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NPE 2012 Enduse Regulatory Impact Review

SpecialChem / Jun 20, 2012

The National Plastics Exposition (NPE) recently took place in Orlando, Florida (USA) April 1-5, 2012. Let’s go behind the scenes and take a look from an enduse regulatory impact review standpoint at some of the regulatory impacts in key plastics enduses and related technologies.

Automakers and their suppliers need to explore every possible avenue — from parts redesign and consolidation, to alternative powertrains and materials substitution — to meet the ambitious new mileage targets they’ve agreed to with the U.S. government. Those regulations call for U.S. corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, standards to climb to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from less than 30 mpg in 2010. The United Kingdom (UK) is recommending that food labeling changes be made to make it easier for shoppers to know when food is safe to eat.

Labels intended for stock rotation such as "sell by" dates should be eliminated from the package to reduce some of the confusion. According to UK government officials, confusion over food labeling was responsible for an estimated £750millon of the £12billion UK edible-food wastage each year. It is visually difficult to distinguish between packaged fish or meat products that are fresh or inedible.

Let's take a look at the spoiled meat film sensor. The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. In the USA, buildings account for 39% of total U.S. energy consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate.

Constructing "LEED" green buildings that consume resources more efficiently is the primary goal. In turn this will minimize pollution that can harm renewable natural resources that are crucial to a sustainable future.

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