Here are this week’s news roundup:
Iberdrola Renovables has begun construction of its first forestry biomass power plant in Oregon, US, which will have an installed capacity of 26.8 megawatts (MW). The power plant is due to be commissioned by the end of 2012.
Neste Oil started the world’s largest renewable diesel plant in Singapore with a capacity of 800,000 tonnes/year. Production of NExBTL renewable diesel will be ramped up on a phased basis. Neste Oil is currently producing the biodiesel from palm oil, rapeseed oil and waste fat sourced from the food industry in Finland.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) unveiled a trademark that will enable consumers to distinguish products containing palm ingredients that are sourced following Roundtable rules. Product manufacturers and retail companies will be able to apply the new logo to their packaging starting early 2011.
Energy company Total will construct a photovoltaic panel production and assembly unit at Composite Park in France’s north-eastern region of Moselle. The plant, which is scheduled to come onstream in late 2011 will have total capacity of 50 megawatt peak (MWp) representing about 220,000 photovoltaic panels per year.
Eastman Chemical received full registration for its Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer in accordance with the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. This entitles Eastman, to import, manufacture or use Eastman 168 in quantities exceeding 1000 tons per year – the highest volume registration band under REACH.
Chemtura’s organometallics could see more demand from several end markets, such as photovoltaics.
US energy group warns of ongoing policy threat to ‘fracking‘.
“Sustainability is a business opportunity; you need to go out there and have the courage and the insights to exploit it,” said marketing expert Phil Allen at the close of a seminar held in Brussels, which looked at sustainability opportunities for chemical companies.