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Revised Green Building Standards Delayed as Stakeholders Push for Revisions
Concern over changes to the a green building rating system has caused the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC; Washington) to delay the fourth version of the standards until June 2013, and on October 2 it will reopen the revisions for an unprecedented fifth round of public comment. Leadership in Energy and...

SusChem to Align with EU's $108 Billion Innovation Program
The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem), a joint program between Cefic, and several other European chemistry organizations, is reviewing its structure and strategy with the aim of aligning itself more closely toward the EU’s long term innovation and R&D goals. In...

BASF Targets 35% Hike in Energy Efficiency by 2020
BASF has set a series of new environmental, health and safety goals for the group. One of its new goals is to increase energy efficiency - defined as the amount of products sold in relation to the primary energy demand - worldwide by 35% by 2020. This compares with a previous goal of 25%. BASF also plans to...

Sustainability: Focus Shifts from Cost Reduction to Profit Optimization
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...

European Commission-Chemical Industry Relations Strengthen; Sustainability Is Common Goal (update with video)
European Commission vice president Antonio Tajani and Cefic president Georgio Squinzi, gave a joint press conference today to mark the opening of a four-day exhibition within the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels to celebrate the role of chemistry in society. Tajani and Squinzi told CW...

Eastman Chemical Broadens Definition of Sustainability
Eastman Chemical, like many companies in the chemical industry, considers the development of sustainably advantaged products a major growth opportunity, and improvement of environmental impact a source of cost control. What sets Eastman apart is that it considers sustainable operations its responsibility to...

Amyris Partners with Kuraray to Replace Petroleum Feedstocks
Biotech firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) has signed a collaboration agreement with Kuraray to develop a renewable hydrocarbon technology. Under the agreement, Kuraray will use Biofene to replace petroleum-derived feedstocks such as butadiene and isoprene to manufacture specific classes of high-performance...

U.S. Chemists Develop Novel Catalyst Family
Chemists at the University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA) have developed a new family of catalysts that could be applied to a broad range of applications including the production of pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and other materials. In a research paper reported in the July 29 edition of the...

Australia's Chemical Industry to be Hurt by Carbon Tax (update)
(update with comment from Moody's)   Julia Gillard, Australia’s prime minister, disclosed plans over the weekend to tax the country’s 500 largest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2), including chemical and plastics producers, to the tune of A$23 ($25)/m.t. of CO2. The proposed system would...

Can China's Chemicals-from-Coal Sector Become Environmentally Sustainable?
As reported by CW this week from Süd-Chemie’s ‘Defining the Future’ technology symposium in Beijing, Chinese chemical companies are developing a huge pipeline of projects for generating chemicals and fuels from the country’s most abundant feedstock; coal. Whether they can do this...












 
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