Green Autopia

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I am shamelessly self-promoting my article about greener automobiles, which just came on out December 17 and was published on ICIS Chemical Business magazine (Did I mention before that I work for ICIS?). According to my interviews with several chemical companies, the global automotive industry is really becoming more green not only because of the […]

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PVC gets sweeter but is still sour for environmentalists

Solvay will build an ethylene plant in Santo Andre, Brazil, which will used sugar cane-based ethanol as feedstock. The ethylene produced in the plant will then be used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Ethylene and chlorine are the two main feedstock needed to manufacture PVC. Solvay says the Santo Andre plant will be the first […]

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For fuel cells, gold is more precious than platinum

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Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory found that nanoscale catalysts gold-cerium oxide and gold-titanium oxide are more efficient in producing purer hydrogen in fuel cell reactions than the expensive platinum-based catalysts. These next generation catalysts could lead to cheaper fuel cells, which could lead to less expensive hydrogen-based automobiles, which could lead […]

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News bytes – from expansion to reduction

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While trying to finish my green car article and working on a story about chemicals made from vegetable oil and animal fats, several news came my way and here are some of them: 1. Cereplast said it will start its 223,000 tonne/year bioplastic plant in Indiana by January. The bioplastic production facility is reportedly the […]

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CO2 is auto makers’ new cool friend

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While everybody is trying to reduce their carbon footprint, some auto makers are driving the opposite way by embracing carbon dioxide for use as a refrigerant in car air-conditioners. According to this recent article from the New York Times supporters claimed CO2 as more ozone-friendly and 20% more energy efficient in ac systems than the […]

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Green Christmas list…

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I’ve decided to search the world (wide web) and list down the top 10, in no particular order, the most innovative or eye-ball rolling, snort-inducing green products that I could find. I’m the lone judge for now but any suggestions for next month’s segment will be greatly appreciated. I’ll also look for Simon Cowell’s doppelganger […]

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How green is green? Cognis says count the leaves

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Cognis has set up a green criteria for their ingredients and chemicals in order for their customers to identify how green they want their products to be. Under their Portfolio Easy Guide, four leaves means ingredients derived from 100% renewable natural feedstock, and which did not undergo chemical process that uses catalysts or other reaction […]

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Shades of green on consumer electronics

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Studies and analysis on green marketing and investments seem to be proliferating as much as the products themselves. Here’s another one from Forrester Research rating consumers on their green awareness and concern for environment-friendly electronic products. In their report, “In Search of Green Technology Consumers“, Forrester found out that out of 5,000 American adults surveyed, […]

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Six sins of greenwashing – my two cents

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Here’s an interesting take from two GreenBiz.com bloggers Joel Makower and Andy Savitz about a recent report called Six Sins of Greenwashing by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing Inc. Green-wash (green’wash’, -wôsh’) – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. According to […]

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EPA’s cool idea

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found another way to cool off earth’s warming atmosphere by forming a refrigeration coalition composed of the supermarket, refrigeration equipment and chemical refrigerant industries with an objective to chill ozone-depleting refrigerant leaks and charges into the atmosphere. Founding partners of the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership include Whole Foods Market; […]

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