Archive | August, 2009

Where can the US get $1.2 trillion?

To supplement my recently published ICIS Chemical Business article about energy efficiency technologies within the chemical industry, here’s a recent report from McKinsey & Company on how the US, by 2020, could potentially save $1.2 trillion in non-transportation energy costs and cut energy consumption by 23%. Strategies needed to implement energy savings include: Recognize energy […]

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Industrial Biotech Interview: Verdezyne

This is actually the first time that the Green Blog was able to interview and know more about Verdezyne, an industrial biotechnology company (or a synthetic biology company, whatever fits!) based in Carlsbad, California. The company, founded in 2005, was formerly known as CODA Genomics, a spin-out from the University of Irvine, California, which originally […]

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Oleochemical conference in Germany

While working on my Q&A post about Verdezyne, let me promote this incoming conference from ICIS (the company I work for) about the fascinating world of fats and oils-based chemicals – oleochemicals. The ICIS 7th World Oleochemicals Conference is going to be held in Berlin, Germany, on October 20-21, and it has good line-up of […]

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The potential of China-US clean-tech partnership

As mentioned before, I am currently researching on materials about renewable energy developments in China. This current report from McKinsey & Company about potential clean tech partnership between the US and China might help. McKinsey warns that momentum to curb global warming could stall and neither country will maximize its gains in terms of green […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is preparing for a nice one week vacation next week so hopefully there will be lots of posts in the coming days ahead to keep the readers happy. This week, ICIS Chemical Business published its chemical sites feature and my contribution is an article about how new technologies and processing are helping […]

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Solar materials expand in Malaysia

Asia’s renewable energy market really seems to be booming as reports indicated (I will write an article soon about China’s renewable energy market!). The usual suspect of course is China but I saw several investment news in India last week and now this one from Japanese chemical company Tokuyama announced this week that it is […]

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Aluminum recycling up 54%

Move over glass and plastic! Aluminum recycling is said to be heating up as recycling rate of aluminum beverage container reached 54.2% last year, the highest ever for any beverage container, according to the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Here are the stats: Aluminum Can Reclamation […]

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New green R&D

A lot of deadlines for me this week but just to let the readers know that I am still thinking of them (awww!), here are several recent R&D news that might be useful to some companies looking to add green products to their portfolio. 1. Lubricants made from sunflower and is said to be just […]

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Global green chems worth $45bn

I’ve been waiting for some figures from consultants about the possible current worth of renewable chemicals and one finally arrived from a Delaware-based firm called Markets and Markets. They estimated the global renewable chemicals market to be worth $45bn this year and is expected to reach $59.1bn by 2014, with an aggregate growth rate of […]

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Industrial Biotech Interview: Genomatica

This week’s industrial biotech interview is California-based Genomatica, a start-up technology company that focuses on producing cost-economic renewable-based chemicals such as 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) using the biotechnology route. As opposed to building and operating their own manufacturing facility, Genomatica CEO and co-founder Christophe Schilling plans to base the company’s business […]

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