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Researchers develop p-xylene separation technology to reduce carbon emissions and energy use

August 19, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Scientists from ExxonMobil Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) have developed a new technology that could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with manufacturing plastics. Using a molecular-level filter, the...

Impact of mandatory petchem plant shutdowns during China G20 Summit could be overstated, some units may continue running

August 15, 2016 | Sok Peng Chua

Despite government orders for polluting industries to shut down or cut run rates during the G20 Summit, not all plants will comply....

China to boost green development in petrochemical industry

August 15, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

The Chinese government says that, according to a guideline issued by the State Council earlier this month, the country will boost green development in the petrochemical industry. China’s petrochemical industry has been facing problems related to...

Amino acids increase sustainability of aquaculture

August 8, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Kobler: Eliminate use of marine resources in production of fish feed. The volume of fish consumed globally was about 140 million m.t. in 2014, according to estimates from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO). Of this amount...

Formosa Plastics starts paying compensation for toxic waste discharge in Vietnam

August 1, 2016 | Sok Peng Chua

Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) has paid the first half of a $500-million compensation package owed for pollution apparently caused by a steel mill that the group operates in Vietnam, the Taipei Times reported Monday. Vietnam's minister of natural resources and...

Solar Impulse 2 completes round-the-world flight, showcases chemical industry's energy-saving technologies

July 27, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has completed the first round-the-world flight using only solar power, traveling 42,000 kilometers over 16 months. The Si2 project aims to raise the profile of clean technologies that are already available....

European Commission sets out way to decarbonize EU economy

July 20, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission has published a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe, including the transport sector. The proposals set clear and fair guiding principles to EU member states...

Discussions to limit production and use of HFCs under way in Vienna

July 19, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Meetings are underway in Vienna this week to negotiate ways to limit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are powerful greenhouse gases (GHGs), under the Montreal Protocol. Countries will focus on several key central issues, including ambitious schedules for...

Evonik targets life-cycle analysis of 80% of its products

July 15, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Evonik Industries AG says it has conducted life-cycle analyses (LCAs) of about 70% of external sales generated by its three chemical segments as part of its sustainability analysis. LCAs comprise a cradle-to-grave analysis covering the environmental...

ACI urges EPA to exempt use of animal fats in RFS program

July 12, 2016 | Jing Chen

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt or minimize the use of animal fats under its Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) program proposed standards for 2017. ACI says the use of animal fats—a feedstock...

Strict standards and restrictions for fracking in Germany

July 8, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Fracking in Germany will in the future be governed by uniform regulations and wide-reaching restrictions. The parliament’s upper chamber has approved the policy. In some areas and with certain types of rock, fracking will be completely banned. The...

Once-through methanation pilot plant for SNG successfully tested in China

July 7, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Clariant has announced that its methanation pilot plant at Nanjing, China, has been successfully tested, and that the technology is ready for commercial application. The VESTA once-through methanation new technology with wide hydrogen-carbon monoxide...

Chemours shares plunge after DuPont found liable in PFOA lawsuit

July 6, 2016 | Jing Chen

Chemours shares plunged 22% late Wednesday afternoon, to close at $5.93/share, after its former parent DuPont was found liable for damages in a suit that alleged a man’s testicular cancer was caused by exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in...

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