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EPA says no to warming up modern vehicles in cold weather

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that there is no need to warm up modern vehicles in cold weather. One just has to start the vehicle as usual. The warming up is a fuel-wasting exercise, according to the EPA.

The idea of idling was relevant when cars were fitted with carburettors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems and thinner synthetic oils, idling makes little difference.

EPA said: “When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up most car engines.”

“Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling is not required for today’s vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In most cases, idling longer than 30 seconds is unnecessary, even on the coldest days. The best way to warm up your car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. Remember, a vehicle gets zero miles per gallon when idling and the result is lower fuel economy and wasted money.”

EPA’s directive can be found in the free 80-page Car Care Guide for motorists published by Car Care Council, a non-profit organisation.

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Green sustainable development is the key for shared globalisation

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Green Sustainable Development Conference was successfully held in Beijing earlier this month, which was co-hosted by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC), with the Nordic Council of Ministers as the partner. The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Development and Global Cooperation on Green Urbanization”. Organisations and enterprises in relevant fields from United Nations, Nordic Council of Ministers, China and Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland conducted a wide and deep discussion.

Mr. Sishe Hu, Vice President of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries delivered an opening speech on behalf of the organisers. He pointed out that under the current economic, social development situation and the background of the new scientific and technological revolution, the green sustainable development is the golden key to open a new round of shared globalisation.

Laurent Fabius, Chairman of the French Constitutional Council, former Prime Minister said that the global eco-environment is facing “red alerts” and threats in various fields, and we must tackle the challenges with cooperation.

Mr. Svein Berg, Managing Director of Nordic Innovation, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. His speech addressed the topics on the current cooperation between China and Nordic countries, Nordic solutions to global challenges and the future cooperation potentials between China and Nordic countries. He pointed out that technology, innovation and trade are important driving forces for the development of Nordic countries in the 21st century, driving the rapid growth of the economy and cultivating many world-class Nordic enterprises in various fields. Nordic experience in dealing with global challenges can facilitate further and deeper cooperation with China in the future.

Mr. Xinli Zheng, Executive Vice-President of China Urban-townization Promotion Council, Former Vice Director of the Policy Research Office of the CCCPC, delivered a speech on promoting international cooperation in the field of green sustainable development. He pointed out that China’s urbanisation will be the largest, fastest and most far-reaching urbanisation in the world, forming a huge market.

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EC imposes anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imported e-bikes from China

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In order to protect EU manufacturers from unfair competition, after more than a year of investigations and hearings, the European Commission (EC) imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on e-bikes imported from China. Instead of adopting a single anti-dumping duty for all Chinese suppliers, the EC opted for per company dumping duties, ranging from 24 to 79%.

The EU is home to a number of the world’s leading suppliers and countless smaller industry participants. According to industry analyst Gleb Mytko, “The European Commission’s actions were designed to protect a nascent but important industry from what it deemed unfair dumping practices.” With these measures, the EU hopes to maintain a competitive and diverse e-bike market. The move will also allow new e-bike start-ups to compete and expand their operations, ensuring the long term health of the EU e-bike industry. This is particularly important because the global e-bike market is still at an early stage of development and is poised for many years of growth.

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Nestlé focus on avoiding plastic-waste

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Nestlé announced a series of specific actions to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, with a particular focus on avoiding plastic-waste.

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, “Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue. While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100 per cent recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more. We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now.”

He added, “We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist. Collective action is vital, which is why we are also engaging consumers, business partners and all of our Nestlé colleagues to play their part. You can count on us to be a leader in this space!”

In December 2018, Nestlé announced the creation of Institute of Packaging Sciences to evaluate and develop various sustainable packaging materials and to collaborate with industrial partners to develop new packaging materials and solutions.

In February 2019, Nestlé will begin to eliminate all plastic straws from its products, using alternative materials like paper as well as innovative designs to reduce littering.

In this year, Nestlé will also start rolling out paper packaging for Nesquik, Yes! snack bar, and smarties. Milo will introduce paper-based pouches in 2020. Nestlé Waters will increase the recycled PET content in its bottles by 2025.

Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences is exploring new paper-based materials and biodegradable/compostable polymers that are also recyclable, among other alternatives. This could become a valuable option in places where recycling infrastructure does not yet exist and will not be available for some time. Nestlé also initiated a collaboration with PureCycle Technologies to produce food-grade recycled Polypropylene (PP).

Moreover, Nestlé has a longer-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment across its global operations. This will help avoid further accumulation of plastics in nature and achieve plastic neutrality.

All 4,200 Nestlé facilities worldwide are committed to eliminating single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled. These items will be replaced by materials that can easily be recycled or reused.

Nestlé employees in all locations worldwide and at all levels will dedicate their volunteering days to the removal of litter and participate in clean-up activities on World Ocean Day on June 8, 2019. Nestlé is particularly dedicated to accelerating action in tackling the plastic waste issue and report on the Company’s progress publicly.

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