Archive | July, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

The blog will be sporadic this week as I cover BIO’s Industrial biotech and bioprocessing event in Montreal. Follow my tweets for some presentation coverage including algae-based chemicals, bioplastic, biorefinery, new renewable chemicals, biofuels, and biobased products for the auto industry. For now, here are this week’s news roundup: Biofibers on Toyota Prius Toyota’s Prius […]

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Walmart green index: Feasible?

There was a lot of buzz yesterday about Walmart’s launch of its Sustainability Product Index but some are already addressing it as just a hype as doubts about its feasibility lingers especially within the supply chain community. The goal of the index is to set standards and metrics on the sustainability of each product Walmart […]

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Help the bees says Slovenia

The US is not the only one having bee troubles called the “Colony collapse disorder” syndrome. Slovenia, which has one of the highest density of honeybees among European countries, is asking the European Parliament for immediate and effective action on beekeeping and the health of bees. The government of Slovenia said that the European Commission […]

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Two big green news: Exxon and Myriant

While I was fiddling with GM’s Chevy fuel cell car yesterday, two big green chemical news broke out: One from Myriant Technologies and the other from ExxonMobil. Renewable chemical manufacturer Myriant announced that it has successfully piloted their biobased succinic acid process validating its commercial viability. Their succinic acid is derived from the company’s D(-) […]

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More transport hydrogen for New Yorkers

To the lucky few who are able to drive General Motors‘ Chevy Equinox fuel cell car under their Project Driveway program, there are now two (and soon three) hydrogen refilling stations in New York courtesy of Shell. One officially opened yesterday at the JFK International Airport in Queens, which I was fortunate to attend (and […]

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Industrial biotech interests surge

In honor of next week’s BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotech and Bioprocessing event in Montreal, ICIS Chemical Business (the company I work for) published last week its white biotechnology feature with articles about synthetic biology, bioplastic, overview on white biotechnology, Germany’s biotech plans, the surge in biorefinery investments in the US, and researchers from […]

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Updates on BPA and pthalates

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) send me some updates about bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates last week. With regards to BPA, the ACC said that a new data from Health Canada confirmed the safety level of the chemical in bottled water, baby food and infant formula, and that they are said to be extremely low. “These […]

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Latvian bioplastic: Certification required

The Latvian green technology association homo ecos: is said to be proposing a national legislation for Latvian bioplastic products to be defined as certified compostable according to European bioplastic standards EN 13432/14995. The new ordinance makes certification and labeling mandatory for bioplastic products in Latvia. According to homo ecos, natural-based products in Latvia have significant […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The G8 Summit last week seem to have brought little resolutions to any climate actions and some expect the same to happen in the incoming climate talks in Copenhagen later this year. I hope that’s not the case. Anyway, last week also brought forth major press conferences from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the […]

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What they say about California’s Green Chem

As you recall, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) created a wiki website inviting anybody and everybody who has interests in the agency’s ongoing Green Chemistry rule making process. Here are some of the comments (follow the links) gathered from major groups and industry organizations: American Chemistry Council, January 2009: “There is a common misconception that […]

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