The green blog is having a bit of a trouble finding worthwhile news for the weekly roundup and wondering if this is a sign of possible hiccups in green investments due to the current economic crisis.
I've heard of a solar IPO being cancelled and another renewable energy company terminating their plans for an acquisition. The good news is that both US presidential nominees have big plans for renewable energy investments but research grants across the board is probably going to have massive cutbacks in the near- to mid-term, which might affect green chemistry R&D and other biobased material developments in government research agencies and university research centers.
On this somber note, here are this week's green news roundup:
Siemens partners with USDA
Siemens Energy & Automation and the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to convert second generation biofuel feedstock into fuels and chemicals.
Biofoam in Brazilian cars
Brazilian Fiat vehicles and Iveco trucks will be using BioFoam seat cushioning produced by Canada-based the Woodbridge Group. The foam uses polyols derived from plant materials.
Green sheeps and goats
Oregon-based sustainable food certifier Food Alliance launched its national standards for sustainable sheep and goat production with strict criteria for raising and treating the animals such as safe and fair working conditions, reduction of pesticide use and toxicity, healthy and humane care for livestock, no genetically modified crops or livestock and no hormones or nontherapeutic antibiotics.
North America's largest solar plant
SolarWorld opens its Hillsboro, Oregon-based solar cell manufacturing facility, which is said to be the largest in North America. The new plant is expected to reach a capacity of 500 megawatts (MW) by 2011.
Honeywell's sweet refrigerant
Honeywell secured from DuPont a global right to sell DuPont's R-422D, a non-ozone depleting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant that is said to be an efficient and cost-effective retrofit solution fo replacing ozone-depleting R-22 in refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
The US Congress may soon take first steps toward establishing a federal requirement for "green" or eco-labels on consumer goods - a move that could pose major challenges and opportunities for chemicals.
Vitamin A, carbon and graphite have been added to the list of substances subject to registration under the chemical legislation Reach, according to the European Commission.
The EU-15 will meet its Kyoto Treaty commitments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8% compared with 1990 figures by 2012, the European Commission said last week.