Weekly News Roundup

This week, ICIS Chemical Business features its rubber and plastics issue and the green blog’s contribution of course is about bioplastics. There are several inquiries about the article so I might have to follow that up with a blog post (hopefully).

I am also working on consumer packaging, which of course, seems to also center on bioplastic so stay tune for that on November 15.

For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Algenol opens algae lab

Algenol Biofuels opened its new 40,000 square-foot biofuels and green chemistry lab and R&D facility. The facility houses an advanced algae biology, engineering, carbon dioxide (CO2) and green chemistry laboratory, as part of the larger Lee Integrated Biorefinery.

Cellulosic ethanol partnership

Petrobras and Novozymes entered an agreement to develop a new route to produce second generation biofuel from sugarcane bagasse. The agreement covers the development of enzymes and production processes to produce second generation lignocellulosic ethanol from bagasse in an enzymatic process.

Green fire retardant coatings expansion

EcoBlu Products is expanding production capacity of its wood products coated with eco-friendly fire retardant coatings in Colton, California. The company is adding coating lines in the facility because of increase recent order for the wood products.

Ethanol facility restart

Pacific Ethanol plans to resume operations at its idled 60m gal/year facility in Stockton, California in December. The company also plans to resume operations at its 40m gal/year facility in Madera, California as market conditions continue to improve.

Green cement plant opens

Polish chemical group Ciech and French construction materials giant Lafarge have started production at a ‘green cement‘ plant that recycles high-carbon industrial fly ash from a sodium carbonate plant into base material for cement. The joint venture (JV) in Inowroclaw, central Poland, also converts low-carbon fly ash from the sodium carbonate production into fuel for generating heat.

Shell partners with MIT

Shell and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will invest $25 million in the research and development of high value, sustainable technologies designed to drive innovation in energy delivery. The projects will focus on advanced modeling, earth science, biofuels, nanotechnology and carbon management.

And on ICIS News (requires subscription):

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Reach registration deadline is not expected to cause supply chain disruptions, the UK’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) said.

The European Commission has pushed up its limit on the number of emission allowances that will be available under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in 2013.

Officials from petrochemical majors SABIC and Dow Chemical said that achieving sustainable supply chains is crucial for producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region to address their future needs responsibly.

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