Weekly News Roundup

This week, the Green Blog will have guest blogger (and ICB global editor) Joseph Chang reporting from Sao Paulo, Brazil, about the country’s development of renewable chemicals and fuels based on sugarcane feedstock. He was invited by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to learn more about sugarcane-based flex fuel ethanol facilities and hopefully sugarcane-based plastic production as well. Stay tune for those!

The green blogger was also able to interview the officials of start-up green chemistry company Rivertop Renewables last week, and will post that today.

Before all these good stuff will happen, first here are this week’s news roundup:

Fiberglass recycling expands

Owens Corning is increasing the recycled content in its fiberglass insulation and masonry products. The company’s residential and commercial insulation products in North America now are made of at least half recycled glass content (minimum 50%).

Gas and algae collaboration

Linde Group and Algenol Biofuels formed a joint development project in order to identify the optimum management of carbon dioxide and oxygen for Algenol’s algae and photobioreactor technology.

More transparent SC Johnson

SC Johnson says its ingredient disclosure program is now ahead of schedule and its website now includes 129 SC Johnson air care products and 76 home cleaning products, as well as explanations of the 169 ingredients that comprise these products.

Solarized Procter & Gamble

SunEdison has activateda 1.1 megawatt photovoltaic solar system at Procter & Gamble’spaper products manufacturing plant in Oxnard, California. Theroof-mounted photovoltaic solar energy system is projected to producemore than 1.9 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean solar energy duringits first year of operation.

Dow Corning opens solar biz center

Dow Corning openeda Solar Solutions Application & Business Center in Newark,California, that will serve as its West Coast hub for customer sales,product evaluation and the development of commercialization strategy.The center includes laboratories and testing facilities.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

US Coca-Cola bets on its plant-based plastic despite higher costs (Interview).

The biopesticides marketin western Europe and North America is growing strongly on the back ofincreasing demand for chemical-free crops and the expansion of organicfarming land.

Sasol plans increased investments in renewable energy, including a 40 MW photovoltaic (PV) panels plant.

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