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Clark: “Don’t rely on Brazil ethanol”

ICIS reporters are covering this year’s annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. At the conference, there was a talk that Brazil may ship ethanol to Iran. My colleague William Lemos was able to interview retired US general Wesley Clark on his opinion about this issue and he said that this potential sale would […]

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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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Sugarcane ethanol may kill the gasoline star

BY JOSEPH CHANG FROM SAO PAOLO First time at the UNICA (Brazilian sugarcane association) press tour, and it’s a whirlwind I tell ya! In over 12 years of reporting, I’ve never had such a packed schedule. From the moment we landed, we went straight to a press conference. Check out some video clips from the […]

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A new breed of financial market

Amid the current mess the financial industry is in, democratic congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland thinks this is the right time to create an independent, tax-exempt US-owned bank that will provide a range of green financing support. The Congressman introduced last week the Green Bank Act of 2009 that would fund clean energy and […]

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Japan launches voluntary CO2 market

My Green Japan article in ICIS Chemical Business is now available online. In it are some examples of how the chemical industry is responding to the issue of climate change. The article also reported about how carbon emissions from Japan’s industrial manufacturing sector (including energy, steel, chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, cement, etc.) is closely […]

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More green needed for biochems

Thanks to Paul from Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for alerting me on this hot off the press market study on industrial biotechnology by the US International Trade Commission (ITC). According to the ITC, research and development within the US bio-based chemical industry (including pharmaceuticals) grew strongly from 2004 through 2007, with R&D expenditures reaching $3.4bn […]

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EU steel under carbon fire

The German steel industry could buckle under the competitive pressure driven by Europe’s carbon emission trading. According to steel maker ThyssenKrupp, steel production outside Europe is not being impacted by costs for CO2 certificates leading to a divergence in competitive conditions. As a consequence, the industry could abandon Europe as a production location. “As a […]

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Hardware show struts green stuff

It seems that every trade shows on the planet, from electronics to cosmetics to auto, are now featuring green products or has a green theme.In this year’s National Hardware Show on May 6-8 in Las Vegas, new green products ranging from trash cans to purifiers to storage, will be highlighted on a separate show floor […]

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