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SIN List Updated, Substitution Tool Launched

ChemSec’s annual Substitute It Now, or SIN list, has been updated with the addition of 28 chemicals identified as Substances of Very High Concern, using criteria defined by the EU’s REACH regulation. In addition, the update marks the launch of SINimilarity, a tool for identifying SIN-like chemicals to assist companies … Read more »

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Chemical Giants Publish Environmental Footprint Guide

Major chemical companies including AkzoNobel, BASF and Eastman Chemical, working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, have published a guide to help chemical industry customers and stakeholders use more sustainable products. The guide, Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products, is the result of a collaboration between leading chemical … Read more »

BASF Tops Chemical SIN List

BASF produces the most hazardous chemicals in Europe, according to ChemSec’s annual Substitute It Now, or SIN List. The updated list, with information from the second registration phase of REACH — the European Chemicals Agency’s chemical rules — includes companies that produce or import SIN List chemicals in the EU … Read more »

Clariant Joins Sustainability Organization

Clariant is now part of Together for Sustainability (TfS), an organization seeking to improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry. Clariant becomes the eighth member in the initiative with AkzoNobel, BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay. The joint operations of global supplier assessments and … Read more »

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BASF, Bayer Among Chemical Firms Pushing Supply Chain Sustainability

Chemical companies BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay have concluded their first year of piloting sustainability assessments and audits in global supply chains. The companies’ joint initiative, Together for Sustainability (TfS), aims to develop and implement a global supplier engagement program that assesses and improves chemical sustainability sourcing … Read more »

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Green Plastics Process Discovered

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Xylene chemicals are used to produce PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is used in many products including soda … Read more »

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BASF, Genomatica Plan Renewable Butanediol Facility

BASF has inked a deal with California biochemical company Genomatica to build a production facility to make sugar-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) using Genomatica’s technology. The German chemical giant says renewable BDO has valuable applications for the plastics, textile and automotive industries. Under the terms of the agreement, Genomatica will continue to … Read more »

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Contract Wins: Ball, Lockheed Marin, John Deere, Schneider Electric, Xylem, Fuel Tech

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to build the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) for the National Institute of Environmental Research in South Korea. GEMS is a geostationary scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrometer designed to monitor trans-boundary pollution for the Korean peninsula and … Read more »