Former French PM Praises Brazil's Sustainability
MANAUS, Brazil-- Former French Prime Minister, Dominique Villepin, underscored today Brazil's leadership role in issues of the environment and sustainability at the 3rd Global Sustainability Forum in Manaus.
"You are the country of the possible, and Amazonia can become a model of sustainable development to create economic opportunities," he said. Villepin praised initiatives adopted by Brazil, such as Family Welfare Grants (Bolsa Familia), and the creation of national parks, and spoke up for regional partnerships between Brazil and Europe.
The event is sponsored by LIDE – Grupo de Lideres Empresariais (Group of Business Leaders), and produced by XYZ LIVE.
"We must overcome divisions and conflicts, and establish a common plan to protect reserves of water and sources of energy," he said. "We need a strategic partnership between Brazil and the European Union." The former prime minister also emphasized Brazil's role of mediation and leadership in Latin America. "You are the ones who are most interested in the continent, and for that same reason, you have the greatest responsibility: to bring about unity among the countries of the continent." To Villepin, Latin America has never before been so united moving in the same direction.
He pointed out that decisions on sustainable development are to a great extent in the hands of emerging countries, and that they must choose between confrontation and cooperation; between leadership and imitation.
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Next, Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace, gave a talk on "Companies' responsibility for their environmental footprint." He made an appeal to businessmen and Brazilian government officials to act together with environmentalists on solutions that make possible both sustainable development and economic growth that fosters job opportunities for everyone. "We can break down the dichotomies that have divided the world up until today, since climate change has consequences for us all. We must act as a global family, because if we do the wrong thing, all of us will suffer, and the impacts will be devastating."
To conclude the discussions, former Minister of Agriculture Roberto Rodrigues gave a talk on "Prospects for low carbon agriculture in Brazil". He emphasized the initiatives of academe, particularly the Embrapa (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (Brazilian Agricultural Research Institute), to improve the productivity of Brazilian agriculture with good environmental practices.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.