Archive | February, 2009

Green is good…as long as it’s cheap

Green products might not be recession-proof after all. Market research firm Mintel noted that premium-priced green products might be relocating to the bottom supermarket shelves as people’s priorities are now changing because of the current economy. According to their recent US consumer survey data,over half of respondents (54%) said they would buy more green products […]

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Bio-funding slumps in Europe

Bad news for green chemistry and industrial biotechnology proponents in Europe. According to this article from ICIS Chemical Business, Europe is losing ground when it comes to bio-refinery R&D and infrastructure because of decreasing funding and resources. The opposite is happening in the US where the former Bush administration drove large funding for biofuels R&D, […]

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The green spirit might be willing but…

It seems the current economic recession has curtailed the desire for several planned plastic bag bans or tax, according to this article from the New York Times. The mayor in Portland, Oregon, decided this month to discard his proposal of taxing plastic bags citing the current economic strain faced by people, while another proposal in […]

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ADM starts drilling

Agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is not looking for oil in this case (although they could hope!) but instead is starting its carbon capture and storage project with its partner Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium. According to this article from Herald & Review (via SoyaTech website), workers for the project have started constructing a well […]

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Ethanol rejoice! Genomatica develops bio-MEK

The green chemistry field is on fire this week! (I mean this figuratively so need to call the Environmental Protection Agency) After Segetis’ news on their full-speed plant operation in Minneapolis last Monday, another start-up firm Genomatica announced today that they have developed biobased methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), an industrial solvent, using sugar and water […]

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BP pays $180m for clean air violations

The US Department of Justice has fined BP Products North America almost $180 million for violating EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations at its Texas City, Texas refinery. BP agreed to the settlement and will spend more than $161m on pollution controls, enhanced maintenance and monitoring and improved management practices on its petroleum refining operations. EPA […]

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Segetis green operation at full speed

Just my luck that a lot of green chemical news are happening today when the blog looks ugly. It seems that ex-Cargill folks are expanding left and right within the green chemistry field as newbie company Segetis just announced today the full-startup of its operations in Minneapolis. I’ve mentioned before that Segetis’ CEO Jim Stoppert […]

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Recycling not a problem for bioplastics

Bioplastic manufacturer NatureWorks says automated systems currently used in plastic recycling has the capability to 100% sort out bioplastic bottles from other petroleum-based plastic bottles. “This finding is significant because it demonstrates that there is no technological barrier to recycling bottles made from plants instead of oil,” according to NatureWorks. For the past two years, […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The ICIS blog gods are on vacation and so the green blog is still in a bit of a mess. Pls. bear with me for a few more days as I wait and rant and pray for a new and improved green blog to emerge. For now, here’s this week’s news roundup: Bioplastic acquired Swedish […]

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BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The green blogger has been very bad tinkering with the blog system and now has to pay the price. While waiting for the ICIS blog gods to fix it, posts will continue but please bear the blog’s messed up look. Sorry folks!-Doris

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