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Symrise opens R&D facility in Brazil's Amazon region
In the fourth quarter, Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) will open a site for R&D and the manufacturing of sustainable ingredients from the Amazon region, the company announced today. Symrise plans to explore, develop, and manufacture high-quality products from indigenous resources within the Ecoparque at...

European Commission presents new guidelines on state aid for energy
The European Commission has adopted new rules on public support for energy and environmental protection projects. The Environment and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG) will support European member states in reaching their 2020 climate targets, at the same time addressing distortions in the market that may...

Industry execs meet leaders of Chinese chemical companies to discuss sustainable development
Senior executives in the global chemical industry have met their counterparts from seven state-owned companies in China for the first time in a forum addressing climate change and the sound management of chemicals. The objective of the forum, jointly sponsored by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry...

Energy policy decisive for the future of the German chemical industry
In the next few weeks, the direction will be set at Brussels and Berlin for the future of the German chemical industry, chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says. The international competitiveness of a large part of the chemical industry depends on the continuation of the reduction granted to...

Agbiotech firm BioConsortia names former AgraQuest chief as CEO
BioConsortia (Davis, CA) has named former AgraQuest CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith as its CEO....

Renewable energy reaches 14.1% of total EU energy consumption
The share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption of the 28 states in the European Union (EU 28) reached 14.1% in 2012, Eurostat, the European statistics office, says. In comparison, the level was 8.3% in 2004, the first year for which data are available. The share of renewables in the...

US start-up develops cost-advantaged process to make high-volume chemicals from CO2
Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, NJ) has unveiled a process for the production of high-volume chemicals from carbon dioxide (CO2), showcasing its demonstration-scale "reaction cell" and confirming the potential for cost-advantaged process economics, the company announced today. Because CO2 is...

DSM signs collaboration with US biobased surfactants developer
DSM has entered into a collaboration with SyntheZyme (New York) to develop products based on the latter's biobased surfactant platform. As part of the collaboration, DSM will provide R&D funding to support SyntheZyme's development of efficient routes to modified biobased surfactants. SyntheZyme will...

Aemetis commissions Indian biodiesel plant
Aemetis (Cupertino, CA), a maker of advanced fuels and renewable chemicals, announced that its 50-million gal/year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility at Kakinada, India, has been upgraded to produce high-quality biodiesel. The plant was built in 2008 to produce biodiesel and refined...

American Cleaning Institute launches sustainability charter
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) announced today that it has launched a voluntary initiative to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the cleaning products industry’s sustainability profile. The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning—unveiled during the ACI’s 2014 Annual Meeting...











 
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