Tag Archives | sustainability

Cytec forms green chemistry alliance

It’s 4am here in Munich and my body clock is still adjusting so instead of staring at the ceiling, might as well make myself useful by scanning recent tweets from my green chemistry friends. @BeyondBenign sent me this news about their recent new green chemistry alliance with specialty chemicals company Cytec Industries, and product lifecycle […]

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Green out of Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympic games is over but of course environmentalists have to check if there is a heavy carbon footprint left behind. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, the recent Vancouver Olympic games garnered a Bronze medal for overall efforts to reduce the event’s climate impact. Achievements include building energy-efficient venues, using clean-energy sources, relying […]

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ICB’s Green feature this week

My green article masterpiece is finally out (on print) this week as part of ICIS Chemical Business’ March 1 green feature. My article is about the investment environment for green chemistry companies and it has definitely been an eye opener for me on how these companies were able to get the money flowing for their […]

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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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Sustainability awardees at Informex

Informex announced last week its “Profiles in Sustainability” awardees and the chosen ones were DSM, Lonza, Iolitec, Segetis and the Wercs. At the Informex show in San Francisco, ICIS Chemical Business senior editor Clay Boswell reported that both Netherlands-based life and materials science company DSM and Swiss life science company Lonza were honoured for their […]

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Growing sustainability profiles

I forgot to mention that ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) is sponsoring and coordinating a program called “Profiles in Sustainability” at the chemical/pharma tradeshow Informex, which as the name implies, will promote, publicize and reward exhibitors’ and attendees’ achievements in “being green”. A panel of industry experts will be assigned to review […]

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Arkema launches sustainability group

ICIS news reported in November that French specialty chemical company Arkema plans that 10% of its sales will soon come from renewable resources. The company says it is also currently directly allocating over 50% of its R&D expenditure to innovation in every area which contributes to the development of eco-technologies. The company has been very […]

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Question on a Monday Morning

Here’s a question: How can chemical companies prove that they are keen on being green (I mean sustainable – I forgot that they hate the word green…) when there’s always the cloud of cynicism hanging over their heads coming from consumers? For example, I posts these great news from various chemical companies on how they’re […]

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Dow: Sustainability = Money

I feel like I wrote this equation before but yesterday’s investor presentation from Dow Chemical emphasized their strategy in incorporating sustainability in all aspects of their operations and businesses mostly because it is profitable to do so. The company has been busy investing and making deals right and left in lithium battery, carbon capture, solar, […]

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Walmart’s not-so secret green weapon

I wonder what chemical companies (who deal with Walmart directly and indirectly) think about this new tool called GreenWERCS, which Walmart said will help them analyze the products on the market and identify risks across a broad spectrum instead of looking at each chemical individually. The chemical screening tool GreenWERCS reportedly analyzes the composition of […]

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