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March 14, 2011A bipartisan group of four House members has introduced a bill, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011, to make permanent the U.S. research and development (R&D) tax...
March 14, 2011
Industry aims to preempt a move by the EU to formally adopt a policy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% from 1990 levels by 2020, compared with the current target to reduce GHGs 20% by 2020. The commission concludes that reducing the bloc’s carbon emissions by 25% by 2020 would be more cost effective policy in the long term. Cefic says an increased target would be counterproductive because it creates uncertainties in an already unstable, post-crisis business environment.
March 11, 2011This Week on CW: BP is buying a major Brazilian ethanol and sugar producer in a $680 million deal. ExxonMobil Chemical expects growth to be driven by the availability of unconventional...
March 11, 2011BP has agreed to pay $680 million to acquire 83% of the shares of Companhia Nacional de Açúcar e Álcool (CNAA; Sao Paulo) from Açúcar e...
March 9, 2011The governments of Norway and the U.K. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a three-year R&D collaboration in the fields of industrial biotechnology and...
March 9, 2011The two firms also signed a nonbinding letter of intent that provides Dow with the option of buying 20 million gallons of Solazyme’s oils in 2013 and up to 60 million gallons in 2015....
March 8, 2011Battelle (Columbus, OH), an independent research and development organization, developed the process to combine soybean meal with “off the shelf” plastic resins with funding from the Ohio Soybean Council. The biomaterial is bonded at a molecular level, rather than simply being an organic filler, rendering comparable performance to conventional PE and PP....
March 8, 2011Dow Kokam, a lithium-ion battery joint venture involving Dow Chemical, has signed an agreement to supply batteries for medium-duty hybrid and fully electric trucks. The agreements are...
March 8, 2011Chromatin says the non-exclusive, royalty-bearing license will help it advance the use of sorghum as a “sustainable source of sugar, starch, and lignocellulose.”...
March 7, 2011On a visit with an auto manufacturing customer a few years ago, I asked him what he would like to change about his cars. He said he would love to have components to build cars that are safer for drivers and lighter weight to decrease emissions. Oh, and they should also be less expensive than what we use today. After I got over the initial reaction to such a tall order, I said, “Great idea. We’ll get to work on that.”...
March 7, 2011Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) says it has demonstrated higher yields of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), the building block of its first commercial biobased plastic, in genetically engineered tobacco plants....
March 7, 2011Are you “overwhelmed by the number of eco-labels and certifications in the marketplace?” asks BASF. If you are, then the company’s eco-label directory, introduced in...
March 4, 2011This Week on CW: The U.S. House and Senate have both introduced bills extending the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS. Earnings rose at North American commodity and...
March 3, 2011Synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has signed a contract manufacturing deal for Antibióticos (Madrid) to manufacture farnesene at its León, Spain...
March 1, 2011Genomatica announced today that it has raised $45 million in funding, which the company will use to complete demonstrate-scale production and early commercialization efforts for its first product, biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO). The money will also be used to advance other biobased chemicals in the company’s pipeline....
March 1, 2011U.S. EPA is extending the deadline for industrial and other facilities to report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to late summer, the agency announced today. The previous deadline was...
March 1, 2011Codexis (Redwood City), an enzymes technology firm, yesterday said it is making “significant progress” in its development of a commercial-scale enzyme that can reduce the...
February 28, 2011DuPont stood behind its previously announced outlook for its Applied Bioscience business, saying it still expects biofuels and biomaterials to generate a combined $1 billion in revenues and $250 million in earnings by 2015....
February 28, 2011Dow is allocating $100 million to further internal projects that will increase the energy efficiency of the company's operations and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the company...
February 28, 2011The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC; Brussels) yesterday officially opened the first repository of reference nanomaterials. The center is designed to facilitate...
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