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Sustainability: Focus Shifts from Cost Reduction to Profit Optimization

8:27 AM MDT | November 4, 2011 | —alex scott

Thomas: Plastics from CO2. Lohec: Pragmatic approach. Van Beurden: Big in biofuel. Hawkins: Collaboration is key. Leading chemical makers continue to save costs through resource-efficiency programs, but they are also focusing increasingly on the development of sustainability-advantaged products. A new trend is also emerging, in which companies and their industry customers are not just targeting lower emissions but zero emissions. Companies such as Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and Braskem are developing products that could contribute to what is being dubbed...

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