Archive | June, 2010

Sustainability of corn and apples

I can finally post some interesting tidbits from my Chicago trip a few weeks ago covering BASF’s Agriculture Summit. One that caught my attention is the use of their Eco-Efficiency Analysis tool this time within the agriculture sector. This tool, which was developed by BASF to measure the sustainability of products and production processes and […]

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California drafts green chemistry rules

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) finally put out online its draft for the new safer Consumer Products regulation. Comments are due by July 15, 2010 and may be sent to GCRegs@dtsc.ca.gov. According to DTSC, the draft regulation creates a systematic, science-based process to evaluate chemicals of concern in products, as well as stimulate […]

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Busy Amyris

California-based Amyris has been very busy this week, with its newly formed joint venture with Brazilian ethanol company Cosan and its new partnership (and investor) with French oil company Total. Amyris announced today that Total has acquired 17% of Amyris’ stake and that it will have the right to appoint a member of the Amyris […]

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Ford Q&A on green cars

One of Ford Motor’s strategies is to make their cars more environment-friendly by using plant-based chemicals or recycled materials. According to Ford, its vehicles are already 85% recyclable by weight, but it wants to increase its use of bio-based materials such as its seat cushions and seatbacks, which already use soybean-based polyurethane. The 2010 Ford […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I am now able to access my computer again after unpacking my stuff at work where we moved (again) from another floor in the same building. Big news today is the groundbreaking ceremony of Dow Kokam’s new lithium battery production facility in Michigan. US Vice President Joe Biden attended the event and more on this […]

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Ethanol blend frustration

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) expressed their frustration yesterday on a statement about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay to increase percentage of US ethanol blends from 10% to 15%. The EPA now expects to decide on a higher ethanol blend in the fall. DOE testing on higher blends in cars produced after 2007 will […]

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Clark: “Don’t rely on Brazil ethanol”

ICIS reporters are covering this year’s annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. At the conference, there was a talk that Brazil may ship ethanol to Iran. My colleague William Lemos was able to interview retired US general Wesley Clark on his opinion about this issue and he said that this potential sale would […]

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Plastic-recycled World Cup jerseys

My colleague Andy Brice actually send me this Sunday Times article in February about Nike’s 2010 World Cup team soccer kits made from plastic bottle recycled polyester. According to Nike, all of Nike’s national teams are wearing jerseys (and other soccer attire) made entirely from recycled polyester, each one produced from up to eight recycled […]

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Arkema Sustainability Additives interview

There have been quite a few interviews and several conferences this year that I was not able to post in the blog due to schedule and deadline constraint. I’m hoping to catch up eventually this summer and I’ll start with Arkema’s new Sustainability Additives Group. The Americas business of French chemical company Arkema officially formed […]

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Green dispersants wanted

I’ve been monitoring the news on chemical dispersants being used on the Gulf oil spill and my colleague in ICIS, Judith Taylor, wrote an excellent article about surfactants* as one of the active chemicals in dispersants. Many surfactants these days use natural fats/oils-based raw materials and ICIS Pricing recently reported* a slight tightness in the […]

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