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Albemarle to discontinue HBCD flame retardant production
Albemarle is discontinuing production of its hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)-based flame retardants, to focus on supplying registered GreenCrest polymeric fire-safety products and services, as a sustainable alternative to HBCD. Albemarle began supplying commercial quantities of GreenCrest to the market in the...

Valmet and Biochemtex developing technology for lignin-derived biochemicals
Valmet  (Espoo, Finland), a developer and supplier of technologies and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, and Biochemtex (Tortona, Italy), supplier of technologies for the production of second-generation biofuels and biochemicals owned by the Mossi Ghisolfi Group, have announced plans...

AkzoNobel and Cosun partner to develop products based on cellulose side streams
AkzoNobel and agroindustrial cooperative Royal Cosun (Breda, Netherlands) have partnered to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing, AkzoNobel announced on Wednesday. The partnership will combine Royal Cosun's specialist knowledge in separating and purifying...

VinylPlus recycled more than 500,000 m.t. of PVC in 2015
VinylPlus, the European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry sustainability development program, recycled 514,913 m.t. of PVC within its framework last year. Window profiles and related profile products accounted for around 45% of VinylPlus's recycled PVC waste last year. The greatest volume—508,154...

Arkema commits to project to recycle plastics to produce new resins and composites
On 27 April Arkema signed, in the presence of Ségolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy and Industry, and a further four partners, the Reverplast agreement, a project to introduce recycled plastics into the manufacture of new thermoplastic...

K+S holds topping-off ceremony for KCF plant at Germany potash site
K+S (Kassel, Germany) has held a topping-off ceremony for a kainite crystallization followed by flotation (KCF) plant at the company's Hattorf, Germany, potash site, the company announced today. Construction of the KCF plant is on schedule, and the facility is expected to start operating in early 2018. The...

Germany's chemical industry calls for sustainable trade policy
The three umbrella organizations of the German chemical industry have published a position paper “Requirements for a sustainable trade policy of the 21st century“ (Anforderungen an eine nachhaltige Handelspolitik des 21. Jahrhunderts) criticizing the work of the World Trade Organization (WTO...

Sustainable Holdings appoints new director of chemicals and coatings
Sustainable Holdings announced Monday the appointment of Glenn Stoudt to the newly-created position of director of chemicals and coatings, where he will be overseeing the research, development and application of chemicals and coatings that will be utilized across the company’s projects and products...

Europe's renewable energy use grows, GHG emissions decrease
Calculations by the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) show that the share of energy in the European Union that is derived from renewable energy resources (RES) has increased, from 14.3 % in 2012 to 15.0 % in 2013, and is estimated to reach 15.2% in 2014. Recent information from Eurostat, the...

Eastman receives EPA Energy Star award
EPA has awarded Eastman Chemical with a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award— for the third consecutive year. The award honors energy efficiency achievements. Eastman chairman and CEO Mark Costa says his company is committed to maximizing efficiency and reducing its...





 
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