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K 2016: Evonik committed to performance materials business

October 20, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez in Düsseldorf

Evonik says at the K trade fair it does not plan to partner or sell its performance materials business despite announcing a review of the business last year....

K 2016: Milliken focuses on additive that improves recyclability of PP

October 19, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Milliken (Spartanburg, South Carolina) is showcasing some of its additives—with an emphasis on sustainability—during the K 2016 trade fair, taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company’s R&D and innovation spend is similar to...

VCI: Changes to energy regulations partly helpful but create additional burdens

October 19, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The German government has changed both the renewable energy regulation (EEG) and the combined heat and power regulation (KWKG). Chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt, Germany) welcomes the decision to maintain the existing provisions for extant...

Cefic presents results of water efficiency project

October 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Cefic has presented results from a recently completed water sustainability project, Economically and Ecologically Efficient Water Management in the European Chemical Industry (E4Water), sponsored jointly by the European Commission seventh framework program...

IRENA: Increasing level of renewable energy in cities vital to reaching climate goals

October 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Cities have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonize their energy use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA; United Arab Emirates). The report, Renewable Energy in Cities, estimates energy use in...

EFSA: Reports on immune system effects of bisphenol A useful, but limited

October 17, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has reviewed two recent studies on the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the immune system in animals, concluding that the evidence is too limited to draw any conclusions for human health. The...

Almost 200 countries sign global, landmark deal to reduce use of HFCs

October 16, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Representatives of almost 200 countries have agreed on a legally binding, landmark deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons....

Dutch consortium including AkzoNobel, DSM to source energy from wind-farm cooperative

October 14, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

AkzoNobel and DSM, together with Phillips and Google, have established a long-term agreement joinlty to source power from renewable energy projects for part of the companies' operations in the Netherlands. The consortium's first agreement is to buy...

European Parliament committee votes on emissions trading reform

October 13, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Tillmann."Competitiveness needs higher standing in ETS reform" The European Parliament's industry committee has adopted its position on the reform of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for the period after 2020. The reform...

MEPs oppose commission plans to authorize several GMOs

October 8, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have reiterated their call for a reform of the European Union’s authorization procedure for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The MEPs have opposed plans by the Commission to authorize several GMO products...

OxyChem agrees to spend $165 million on Passaic River cleanup, says EPA

October 6, 2016 | Clay Boswell

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says OxyChem has agreed to spend $165 million on engineering and design work for the cleanup of the lower Passaic River near Newark, New Jersey. The agency says it will pursue additional agreements with the over 100 other parties legally responsible for contamination of the river....

Reverdia to partner with Xinhuarun to develop foam shoe soles derived from biosuccinnic acid

October 5, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Reverdia (Geleen, Netherlands) and Dezhou Xinhuarun Technology (Xinhuarun; Dezhou, China) have announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop and promote microcellular polyurethane (PU) foams based on Reverdia’s biobased succinic acid...

PTTGC to list Global Green Chemicals on stock exchange

October 5, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) said today that it intends to list its Global Green Chemicals (GGC) subsidiary on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) via an initial public offering (IPO) of shares. GGC is the green flagship company within the PTTGC...

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