Weekly News Roundup

Currently transcribing interviews from Eastman, Novozymes and Cereplast, and in the line-up are P&G’s global VP of sustainability Len Sauers and Henkel’s Thomas Muller-Kirschbaum, senior vice president for Research & Development, Technology and Supply Chain at Henkel’s laundry and home care business.

Also coming soon is a video interview of DSM’s bio-succinic acid project from my colleague Will Beacham, author of Look East for Chemicals blog, and deputy editor of ICIS Chemical Business. 

Good stuff coming in so stay tune! For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Squeezable bioplastic bottle in Europe

Polenghi LAS has developed Europe’s first extrusion-blow-molded biobased bottle using NatureWork’s Ingeo blend formulation. Polenghi Bio, organic lemon juice packed in the Eco bottle, is now available in Italy and will soon be stocked in stores throughout Europe


Dry ice from ethanol plant

The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC (TAME) will supply Continental Carbonic Products’ new dry ice manufacturing facility in Greenville, Ohio, with carbon dioxide (CO2) coming from TAME’s nearby ethanol plant. Liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2) is the feed-stock for manufacturing dry ice.

Air Liquide in US CCS project

Air Liquide will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) development of FutureGen 2.0 — the world’s first full scale oxy-combustion power plant incorporating permanent CO2 capture and storage (CCS). The project began its first phase on October 1, 2010, which includes engineering studies and economic analysis to re-power Ameren Energy Resources’ Meredosia, Illinois, 200 MW power plant using clean-coal technology.

Danisco’s sustainable xylitol

Danisco launch XIVIA™ – its new brand name for sustainable xylitol, based on the Life Cycle Assessment results of its wood based integration concept. This concept is said to produce as little as 1% to 16% of the environmental impact associated with the competitive biomass hydrolysis process based production method using corn cobs as raw material (BHP).

GE water solution for Saudi Arabia chems

GE will develop advanced water reuse technologies with Miahona, a subsidiary of the Arabian Company for Water and Power Development Ltd., in the areas of chemicals, equipment and advanced membranes. The water reuse market in Saudi Arabia is expected to be worth $3.4 billion between 2009 and 2016, making it the third largest water reuse market in the world.

Cognis products certified natural

15 more personal care products from Cognis have been evaluated and certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA) bringing the total number of NPA-approved Cognis products to 81. Recently approved products include Cetiol C5 (a fast spreading emollient that replaces silicones in skin, hair and body formulations), Gluadin Soy Benz (a hydrolyzed soy protein), Cegesoft SB Organic shea butter, Lipofructyl PI LS 9324 (a caring oil from the French Mirabelle plum), and Vit-A-Like PW LS 9898 (an active that increases cellular turnover and boosts collagen synthesis).

And on ICIS News (requires subscription):

The European Commission will discuss the possibility of reducing infants’ exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and the uncertainty about possible effects on health from the chemical that were expressed in a recent report by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

A new programme in New York state is aimed at replacing conventional dry-cleaning chemicals such as perchloroethylene (perc) and other chemicals with water.

Neste Oil and Stora Enso – a paper, packaging and forest products firm – are jointly launching environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for a new renewable diesel plant at two locations in Finland.

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