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Asia explores more downstream oleochem

Here’s another preview of the incoming ICIS World Oleochemicals Conference in Berlin on October 20-21. Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, who will present at the conference, recently put out a study about the Southeast Asian oleochemicals market and how this market is expected to expand downstream activities from the basic fatty acid and fatty alcohol […]

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Farewell and hello to biofuels

It saddens us to see one of ICIS’ pioneer blogs, Big Biofuels Blog, by Simon Robinson closing down but the good news is that the Green Chemicals blog will now officially cover biofuels as well as part of ICIS’ efforts to send out more information about the business of green chemistry and sustainability.Look out for […]

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Oleochemical conference in Germany

While working on my Q&A post about Verdezyne, let me promote this incoming conference from ICIS (the company I work for) about the fascinating world of fats and oils-based chemicals – oleochemicals. The ICIS 7th World Oleochemicals Conference is going to be held in Berlin, Germany, on October 20-21, and it has good line-up of […]

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Chemical Industry wants to be green…really?

I am finally able to post this recently released sustainable chemical industry survey from ICIS (the company I work for) and green chemistry company Genomatica. An article about it was published from ICIS Chemical Business last week. For those who haven’t checked it out yet (as I’ve been tweeting about it the past week or […]

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Chemical companies: Green surfers or divers?

ICIS (the company I work for) in cooperation with technology start-up company Genomaticais working on a survey on whether chemical companies these days arejust riding the sustainable chemistry wave e.g. looking atenergy/manufacturing efficiency, using renewable energy inmanufacturing, planting trees to offset carbon emissions…or are theyalready deep into applying green chemistry such as usingpetro-alternative, zero-carbon emitting, […]

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Green Informex

There had been a lot of green news from the InformexUSA tradeshow that colleagues from ICIS filed last week. According to the director of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, John Warner, education barriers are preventing chemists from gaining the know-how to produce safer chemicals despite increasing demand for environment-friendly products and compounds. Most of […]

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GREEN = INNOVATION

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published yesterday its feature on Innovations and most innovations nowadays it seems is focused on the environment. Specialty chemicals company Rhodia is certainly on top of this trend as they talked about how sustainability issues are largely affecting their R&D projects during my visit to their Center […]

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Bursting solar deals

If I’m an alternative energy investor, should the surge in solar projects make me think twice in investing in this industry? They reminded me of the dot.com and housing boom before their bubbles burst. The same sentiment is partially echoed in this article published last week in ICIS Chemical Business (Disclaimer: I work for ICIS). […]

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Climate change debate heats up

The pending senate vote on the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill is producing outpour of support as well as disapproval across the board. According to ICIS News (I apologize for those who don’t have the subscription for the service) , President Bush reportedly warned the Congress on the potential costs of the bill on the US […]

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Green awards, big rewards

I just finished my article about California’s Green Chemistry Initiative and one of the key elements that most industry and manufacturing trade groups would like to see is incentive-based programs instead of mandatory policies (no surprise there!). With that note, here are some of this year’s green awards that I came across within the two-month […]

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