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Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are largely accepted to contribute to climate change, with governments around the world setting targets to reduce these emissions as well as setting up emissions trading schemes whereby companies must pay for the CO2 they emit under ‘cap and trade’ type systems. From 2021, the European Commission will be reducing its CO2 cap by 2.2 per cent each year. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has consequently seen the price of CO2 rise from less than three euros per tonne in 2013 to 25 euros per tonne in August 2018. That price has backed off slightly but the over-arching trend represents considerable pressure on companies to reduce their emissions. While the US and China don’t have an ETS / ‘cap and trade’ system, China is closing down old cement plants with high emissions and building new plants that will create fewer emissions.Read the full feature
In Europe, fungicides and pesticides need to be re-registered every 10 years to ensure they comply with stringent safety standards. Many of the products in use currently are unlikely to achieve re-registration in the next few years, creating demand for safer alternatives. The cost to develop a new crop protection product averages US$250 million and 10 years, but farmers need safe, affordable crop protection products now. There is therefore increased interest in products that are safer and better for the environment, such as mineral-based sprays that improve productivity and boost resistance to pests and diseases.Read the full feature