Weekly News Roundup

Some interesting news that came out from the past week are the further greening of electronic products and IT as reported from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas; further confirmation from the incoming US president Barack Obama on his intention to boost jobs coming from the green industry; and more planned hybrids and electric cars coming out as reported from the Auto Show in Detroit.

Hopefully, the green blogger, who was not able to go Las Vegas, will be able to get some new green product rollouts from the CES show. For now, here are this week’s news roundup.

Bioplastic supply to France
Bioplastic manufacturer Cereplast has signed a distribution agreement with resin supplier A. Schulman to distribute Cereplast’s Compostables® and Hybrids Resins® to converters and manufacturers in France, Benelux and Spain.

Paradigm acquired
American Green Group with its wholly owned subsidiary Eco-Built Systems, LLC will acquire the business operations of Georgia-based Paradigm Polymers, Inc., which developed products such as bio-foam insulated thermal shipping containers and the first soy based foam insulation board.Waste-to-Energy JV
Green energy developer W2 Energy Inc. forms a joint venture with R&J Howell Investments to build, install and commission four waste-to-energy plants in the next 18 months. W2 Energy has developed a biomass-to-energy plant which converts each ton of municipal solid waste into approximately 100 gallons per day of liquid hydrocarbons.

Biochemicals collaboration
Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S and Germany-based biotechnology company BRAIN AG join forces in the field of the bio-based fermentative production of industrial biochemicals from renewable raw materials.

Certified green resin
SABIC’s Valox iQ* resin made from recycled polyethylene terephtalate (PET) bottles was awarded the Silver tier Cradle-to-Cradle certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC. The resin is created using up to 65 percent post-consumer plastic waste.

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
A recent crackdown on thin plastic shopping bags by the Sultanate of Oman is expected to slow the country’s demand for polymers in the near term.

The expected increase in Asian biodiesel production this year is expected to drive further decline in glycerine pricing amid slowed global demand.

The environmental aspirations of US President-elect Barack Obama may help push up natural gas demand in 2009 even though a weak economy and slowing industrial appetite will weigh on gas prices.

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