Tag Archives | climate change

Chemicals Companies Must Be The Solution And Not The Problem

By John Richardson

MORE than 40 years after the launch of the first universal recycling symbol, only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling. When additional value losses in sorting and reprocessing are factored in, only 5% of material …

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Tomorrow’s Economic Supercycle: Only If We Build A lot More Toilets

By John Richardson

AFTER my presentation yesterday during the 4th ICIS Asian Polyolefins Conference in Bangkok, someone asked me a very good question: “Where is the next Economic Supercycle going to come from?”

My answer was as follows:…

Quite possibly

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Tackling Gender Inequality, Climate Change Etc Key To Future Chemicals Growth

By John Richardson

IF you think that progress towards tackling issues such as gender inequality in sub-Saharan Africa has nothing to do with forecasting chemicals and polymers demand growth, then you are going to face some severe difficulties over the …

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Climate Change: Taking Out An Insurance Policy

By John Richardson

WOULD you get on board a plane without taking out travel insurance to protect your family? Of course not, even though the chances of you being involved in a plane crash are one in 9 million.

And …

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Serving The Needs Of The Vulnerable Poor Majority

By John Richardson

HERE is another way of looking at the important new Pew Research study, which I first wrote about last Friday:…

Just 16% of the world’s population live on incomes that would take them safely above the poverty

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Oil, Gas,Chemicals: A Trove Of Financially Toxic Assets

By John Richardson

OIL and gas companies might very well find themselves holding on to what Izabella Kaminska of the FT has aptly called “a trove of financially toxic assets” as a result of the growing, and irreversible, consensus that …

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Burying Your Head In The Sand Is Not The Answer

By John Richardson

YOU are a US polyethylene (PE) producer or any other chemicals producer in a country that remains on the wrong side of the new consensus about climate change. Sure, you can choose to bury your head in …

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Pricing Climate Change Into Import Tariffs

By John Richardson

SO, following on from my blog post yesterday, how might developing countries calculate import tariffs on petrochemicals in response to the rising social, political and economic costs of climate change?

One good starting point in just a …

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Trade Flows In A Low Carbon World

By John Richardson

YOU will have no doubt seen many charts similar to the one above, which shows lots of arrows indicating the direction of global petrochemicals trade flows – in this example, polyethylene (PE). The actual numbers, are, of …

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The world is round after all

Back in the heady days of 2006, I asked a group of five like-minded nerds what their favourite business book was.

They unanimously voted for The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman.

I …

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