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Elevance, Genting Enter Biorefinery Collaboration

Elevance Renewable Sciences, a specialty chemicals company, says it will partner with Genting Plantations Berhad to build a 240,000 metric ton biorefinery that uses Elevance’s metathesis technology to produce biochemicals from renewable oils. The 25:75 collaboration between Elevance and Genting will produce renewable, high-performance olefins and specialty chemicals that can … Read more »

Cleantech Open Expands into Six Countries

Clean-technology accelerator the Cleantech Open is expanding its program for cleantech startups to six countries. In partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and local executing partners, the Cleantech Open is launching six international cleantech accelerators in Armenia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa … Read more »

peat swamp to oil palm

Converting Peat Swamp to Palm Oil Plantations Contributes to Climate Change

Converting peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia into industrial oil palm and pulpwood plantations releases emissions, threatens biodiversity and ultimately accelerates climate change, according to a guest column by a Princeton professor and PhD candidate at the university. As trees are stripped from peat swamp to make room for oil palm … Read more »

rubber plantation

Rubber Industry to Create Sustainability Standards

The International Rubber Study Group aims to set up a voluntary certification program and standards for sustainable natural rubber, a $30 billion a cash crop, the Wall Street Journal reports. Skyrocketing demand in the last decade and led to record-high prices and new rubber plantations outside of Thailand, Indonesia and … Read more »