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Upward Cleantech Investments

Just finished my weekly article on ICIS Chemical Business (this one about glycerine) so I have time to blog for the next 2 days. I am also hoping to post my last three BIO interviews (Verdezyne, DNP Green and Allylix) and one sustainability interview with Eastman. Before all that, here’s a recent report from Ernst […]

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Ethanol debate heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market day after day, it’s driving me nuts! (I’m writing an ethanol article this week…) First of all, the ethanol industry is in a tizzy over the ticking 45c./gal subsidy which is set to expire at the end of the year. Second, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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The future of biorefineries

The green blog is still transcribing tons of interviews and presentations from last week’s BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing conference held near Washington DC. For a few insights on what transpired at this fast-growing event, the blog suggests on visiting BIO’s official industrial biotech blog “Biofuels and Climate” by Paul Winters. One […]

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Battle of ethanol: Sugarcane vs Corn

The battle over corn-based and sugarcane-based ethanol — which one is cheaper? — has been brewing for weeks, and I’ve received emails and tweets last week about statements released from both camps: the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). RFA accused UNICA last week of making exaggerated and (in some […]

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A chemical consultant’s view on BPA

As noted on my previous post, here is my full Q&A interview with Michael Brown, president of consulting firm StrategyMark, on his views about bisphenol-A. Mr. Brown’s previous chemical career highlights include as global coatings director of Quaker Chemical (2006-08), partner and VP of ChemQuest Group (1999-2006); business manager at DuPont (1981-1999), process engineer at […]

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Plastic recycling up in 2008

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported last week that US recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics such as high density polyethylene (HDPE) tubs, polypropylene (PP) cups and other food containers, and durable items such as crates, carts, buckets and electronic casings, was up 11% to 0ver 361 million pounds in 2008 compared in 2007. ACC said […]

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Feedstock innovation spurs biodiesel demand

Technological advancements in algae, jatropha, waste grease (maybe even Camelina?) are expected to boost biodiesel revenues worldwide, according to this recent study from Pike Research. The study reports that by 2020, global biodiesel revenues are estimated to reach $71 billion, up from $18 billion expected this year. Helping the industry are powerful backers such as […]

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Sustainable value of chemical companies

I’ve posted before about the sustainability value of certain chemicals based on their lifecycle analysis – from raw material sourcing to product use/disposal. One recent report about that is a study initiated by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) last year. This study analyzed the life cycle carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions of over […]

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Green Building trends

I mentioned that ICIS Chemicals Business featured in its January 18 issue several articles about green/sustainable building trends including my own article about chemical firms increasing their investments and activities in developing/marketing green construction materials. According to companies such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Celanese, RPM International, and Bayer MaterialScience, the chemical sector has a […]

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Cementing a green future

A green noose is slowly closing in on the cement industry, where production currently represent about 5% of global CO2 emissions. Last month, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a road map that calls for strong national policies as well as actions to develop commercially viable […]

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