Weekly news roundup

The ICIS blog system was down during the weekend and so the weekly roundup was a little bit late today (always my excuse I say). Several global and US news about bisphenol-A came out last week thanks to my Tweeter insiders and I’ll share that this week.

For now, here are this week’s round-up:

Air Products purifies CO2

Air Products signed a cooperative deal with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to design and construct a carbon dioxide (CO2) purification system in support of an oxyfuel technology development project, which is part of DOE’s furthering development of new and cost-effective technologies for the capture of CO2 from the existing fleet of U.S. coal-fired power plants.

Buy sustainable palm oil credits

Green household products producer Seventh Generation became the first North American company in its industry to purchase sustainable palm kernel oil certification credits to offset company wide use of the ingredient across its entire product line. By purchasing the credits, Seventh Generation is paying a premium to palm kernel oil producers that use more environmentally responsible practices to produce and harvest palm kernel oil.

New biomass council

A group of nine leading biomass companies formed the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications.

Green oil certified

Green Earth Technologies have been granted the “Donut,” an American Petroleum Institute Service Symbol for the SAE 5W-30 weight of their biodegradable motor oil, G-OIL(TM).The oil is said to be the world’s first bio-based motor oil to achieve API’s ‘SM’ Certification

Greener ethanol

UOP and Vaperma will jointly offer Vaperma’s Siftek polymer membrane technology, which improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in biofuel ethanol dehydration. The techonolgy is designed to lower energy consumption for reduced operational costs and emissions in the energy-intensive ethanol production process.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Cradle to cradle principles in chemical supply chains can boost profits, a consultant with Germany-based Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA) said.

US Sunoco has started restricting sales of bisphenol-A (BPA) to be used in manufacturing baby feeding bottles and food containers.

Refined glycerine suppliers in the US are positioning themselves to hike contract prices by 5-10 cents/lb for the second quarter.

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