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April 27, 2011
The European Commission has adopted a draft decision on how free-of-charge emission allowances should be allocated from 2013 to industrial installations covered by the European Union's...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/EU-Reaches-Decision-on-Allocation-of-Free-Emission-Allowances-from-2013_34409.html
April 25, 2011
Editor's note: Our offices were closed on Friday. Here's a quick, if belated, news and innovation round-up. This Week on CW: Dow Chemical is planning a major ethylene and propylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/News-and-Innovation-Round-Up-April-25-2011_34356.html
April 21, 2011
As the Responsible Care program approaches its 25th anniversary, it needs to update itself to meet new and growing challenges, said speakers and attendees at ACC's Responsible Care...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Responsible-Care-New-Ways-Forward-updated-with-video_34286.html
April 19, 2011
Cobalt and its partner, American Process (Atlanta), will integrate Cobalt’s fermentation and distillation technology into a biorefinery American Process is currently building at Alpena, MI. The plant is slated to begin ethanol production in early 2012, but will switch to butanol production mid-year....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Cobalt-Advances-Biobutanol-Platform_34245.html
April 15, 2011
This Week on CW: RAG Foundation, the owner of Evonik, is planning an IPO of the company within 15 months. A new report says the EU's biofuel policies "encourage unethical...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-April-15_34211.html
April 14, 2011
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM; Decatur, IL) has started production at its bio-based propylene glycol (PG) plant in Decatur, the company announced today. The plant will have a capacity of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/ADM-Starts-Production-at-Bio-Based-PG-Plant_34149.html
April 14, 2011
 A group of government ministers from countries around the world including Germany, Japan, U.K. and the U.S. have agreed to adopt only a limited number of the potential options to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Government-Ministers-Yet-to-Commit-100-percent-to-Carbon-Capture_34083.html
April 14, 2011
Current U.K. and European policies on biofuels “encourage unethical practices,” according to a report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCB; London). The report is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/EU-Biofuel-Policies-"Unethical"_34108.html
April 12, 2011
Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (M&G; Tortona, Italy), the world’s largest producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for packaging applications, says today it is conducting a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Italian-Firm-Starts-Building-Commercial-scale-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Plant-update_34061.html
April 11, 2011
The recent earthquake in Japan, which I experienced first-hand, and the unfortunate events that followed reinforce the importance of safety in all industries, including the chemical sector. We all think our safety designs are good and our safety procedures effective, and then Mother Nature throws out a surprise to test us....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Is-Too-Safe-Even-Possible_34059.html
April 11, 2011
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD; Geneva) has introduced a guide to enhance business understanding of the value of natural resources, including fresh water, food, fiber and natural hazard protection. WBCSD’s guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) will enable firms to explicitly account for the full value of ecosystem impacts and inputs, including the benefits derived from ecosystems as well as the costs associated with their loss, the group says....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Sustainability-Council-Launches-Business-Guide-to-Ecosystem-Valuation_33992.html
April 8, 2011
This Week on CW: Solvay is acquiring Rhodia for $4.8 billion, ending months of speculation over what the Belgian company will do with its pile of cash. At GPCA Plastics Forum in Dubai...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-April-8_34036.html
April 6, 2011
Clean energy technology company LanzaTech (Auckland, New Zealand) says it is partnering with LCY Chemical (Taipei) to produce biobased chemicals. Under the terms of the deal, LCY will...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/LanzaTech-LCY-Partner-to-Produce-Biobased-Chemicals_33984.html
April 5, 2011
Sigma Aldrich’s Aldrich Materials business will cover global research scale distribution and Afga will service larger-scale commercial opportunities....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Sigma-Aldrich-Signs-Conductive-Polymers-Deal-with-Agfa_33977.html
April 5, 2011
Elevance Renewable Sciences (Bolingbrook, IL) says it has signed an memorandum of understanding with International Specialty Products to develop and commercialize renewable waxes and derivatives as biocide carriers for wood plastic composite materials....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Elevance-and-ISP-to-Develop-Renewable-Biocide-Carriers_33969.html
April 5, 2011
Molycorp (Greenwood Village, CO) has purchased a 90% stake in AS Silmet (Tallinn, Estonia), which owns and operates a rare earths production facility at Sillamae, Estonia, for $89...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Molycorp-Buys-European-Rare-Earths-Facility_33942.html
April 1, 2011
Start-ups and corporations developing biomaterials have a distinctly higher chance of success if they use social networking systems to collaborate, according to a report by market...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Social-Networking-Boosts-Success-of-Biomaterial-Firms_33901.html
March 29, 2011
Rhodia says it has introduced a new range of solvents derived from renewable raw materials. The company’s Augeo SL 191 solvent is derived from glycerin. It is has been designed...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Rhodia-Introduces-Greener-Solvent_33798.html
March 25, 2011
Resource scarcity, renewable energy and energy efficiency, water, oceans, agriculture, and materials will be among the most important policy topics to be negotiated at next...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Rio-+20-Comes-into-View-A-Challenge-and-Opportunity-for-Industry_33647.html
March 24, 2011
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU; Cleveland, OH) say they have developed a low cost catalyst made from carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution that equals the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Carbon-Nano-catalyst-Outperforms-Platinum_33675.html
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