Archive | January, 2008

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Bush push alternative energy R&D

US president George Bush on his last State of the Union address is calling more research and development for alternative clean energy sources such as carbon-emission free coal power and nuclear power plants; and advanced battery technology and renewable fuel for automotives; Below is an excerpt of his speech: To build a future of energy […]

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Green and bubbly

I’m off next week to the annual Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, where the global cleaning industry will talk about sustainability, regulation, trends, and maybe a little bit about politics. For now I’ll leave you with these two interesting articles from ICIS Chemical Business about the trend towards a more […]

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Abu Dhabi seeks greener pasture

The oil-rich emirate Abu Dhabi is ready to spend more than $15bn in green energy, according to Reuters. Some of the projects involve renewable energy infrastructure facilities that include solar, wind and hydrogen; carbon reduction, storage and management; research institutes and other investments towards developing renewable alternative energy. The $15bn investments is also expected to […]

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Norway bans flame retardant Deca-BDE

Europe’s flame retardant group is fired up over the recent move by the Norwegian government to ban brominated flame retardant (BFR) Deca-BDE in all applications effective April 1. Cefic’s European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel said Deca-BDE has been found safe for continued use by an EU risk assessment. BFRs have been in the cross-hair […]

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No more freezer burns for bioplastics

Bioplastic producer Cereplast says it has developed biodegradable, compostable plastics that can withstand freezing temperatures as low as -35 degree Celsius. Standard polylactic acid (PLA)-based bioplastics can only withstand up to about 20 degree Celsius, says the company. The plastic can be ideal for frozen food applications such as ice cream containers. With these fast […]

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Will emissions-reducing technology be on time?

The emissions noose is already tightening around many manufacturers’ necks around the world especially in the European Union. My colleague Philippa Jones of ICIS news reported about the recent changes in the EU emissions bill, which will weigh heavily on the pockets of energy-intensive industries in Europe such as power producers, the chemicals sector, aluminum, […]

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Get your eco-patents for free!

The green trend is proving to be a red-hot breeding ground for innovation, and several multinational companies are willing to open their patent vault to encourage more development of renewably-sourced, environment-friendly, emission and waste-reducing, more energy-efficient, solution-providing…[ok, I'll stop now] products and processing. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in partnership with Nokia, […]

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Spinning a green yarn we’re not – says AF&Y

American Fibers & Yarns (AF&Y) says it can prove the greenness of its polypropylene yarns with its cradle to cradle product certification awarded by consulting firm MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry). The MBDC evaluation includes analysis of resin, pigment and additive concentrate formulations, as well as all finish ingredients. Photo by United Colors of Benetton […]

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Brewing bio-chemicals

Chemicals made from fermenting agriculture-based products are reaching their critical point. A few days after agribusiness company Cargill and enzymes producer Novozymes announced their plans to develop bio-chemicals such as acrylic acid from fermented sugar-based 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HPA), chemical company DSM and starch derivatives producer Roquette are building a pilot plant for starch-based succinic acid. […]

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Paint waste makes utilities green

Chrysler is looking to use paint residues from its automobile manufacturing to clean up mercury emissions from coal powered electric power plants. The paint solid residues are said to contain nanostructured titanium dioxide which can chemically bond with mercury and thus has the potential to remove them with an efficiency of greater than 95%, according […]

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