Study: air pollution caused 1.1M deaths across Africa in 2019, toll from outdoor pollution rising

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Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 Deaths attributable to household air pollution and ambient particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) air pollution in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and overall in Africa, 1990–2019. Economic output lost to air-pollution-related disease was $3.0

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AQLI: new data reveals little progress globally in reducing air pollution over the last two decades

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Particulate air pollution continues to cut global life expectancy by nearly two years as progress in some countries counterbalances worsening air quality in others, according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). China began a “war against pollution” in 2013.

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Global Clean Energy buys Bakersfield refinery for $40M, converting to produce renewable diesel

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Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., Fuels produced from the facility will result in significant reductions of both greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and local air pollutants such as particulate matter. through a subsidiary, has purchased Alon Bakersfield Properties, Inc.,

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Study links PM2.5 pollution with millions of preterm births globally

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Recent research has suggested that exposure to air pollution could also be a risk factor. exposures, inclusion of provider-initiated preterm births, and exposure to indoor air pollution. This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly—it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb. million global estimate, and China for about another 500,000.

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University of Surrey launches global research center on air pollution

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The University of Surrey is launching a new multi-disciplinary research center next week to tackle air pollution. The Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) will see the University leading on collaborative, cutting-edge research to identify an action plan to ensure “clean air for all”. The Air Quality Lab (AQL) is housed with advanced pollution monitoring instruments, and is part of GCARE.

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New study puts air-pollution related deaths in India in 2019 at 1.67 million

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Air pollution in India resulted 1.67 million deaths in 2019—the largest pollution-related death toll in any country in the world—and also accounted for $36.8 billion (US) in economic losses, according to a new study led by researchers from the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Public Health Foundation of India. Pollution takes an enormous human toll in India.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program announced that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC); 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each. This technology could reduce electricity/energy bills, pollution from power plants, risks of blackouts, the need for new power plants, and pollution from power plant generation.

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Study estimates ~4M children worldwide develop asthma each year because of NO2 air pollution

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About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) air pollution, according to an open-access study published in The Lancet Planetary Health by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). Our findings suggest that millions of new cases of pediatric asthma could be prevented in cities around the world by reducing air pollution.

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Study finds rapid health benefits following air pollution reduction

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Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and significant impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to new open-access research published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The study by the Environmental Committee of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) reviewed interventions that have reduced air pollution at its source. It’s critical that governments adopt and enforce WHO guidelines for air pollution immediately.

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Study: plant roadside hedges rather than trees to combat near-road pollution

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Urban planners should plant hedges—or a combination of trees with hedges—rather than just relying on roadside trees if they are most effectively to reduce pollution exposure from cars in near-road environments, according to a new study from the University of Surrey. The researchers found that roadsides that only had hedges were the most effective at reducing pollution exposure, cutting black carbon by up to 63 percent.

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BNEF: steel industry set to pivot to hydrogen in green push; additional $278B for clean capacity and retrofits

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Steel is responsible for around 7% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions every year and is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Producing green steel from hydrogen and electric furnaces will require massive amounts of clean energy, and a shift to higher grades of iron ore.

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Power Global, Rap Eco Motors to launch mass electric auto-rickshaw line powered by swappable battery technology

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Power Global and Rap Eco Motors partner to deliver 50,000 made-in-India electric auto-rickshaws built upon the swappable eZee module. metric tons annually and eliminate dangerous NO x and PM tailpipe emissions that contribute to air pollution.

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California ARB developing Clean Miles Standard for ridesharing companies

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With the enactment of SB 1014 ( earlier post )—the Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program—the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is to develop and to implement new requirements for transportation network companies (TNCs)—i.e., On 22 February, CARB is holding a public workshop to disclose its plans for developing the Clean Miles Standard.

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MIT study: half of US deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

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The study focuses on the period between 2005 and 2018 and tracks combustion emissions of various polluting compounds from various sectors, looking at every state in the contiguous United States, from season to season and year to year.

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Study: air pollution causes 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide

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Air pollution could be causing double the number of excess deaths a year in Europe than has been estimated previously, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal. Using a new method of modeling the effects of various sources of outdoor air pollution on death rates, the researchers found that it caused an estimated 790,000 extra deaths in the whole of Europe in 2015 and 659,000 deaths in the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU-28).

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U of Birmingham scientists launch project to tackle global clean cold challenge

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham launched a major research project to investigate how “clean cold” could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ (UN) global Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Global Goals include abolishing poverty and hunger; providing good healthcare and education; raising peoples’ quality of life; and cleaning up the environment, while promoting economic growth.

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Columbia team organizes available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children’s health

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Researchers at Columbia University, with colleagues at Boston University and Abt Associates, have identified concentration-response (C-R) functions for a number of adverse health outcomes in children associated with air pollutants largely from fossil fuel combustion. The study, led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH), organized the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children’s health.

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Study links PM2.5 pollution to increased risk of diabetes; even low levels pose risk

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pollution—even at levels deemed safe—to an increased risk of diabetes globally. The open-access findings, published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health , raise the possibility that reducing particulate pollution may lead to a drop in diabetes cases in heavily polluted countries such as India and less polluted ones such as the United States. Our research shows a significant link between air pollution and diabetes globally.

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New international Climate and Clean Air Coalition to focus on reduction of short-lived climate pollutants

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Global benefits from full implementation of measures for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants in 2030 compared to the reference scenario. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, a new global initiative to seize the opportunity of realizing concrete benefits on climate, health, food and energy resulting from reducing short-lived climate pollutants.

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Study finds US air pollution deaths nearly halved between 1990 and 2010

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A new study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that deaths related to air pollution in the US were nearly halved between 1990 and 2010. The team’s analyses showed that deaths related to air pollution exposure in the US decreased by about 47%, dropping from about 135,000 deaths in 1990 to 71,000 in 2010. We’ve invested a lot of resources as a society to clean up our air.

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Drivers from the world’s poorest cities who keep their windows down are exposed to 80% more air pollution

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Car users from the world’s least affluent cities are exposed to a disproportionate amount of in-car air pollution because they rely heavily on opening their windows for ventilation, according to a new global study led by researchers at the University of Surrey. The study discovered that drivers in some of the world’s poorest cities experienced higher levels of in-car pollution. The study was part of the Clean Air Engineering for Cities (CArE-Cities) project.

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CU Boulder study: routine household activities generate air quality on par with major polluted city

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Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Homes have never been considered an important source of outdoor air pollution and the moment is right to start exploring that.

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Study finds California Advanced Clean Trucks rule will generate $7-12B in overall savings by 2040

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New research from Energy Innovation and the Environmental Defense Fund calculates that California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule proposal—the first of its kind in the US—will generate between $7-$12 billion in overall economic savings by 2040 and would also help create a market for up to 500,000 new electric trucks across the state for EV truck makers such as Tesla and Nikola. Local and global air pollution benefits are almost indistinguishable.

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Study finds that California clean diesel programs have slashed black carbon, a powerful short-term contributor to global warming

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In California, reductions in emissions of black carbon since the late 1980s—mostly from diesel engines as a result of air quality programs—have resulted in a measurable reduction of concentrations of global warming pollutants in the atmosphere, according to a study examining the impact of black carbon on California’s climate. In conducting the study, scientists used computer models and air pollution data collected by aircraft, satellite and ground monitors.

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International study finds air pollution leads to millions of hospital visits for asthma attacks worldwide

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The researchers aimed to estimate the number of asthma emergency room visits and new onset asthma cases globally attributable to PM 2.5 , ozone, and NO 2 concentrations. They used epidemiological health impact functions combined with data describing population, baseline asthma incidence and prevalence, and pollutant concentrations. The research team said that one way to reduce pollutants quickly would be to target emissions from cars, especially in big cities.

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Study finds that babies in strollers can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than their parents

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Babies in strollers can be exposed to up to ~60% higher average concentrations of pollution than their parents, causing potential damage to their frontal lobe and impacting on their cognitive abilities and brain development, according to a study by researchers at the University of Surrey (UK). GCARE researchers also investigated different types of strollers based on their height, width, and whether they seat one child or two to assess if this impacted on pollution exposure levels.

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WHO: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air; 7M deaths per year

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New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal a death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden. If we don’t take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.

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Greyrock, NREL study determines reduction in GHG and criteria pollutant emissions from using synthetic fuels produced from flare gas

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A “well-to-wheel” life cycle assessment (LCA) by a team from synthetic fuels producer Greyrock ( earlier post ), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has determined the potential reduction of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutant emissions from the use of synthetic fuels directly converted from flare gas. This blend was also found to reduce criteria air pollutant emissions by an average of 28%, 18%, 24% and 5.5% There is a global potential to produce up to 71.1

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Study first to quantify amount of US pollution resulting from Chinese manufacturing for exports

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Average annual percentage of black carbon pollution related to Chinese exports. Chinese air pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean is often caused by the manufacturing of goods there for export to the US and Europe, according to findings of a new study to be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us.

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Electric bus market and trends 

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The global electric bus market number has increased to 544 thousand units in 2028 which exhibits a CAGR of 11.58% during the forecast period. The global electric bus market size is projected to reach 704 thousand units by 2027 from 81 thousand units in 2021, at a CAGR of 43.1%.

Northeast States, DC release proposal for regional plan to cut emissions and invest in clean transportation

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The TCI jurisdictions have conducted economic modeling to evaluate various options for a program that caps and reduces global-warming carbon dioxide emissions from combustion of gasoline and on-road diesel fuel by up to 25% compared to 2022 levels over 10 years.

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California Air Resources Board posts revised draft of strategy to reduce “Super Pollutants”

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a revised draft of California’s proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy. SLCPs are a category of pollutants which remain in the atmosphere for a relatively brief period, but have global warming potentials that are much higher than those of CO 2. SLCPs may account for an estimated 40% of global warming, increasing the impacts of climate change.

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WHO: Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities

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More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits, according to the organization. In the past two years, the database—now covering 3,000 cities in 103 countries—has nearly doubled, with more cities measuring air pollution levels and recognizing the associated health impacts. Global urban air pollution trends.

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Faurecia Emissions Control reorients strategy, becomes Faurecia Clean Mobility

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To align with industry megatrends and boost its long term growth, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies has reoriented its strategy and become Faurecia Clean Mobility. Faurecia Clean Mobility is one of three Faurecia business groups, the other two being Automotive Seating and Interior Systems. This technology captures heat given off by the exhaust to warm the interior more quickly than a conventional set-up, reducing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

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BNEF, Snam, IGU report finds global gas industry set to resume growth post-pandemic; low-carbon technologies for long-term growth

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After growing by more than 2% in 2019, global gas use is set to fall by around 4% in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic reduces energy consumption across the global economies. —Ashish Sethia, global head of commodities at BNEF.

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Study finds pollution strengthens thunderclouds, warming the atmosphere

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Pollution warms the atmosphere through summer thunderstorm clouds, according to a computational study by a team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Maryland published in Geophysical Research Letters. To find out, researchers need to incorporate this new-found warming into global climate models. Previous work showed that when it’s not too windy, pollution leads to bigger clouds.

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TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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These are some of the findings of a new health assessment based on the Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR), an effort by the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project to create the world’s most comprehensive database of surface ozone observations from all available ozone monitoring stations around the globe. In some parts of Asia, Africa and South America, the researchers identified data gaps which prevented them from characterizing ozone pollution exposure patterns.

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IEA: 7% increase in total energy investment could cut premature deaths from air pollution in half by 2040

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A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that energy policy choices backed by a 7% increase in total energy investment through 2040 could cut premature deaths from air pollution roughly in half by 2040. Under such a scenario, premature deaths from outdoor air pollution would decline by 1.7 million in 2040 compared with the report’s main scenario, and those from household pollution would fall by 1.6

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ICCT finds growth in shipping in Arctic could increase pollutant emissions 150-600% by 2025 with current fuels

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At the current allowable levels of sulfur in marine bunker fuels, pollutant emissions (particulates, black carbon, NO x , SO x , and CO 2 ) from projected increased ship traffic transiting the US High Arctic could increase from 150% to 600% (depending upon the pollutant) above 2011 levels by 2025, according to a new working paper just published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

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Study finds anthropogenic PM and dust undercutting global solar energy production

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The data showed a 50% jump in efficiency each time the panels were cleaned after being left alone for several weeks. The researchers also sampled the grime to analyze its composition, revealing that 92% was dust while the remaining fraction was composed of carbon and ion pollutants from human activity. The manmade particles are also small and sticky, making them much more difficult to clean off. If cleanings take place every two months, those numbers jump to 25 or 35%.

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Researchers say policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits; methane and black carbon

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A commitment to reducing global emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon could slow global warming while boosting public health and agricultural yields, aligning the Paris Climate Agreement with global sustainable development goals, according to new analysis by an international research panel published in the journal Science.

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California ARB releases proposed strategy to reduce impact of short-lived climate pollutants

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The California Air Resources Board released a new draft of California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy to significantly reduce the near-term climate impacts of these potent pollutants. SLCPs are chemical agents with an outsized global warming impact up to thousands of times stronger than CO 2 ; these agents include methane, black carbon (soot) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—chemicals most often used as refrigerants, aerosols and in insulation.

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Air Products, ACWA Power and NEOM sign agreement for $5B production facility for production and export of green ammonia to global markets for H2 delivery

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The project, which will be equally owned by the three partners, will be sited in NEOM , a new model for sustainable living located in the north west corner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will produce green ammonia for export to global markets. The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM with leading international and national partners in the renewable energy field and it will be a cornerstone for its strategy to become a major player in the global hydrogen market.

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