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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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Soy chem to reach $2.7bn in 2013

I forgot to add this report to my last soy post about soybean-based chemicals demand expected to increase 7.8%/year to $2.7 billion by 2013 according to Freedonia Group. Methyl soyate used in biodiesel is said to be by far the most established soy chemical although it is beginning to face competition from other raw materials. […]

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US bioplastics reached $1bn in sales

The U.S. bio-plastics market accounted for approximately $1 billion in sales in 2007 and is expected to reach $10 billion by 2020, according to bioplastic producer Cereplast. The company notes estimates pointing to bio-plastics capturing up to 30% of the total US plastics market within 10 years. Cereplast said that algae-based bioplastic, of which the […]

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90% bioplastic substitution possible

A new study from the European Bioplastics and the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) estimated that substitution potential of up to 90% of the total consumption of plastics by bio-based polymers are technically possible. Still, that estimate will not be fulfilled in the near future because of low oil price, high production costs and […]

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Pro palm oil strikes back

Non governmental organization World Growth strikes back at green groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth stating that their campaigns against the production of palm oil in Southeast Asia are damaging the economic and environmental benefits that this industry is giving to developing countries. “Palm oil is a highly sustainable, energy efficient crop, […]

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Pesticides still suspect for bee problems

While viruses and other pathogens were deemed potentially responsible for the ongoing bee colony epidemic called colony collapse disorder (CCD), scientists from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not discard the potential effects of pesticides in this epidemic as well. A recent report from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that a higher […]

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Where can the US get $1.2 trillion?

To supplement my recently published ICIS Chemical Business article about energy efficiency technologies within the chemical industry, here’s a recent report from McKinsey & Company on how the US, by 2020, could potentially save $1.2 trillion in non-transportation energy costs and cut energy consumption by 23%. Strategies needed to implement energy savings include: Recognize energy […]

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The potential of China-US clean-tech partnership

As mentioned before, I am currently researching on materials about renewable energy developments in China. This current report from McKinsey & Company about potential clean tech partnership between the US and China might help. McKinsey warns that momentum to curb global warming could stall and neither country will maximize its gains in terms of green […]

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Aluminum recycling up 54%

Move over glass and plastic! Aluminum recycling is said to be heating up as recycling rate of aluminum beverage container reached 54.2% last year, the highest ever for any beverage container, according to the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Here are the stats: Aluminum Can Reclamation […]

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Global green chems worth $45bn

I’ve been waiting for some figures from consultants about the possible current worth of renewable chemicals and one finally arrived from a Delaware-based firm called Markets and Markets. They estimated the global renewable chemicals market to be worth $45bn this year and is expected to reach $59.1bn by 2014, with an aggregate growth rate of […]

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