25 September 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, the 5th International Conference on Chemical Management is taking place, an increase in reported cases of cholera, and more.

Innovation

The European Patent Office met with the European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines to discuss aspects of the patent system in the pharmaceutical sector. Discussions highlighted the importance of transparency and dialogue with civil society, especially when it comes to innovation with the potential to save lives and improve the wellbeing of millions of people.


Environment

Leaders at the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Meetings 2023, have called for strong pragmatic and innovative partnerships among governments, business and civil society to address the world’s challenges and lay the foundations for future sustainable growth. The call comes as economic and geopolitical instability, and climate change stall progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 5th International Conference on Chemical Management is taking place in Bonn, Germany. The meeting will look to develop a successor to SAICM, the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management. The meeting will also look to address the environmental and human health risks linked to the production and management of chemicals.


Health

The WHO has said that new analysis indicates that reported cases of cholera have in 2022 more than doubled those in 2021. Forty-four countries reported cases in 2022, up from the 35 countries in the previous year.


Energy

The European Commission has recognised the low emissions credentials of canola grown in Australia. This gives Australia’s growers continued access to the EU’s biodiesel market, with more than 1.8 million tonnes exported annually to European countries. A report from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO looks at the footprint of canola at every stage.


Other News

BASF has said that it has gained long-term access to bio-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO) made from renewable feedstock. The material will be supplied by Qore, a joint venture between Cargill and HELM AG. The material will be produced at Cargill’s biotechnology campus and corn refining operation in Eddyville, Iowa, US.

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