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March 1, 2014
Polymers like polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and polyester have become ubiquitous in manufacturing. The properties of polymer-based materials that make them so desirable — they are generally cheap to produce and boast high chemical and thermal stability — also make them abundant, disposable and, in many cases, non-degradable. As landfill space decreases, and with some European...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Advanced-Polymer-Recycling_11503.html
February 1, 2013
Unlike fossil fuels or precious metals, phosphorus has no alternatives — we (and all other life forms on the planet) need phosphorus; it’s in our DNA, our bones and our energy-producing chemicals (ATP). We get it from our food — meat, grains and vegetables — so it’s not surprising that phosphorus is a key ingredient in fertilizer, as well as a component of sewage, manure and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/P-recovery-on-the-move_10144.html
December 1, 2012
I drink tap water! There, I finally said it. I am out of the closet — the water closet. My two sons are now cowering with shame, wondering how they can possibly ever face their Dasani-drinking friends again. It was maybe 20 years ago when I first encountered the concept of bottled water. What a strange idea! Why would anybody want to pay for something that’s free — and everywhere —...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/I-drink-tap-water_9993.html
August 30, 2012
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Saint Maurice, France; http://www.veoliawaterst.com) has been awarded the supply of a large-scale evaporation and crystallization plant by Iberpotash, S.A., a business unit of ICL Fertilizers. Iberpotash produces potash fertilizers from sylvinite mining from deposits located near Suria, in the Barcelona province of Spain. The plant, to be completed in 2014, will...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Technology-from-Veolia-Water-Solutions-is-selected-for-potash-and-salt-recovery-in-Spain_9711.html
August 1, 2012
Achema 2012 — the 30th International Exhibition Congress on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology that occurred in late June in Frankfurt am Main, Germany — took a decidedly forward-looking stance, focusing on a set of topics that the chemical process industries (CPI) will have to address in the future, including increased attention on sustainable processes and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Achema-2012-takes-a-forward-view_9516.html
September 27, 2011
Codexis, Inc. (Redwood City, Calif.; www.codexis.com) and Raizen Energia S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil; www.raizen.com) have signed a joint development agreement to develop an improved first-generation ethanol process with enhanced performance economics. Raizen is a joint venture between Shell and Cosan, and is Brazil's largest sugar and ethanol producer. Under the terms of the agreement, Raizen and Codexis will...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Codexis-and-Raizen-to-improve-first-generation-ethanol-process-in-Brazil_8499.html
August 1, 2011
The realization that our natural resources are not endless, and that we need to focus on sustainability is driving technology and its supporting funds toward new choices. In the chemical process industries (CPI), engineers are looking for alternatives to the traditional fossil-fuel-based chemistries, and are developing innovative bio-based routes to meet our needs. There is much evidence of this shift to a...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/The-Bio-Based-Economy_8343.html
June 17, 2011
NewAge Industries (Southampton, Pa.; www.newageindustries.com) has completed the installation of a one-megawatt rooftop solar-panel system, which supplies half of the plastic tubing manufacturer's energy needs. The project started last summer with upgrades to NewAge Industries’ roof. Solar panels now cover three-quarters of the rooftop on the 244,000-ft2 building located in Southampton, Bucks County...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/NewAge-Industries-installs-solar-panels-to-supply-half-of-its-energy-needs_8146.html
May 1, 2011
LEAN Chemical Manufacturing There has been a great deal of new activity around so-called lean thinking or the lean enterprise lately, even though the practical application has been going on since the early 1900s. It was started by Henry Ford, and followed on by Edwards Deming and Taiichi Ohno. These three were relentless foes against waste. If the chemical process industries (CPI) were to implement lean to...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/May-Letters_8019.html
September 1, 2010
On May 5, 2010 Texas Lehigh Cement (Buda, Tex.; http://www.texaslehigh.com) was awarded an Environmental Excellence Award by the state environmental agency Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ; Austin; http://www.tceq.state.tx.us). The company won for its alternative fuel project because of its outstanding community partnership process. Judges for the award said they could see potential for...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Letters-Texas-cement-plant-ready-to-share-award-winning-process_5952.html
December 4, 2009
The commercial purging componPurgex 461 Plus is effective for purging new biodegradeable and compostable polyethylene resins. The compound...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/A-purging-compound-effective-for-biodegradeable-resins_5342.html
August 1, 2009
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agancy (EPA; Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) announced the winners of the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Winners of the Challenge, which promotes R&D of less hazardous alternatives to existing technologies that reduce or eliminate waste in industrial production, are selected by an independent panel convened by the American Chemical Soc...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Green-honors_4965.html
October 28, 2008
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced that it was awarded a $1.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop economically viable technology to stabilize pyrolysis oil from second-generation biomass feedstocks for use as a renewable fuel source. Biomass pyrolysis oil is made from second-generation feedstocks like the residuals from agricultural and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/UOP-and-partners-to-develop-2nd-generation-biofeedstock-technology-under-U-S-DOE-award_4299.html
October 27, 2008
InEnTec LLC (www.inentec.com) and Lakeside Energy LLC (www.lakesideenergy.com) have announced a new partnership to facilitate construction of commercial-scale Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) gasification facilities that will convert hazardous waste and chemical residuals into useful chemical products. Under the terms of the agreement, Lakeside Energy will provide all project equity and working capital...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Lakeside-Energy-and-InEnTec-create-new-company-to-help-build-a-sustainable-future-for-the-CPI_4298.html
October 15, 2008
Genencor, a div. of Danisco A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.danisco.com) and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Akron, Ohio; www.goodyear.com) have started a research collaboration to develop a bio-based process for producing isoprene using renewable...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Chementator-Bio-based-isoprene_4255.html
October 15, 2008
As part of the European BioDME project, Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) and Chemrec will design and build a new plant for producing dimethyl ether (DME). Located at the Smurfit Kappa...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Chementator-Biomass-to-DME_4259.html
October 15, 2008
The DuPont cellulosic ethanol joint venture (JV), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE; Itasca, Ill.; www.dupontdanisco.com), has broken ground for its first pilot-scale biorefinery and state-of-the-art biofuels research and development facility in Vonore, Tenn.  The JV has partnered with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, through Genera Energy LLC (www.generaenergy.net), to...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/DuPont-Danisco-JV-breaks-ground-for-biofuels-facility_4274.html
September 15, 2008
Handbook of Chemical Technology and Pollution Control. Third Edition. By Martin B. Hocking. 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: wiley.com. 2006. 830 pages, $95.95. Reviewed by V. N. Lad, S. V. National Institute of Technology, Gujarat, India Sustainable development that incorporates energy efficient production practices and environmentally friendly process design are responsibilities...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/September-Bookshelf_4161.html
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