Archive | December, 2009

Unilever drops palm oil supplier

Big consumer goods manufacturer Unilever is making an example of how serious they are when it comes to sourcing sustainable raw materials for their products. Last Friday, Unilever said it will stop all future purchase of palm oil from the Indonesian company PT SMART, part of the Sinar Mas group, until they clean up their […]

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Emails about Copenhagen

The green blog does not believe on waste so here are some of the emails I received about reports and activities concerning the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen (before they magically disappear lol!). The Global Climate Network released its report, “Low-Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World“, stating that low-carbon policies has the potential to create […]

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Copenhagen video updates

Once again, I apologize for the sparse blog as I tried to sharpen my brain last week for my school exams, which unfortunately is still ongoing this week (finals week ugh!) I’ll start with some video updates from the Climate Change summit in Copenhagen. European Union leaders last Friday agreed to pay $10.5 billion over […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Another “better late than never” post in this week’s news roundup! I guess one of my wish list this holiday is to have an elf or two helping me in my social media operations. I wonder if Santa has a twitter account…. = )Lithium-ion in smart gridsAdvanced lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel enters the utility-scale energy […]

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Green Chemicals from November

Sorry about the blog’s temporary hiatus as I am up to my eyeballs with exams this week and needed every extra minute to cram information in my aching brain. By the way, thanks for the good luck wishes from @AmChemistry and @plasticpossible = ) Our green chemicals of the month is a little bit late […]

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Biorefineries get $564m funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected today 19 biorefinery projects that will receive up to $564m funding under the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program, which promotes development of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, biopower and bioproducts using biomass resources. Up to $483m will go to 14 pilot scale projects and 4 demonstration-scale biorefinery […]

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Thai bioplastic bag program launched

German chemical company BASF has joined the Thai Bioplastics Industry Association (TBAI), Thailand’s National Innovation Agency (NIA) and Germany’s Technical Cooperation group GTZ in launching a biodegradable bag project in Thailand, which aims to build composting facilities in the country for efficient waste management as well as support the development of the country’s bioplastic industry. […]

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Brazil renewed

Speaking of Brazil (and in connection to my last post about Amyris), I think I mentioned before that there seems to be more investments and activities going on in that part of the world when it comes to biofuel and renewable-based chemicals. The blog reported on May 15 about bioplastic development in Brazil. Since then […]

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Amyris’ first plant in Brazil

Amyris Biotechnologies will soon produce its first renewable diesel made from sugarcane using its newly purchased ethanol-producing mill owned and operated by the São Martinho Group. Amyris now owns 40% stake in the Boa Vista mill and plans to manufacture sugarcane-based renewable products for the 2011-2012 harvest season. The mill currently has 2.25 million metric […]

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Green Copenhagen

If you’re one of the lucky few who will be attending the Copenhagen climate summit next week, maybe you’ll find yourself walking in a renewable-based carpet; drive a European car using renewable-based tires and also fueled by algae; have lunch using bioplastic cups and cutlery; stay in an eco-friendly hotel that uses green cleaning products […]

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