Environment and Regulatory watch


New lubricants to meet changing emission regulations

New lubricants will be needed for new types of fuel

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubes tech, Lubricants, marine

7th May, 2013        

Syria's oil industry struggling amidst rebel advancement

Syria's oil production is suffering as rebels capture oil fields.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, white papers

24th April, 2013        

High compliance cost of GHS ruling

The cost of compliance with GHS ruling will be high for US companies manufacturing and handling chemicals

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubes tech, North America

23rd April, 2013        

Ecuador to lease Amazon to Chinese oil cos

Close to one third of the Amazonian rainforest could be leased for Chinese exploration

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, S America

23rd April, 2013        

Chinese urbanisation presents significant opportunities, says CAT

Latest heavy infrastructure investment could offer help to OEMs.

Tags: Calumet, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, OEM Equipment

23rd April, 2013        

New Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has opened a new agency to deal with environmental crises

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East

22nd April, 2013        

More changing of the guard in China

CNPC and Development Bank bosses move into new roles

Tags: China, CNPC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

22nd April, 2013        

ExxonMobil battles Arkansas spill: trains dump crude in US and Canada

ExxonMobil is undertaking a major cleanup operation after pipelines leaked Canadian heavy crude oil in Arkansas and trains derail in US and Canada.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, ExxonMobil, North America

5th April, 2013        

Brazil's controversial law finally implemented

Brazil’s new oil revenue law goes into effect amidst strong opposition.

Tags: Brazil, Environment and Regulatory watch

29th March, 2013        

Gabon withdraws exports force majeure: Algeria faces oil jobs backlash

Gabon allows customers to take delivery of oil from the region, while Algeria faces a backlash over energy employment in the South.

Tags: Africa, Environment and Regulatory watch

29th March, 2013        

China may reform oil pricing mechanism

State legislators examining possible pricing regs to smooth impact of global oil price fluctuations

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubes marketing

22nd March, 2013        

China considers new policies to encourage EV purchasing

Failure to stimulate sales leads to governmental rethink on electric and hybrid policies

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, OEM Equipment

22nd March, 2013        

China to implement new carbon taxes

Five-year plan to try and curb emissions through taxation.

Tags: carbon capture, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

22nd March, 2013        

US Re-refining industry forecast looks promising

Suggestion of a "golden decade" for the re-refining industry thanks to legislation and improved quality.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, India, Lubes tech, N America, waste

8th March, 2013        

Headlight tech dimmed by US legislators

The latest LED and laser car headlight technology is shining a light on US legislation shortcomings

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America

26th February, 2013        

Penglai 19-3 to reopen after oil spills

Bohai Bay field ready to operate again after major spill in 2011.

Tags: China, CNOOC, ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

22nd February, 2013        

CNOOC-Nexen deals wins U.S. approval

The oil sands deal has overcome its final major hurdle on the way to completion

Tags: China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, shale

22nd February, 2013        

China sets timetable for new fuel standards

Anti-pollution legislation is set a four year schedule

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubes tech

20th February, 2013        

Canadian oil sand mining linked to PAH rise

New research shows Alberta’s oil sand mining has increased levels of PAHs in surrounding lakes

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

20th February, 2013        

Draft fracking rules released by California oil regulators

Draft fracking rules are released to assuage public concern in California

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

5th February, 2013        

Total will keep its licence in Uganda

A new discovery means Total will be renew keep its exploration licence in Uganda and invest more in exploration along with its partners.

Tags: Africa, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Total, Tullow

28th January, 2013        

Iraqi Kurdish region's oil exports continue

Despite Baghdad's opposition, Genel Energy continues Kurdish oil exports, while BP may have approval for exploration takeover.

Tags: Asia, BP, Chevron, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, ExxonMobil, Middle East

28th January, 2013        

Smog in the city

Beijing pollution major concern as it reaches record levels

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd January, 2013        

US renews China-Iran exemption as imports soar

Latest regulatory decision means China continues imports from Middle East nation.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Middle East

23rd January, 2013        

Scrappage payments increased

Chinese authorities extend 'cash-for-clunkers' scheme to help in battle against polution

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, OEM Equipment

23rd January, 2013        

Auto sales could top 20m in 2013

China's car parc could be significantly boosted again this year as vehicle sales continue to climb

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, Lubes marketing

23rd January, 2013        

ExxonMobil and Rosneft sign Arctic protection agreement

-ExxonMobil and Rosneft have signed a Declaration on Protection of the Environment and Biodiversity for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development on the Russian Arctic Continental Shelf.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, ExxonMobil, Rosneft, Russia

7th January, 2013        

Nigerian oil & gas output to expand but regs have impact

Nigeria's oil and gas output is set to expand in 2013 according to a new report, although new legislation may initiate a complete overhaul of the nation's oil sector.

Tags: Africa, Environment and Regulatory watch

6th January, 2013        

Lukoil out of Iraq as Israeli drilling gets go-ahead

Lukoil has pulled out of plans to develop Quarna-1, while Israeli court says 'yes' to Meged drilling and Egyptian blocs put up for auction.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, Russia

4th January, 2013        

Shell rig awaits recovery after Alaska grounding

A drill ship has run aground on the Alaskan coast while under tow from Alaska to Seattle

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Shell

4th January, 2013        

PetroChina to buy JV stake in Encana for $2.2bn

China major takes another bite out of Canada's oil patch.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, PetroChina, shale

30th December, 2012        

CNOOC-Nexen deal far from done

Canada's largest shale oil deal still has a long way to go before completion, despite government approval.

Tags: China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, shale

28th December, 2012        

China may open crude futures to foreign investors

Pressure for new regulation to open crude markets to overseas investors

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

28th December, 2012        

Ford-Mazda split spins new partnerships

One joint venture ends but another begins for Sino-US carmakers

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Ford, Japan, Mazda, OEM Equipment

24th December, 2012        

New LPG tax rules worrying

China's new tax regulations could threaten the domestic LPG market.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

24th December, 2012        

Nexen deals gets the green light

Canada has give go-ahead tothe CNOOC-Nexen deal, but claims it will be the last foreign energy takeover

Tags: Asia, China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Petronas, shale

8th December, 2012        

Regions challenge Brazillian oil regs

New Brazil oil legislation faces challenges from a number of states and could be vetoed by the President

Tags: Brazil, Environment and Regulatory watch

4th December, 2012        

Advice to Australia: stockpile more oil

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is urging Australia to build up emergency oil supplies.

Tags: Asia, Australia, Environment and Regulatory watch, IEA

27th November, 2012        

Jaguar Land Rover Chery JV receives NDRC approval

Major Sino-European automotive venture is given government approval

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, test

21st November, 2012        

Construction stops at Zhenhai plant

People power halts Sinopec plans for new chemical facility

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Sinopec

21st November, 2012        

Tough times ahead for Chinese automakers

Nation's car manufacturers face internal and overseas challenges.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Toyota, Volkswagen

21st November, 2012        

BP agrees US legal settlement

BP has agreed a settlement with the US Department of Justice over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, N America

16th November, 2012        

Clean Harbors seals the deal on Safety-Kleen

Waste management companies tie the knot after difficult engagement period.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, marine, North America, waste

8th November, 2012        

Canada blocks Petronas shale gas bid

The Canadian government has applied the brakes to a the latest overseas bid for a domestic shale gas producer, raising questions about the future of the Nexen bid.

Tags: Asia, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Petronas

8th November, 2012        

Rig workers reap the benefits

Salaries are skyrocketing for oil rig workers. The pay-off for a tough working life.

Tags: Africa, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America

8th November, 2012        

China strengthens recall system

New regulations to curb sale of defective vehicles

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th October, 2012        

CNPC starts work on $19.9bn gas pipeline

West East pipeline adds to China's Asian gas imports

Tags: Asia, China, CNPC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th October, 2012        

Delfin can trade abroad

Troubled Delfin Group has been given clearance to begin trading abroad after a Federal US ban.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, North America

9th October, 2012        

Niger fuel prices to be cut

African state will see significant price drop as China reduces loan rate.

Tags: Africa, China, Environment and Regulatory watch

9th October, 2012        

Used oil exchange launched

An online market for trading in used oil has been launched in the US with global aspirations

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, N America, waste

9th October, 2012        

BMW recalls on oil defect;Toyota on window issue

BMW stops deliveries of 2013 modes in M5 and M6 performance range after an oil pump issue. Toyota to recall millions of cars globally for window switch problem

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America, Toyota

9th October, 2012        

China may spend $373bn for energy savings

China is planning to reduce emissions with a massive spend on conservation projects.

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th September, 2012        

US files trade complaint against Chinese auto parts exports

President Obama takes a hardline stance on alleged Chinese car part subsidies.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, N America, Obama

24th September, 2012        

Mixed messages from China's energy industry

Shell sees mixed messages in China's official fuel and lubes growth figures against its own receding sales numbers.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, Shell

24th September, 2012        

Jiffy Lube hit with texting fine

A key Jiffy Lube franchise has settled a massive fine for sending unsolicited marketing texts.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

12th September, 2012        

AVISTA takes on North as Prista enters re-refinng JV

German based recycled oil producer further increases its control of Dutch recycler while Prista enters Uzbeck re-refining JV.

Tags: base oil, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, waste

11th September, 2012        

BYD batteries not to blame for EV fatalities

Taxi crash deaths not caused by battery fire, says investigators.

Tags: China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, OEM and automotive

24th August, 2012        

Typhoon causes minor oil spill

China's 13th storm causes ship spill.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, marine

24th August, 2012        

Wanxiang's US battery investment raises IP issues

China's Wanxiang's planned investment in a US battery maker is good news for A123 Systems, but causes unease over IP.

Tags: China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America

22nd August, 2012        

New silicon and bio-diesel standards approved

A new standard for measuring silicon content in gasoline has been approved by the ASTM along with a voluntary standard for bio-diesel.

Tags: additives, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, test

15th August, 2012        

GF-5 is so 'last year'.

After less than two full years on the shelves, the replacement for the GF-5 specification is already on the way.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, GF-5, GF-6, ILSAC, Lubricants

15th August, 2012        

ACEA report highlights Euro aftermarket satisfaction

A new report from ACEA shows general satisfaction of car and commercial vehicle owners with aftermarket dealerships and repairers

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

15th August, 2012        

Singapore and China exempt from Iran sanctions

US sanctions do not apply after significant reduction in oil purchases

Tags: Asia, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Middle East

24th July, 2012        

China releases latest 5-year plan

New strategy outlined to protect energy and environment for world's fastest growing energy consumer.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

22nd July, 2012        

Sinochem plans to expand reserve storage after delays

After overcoming serious delays, Sinochem is set to boost China's petroluem reserve storage

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

21st July, 2012        

Guangzhou now 4th Chinese city to cap car sales

Further pollution regulations as South China city clamps down on vehicles

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

21st July, 2012        

Alaska delays and extensions

Shell hits delays to Alaska oil exploration as extensions may be granted to other producers

Tags: ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America, Shell

10th July, 2012        

Economy and US oil supplies haunt OPEC meetings

Two European meetings involving OPEC discussed the future of OPEC and its relationship with the EC

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, OPEC

9th July, 2012        

China looks to sell crude futures by year end

National commodity derivatives including oil set to go on sale to foreign investors.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, oil prices

25th June, 2012        

No more “blue sky days”

Beijing puts and end to 'blue sky' measure of air quality

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th June, 2012        

Shanghai license plate auction hits record high

Private car demand and emissions regs clash in auction for new licence plates.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th June, 2012        

China dithers on new scrappage incentives

China may - or may not - re-introduces scrappage scheme to help overcome sales slump.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th June, 2012        

ACEA welcomes CARS 21 Report

The final CARS 21 report has been released by the European Commission and is welcomed by ACEA

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

11th June, 2012        

Law gets heavy with Jiffy Lube and Delfin

A class action lawsuit and criminal charges have been brought against Jiffy Lube and Delfin's President respectively.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, N America

9th June, 2012        

EU Electric motor market gains vehicle boost

European electric motor sales are likely to soar over the next five years according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

8th June, 2012        

Supertankers face delays as China fills oil reserves

A shipping jam is underway Chinese ports as imports arrive to replace the Iranian oil gap.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Middle East

29th May, 2012        

Energy caps by 2015

China's government is determined to cap energy consumption within three years.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

29th May, 2012        

Strict emissions standards increase palladium consumption

Stricter emissions regs in China's auto industry is driving up the cost of Palladium.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

15th May, 2012        

Sinopec gains approval for Galp deal

Chinese Government gives go-ahead for acquisition of Galp's Brazilian unit.

Tags: Brazil, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

14th May, 2012        

Fracking debate hits the UK

Large gas finds stir up fracking debate across the Pond.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, fracking, shale

1st May, 2012        

Catalyst market boost as global car sales head for 86m

The emissions catalyst market is set to benefit significantly as global passenger car sales continue to grow over the next five years say new reports.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch

1st May, 2012        

Electric car sales surge as US tops green table

Sales of US and hybrid cars in the US hit record levels as the nation tops the clean energy spending table

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

1st May, 2012        

China seeks short-term avgas, but biofuel is long term forecast

China's largest aero fuel company is looking for new short-term supplies after a recent diesel price hike, but forecasts are for a boom in biofuels by 2020.

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

20th April, 2012        

China opens up to foreign car insurers

Foreign auto insurers are rushing to capitalise on China's relaxation of regulations.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, North America

19th April, 2012        

Ethanol plant gets go-ahead

Celanese gains approval for Najing ethanol plant

Tags: additives, bio fuels, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

19th April, 2012        

Merc is latest to up lubes specs

Mercedes has revealed its latest engine oil specs for cars and trucks as auto makers set higher targets.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants

6th April, 2012        

Fluids market to reach $20bn; oils and greases to 11bn gallons

Two new reports show growth in the global functional fluids and lubricating oils and greases markets to 2017

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, grease, Lubricants

6th April, 2012        

US H & S regulator revises chemical comms standards

New chemical labelling regulations have been announced by the US Department of Labour.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

2nd April, 2012        

Turbine lube sales spin up

The market for wind turbine lubes is set to continue its rapid growth according to Kline.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Kline

2nd April, 2012        

Shanxi goes green

China's coal capital turns to alternative, green industries in an effort reduce dependency on single income source.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

27th March, 2012        

China halts Airbus orders

New EU emissions regulations could put major purchase deal on ice.

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe

26th March, 2012        

VW China may recall faulty gearboxes

VW may be forced to recall vehicles fitted with its DSG gearbox following public pressure

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

26th March, 2012        

Euro Biolubes will expand, economy permitting

The European market for biolubes is set expand over the next five years, providing short-term economic worries can be overcome according to a new report.

Tags: bio fuels, bio lubes, Environment and Regulatory watch

15th March, 2012        

Marine fuel alternative nears commercial adoption

A marine fuel created using an innovative additive is undergoing tests and could be nearing commercial adoption.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, marine, S America

7th March, 2012        

Russia to establish new sustainability centre

A new centre to enhance Russian Oil industry sustainability and efficiency has been approved.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Russia

5th March, 2012        

BP settles majority of Deepwater claims

BP has agreed a multi-billion dollar out of court settlement for claims relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

5th March, 2012        

China rejects EU emissions programme

China bans airlines from entering EU's green levy on long-haul flights

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe

27th February, 2012        

China to promote EV sales

Electric vehicles set to overtake hybrids by 2:1 ratio

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd February, 2012        

Ten manufacturers to make 90% of China's vehicles

Only ten automakers are forecast to produce almost the entire output of China's vehicle production by 2015

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

23rd February, 2012        

China vehicle recall rules to become more stringent

New regulations make make recalls and suspension more common for vehicles in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd February, 2012        

Ford sets tough green targets for manufacturing

Ford production plants will be subject to ambitious plans to reduce water and landfill.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Ford

8th February, 2012        

ConocoPhillips to pay for spill

CNOC has agreed significant compensation payments for last year's Bohai oil spill

Tags: China, CNOOC, ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

27th January, 2012        

Rig arrives in Cuban waters with US approval

Unprecedented checks re-assure US of Cuban rig's safety

Tags: Cuba, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Repsol

23rd January, 2012        

Road pollution takes its toll

Pollution on China's roads is increasing the death rates.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

23rd January, 2012        

VW sets tough environmental targets

Volkswagen is to set tough new environmental targets for its production plants

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Volkswagen

6th January, 2012        

Fossil fuels stay top to 2040

Fossil fuels will remain the primary source of energy as demand grows through to 2040 according to a new report.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, ExxonMobil

6th January, 2012        

Questions over Arctic safety after rig sinks

Environmental and safety groups are questioning the reality of Arctic drilling after fatal sinking of Russian rig.

Tags: Environment, Environment and Regulatory watch, Gazprom, Russia

28th December, 2011        

India warns on bunker fuel quality

Indian experts are urging ship owners to pay more attention to bunkered fuel quality to avoid engine damage and costs.

Tags: Asia, Environment and Regulatory watch, India, marine

28th December, 2011        

CNOOC finishes year with another leak

A subsea pipeline leak ends CNOOC's year on a down beat.

Tags: China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

27th December, 2011        

Beijing adopts tougher emissions standards

China's capital aims for highest vehicle emissions standards in 2012

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

27th December, 2011        

South America takes increasing loans from China

Oil guarantees will repay billion dollar loans to two Latin American countries.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, S America

19th December, 2011        

Senior managers for face charges over oil spill

Individual managers face charges over China's worst oil spill

Tags: China, CNPC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

19th December, 2011        

World's clean energy spend passes $1 trillion

The trillionth dollar has been spent on clean energy according to a new report.

Tags: bio fuels, bio lubes, Environment and Regulatory watch

7th December, 2011        

PC-11 upgrade set for diesel

The API has given the go-ahead for the new PC-11 heavy-duty oil category.

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

2nd December, 2011        

Chevron suspends Brazil drilling

Chevron has voluntarily suspended its offshore drilling operations in Brazil

Tags: Brazil, Environment and Regulatory watch, S America

24th November, 2011        

Castrol urges Polar marine clarification

Castrol is calling for clearer guidelines on marine lubrication for the polar region to reduce pollution.

Tags: Asia, Castrol, Environment and Regulatory watch, marine, Russia

21st November, 2011        

China oil firms to set fuel prices

National oil producers given freedom to set refined prices themselves.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

16th November, 2011        

Canada could turn to China as US delays pipeline decision

Canadian officials in negotiation with China as US fails to confirm XL Pipeline route.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, North America, Obama

14th November, 2011        

ATIEL announces new Group III guidelines

Standardisation of Interchange guidelines is set to ease the way for Group III lubes producers.

Tags: ACEA, additives, base oil, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Lubricants

4th November, 2011        

FTC gets both barrels after Magnuson-Moss request

US oil industry leaves legislator in no doubt over oil warranty issue.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, General Motors, ILMA, N America

4th November, 2011        

Success for UEIL in CN3811 debate

Discussions between the European Commission and UEIL has led to exemption for lubes additives.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, UEIL

28th October, 2011        

Increased Euro costs of efficient cars unfounded

A new report shows new European cars are more economical and cheaper to buy.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Fiat, Toyota, Volvo

27th October, 2011        

China uses shale gas forecasts to promote corporate involvement

China is using forecasts of its massive shale gas reserves to attract domestic investment

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

24th October, 2011        

Another spill in Bohai Bay

CNOOC reports a new oil spill in the waters of Bohai Bay.

Tags: China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

20th October, 2011        

American Associations change name

Two US trade bodies have announced name changes as their roles widen.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

20th October, 2011        

China Cuts Fuel Price to Tackle Inflation

China reduces fuel prices for the first time this year to help reduce the country's inflation.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, PetroChina, Sinopec

19th October, 2011        

OPEC cuts global oil demand forecasts

OPEC has reduced its demand forecasts for the rest of 2011 and 2012 as global economy weakens.

Tags: Africa, Brazil, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, N America, OPEC, S America

19th October, 2011        

China oil demand to rise further in 2012

China's oil consumption is set for further growth in 2012, but at a slightly reduced rate.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, OPEC

19th October, 2011        

UEIL urges EU to look at EMCS legislation for lubes

Europe's lubricants industry association is lobbying European legislators to re-examine the EMCS wording.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Lubricants

14th October, 2011        

Ship spill could cause major damage to Bay of Plenty

New Zealand is facing a major ecological disaster as heavy oil leaks from a ship which ran aground.

Tags: Australasia, Environment and Regulatory watch, marine

11th October, 2011        

New EV charging standards likely

European auto makers are seeking to unify EV charging standards.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Nissan

6th October, 2011        

Wildlife regs could change US drilling

Proposed state regulations to save wild birds could change drilling practices.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America, waste

6th October, 2011        

Pollution closes battery plant

A Shanghai battery plant has been closed because of accusations of lead pollution leakage

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

30th September, 2011        

Business as usual for API oil approval

The API has returned to normal licensing for all passenger car engine oils as VG test comes back on stream.

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants

23rd September, 2011        

Comments sought on Magnuson-Moss Act

US FTC request for comments on Act could lead to Dexos attacks

Tags: Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, N America

14th September, 2011        

Universal passes five million

Universal has passed a major milestone in its oil re-refining production

Tags: bio lubes, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

8th September, 2011        

US tightens CAFE standards

The US has tightened fuel economy standards for cars and light-trucks and set new targets for heavy vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Obama

22nd August, 2011        

China Oil Spill escalates as ConocoPhillips faces law suits

Questions remain over the Bohai oil spill as new leaks appear and private and state lawsuits are threatened.

Tags: China, CNOOC, ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

22nd August, 2011        

Oil subsidies need to move to clean energy, Obama.

US oil industry subsidies should be abolished re-directed to clean energy research, says President Obama.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Obama

4th August, 2011        

New Tax Reforms on China's Oil and Gas

Levies on China's energy industries could be significant under new reforms

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

27th July, 2011        

Guiyang to restrict car sales

Guiyang is set to follow Beijing in restricting car sales in the city.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th July, 2011        

Bohai Oil Spill Area Still Increasing

North China sea oil spill continues to seep and spread according to the SOA

Tags: China, CNOOC, ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

25th July, 2011        

US annnounces emergency shale regs

The US DEP has announced emergency regulations relating to drilling in the Marcellus Shale fields.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

25th July, 2011        

Bad months for China oil safety

Two major oil spills in China's Bohai Sea is followed by a CNOOC refinery explosion.

Tags: China, CNOOC, ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

15th July, 2011        

Transport Ministry clamps down on overloading problem

Overloading of trucks is causing havoc on China's roads, but tougher penalties are looming.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

15th July, 2011        

ASTM biofuel approval releases jet fuel stash

US-based Biojet has released 1bn gallons of bio-aviation fuel after ASTM approves aviation biofuels.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

11th July, 2011        

UEIL events to offer significant industry insights

UEIL events in September and October are set to offer significant insights into metalwork and Euro lubes industries.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, UEIL

7th July, 2011        

PQIA forms Advisory Board

New committee to help PQIA to deliver organisation's mission.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubes news, N America

7th July, 2011        

Biodiesel boost for Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou is planning to boost the use of biodiesel over the next five years using local oil waste.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, waste

17th June, 2011        

BP publishes 2011 Statistical Review

BP World Energy Review shows energy consumption rebounding with China overtaking the US as the world's largest consumer.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, oil prices

10th June, 2011        

ACEA calls for Japan Trade assessment

ACEA is calling for the EU to carefully analyse the outcome of the Japanese trade scoping.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Japan

9th June, 2011        

Venezuela shrugs off sanctions

Venezuela has dismissed recent US oil sanctions by claiming other markets may be more important.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America, S America

8th June, 2011        

Canadian pipeline spills put safety in the spotlight

Two spills from separate Canadian lines have put a tar sands pipeline project in the spotlight.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

13th May, 2011        

Lube recycling plant saves waste damage in Bahrain

A new recycling plant is already prevent significant damage from dumped waste oil in the Kingdom.

Tags: Bahrain, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, Middle East

13th May, 2011        

Biofuels could supply 27% of transport market

The biofuels market could supply almost one third of the transport industry's needs by 2050 according to IEA forecasts.

Tags: bio fuels, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, India

11th May, 2011        

China plans fight against air pollution

China, Beijing and the automotive manufacturers lay out their plans for combating and controlling emissions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards

11th May, 2011        

South Asia set to grow for environment-friendly lubes

A new report shows growth potential for S.Asia in environment-friendly lubricants

Tags: Asia, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubricants

29th April, 2011        

Democrats release damning fracking report

A new report from US administrators alleges damning evidence of chemical contamination by onshore oil and gas drilling companies.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

21st April, 2011        

Mixed news for BP on Gulf fish

A positive report on oil contamination of fish countered by oyster communities in the gulf

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

15th April, 2011        

Lack of sludge causes API jam

A lack of reference fuel causes licensing approval issues for lubes producers with API

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, ILSAC, Lubricants

14th April, 2011        

Fracking website goes public as new technology revealed

A new public information site to track the use of fracturing chemicals has been launched in the US as a Canadian company reveals a new LPG fracking gel.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

14th April, 2011        

Eu Commission lays out 2050 transport 'road map'

The European Commission has published its White Paper on Tranport, setting goals for the EU to 2050.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, marine

4th April, 2011        

Engine makers urge EPA to keep low ethanol fuel

US marine and other engine makers are calling on the EPA to keep low ethanol fuels available.

Tags: bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

31st March, 2011        

Relief on false patents threat

A potential multi-million dollar legal loophole appears to have been closed on false patent claims

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, North America

31st March, 2011        

Coalition to challenge Dexos

A coalition of associations and oil producers is challenging the Dexos standard under competition and trading practice regulations.

Tags: AOCA, Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, ILMA, North America, Valvoline

18th March, 2011        

AdBlue demand to soar in China

AdBlue diesel additive demand set to increase in China according to new Integer report

Tags: additives, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch

10th March, 2011        

Execs fear US drilling regs could boost costs

Top oil and gas executives believe new drilling regulations could significantly increase costs.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

2nd March, 2011        

Milestone as US returns to deepwater

The first deepwater drilling permit is issued since the BP Gulf spill.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

2nd March, 2011        

EU sets new CO2 targets for vans

The European Parliament has set new targets for light commercial vehicles (LCVs)

Tags: CO2 emissions, E and R Watch, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

21st February, 2011        

New Hampshire can claim more in MTBE case

New Hampshire can claim costs for MTBE-polluted private water supplies

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

11th February, 2011        

USDA reveals bio label

The ESDA has launched a Biobased Product label.

Tags: bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, grease, Lubricants, North America

24th January, 2011        

EPA backs ethanol increase

The US EPA has endorsed an increase in ethanol in passenger car fuels.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

24th January, 2011        

ASTM working on new ETBE test method

The ASTM is hard at work creating a new test standard for Ethyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

5th January, 2011        

Canada invests in oil crops as camelina shines

Canada is investing millions of dollars in oil seed crop research including camelina, which has favourable reports for jet fuel.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

22nd December, 2010        

Partnership and innovation required for low carbon future

ExxonMobil believes that strong partnerships and innovative technology and practice are the way forward to meet environmental pressures.

Tags: bio fuels, Environment, Environment and Regulatory watch, ExxonMobil

3rd November, 2010        

Halliburton rebuts Commission report on cement

Halliburton has issued a strong rebuttal of the National Commission's cement testing in relation to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

1st November, 2010        

ACEA works with commercials to develop emissions tool

ACEA is collaborating with Europe's leading commercial vehicle makers to develop a 'real-time' CO2 emissions calculator.

Tags: ACEA, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

6th October, 2010        

BP pledges Gulf collateral as end of moratorium may be in sight

BP has placed assets in Gulf royalties to support the new Deepwater Horizon Trust as one Senator believes an end to the drilling moratorium may be in sight.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

6th October, 2010        

Additive costs should play greater role in European fuel pricing

Report from Russia and Ukraine suggests more attention should be paid to MTBE and ETBE factor co-efficients in gasoline pricing.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Russia

20th September, 2010        

No single fault to blame for Deepwater Horizon disaster

BP releases own investigation and finds a number of factors caused the Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

8th September, 2010        

Penn state brings fracking debate to a head

Recent rulings by Pennsylvania's DEP has lead to open debate and revelations about "fracking" additives.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, hydraulics

1st September, 2010        

BP finally caps well

BP appears to have successfully capped the leaking Horizon Deepwater well, although the move is temporary until relief wells can be completed.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

17th July, 2010        

EU MMT ban sticks, but door is left open

The European Union's Court of Justice upheld an earlier ruling to restrict the use of fuel MMT.

Tags: additives, Afton Chemicals, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

17th July, 2010        

IEA report says oil and gas outlook uncertain

An International Energy Agency report say the outlook for oil and natural gas markets remains uncertain in the mid-term.

Tags: base oil, Environment and Regulatory watch, oil prices, OPEC

1st July, 2010        

Obama moratorium overturned as BP costs rise

A federal judge has overturned US the US President's moratorium on offshore drilling, while BP's costs exceed $2.3bn

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

25th June, 2010        

ACEA agrees electric charging standards

Europe's auto manufacturing body has agreed a joint specification for electric vehicle connection points.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

25th June, 2010        

Update on Horizon disaster

BP are seeking new options to stem the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico seabed after the Deepwater Horizon explosion last month.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

1st June, 2010        

Norway and Russia settle Barents Sea dispute

Norway and Russia appear to have reached an amicable agreement over oil and gas exploration in the Barents Sea

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Russia, Scandinavia

5th May, 2010        

Putin pledges Arctic clean-up

Russian Prime Minister Putin pledges a clean up of post-Soviet fuel and lubricants waste in the Arctic

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Russia, waste

5th May, 2010        

Transocean/BPHorizon oil spill tragedy

Transocean/BP's Deepwater Horizon explodes leaving a massive effort to rescue the US coastline from major pollution

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

4th May, 2010        

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