Category: Chemical industry

Now you can wash your clothes with recycled carbon emissions

Read the full story in Fast Company.

You might not know it, but you’re likely washing your clothes with ingredients made from fossil fuels But soon, you’ll be able to stop and do your laundry with a detergent made from recycled carbon emissions instead. While many surfactants—a key ingredient in detergents, which creates foam and allows dirt to be washed away—are derived from petroleum, a new laundry capsule from Unilever, which initially will be available in stores in China, uses surfactants made from captured industrial emissions.

The laundry capsules, available through the brand Omo and launching in China April 22, result from a partnership between Unilever, biotech company LanzaTech, and green chemical company India Glycols. LanzaTech, which has a commercial plant running in China that turns carbon emissions from a steel mill into ethanol, has already used its carbon recycling process to turn those emissions into jet fuel and alcohol for fragrances.

Lubrizol making inroads into environmental stewardship, sustainable products

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Lubrizol in Avon Lake is touting its activities that contribute to Earth Day. Alicia Gauer, senior director for global communications and John Uptmor, health, safety, environmental and security manager at the facility took the time to talk about what strides the local facility is making “to reduce landfill impact through commercial digestion in which carbon-based materials are converted into compressed natural gas that will be added to the Cleveland-area electrical grid.”

UK plastic plant is ‘world-first’ commercial-scale chemical recycler

Read the full story at Recycling International.

A new facility being built in the UK is said to be the world’s first commercial-scale chemical plant for converting all types of plastic waste into oil and gas for use in new plastic products.

Why Louisiana’s Air Quality Is Going From Bad to Worse, in 3 Charts

Read the full story from ProPublica.

The chemical industry is growing rapidly in Louisiana at the same time that the state is backsliding when it comes to toxic levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the air. We investigated. Here’s what we found.

ENERGY STAR Industries in focus

EPA works with individual manufacturing sectors through ENERGY STAR to improve energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR industrial focuses provide a non-competitive environment for EPA and industry corporate energy managers to work together to build unique and helpful energy management tools for the industry.

The following industries currently participate:

Energy products are key inputs to global chemicals industry

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration.

The industrial sector of the worldwide economy consumed more than half (55%) of all delivered energy in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency. Within the industrial sector, the chemicals industry is one of the largest energy users, accounting for 12% of global industrial energy use. Energy—whether purchased or produced onsite at plants—is very important to the chemicals industry, and it links the chemical industry to many parts of the energy supply chain including utilities, mines, and other energy product manufacturers.

Catalyst for change: Which chemical companies are prepared for the low carbon transition?

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This report updates and expands CDP’s research and
League Table for chemical companies, first published
in August 2015. It ranks 22 of the largest publicly
listed chemical companies on business readiness
for a low carbon transition which in aggregate emit
276 Mt CO2 emissions per annum, accounting for
approximately 25% of emissions of the global chemical
industry. Notable omissions are the Chinese chemical
industry and the petrochemical businesses of oil & gas


How to Balance Competing Priorities in Manufacturing: Q&A with Eastman Chemical

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

Chances are that Eastman Chemical Company had a hand in making products you know well, from beverage bottles to medical devices to the paint that coats vehicles. Headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, the company manufactures advanced materials and specialty additives for customers in more than 100 countries. Last year revenues totaled approximately $9 billion.

In April, for the fourth year in a row, Eastman received the EPA’s Energy Star Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award, which recognized 2016 achievements that included reducing energy intensity by more than 3% in 2015, initiating more than 100 energy-savings projects focused on steam and electrical systems, and realizing a 10% reduction in energy intensity at two sites in under five years. Eastman is currently the only chemical company to receive this award.

“We want to think strategically and holistically about the resources we use,” says Sharon Nolen, Eastman Chemical Company’s manager of global natural resources. A chemical engineer by training as well as a certified energy manager, Nolen also serves as Eastman’s primarily liaison with Energy Star and the DOE’s Better Plants program. Recently we caught up with her to find out how she fosters an efficiency improvement mindset across the organization to save water, energy, and money.

Is Your Company Prepared for the New TSCA Chemical Reporting Rule?

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Almost all companies across most industries are subject to a new, one-time reporting requirement imposed by the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Beginning in the third quarter of 2017, companies will have 180 days to identify and report to the EPA each chemical it has manufactured or imported in the past 10 years. Chemicals not reported will be designated “inactive,” and thus illegal to manufacture or use in the US.

Pruitt, EPA Working on Ways to Speed Up New Chemical Review Process

Read the full story from Bloomberg BNA.

A backlog of chemicals needing EPA approval has doubled in the past eight months—a jam chemical manufacturers say is significant to an industry that depends on creating new products.

The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the backup and is working to address it. Possible changes include considering whether it needs to reinterpret requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was amended in June 2016.

Chemical manufacturers, which once found the EPA to be fairly predictable and reasonably quick in its reviews, are saying it is no longer predictable or quick.

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