Archive | January, 2009

Green shopping still strong

Consumers are still becoming green-conscious despite the global financial crisis according to this recent report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In a survey of 9,000 consumers in North America, Europe, China, and Japan, BCG says 34% of Europeans (up 2 percent from 2007) said they would continue to systematically look for and purchase green products. […]

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Don’t rain on their green parade!

Non-profit advocate Institute for Liberty (IFL) released an announcement last week about how hypocritical green groups, celebrities and political advocates for climate change are as they celebrate today’s presidential inauguration. IFL reported that the inauguration will generate more than half-billion pounds of CO2 from the following: The 600 private jets expected to fly visitors to […]

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New hybrids for 2009

The recent auto show in Detroit promises continued development for hybrids and electric cars. Despite looming bankruptcy and funding problems, the auto makers promised that they will still launched these cars as previously projected. Honda Motors said they will even start selling their next-generation low-cost hybrid cars Insight next month in Japan, followed by Europe […]

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Troubles in soy land

With soy-based products and chemicals conquering the biobased market, troubles over money seem to be infesting the US soybean industry. and the US Department of Agriculture is rooting out the problem. Last month, the American Soybean Association (ASA) asked the US Department of Agriculture to investigate possible mismanaged funding and wasteful spending at the United […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Excitement is in the air as the US prepares for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration tomorrow. The renewable energy industry has high hopes that the next administration will soom implement several federal policies and mandates of clean technology use especially for electric utilities nationwide as well as aggressive reduction of oil and other types of energy […]

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Wind power slightly out of wind

The US economic recession will slightly put the wind out of the wind energy sector this year according to several studies. Research firm Emerging Growth Research LLP expects capacity expansion this year will contract for the US wind energy market although it will still be robust despite significant price reductions for oil and natural gas. […]

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Dow goes back to castor project

I remember reporting in 2001 about Dow Chemical’s project initiatives in developing chemicals and plastics from castor oil. That time Dow was working with the US Department of Agriculture and Texas-based Castor Oil Inc. with funding coming from the US Department of Energy. I have not heard any related news on Dow and castor oil […]

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CCS article from ICIS Chemical Business

Despite its complexities, the market for carbon capture and storage technology is indeed fascinating to follow. I tried my best to capture (pun intended) an overview of this market mostly on the capture part and ICIS Chemical Business just released online today my article on how the chemical industry could potentially benefit from this high-growth […]

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Eco-lectronics at CES trade show

Several major manufacturers showed their green strategies at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Toshiba showcased several of its eco-conscious laptop computers, energy-efficient lamps and LCD TVs, and battery-assisted bicycle; LG Electronics showcased its energy-efficient home appliances and eco-designed mobile phones; Samsung displayed its new line of energy-efficient TVs and front-loading washers; […]

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Coke recycling: Bad news for plastics?

This news could be another blow to virgin polyethylene (PET) plastic producers. The Coca-Cola company opened today the world’s largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C., which when fully operational, will produce around 100 million pounds/year of food-grade recycled PET plastic – the equivalent of nearly 2 billion 20-ounce Coke bottles. While the new […]

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