffee, spinach or cauliflower plants. In this way, oil derivatives and other first-generation organic polymers can be replaced by renewable and sustainable 100% organic raw materials."

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Italy Has Already Surpassed Its Renewable Energy Target for 2020
The Local - March 2017

"Over 17 percent of energy in Italy comes from renewable sources, according to data published by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, this week. The figure had reached 17.5 percent by the end of 2015, Eurostat said, putting the country ahead of its target for 2020 five years early. That was almost triple the figure of 6.3 percent in 2004. Italy is one of 11 member states which has already reached its target, with Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland, and Sweden also achieving the feat."

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Robotic Kelp Farms Promise an Ocean Full of Carbon-Neutral, Low-Cost Energy
IEEE Spectrum - March 2017

"At the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, a company called Marine BioEnergy was showing a potential new way of producing an enormous amount of low-cost energy in a way that doesn’t compete for land area. Their idea is to use drone submarines to farm kelp out in the open ocean, and then process it into carbon-neutral liquid biofuel. Turns out there are a lot of reasons why this might be a very good idea."

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Sustainability in a Connected World Is the Focus of IEEE Green ICT Conference
The Institute - February 2017

"Information and communication technology (ICT) has produced a global revolution in how billions of people work, socialize, manage their finances, and take care of their health—and it allows people to process and analyze mounds of data that can be used to make our lives better and more efficient. However, therein lies a two-edged sword: ICT enables unprecedented benefits, yet it currently consumes unsustainable levels of energy. This in turn results in contributions to greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, according to the GeSI Smarter2030 report."

The IEEE Green ICT Initiative is holding a conference, the Greening through ICT Summit (GtICT), 3 October 2017 in Paris, France, to address the theme of Sustainability in a Connected World.

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