Archive | September, 2009

More biosuccinic players

Several other chemical companies want to jump into the development of biobased succinic acid, and have announced deals this week German chemical company BASF today announced that it is joining Dutch-based lactic acid producer CSM for the development of biobased succinic acid. The companies plan to produce commercial quantity and volumes in the second quarter […]

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Pro palm oil strikes back

Non governmental organization World Growth strikes back at green groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth stating that their campaigns against the production of palm oil in Southeast Asia are damaging the economic and environmental benefits that this industry is giving to developing countries. “Palm oil is a highly sustainable, energy efficient crop, […]

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Ford wants bioplastic in cars

Ford researchers are hoping to develop 100% petroleum-free automotive plastics to make it to make cars totally compostable – as long as they don’t compost while being driven of course. In fact, decomposition is one of the 3 main challenges that Ford is trying to overcome since bioplastic (e.g. polylactic acid) is designed to decompose […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blog will be sparse this week due to deadlines from my other job (writing for ICIS Chemical Business). Coming soon (hopefully very soon) for the blog is my recent coverage of BASF’s green education building summit; update on the wind market; China and green; and recent reports about enzymes and soy chemicals. Stay […]

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Canada strengthens green chemistry

Canada’s Ontario government wants green chemistry in their industrial landscape, and is investing $13.6m (on top of a $9.1m award earlier this year) in the establishment of a research center to develop and commercialize green chemistry technology. The GreenCentre Canada is said to be the first of its kind in North America bringing together leading […]

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Chem enegy efficiency: What about us?

Chemical companies are clamoring to proclaim their energy efficiency success and I got several emails asking why they were left out from my ICIS Chemical Business’ August 17 article “Optimizing Energy – Chemical firms lower energy use with new technologies.” Since the blog has unlimited space (I think) and that article only has 2 pages […]

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Is the solar slump over?

Seems to me that solar is shining bright again from the recent activities I saw the past few weeks. Interestingly enough, most of the news are coming from chemical companies that developed new materials to make photovoltaics more efficient and cheaper. BASF presented its Seluris range of cutting fluids products for cutting, etching, texturing and […]

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Grade your plastics!

Starting September 30, manufacturers, purchasers and government agencies can soon evaluate how green and sustainable plastics are via a new “Plastic Scorecard” developed by nonprofit group Clean Production Action (CPA) and sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies. The Scorecard rates plastics from F to A+ on a set of criteria that simultaneously advance sustainable raw materials, […]

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Greenest Companies in America

September seems to be the month of who’s who and top rankings. ICIS Chemical Business (the company I work for) released last week its Top 100 Chemical Companies; Cleantech Group and the Guardian had its list of 100 global clean technology companies; the International Fuel Quality Center (IFQC) updated its ranking of the top 100 […]

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Green chem startups to watch

Undertaking a list of who’s who in the green chemistry start-up field is a little bit difficult to do as for one thing, promoting their business takes money, and they would rather invest their money in developing their technologies first before spreading out their name. Of course, they still have to get out and get […]

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