Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) developer Arkema recently announced that it received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial sales in the U.S., clearing the way for the firm to make use of the new capacity slated to come online in 2011 (see the October 13, 200...
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The U.S. Department of State has announced that its Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP) began operations in April 2022. The CDP comprises three policy groups: International Cybersecurity, International Information and Communications Policy, and Digital Freedom. The groups aim to address security and information freedom on the internet while looking to promote and protect U.S. interests. Companies doing business with the U.S. government or American companies may want to take note of and adopt any new cybersecurity recommendations that are announced by the CDP.
The European Commission released a "Restriction Roadmap," a political commitment to ban most toxic chemicals, as part of the zero-pollution goal in the EU Green Deal. Specifically, the ban aims to outlaw all flame retardants, bisphenols, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and all polyvinyl chloride chemicals. In the last few years, some EU countries have formally announced the intention to submit a restriction proposal for PFAS, and this blanket ban represents a rapid first step in the EU chemical strategy. Certain industries have already raised strong opposition and tried to water down early drafts of the plan, as the ban will affect over 12,000 chemicals present in 74% of consumer and professional products. If implemented, the ban will be the largest regulatory removal of authorized chemicals.
The European Commission published a draft delegated act, setting out the rules defining hydrogen as renewable in the transport sector. In the proposal, hydrogen would be "renewable" if the electrolyzer is installed no more than 3 years after a renewables installation. While the idea is to tie new hydrogen capacity with new renewables capacity, there could be undesired competition for renewables between hydrogen producers and other offtakers. A temporal aspect of the proposal would see hydrogen produced simultaneously with renewable power; this creates risks of higher hydrogen costs due to low electrolyzer utilization. Clients should closely monitor amendments to the proposal, as they could impact green hydrogen deployments in the next decade.