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22 June 2020
The story begins on 9 April 2020. That night, a breach in a collection basin at a food processing plant near the town of Cambrai in France released close to 100,000 m³ of wastewater into the Scheldt river. The wastewater contained huge quantities of bacteria which consumed almost all the oxygen in the water, causing fish to die on a massive scale. In the days that followed, the pollution gradually spread further downstream, heading towards Belgium...
25 May 2020
Transporting chilled and frozen food products faces a number of challenges in today’s rapidly evolving society, with its new consumption habits, economic developments and sustainability concerns.
11 May 2020
Selecting and designing suitable packaging for a food product is not an easy task, even more so because the quality and look and feel of the packaging have a significant impact on the success of the product. One of the most important parameters regarding quality is of course the shelf life. After all, a longer shelf life is not only advantageous for the manufacturer, but also for the customer…
2 March 2020
Dutch Berries is part of the Gijbert Kreling group, which has five cultivation sites with a total of about 50 hectares of greenhouses. Until recently the group grew only Elsanta strawberries but, from 2020, the Malling Centenary variety is being introduced too. The group also cultivates kalanchoes and chrysanthemums.
4 November 2019
Glastuinbouw Nederland wants to reduce the use of fossil fuels by greenhouse horticulture companies, so that the sector can achieve its CO2 objectives. But before that, there’s still a major problem to be solved, because moving away from fossil fuels risks creating a shortage of CO2 in the sector. It couldn’t be more ironic...
7 October 2019
As many as 1.2 billion tonnes of food go to waste annually worldwide. This is a painful thought from an ethical point of view, and economically too, as the cost of this wastage approaches EUR 825 billion a year. In this context, any development which helps combat food waste is very welcome.
7 January 2019
The energy transition - replacing fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources - is proving a challenge in all sectors, but the situation in the horticulture sector is especially complex. This is because protected crops actually need carbon dioxide to survive.
12 November 2018
Increasingly, governments are promoting alternatives to sulphuric and hydrochloric acids in wastewater treatment plants, due to the significant health risks associated with these aggressive acids. CO2 proves to be an attractive alternative and has a superior capacity to neutralize wastewater acidity compared to the alternatives. What’s more, CO2 does not entail health risks, it is easier to use, more sustainable and more economical.
17 September 2018
Pascal Smet, Brussels Minister of Mobility and Public Works, leaves no room for doubt: “The most important path travelled  to our lungs”. The Brussels-Capital Region’s government is looking to step up the fight against air pollution, which includes a 2030 target banning diesel-engined cars from the city. And in the longer term there’s a possibility that petrol cars will be banned too...
3 September 2018
The HVACR industry (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration) is facing a major challenge arising from the new European F gas legislation from 2014.  The legislation, a key element of the European Climate Change Programme, is designed to reduce emissions of certain refrigerant gases. Refrigerant gases are gases which are caused by the use of coolants. In particular, this concerns fluorinated refrigerant gases - hence the term “F gases” - which contribute to global warming.
20 August 2018
In this brief video, Roy Campe, R&D manager at CMB Technologies, unveils the first seaworthy ship in the world to use hydrogen combustion. The “Hydroville” currently transports commuters across the river Scheldt to Antwerp, avoiding rush-hour traffic, while at the same time contributing to CMB’s goal of cutting CO2 emissions in half. And the company has even bigger plans for the future.
2 July 2018
Large and medium-sized companies usually have their gas cylinders delivered by truck, but for smaller companies or domestic customers this is usually not the case. These users will often transport cylinders by van, or even by passenger car. This is not a problem in itself, if the appropriate safety regulations are properly observed. Caroline Crickx and Dr Herman Weyten - both from Air Liquide Benelux - explain what you need to look out for
19 March 2018
In this short video, Carl De Maré, Vice President and Head of Emerging Technologies at ArcelorMittal Group, explains why Air Liquide’s know-how is becoming increasingly important for the future of the steel sector.
5 March 2018
At the end of 2017, the long-awaited ‘Lungs of the City’ project was launched in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). The project involves filtering fine dust out of the air by means of an intelligent air purification system. The aim is to significantly improve the air quality in our cities.
30 October 2017
Aquiris has previously drawn attention because the company substantially increased the capacity and quality of its water purification processes without investment in new plant construction. Now the company is once again in the spotlight; this time because they have significantly reduced their CO2 emissions.
11 September 2017
Clean air is one of the spearheads of Air Liquide’s sustainability strategy. The company is working hard on various solutions that will improve air quality. One of these – a revolutionary city bus that runs on hydrozine – is being developed by Team FAST.
5 September 2017
Aquiris, a water treatment company in Brussels, Belgium, has increased the capacity of its treatment plants by 12% in cooperation with Air Liquide.
28 August 2017
It should go without saying that today every self-respecting company places great focus on the environment and sustainability. One of the most important elements related to this is to reduce CO2 emissions.
7 August 2017
BrightBox is a centre of expertise for the multilayer cultivation of plants without the use of natural daylight. It strives to exponentially increase the efficiency of the horticultural sector. One of the ways to achieve this is to add extra CO2 to the process.
27 June 2017
“Today there are still too many companies and organisations claiming to offer green products and services, when in reality they don’t offer any demonstrable added value for the environment,” explains Evert Vermaut, Activity Manager at Vinçotte. “However, there are sufficient international frameworks in place to guide the development and communication of environmental claims. These include the ‘ISO 14020 environmental standards series’ and the ‘10YFP Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production’.”
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