Nippon Steel and other industrial stalwarts of Japan are strengthening efforts to make use of plastic waste instead of shipping it abroad.
In addition to conventional recycling, companies are tapping waste plastic as an energy source and to extract materials that can be used in the manufacturing process. These moves have been prompted by a decline in plastic waste exports resulting from Chinese regulations and the pandemic-induced downturn.
The government’s push to shutter old coal-fired power plants by 2030 to rein in greenhouse gas emissions may force a major revision in business strategy for the power industry by depriving it of cheap coal power to drive profit growth.
Pollen-bearing soap bubbles floating over orchards and farms may sound like fantasy, but such scenes could soon become reality.
The seemingly futuristic method of airborne pollination is the brainchild of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology here.
Trees and plants have already yielded fruit using this method, according to the institute.