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April 30, 2013
University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, WI) chemists have identified an approach to using oxygen gas to convert lignin, a by-product of biofuel production, into a form...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/U-of-Wisconsin-Madison-researchers-identify-way-to-transform-biomass-waste-into-biobased-chemical-feedstock_51589.html
April 29, 2013
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says they have agreed to a multi-year collaboration to jointly develop and commercialize a set of biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/IFF-Amyris-sign-biobased-fragrance-ingredients-pact_51582.html
April 29, 2013
The European Commission, following a vote by EU member states today, will proceed with a plan to restrict the use of three neonicotinoids used as insecticides on a variety of crops...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/European-Commission-proceeds-with-plan-to-restrict-the-use-of-neonicotinoids_51559.html
April 25, 2013
The first flight in China powered by a newly developed biofuel was conducted successfully, says Sinopec. The biofuel, made from palm oil and recycled cooking oil, was used by an Airbus...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Successful-test-flight-powered-by-Sinopec-biofuel_51447.html
April 25, 2013
Researchers from the University of Exeter,UK, have developed a method to produce biodiesel from E. coli bacteria, the university announced. The technology, which is still being...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/UK-researchers-develop-technology-to-produce-biodiesel-using-bacteria_51438.html
April 24, 2013
Toray says it has successfully made molded components from the partially biobased PBT. Toray Industries announced today that it has successfully produced partially biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Toray-produces-biobased-PBT-plans-commercial-scale-production-unit_51428.html
April 23, 2013
ACC has released its chemical activity barometer (CAB) for March, showing that the US economy continues to grow slowly. On a 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis, the CAB increased 0.2%...
http://www.chemweek.com/sustainability/statistics/ACCs-chemical-barometer-grows-in-April_51370.html
April 22, 2013
Mounting consumer pressure and legislation such as plastic bag bans and global warming initiatives will increase demand for biodegradable plastics in North America, Europe, and Asia...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Demand-for-biodegradable-plastics-expected-to-grow-15-percentyear-through-2017-according-to-IHS-Chemical-report_51336.html
April 22, 2013
Cefic today released an energy road map, entitled European chemistry for growth: Unlocking a competitive, low-carbon and energy-efficient future. The European Union needs secure...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Cefic-urges-EU-policy-shift-to-reducing-energy-costs-and-ensuring-chemical-industry-competitiveness_51330.html
April 22, 2013
SynPol1, a consortium of 8 academic and 6 industrial institutions, has secured almost €7.5 million ($9.8 million) in funding under the EU Seventh Framework Programme to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Consortium-secures-&euro7-5-million-for-waste-to-biobased-plastics-R-and-D_51327.html
April 19, 2013
TMO Renewables (Guildford, UK) and sugar producer Usina Santa Maria (Medeiros Neto, Brazil) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/UK-Brazil-JV-to-produce-bioethanol-from-bagasse_51305.html
April 19, 2013
Air Liquide has signed an agreement with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA; Paris), to develop a second-generation biofuel production unit in France...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Air-Liquide-signs-contract-to-develop-second-generation-biofuel-plant-in-France_51304.html
April 16, 2013
Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, CA), a developer of biobased chemicals, says it has completed production of over 100,000 liters of n-butanol at fermentation scale. This surpasses...
http://www.chemweek.com/sustainability/biofuels/Cobalt-completes-successful-butanol-production-run_51208.html
April 15, 2013
Renewable fuel and chemical firm Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, CA) says it has partnered with two prominent, but unnamed, Asian companies for the development of biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Cobalt-signs-biobased-butadiene-development-deal_51178.html
April 10, 2013
Biobased plastics production requires only 0.006% of the 5-billion hectare global agricultural area, according to data recently published by industry body European Bioplastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Industry-association-Biobased-plastics-land-use-does-not-pose-threat-to-food-crops_51042.html
April 5, 2013
The European Commission has published a Green Paper entitled On a European Strategy on Plastic Waste in the Environment, to gather facts and views that will enable it to assess the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/European-Commission-launches-consultation-to-assess-impact-of-plastic-waste-publishes-Green-Paper_50969.html
April 5, 2013
Ensus (Yarm, UK) has temporarily closed its Wilton, UK, bioethanol production facility, the company has announced. The closure of the site, which has production capacity for 400...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Ensus-idles-UK-bioethanol-plant-until-market-conditions-improve_50965.html
April 4, 2013
Valent BioSciences (Libertyville, IL), a wholly owned biorationals subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical, says it is on track to bring a 15-million gal/year manufacturing facility online by...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Valent-advances-$150-million-biorationals-project-at-Osage-IA_50950.html
April 3, 2013
American Vanguard Corp. (Amvac) says it has acquired a 29.46% stake in biopesticide firm TyraTech (Morrisville, NC), for $3.7 million. Amvac says the investment expands its...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Amvac-invests-in-biopesticide-firm-TyraTech_50924.html
April 2, 2013
DuPont and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced a new federal-private collaboration to safeguard natural resources on private lands used to grow corn stover for...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/DuPont-USDA-to-promote-sustainable-energy-crop-harvesting-practices_50891.html
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