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Energy considerations in sustainability.
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Any (re-)processing of materials will require energy. That raises issues of collection and transport, fuel efficiency and the ethics of global sourcing.  Unnecessary use of energy costs money and potentially contributes to climate change.  A European project, RECIPE: Reduced Energy Consumption In Plastics Engineering, aims to help the plastics processing industry to reduce their energy consumption.  The RECIPE best practice guide [i] provides a structured and practical approach to improving energy efficiency in the processing of plastics.

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  1. Best Practice Guide for Low Energy Plastics Processing from the European Community funded RECIPE project
     (supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme) contract no. EIE/04/153/S07.38646.
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The generation of energy may contribute to degradation of the planets ecosystems.  The energy may come from a variety of sources, for example: