US, Canada outline plans to align hazcom standards

Chemical Watch | March 11, 2020

Regulators from the US and Canada have laid out plans to coordinate efforts on workplace hazard communication standards as the two countries implement updates to the UN's Globally Harmonized System of classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS). According to the US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) 2019-20 workplan, released this week, the council expects to roll out joint guidance on the implementation of GHS and interpreting requirements for safety data sheets (SDSs) and communicating product hazards across the two jurisdictions. Another primary goal, highlighted in the RCC workplan, is to have "one label and one SDS" that is acceptable in both countries. US and Canadian regulators also will continue to work together to push for a common position on the GHS at future UN meetings and plan to hold a stakeholder meeting this summer.

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In the debate between traditional chemical and biological cleaners, product cost per litre or per case is often a decisive factor when choosing between the two. Biological cleaners tend to be more expensive on a per litre basis due to higher raw material costs. They’re also expensive because the producers are often smaller companies who don’t enjoy the same economies of scale as mainstream producers. To many in the facilities management industry, biological cleaners appear to deliver poor value compared to their chemical counterparts. But are companies measuring the costs of cleaning correctly? It’s an important question, especially for cleaning contractors on slim margins who are tasked with purchasing the cleaning products and applying them.


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CN Energy and Xujin Environmental Protection Enter Strategic Cooperation

CN Energy Group. Inc. | January 25, 2022

CN Energy Group. Inc. announced a strategic cooperation between its subsidiary CN Energy Industrial Development Co., Ltd. and Xujin Environmental Protection Carbon Industry Co., Ltd. The two companies will cooperate in sharing technology, resources and expertise for their mutual benefits, as they create an integrated and optimized activated carbon sales business focused on revenue and profit growth opportunities in the hazardous waste and solid waste disposal businesses. CN Energy Group. Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality wood-based activated carbon and biomass electricity. The Company also provides activated carbon-related technical services used by food and beverage producers, industrial manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and environmental protection enterprises. Founded in 2016, Xujin Environmental Protection has been focused on growing its business in the hazardous waste treatment industry. The company has established expertise in the regeneration of saturated activated carbon and the sales of recycled activated carbon. "We continue to focus on accelerating our revenue growth and profitability as we execute on our core business and invest in new areas. We have been developing multi-year expansion opportunities as we have grown our footprint to include numerous new industries, including providing waste treatment solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturers, food services companies and environmental protection enterprises, among others." Mr. Kangbin Zheng, Chairman and CEO of CN Energy Group, Inc "Through our latest cooperation, CN Energy Group will formally enter the saturated activated carbon recycling market. We believe our latest strategic cooperation with Xujin Environmental Protection will add another new stream of revenue to our business while providing much needed solutions to the hazardous waste treatment industry. We plan to work closely together through our strategic cooperation with Xujin to leverage our complementary advantages and provide customers with more comprehensive and convenient services using a fully integrated business model across the activated carbon industry. We expect to mutually benefit as strategic partners and also expect our customers to benefit from our technology sharing and innovation. We anticipate that this partnership will help us further expand our market share and create greater value for our shareholders." About CN Energy Group. Inc. CN Energy Group. Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality wood-based activated carbon and biomass electricity. The Company also provides activated carbon-related technical services used by food and beverage producers, industrial manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and environmental protection enterprises. The Company's current facility is located in Tahe County, Heilongjiang Province, near the Greater Khingan Range, in close proximity to its suppliers.

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ECOTEC Announces Strategic Investment by Intrepid Investment Management

ECOTEC | February 04, 2022

Ecotec International Holdings, LLC (“ECOTEC”), a global leader in methane emissions monitoring, is pleased to announce a strategic investment by funds managed by Intrepid Investment Management, LLC, the investing arm of Intrepid Financial Partners, L.L.C. Intrepid is a leading energy-focused merchant bank with over 50 employees, and expertise in upstream, midstream, downstream, oilfield services and energy transition. ECOTEC provides a comprehensive suite of patented, cutting-edge instrumentation and software solutions to companies, organizations, and municipalities around the world, helping them manage and remediate their environmental footprint by accurately identifying and quantifying their greenhouse gas emissions. ECOTEC has an over thirty-year history of the design, development and implementation of instrumentation and software for emissions detection and compliance within the natural gas, biogas, carbon credits and air quality industries, with recent expansion into the oil and gas industry. The company will use the proceeds to accelerate the production and roll-out of its patented instrumentation and emissions data collection software to fulfill strong customer demand in the biogas and oil and gas industries. “We believe this is a unique opportunity to partner with thought leaders in the oil and gas and energy transition industries, particularly as we continue to grow our oil and gas business. The Intrepid team brings over 200 years of collective experience advising and investing in the energy and energy transition sectors through multiple cycles and against secular changes throughout their history – that experience and their industry relationships are central to our partnership and creating value for our customers and stakeholders.” Tim Novick, CEO of ECOTEC Skip McGee, Co-Founder and CEO of Intrepid, says, “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with ECOTEC as they continue to grow their business, and in particular, as they expand into oil and gas. ECOTEC has historically been a leader in emissions solutions to the biogas and utilities industry, and they are well- positioned to leverage their decades-long experience to provide expert solutions for the oil and gas industry. We have known members of the management team for almost two decades, and we look forward to working with them on the very important mission of building a path towards a lower-carbon world.” About ECOTEC ECOTEC specializes in the design and development of specialty equipment and software solutions for the natural gas, biogas, renewable natural gas, carbon credit and oil and gas markets through its ECOTEC, AQMESH, GAS DATA, and GAZOMAT brands. With offices around the globe, ECOTEC's comprehensive solutions have been deployed around the world to help companies, organizations and municipalities identify, quantify, and remediate their environmental footprint, particularly through reductions in methane emissions. About Intrepid Intrepid is a merchant bank that provides investment banking and investing management services. Intrepid’s leading boutique investment banking business provides independent and best-in-class merger & acquisition, restructuring and capital markets services to the energy and energy transition industries, and has advised on ~$150 billion of transactions since 2015. Intrepid’s investment management business makes principal debt and equity investments through its managed funds. Current strategies include private equity, infrastructure and venture capital across energy and energy transition.

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Verra Opens the Door to Engage Blockchain Climate Initiatives

BICOWG | December 28, 2021

The Blockchain Infrastructure Carbon Offset Working Group applauds the Dec. 15 announcement of a Legal Due Diligence Questionnaire for Related Instruments by The Verified Carbon Standard a universally accepted standard for certifying carbon emissions reductions. "As pioneers in the crypto carbon space, it's encouraging to see this announcement from Verra — it is truly a dream come true. I imagine we're not far off from Verra adopting blockchain tech in a meaningful capacity," said Joshua Bjiak, CTO at Creol The move by Verra opens the door to tokenizing officially sanctioned units and heralds a new day for close collaboration between the traditional carbon market space and the decentralized climate finance community. BICOWG and its member organizations look forward to supporting this collaboration and furthering the critical work to combine "the best of the carbon market" and the "best of crypto" to achieve effective climate action at a massive scale. Joseph Pallant, founder of Blockchain for Climate Foundation, stated, "We've seen the carbon market develop excellent carbon offset standards, protocols, and projects over more than 20 years. The opportunity to ever more securely and transparently bridge these off-chain environmental assets onto the blockchain creates a win-win, enabling crypto projects to incorporate real carbon offsets, thereby funding proven, verified climate action on the ground, around the world." There's been significant growth in new projects working proactively to beat climate change through generation, purchase, and retirement of carbon credits, including Klima DAO, Regen Network, Toucan Protocol, Blockchain for Climate, and others. Moves by traditional carbon market leaders like Verra to extend their diligence and expertise into the blockchain space will enable further growth of on-chain carbon market. This year's exponential growth of innovative blockchain and climate projects was made possible by the committed efforts of early pioneers. Looking ahead to 2022, BICOWG is buoyed to see the growing pathways for collaboration between these two spaces, and the impetus to weave in additional initiatives together in the spirit of halting the destruction brought in by climate change. Gregory Landua, CEO of Regen Network Development, stated, "By embracing emerging standards like IBC Verra and other pillars can lead the way towards scaling, transparency, and governance needed to reverse atmospheric carbon accumulation. The agile DAOs and Web3 teams building open source tools and the existing institutions are natural allies in the emerging regenerative finance movement." About BICOWG: Blockchain Infrastructure Carbon Offset Working Group is a coalition of blockchain protocols, projects, and nonprofits working together to explore carbon measurement methodology and incentivize carbon markets. Core working group members include Regen Network, Klima DAO, Toucan, SZNS, FungyProof, F2Pool/Stakefish, Blockchain for Climate, and Gitcoin.

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Advent Technologies Announces Signing of Distribution and Service Agreement with Calscan Solutions

Advent Technologies | January 10, 2022

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. an innovation-driven leader in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, today announced it has signed a Distribution and Service Agreement with Calscan Solutions an Alberta, Canada industrial service company focused in the oil field industry with a number of products, including methane emissions mitigation instrumentation & controls, as well as services including Test Data Processing, Rentals, Repair, and Data Processing. The agreement details Calscan’s plans to market, resell, install, and service the Advent M-ZERØ™ and SereneU fuel cell products to address the demand for electric systems in the oil and gas sector. Current regulatory pressure is focused on targets which will aggressively reduce oil & gas industry methane emissions throughout Canada. Advent’s diverse family of products, including the M-ZERØ™ and SereneU fuel cell products, aim to drop wellhead methane emissions to zero, increase well productivity and safety, and decrease maintenance costs in North American well sites. Advent’s products realize a significant carbon advantage over conventional diesel remote power generation technology and can be deployed in more extreme environments than solar panels and electric battery systems. The Advent M-ZERØ™ can also work with current systems to enhance their reliability and ensure that systems continue to operate, creating additional value opportunities for customers. The Advent M-ZERØ™ products, designed specifically to generate power in remote environments, will offer the ability to drop methane emissions to effectively zero where they replace methane polluting pneumatic injection technology. The overall methane emissions related to wellheads approaches 40 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to the carbon footprint of more than eight million passenger cars. M-ZERØ™ will initially be featured mainly in Canada and the United States with the aim of providing remote power to up to 185,000 oil and gas wellheads. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Calscan. Their industry knowledge and reach provide a huge advantage in bringing disruptive, emerging fuel cell solutions to a mature application.” Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Advent’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Henri Tessier, President of Calscan, added: “We are excited to have Advent Technologies as an industry partner. Calscan is committed to reducing well site GHG emissions through innovative and progressive design, and Advent’s products make this mission a reality. We look forward to bringing this solution to our customers.” About Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a U.S. corporation that develops, manufactures, and assembles critical components for fuel cells as well as complete advanced energy systems in the renewable energy sector. Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. With more than 100 patents issued (or pending) worldwide for its fuel cell technology, Advent holds the IP for next-generation high-temperature proton exchange membranes (HT-PEM) that enable various fuels to function at high temperatures under extreme conditions – offering a flexible “Any Fuel. Anywhere.” option for the automotive, maritime, aviation, and power generation sectors. About Calscan Solutions Calscan Solutions is an innovative Alberta-based instrumentation and control company serving the oil and gas industry. Founded in 1995 as an instrumentation and control company, Calscan has become a leader in developing electronic downhole tools, specifically in the areas of downhole and sub-surface pressure recorders, flow computers, solar powered separator controls, and cyclone separators. To help oil and gas producers meet increasingly stringent emission regulations, Calscan has expanded its methane measurement and mitigation solutions by developing the Hawk 9000 low pressure vent gas meter and the Bear Solar Electric Control System. Calscan has been deploying its zero emission Bear Solar Electric Control System throughout Western Canada since 2010.

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In the debate between traditional chemical and biological cleaners, product cost per litre or per case is often a decisive factor when choosing between the two. Biological cleaners tend to be more expensive on a per litre basis due to higher raw material costs. They’re also expensive because the producers are often smaller companies who don’t enjoy the same economies of scale as mainstream producers. To many in the facilities management industry, biological cleaners appear to deliver poor value compared to their chemical counterparts. But are companies measuring the costs of cleaning correctly? It’s an important question, especially for cleaning contractors on slim margins who are tasked with purchasing the cleaning products and applying them.

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