Methanization: the government announces measures to develop the sector

The Ministry of Ecological Transition announced Monday a series of measures to accelerate the development of the methanization industry.

These 17 proposals are from a working group created in February and led by the secretary Sebastien Lecornu.

Methanization allows the production of gas – from the fermentation of agricultural residues or household waste in particular – which can then be injected into the gas network or burned to produce water.

"Anaerobic digestion is one of the tools that can green the gas," Lecornu said at a press conference, while the energy transition law sets the target that 10% of gas either of renewable origin in 2030.

"It is an objective which seems to us reachable, it can even be exceeded, on the sole condition that we take the problem by the good end", he affirmed

The me Proposed measures should, among other things, simplify administrative procedures in order to speed up the implementation of anaerobic digestion projects.

The government wishes to reduce the time required to complete projects from one year to six months and raise the threshold applicable to the declaration of classified installations for the protection of the environment (ICPE) at 100 tons per day, instead of 60.

These installations classified, because of the nuisances or the risks that they present, are subjected to numerous regulations and authorizations

The government also plans to create a "one-stop-shop" for the processing of regulatory files.

Measures are more specifically aimed at farmers, for whom anaerobic digestion may represent "additional income", Mr. Lecornu

The government wishes to facilitate access to credit for agricultural biogas and this a supplement of remuneration for the small installations.

Training must also be put in place, in particular intended for the agricultural world, underlines a statement.

The measures must make it possible to structure and to professionalize the sector, whereas There are about 400 methanisation plants in France, half of them on farms, compared with 10.000 in Germany.

The proposals must also feed into the work of the multiannual energy program (EPP), which will draw energy transition roadmap for the period 2019-2023

The government has recently increased the number of working groups on renewable energies.

Wind at sea: industrialists deplore the uncertainties weighing on the sector

Industrialists have lamented the uncertainties that hinder the development of the French offshore wind power sector, in a forum published Thursday by Le Monde

"The uncertainty weighing on permits for future wind farms French, yet awarded in 2012, paralyzes today the entire industry, "said representatives of GE Renewable Energy, Eiffage, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, STX France and Bouygues Travaux Publics, signatories of the text.

The Senate rejected Wednesday evening a controversial government amendment that would have renegotiated the electricity rates that will be produced by six wind farms in the Channel and the Atlantic.

"We need stability and regulation, we can not afford jolts when we move from one government to another," said AFP Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy , which works on three projects awarded to EDF

"We are now waiting for the start of a first project to ensure the sustainability of the industrial load in our factories, our subcontractors and the maintenance of skills," added Mr Pécresse

The start of these projects, some of which have been contested in court, remains subject to regulatory authorizations.

While "five to seven years" are enough for wind farm projects to materialize in other European countries like Germany and Denmark, it takes "ten years" in France, say the signatories of the tribune.

"This real obstacle course, marked by administrative remedies and various postponements, proves dangerous in the very short term, for our entire industrial ecosystem," they write.

A first call for In 2012, EDF was awarded three wind farms at Courseulles-sur-mer (Calvados), Fécamp (Saine-Maritime) and Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), and a fourth park at the Spanish Iberdrola in Saint-Brieuc ( Côtes-d'Armor).

A second call for tenders was won in May 2014 by a consortium led by Engie (formerly GDF Suez) for the construction of two wind farms, one off the Tréport ( Seine-Maritime), the other near the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier (Vendée).

These various parks should enter into service at best in 2021 or 2022. France is lagging behind in marine energies renewable compared to northern Europe

Amazon will expand into the Healthcare Sector

Amazon enters the healthcare sector in partnership with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathway and JPMorgan Chase bank, to form a company that helps American workers obtain quality healthcare at sensible prices.

The third company leader, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Jamie Dimon, on Tuesday (30/1) gave little details and said the plan is still in its infancy.

"The ever-rising cost of health services is like a tapeworm that sucks the American economy," Buffett said in a written statement. "

" Our group does not enter this sector by bringing the answer to the problems that exist. But we do not see the problem as unavoidable, "Buffett added.

The company will be independent and" free from incentives and restraints make profits. "Added, the company's first focus is technology that provides simplified, quality service high and transparent.

It is unclear whether the ultimate goal includes the expansion of the ambitious project from only three companies, but Jamie Dimon says, "Our goal is to create solutions that benefit our employees, their families, and perhaps, all Americans .

Shares of healthcare companies fell sharply in early Tuesday trade, with the emergence of new entity threats to the way healthcare is being paid and fulfilled in America.

The need for solutions to the healthcare crisis in America is intense. 151 million non-seniors, health insurance sponsored by the company will be the largest share in the health insurance market in the United States.

The healthcare costs that companies borne typically rise faster than inflation and ingest a larger portion of the company's budget. Therefore, companies raise the costs that employees and their families have to pay for health care, which is greatly felt by Americans.

According to the Kaiser Family nonprofit foundation, last year only 50 percent of companies with three to 49 employees offered health insurance, down from 66 percent a decade ago. Healthcare laws require all companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance to employees. [ds/ka]

China's Service Sector, Especially Internet-Based Business, Will Continue Excellently

The service sector in China, especially internet-based businesses, will continue to outperform other sectors by 2018 to support China's economic growth, analysts say.

Tang Jianwei, an analyst at Bank of Communications, estimates sector growth rates services will exceed the industrial sector, along with the development of the digital economy.

"Structural reforms in China's supply sector will lead to industrial upgrading, improving the efficiency and quality of the company, Tang said.

The latest data in the National Bureau of Statistics shows China's services sector increased by 8% by 2017, outperforming the economy as a whole which grew in the range of 6.9%.

According to Nomura, a Japanese securities company, the study on the data shows the contribution of traditional service sectors, such as real estate, retail and wholesale, finance and catering, last year all decreased or fixed

The main advantage is mainly driven by information technology and transport services, which is a sign of strong performance in the new Internet-based economy, he added.

"We believe that Internet business is likely to continue to excel when China adjusts its economy to what it calls as a new economy, "said Nomura.

After the release of better GDP data from perkiraa n on Thursday (18/1), Nomura raise China's GDP growth forecast to 0.1 percentage points, to 6.5%. [em]

Growth in Manufacturing Sector, US Executive Services Continues

US manufacturing and service firms are expected to see progress and revenues increase into 2018, according to a survey released Monday.

The companies showed no decline after experiencing growth over several months respectively, with an optimistic outlook in almost all industries, according to the Institute of Supply Management's recent economic forecast.

However, the lack of manpower and facilities capable of operating at high capacity means more investment is required to continue the growth.

Manufacturing revenue is expected to rise 7.8 percent next year, with 70 percent of companies projecting revenue increases, according to the survey. Only four percent of companies expect business to deteriorate, while 25 percent see no change. [as]