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August 28, 2013
The chemical industry foundation (FCI; Frankfurt) has approved an additional grant of €1.1 million ($1.5 million), the chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Germanys-FCI-provides-additional-$1-5-million-for-chemical-education_54790.html
August 27, 2013
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), indicating a 0.1% increase over July on a three-month moving average basis, marking the fourth consecutive monthly...
http://www.chemweek.com/sustainability/ACCs-CAB-indicates-strengthening-US-economy_54767.html
August 27, 2013
Increasing environmental and regulatory pressures and concerns over toxicity to humans continue to drive growing demand for greener solvents in developed countries, while demand for...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/IHS-Mounting-environmental-regulatory-pressures-driving-global-solvents-industry-to-greener-alternatives_54736.html
August 27, 2013
Cool Planet (Denver) will locate its first renewable gasoline refinery, with a capacity of 10 million gal/year, at Alexandria, LA, the company has announced. The biorefinery will serve...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Cool-Planet-to-build-its-first-gasoline-biorefinery-in-Louisiana_54759.html
August 22, 2013
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking feedback from public- and private-sector stakeholders on the need for federal financial assistance for the research, development...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-DOE-seeks-information-on-renewable-carbon-fiber-technologies-including-biobased-acrylonitrile_54637.html
August 21, 2013
Chevron was selected as the “Best of the Best” among this year’s IHS Spectrum Excellence Award winners based on its innovative use of information systems and best practices to achieve environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) business goals. Several chemical makers also won Spectrum Excellence awards for sustainability and innovation, including Drom Fragrances, RPM's Rust-Oleum Europe subsidiary, and Total Petrochemicals and Refining....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Chevron-wins-IHS-Spectrum-Excellence-Award_54440.html
August 21, 2013
Jubail United Petrochemical Company (Al Jubail), a Sabic manufacturing subsidiary, has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to Linde for what will be the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Sabic-builds-worlds-largest-CO2-recovery-plant-to-supply-urea-and-methanol-facilities_54597.html
August 19, 2013
An international collaboration of plant scientists from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB; Ghent, Belgium), Ghent University, the University of Dundee (Dundee, UK), the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Researchers-discover-enzyme-potentially-able-to-yield-better-plants-for-biofuel-production_54552.html
August 19, 2013
Atlas Copco (Stockholm) has been awarded a contract to deliver compressors to fertilizer producer Acron (Velikiy Novgorod, Russia), Atlas Copco has announced. Acron chose Atlas...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Acron-selects-Atlas-Copco-compressors-for-plant-in-Russia_54556.html
August 16, 2013
EPA has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit the use of certain neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present, the agency has announced. The new labels will have...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/EPA-develops-labels-banning-use-of-certain-neonicotinoid-products-where-bees-are-present_54523.html
August 14, 2013
LanzaTech (Chicago), a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, announced today that it has partnered with the Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy, a joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/LanzaTech-partners-with-Indian-Oil-for-acetate-to-lipids-pathway_54482.html
August 14, 2013
GlyEco (Phoenix, AZ) has completed initial technology upgrades and begun producing Type 1 compliant recycled ethylene glycol (EG) for commercial use, GlyEco announced. The company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/GlyEco-starts-recycled-EG-production-for-commercial-use_54475.html
August 8, 2013
Praj Industries (Pune, India) and partner Viraj Alcohols & Allied Industries (VAAIL; Shirala, India) held a groundbreaking ceremony today on a second-generation cellulosic ethanol...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Praj-opens-second-generation-cellulosic-ethanol-demo-plant-in-India-aims-to-develop-biochemical-products_54324.html
August 7, 2013
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington) finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that form part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-EPA-finalizes-2013-renewable-fuel-standard-decision-welcomed-by-industry-bodies_54285.html
August 2, 2013
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $22 million in new investments to help develop cost-competitive algae-fuels and streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-DOE-to-invest-$22-million-in-algal-and-biomass-biofuel-development-projects_54193.html
August 1, 2013
BASF says it is exiting the manufacture of membrane electrode assemblies for fuel cells and closing its Somerset, NJ facility that focused on making those products. The closure will...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/BASF-exiting-membrane-electrode-assemblies_54174.html
July 31, 2013

Ineos says its has started commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol at its Indian River BioEnergy center joint venture at Vero Beach, FL. The first ethanol shipments from the plant, the first US facility to produce cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale, will be made in August.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sustainability/Ineos-begins-waste-to-ethanol-production-at-Florida-plant_54103.html
July 30, 2013
Evonik Industries has begun operating a pilot plant for ω-amino lauric acid (ALS) at Slovenska Lupca, Slovakia, the company announced today. The biobased ALS is an...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Evonik-launches-pilot-production-of-biobased-lauric-acid-in-Slovakia_54064.html
July 29, 2013
Solegear Bioplastics (Vancouver, BC), a developer of bioplastic technologies, has entered into a significant contribution agreement with the Industrial Research Assistance Program of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Canadas-Solegear-enters-into-agreement-with-government-to-develop-bioplastic-technologies-using-industrial-waste_54011.html
July 26, 2013
Researchers from the US Department of Energy (DoE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; Berkeley, CA) have engineered the Ralstonia eutropha bacterium to produce fatty acid-derived, diesel-range methyl ketones, JBEI announced. Methyl ketones are naturally occurring aliphatic compounds used in fragrances and flavorings. The researchers at JBEI have shown that  methyl ketones also have high diesel fuel ratings, making them strong candidates as advanced biofuels....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-researchers-engineer-bacterium-to-produce-biodiesel_53932.html
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