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December 20, 2013
Japan has announced that its previously announced target to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 compared with 1990 levels has become “impossible” and “unrealistic”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Japan-emission-revision_57564.html
December 20, 2013
Yara International says it has acquired water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology (Hennigsdorf, Germany). The deal is expected to close on 1 January 2014. ZIM sells crop water sensor...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-buys-water-firm_57565.html
December 20, 2013
Arkema has started up a 60,000-m.t./year emulsion polymers facility at the company’s Changshu, China, manufacturing complex. The plant produces a full lline of water-based emulsion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-plant-starts-up_57566.html
December 20, 2013
Nova Chemicals is postponing the construction of a second polyethylene (PE) facility based on its Advanced Sclairtech technology (AST), part of the company’s Nova 2020 growth strategy....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Nova-postpones-second-AST-PE-plant-pursues-Ontario-expansions_57568.html
December 20, 2013
Koch Industries’ Invista subsidiary plans to become a significant supplier of nylon-12, building its position on a new monomer technology, the company announced on 18 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Invista-plans-to-produce-nylon-12_57569.html
December 20, 2013
EPA has announced the release of data from innovative screening technologies for 1,800 chemicals that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs through...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EPA-releases-screening-data-on-1800-chemicals_57570.html
December 20, 2013
Sherwin-Williams (SW), NL Industries, and ConAgra foods were found liable to pay $1.1 billion to replace or mitigate lead paint in thousands of homes in California in a court ruling...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sherwin-Williams-NL-face-$1-1-billion-lead-paint-ruling_57571.html
December 20, 2013
Albemarle says it expects fourth-quarter earnings to total $83–88 million, or $1.02–1.07/share. This expectation compares with analysts’ expectation of $1.21/share. The shortfall...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Albemarle-updates-earnings-guidance_57572.html
December 20, 2013
AkzoNobel has announced that it has agreed to transfer pension obligations for current US retirees to MetLife Insurance. The company says the annuity purchase is expected to reduce...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Akzo-transfers-pensions_57573.html
December 20, 2013
ACC says its Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) rose slightly in December, signaling continued, moderate growth that is expected to continue in 2014. The CAB ticked up 0.1%, to 93.9,on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ACC-CAB-ticks-higher_57574.html
December 20, 2013
Syngenta says that it has signed an agreement to sell its Dulcinea Farms (Ladera Ranch, CA) business to Pacific Trellis Fruit (Fresno, CA), an international grower and marketer of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Syngenta-produce-sale_57575.html
December 20, 2013
Air Products says that it has signed a long-term agreement for the production of carbon dioxide (CO2) with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE; Council Bluffs, IA), an ethanol...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Products-CO2-plant_57576.html
December 18, 2013
Cargill has announced that it will invest €60 million ($83 million) in an ethanol plant, to be located at Barby, near Dessau, in eastern Germany. The product will be used for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Cargill-to-invest-$83-million-in-ethanol-plant-eastern-Germany_57474.html
December 18, 2013
European small- and medium-size enterprises (SME) are becoming more resource-efficient and making a substantial contribution to the transition towards a low-carbon economy. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eurobarometer-survey-European-SMEs-becoming-greener_57469.html
December 18, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says that two neonicotinoid insecticides, acetamiprid and imidacloprid, may affect the developing human nervous system. EFSA's...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-to-assess-potential-link-between-neonicotinoids-and-developmental-neurotoxicity_57468.html
December 18, 2013
The European Council, through the permanent representatives committee, has agreed with the European parliament on a draft regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), to apply...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Europe-introduces-regulation-to-restrict-fluorinated-greenhouse-gases_57483.html
December 18, 2013
The European Commission has released a set of measures aimed at addressing air quality in Europe, the culmination of a major review of air policy started in 2011. The package adopted...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Europe-releases-new-clean-air-package_57476.html
December 18, 2013
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Germany's renewable energy law (EEG), chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says. Germany's energy-intensive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-says-financial-relief-for-energy-intensive-industries-is-critical-and-appropriate-update_57419.html
December 16, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that it has added seven new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list for authorization, under the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-adds-seven-SVHCs-to-candidate-list-for-authorization_57423.html
December 13, 2013
The European Union's research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, was launched this week by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation, and science...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Chemical-industry-welcomes-launch-of-EUs-$110-billion-Horizon-2020-research-and-innovation-program_57396.html
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