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VCI criticizes environment ministry over climate protection hearing

September 26, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) has criticized the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) for failing to give industry adequate consideration in the BMUB's consultation on the country’s climate protection plan, due to...

Global Bioenergies joins Swedish biobased isooctane consortium

September 26, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Global Bioenergies (Evry, France) has joined forces with three Swedish companies to develop isooctane based entirely on forest resources. The partnership, carried out with support from the Swedish Energy Agency, also includes Preem (Stockholm), Sweden's...

VCI: Germany moving in right direction with infrastructure plan 2030

September 22, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Germany’s chemical industry association VCI says that the federal government is moving in the right direction with its Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 (Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030, BVWP). The plan aims to tackle the modernization of the...

Dow donates $2.8 million toward marine health efforts

September 16, 2016 | Jing Chen

Dow Chemical has committed to spend $2.8 million over the next two years toward efforts to reduce marine debris, the company announced at the inaugural “Our Ocean Conference” in Washington D.C. on Friday. Approximately half of the donation will go...

Report: Circular economy could add $11.9 billion to UK economy

September 16, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Effective integration of circular economy principles into the United Kingdom could add more than £9 billion ($11.7 billion) to the UK economy, according to a report by Suez Recycling and Recovery (Maidenhead, United Kingdom), a waste management firm...

Cooper Tire advances guayule-based tire

September 15, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Cooper Tire & Rubber says it has reached a “key milestone” in its efforts toward producing a guayule-based concept tire by mid-2017. Guayule is a rubber-containing shrub grown primarily in the southwestern United States. “We have proven...

VCI supports German program for nanotechnology

September 15, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Nanotechnology research at BASF. Photo: BASF. Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says that the federal government has provided an important impulse for the country to maintain its leading position in nanotechnology with its...

CM&E: Sabic discusses sustainability plans

September 13, 2016 | Jing Chen

Sustainability is an important part of Sabic’s business strategy, company executives Emile Homsi and Matt Morrison emphasized at The Chemical Marketing & Economics Group’s (CM&E) “Sustainable Packaging: What is Next” discussion...

Evonik inaugurates methionine dimer plant at Antwerp

September 13, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Evonik Industries has inaugurated its plant at Antwerp, Belgium, for the production of the dipeptide of methionine. The dipeptide, designated Aquavi Met-Met by Evonik, is a new source of the amino acid specifically designed for feeding shrimp and other...

BP launches low-carbon and carbon-neutral PTA in European market

September 13, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

BP has launched PTAir, a trademarked low-carbon and carbon-neutral purified terephthalic acid (PTA) brand with three products that BP says offer a more sustainable polyester value chain. Products included in the brand are manufactured using proprietary...

VCI joins initiative to reduce laughing gas emissions

September 9, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Germany’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says it has joined the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group, which was founded by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) at the Paris, France, climate change conference in December 2014. One of...

Report: REACH is dominant driver for substitution of hazardous chemicals

September 9, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Regulations are a critical driver for industry to substitute hazardous chemicals in Europe, according to a study conducted by Joel Tickner and Molly Jacobs, researchers at the Lowell Centre for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell...

Germany: Biomonitoring project shows progress

September 1, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Germany’s chemical industry association Verband der chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI; Frankfurth) and the environment ministry BMUB have been collaborating since 2010 on the development of methods for measuring levels of chemicals in the human body. The...

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