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Air Products builds hydrogen fueling station in Australia
Air Products announced that it has sold a hydrogen fueling station to Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA). The station will be used to fuel a Hyundai ix35 hydrogen-powered zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicle, the first hydrogen-powered car to be imported into Australia, Air Products says. The...

EPA proposes stricter ozone standards
The EPA said today that it was proposing stricter ozone standards within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb. Industry groups say they cuts would be too costly and threaten...

Calcium looping carbon capture technology developed by Taiwan researchers
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI; Hsinchu, Taiwan) in Taiwan has introduced a carbon capture technology that reduces carbon emissions from fossil power plants. High efficiency calcium lopping technology (HECLOT) is a solution designed to achieve carbon dioxide (CO2) capture at a rate of...

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...












 
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