Tag Archives | environment

Going green

Green chemistry is gaining ground in India with alert companies following the global trend to make products from renewable feedstocks, reduce waste and energy consumption. Pradip Kadakia, Abhishek Nigam and Ashwin Rao of Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG) say that Indian chemical companies are making good progress in lowering the industry’s environmental footprint by adopting […]

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Plastics problem

We may finally be seeing some balance in the debate on plastic bags and pollution. Rather than being swayed by NGOs to introduce a blanket ban on plastic bags, Jairam Ramesh, the new environment minister, is pushing for greater recycling, better waste management and the use of biodegradable plastics. Scenes such as the one below […]

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New Mangalore refinery shelved

ONGC has taken a difficult but sensible decision. It has finally shelved plans for a new 15m tonnes/year refinery and petrochemical complex at Mangalore. The project had been facing considerable resistance from the local population. In addition, questions were being raised on the viability of the project. The sharp change in the global business environment […]

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Green lobby strikes again

Chemplast Sanmar’s new PVC plant is ready but commissioning remains uncertain as the company faces two petitions in the Supreme Court against the company’s marine terminal facility that would be used to import vinyl chloride monomer feedstock, says this report on ICIS news. Another report says that local politicians have voiced apprehensions over the berthing […]

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Will Gujarat gain from Beijing clean up?

China’s move to clean up Beijing ahead of the Olympics is likely to have far reaching repercussions for the Indian chemicals industry. ICIS news reported today that the Chinese government was regulating the production and sale of more than 257 chemicals around Beijing – a move that could result in the closure of a number […]

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Projects and protests

I am back from my holiday and have discovered no earthshaking developments in the last few weeks. But the following news articles caught my eye. First, Dow Chemical’s European arm and GACL have agreed on a 50:50 joint venture to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of chloromethanes at Dahej, on the west coast of India. The plant […]

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Target Tamil Nadu

I have often talked about the resistance that new chemical projects are likely to face in certain parts of the country. Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu is also on the list. I recently came across the SIPCOT Area Environmental Monitors website that lists out environmental problems in Cuddalore which allegedly are the result of chemical manufacturing […]

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No end to pollution

India, I thought, had done a lot to curb industrial production and clean up its environment. I was also quite sure that the country was miles ahead of China in this area. So I was quite surprised to find that the Blacksmith Institute’s latest report on the world’s most polluted places includes two Indian cities […]

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