more than 60% compared with conventional fossil fuel. An annual carbon dioxide
savings of 60,000 tons is expected.
The planned plant, the first of this
scale, will produce enough fuel to power
all British Airways’ 787 Dreamliner operated flights from London to San Jose, CA,
and New Orleans for a year. The airline
plans to supply its aircraft fleet with increasing amounts of sustainable jet fuel
in the next decade.
The venture also includes renewable
fuels company Velocys, which will supply
its microchannel Fischer-Tropsch technology, and recycling and waste management
outfit Suez, which will provide technical
and operational expertise and manage the
supply of feedstock to the project.
EDANA Hosts Roundtable on Waste
in South Africa
EDANA, the leading global association
and voice of the nonwovens and related
industries, held a collaborative workshop
in Pretoria on September 21 under the
auspices of the South African Department
of Environmental Affairs.
Over 50 stakeholders met to share insights and discuss potential solutions to
challenges related to the management of
waste from absorbent hygiene products.
This workshop is a follow-up to a first
meeting with the Department of Environmental Affairs in May 2016, prompted by
growing concerns related to littering and
the rising volume of waste from absorbent
hygiene products. The objectives were to
develop a strong network and relationships with relevant stakeholders directly
or indirectly involved in waste management in South Africa, to understand their
expectations and to enable a cooperative
dialogue in view of multi-stakeholder efforts in the future. Participating organizations included product manufacturers,
government agencies, provinces, municipalities, waste management companies
and environmental civil society groups.
Over the last few years increasing dis-
posable income in South Africa has in-
creased the gap between waste generation
and collection and disposal infrastructure
in rural areas. This has led to a significant
increase in littering and illegal dumping.
The roundtable enabled stakeholders to
understand each others’ concerns and ex-
pectations and was an effective platform
for constructive discussions. Solutions to
this complex issue will require coordinat-
ed multi-stakeholder initiatives to address
collection and disposal gaps and raise
In addition to an overview from the
Department of Environmental Affairs and
EDANA, participants had the opportunity to hear presentations from Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble on advanced
waste treatment and recycling solutions.
The group of stakeholders agreed to form
a steering committee with representatives from all categories of stakeholders,
to launch and coordinate targeted action
to improve waste collection and management. A summary report will be made
available to EDANA members shortly.
Global SAP Market to Grow, Study
The “Global Superabsorbent Polymer
Market Segmented by Product type, Application and Geography - Trends and
Forecasts 2017 - 2022” report has been
added to Research and Markets’offering.
The Global Superabsorbent Polymer
Market is expected to grow at a CAGR
of 5% during the forecast period, to
reach a value of $8.76 billion. North
America is the largest market for superabsorbent polymers and this region is
expected to witness moderate growth
during the forecast period. The Asia
Pacific region is likely to be the fastest
growing region, expanding at a CAGR
of 5.6% between 2015 and 2020. Demand for superabsorbent polymers in
Europe is also anticipated to witness
moderate growth due to the mature
market for baby diapers and female hygiene products in the region.
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are
materials that possess the ability to ab-
sorb and retain large volumes of liquid
or aqueous solutions. This makes them
ideal for usage in water absorbing ap-
plications such as baby diapers, adult
incontinence pads, absorbent medical
dressings and controlled release drugs.
Product segments in this industry are
mostly three: sodium polyacrylate,
polyacrylamide copolymer and others.
These polymers are commonly avail-
able in granular, solid or powder and
Expansions and new investments for
SAP plants in the recent past indicates
that the industry is on its way to expand
globally and as a result, global SAP suppliers are strengthening their presence
in emerging markets. Along with these
factors, the growing diaper industry will
also continue to drive the demand for
SAP. However, the SAP industry will
have to overcome challenges, such as
the availability and price volatility of raw
materials and changing health regulations, in order to meet the increasing demand from the growing diaper industry.
Domtar Improves Energy Efficiency
at Windsor Mill
Domtar has inaugurated its second generating unit with a power output of 18 MW
at its Windsor (Quebec) Mill.
The start-up of its second generating
unit, built for $36 million, will improve
the energy efficiency of the mill produced
from renewable resources while reducing
In 2001, the Domtar Windsor Mill inaugurated its first 32 MW generating
unit. “With the addition of its second
generating unit, the Windsor Mill will
become one of the major producers of
renewable energy in the Eastern Townships. Our total production capacity will
reach nearly 50 MW and will allow us
to feed the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of 12,800 single-fami-ly dwellings. By using forest biomass as
a fuel to produce green energy, Domtar
demonstrates its commitment to innovation and sustainable development,” says
Éric Ashby, general manager of Domtar’s
This project, spanning more than a year,
is part of the company’s sustainable vision
and will contribute to the development of
the forestry sector and the management of
forests in the Eastern Townships.n