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ACC Announces 2020 Energy Efficiency Award Winners (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2020-05-06
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is reporting 13 of its member companies have been honored under the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2019.

Under the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program, ACC member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing environmental, health, safety and security plans.

Award recipients included Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Carus Corp., Chevron Phillips Chemical, Dow, Dupont, Eastman Chemical, Hexio Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Chemical, SABIC, and Lubrizol . (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, May., 2020) Contact: American Chemistry Council, www.americanchemistry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Port of Antwerp Consortium to Develop CCUS Infrastructure (Int'l.)
Port of Antwerp
Date: 2019-12-20
In the Netherlands, a collaboration of eight players in the port sector -- Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, ExxonMobil, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total -- are reporting an agreement to conduct a study of the economic and technical feasibility of developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) at the Port of Antwerp.

The consortium believes that both storing and using carbon can make a useful contribution to achieving the energy and climate objectives at Flemish, Belgian and European level and lead to reductions in CO2 emissions in the run-up to 2030. To that end, the Port of Antwerp and a number of other partners have submitted the necessary applications to the European Commission.

The Port of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium, is a port in the heart of Europe accessible to capesize ships. It is Europe's second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. Antwerp stands at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt which is navigable by ships of more than 100,000 Gross Tons as far as 80 km inland. -- Wikipedia. (Source: Port Staretegy, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Port of Antwerp , Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, +32 (0)3 205 20 11, www.portofantwerp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  


Avantium Plans 2023 Bioplastics Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
Avantium
Date: 2019-06-14
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam-based renewable chemicals specialist Avantium reports it is advancing its planned production of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF) bio-based polymers at a new bioplastics plant that is slated for opening in 2023.

Avantium's YXY plant-to-plastics process catalytically converts plant-based sugars into a wide range of chemicals and plastics, such as bio-based PEF.

Avantium also notes it has assumed full ownership of the Synvina bioplastics business from joint venture partner, the German chemicals giant BASF, and has rebranded the operation as Avantium Renewable Polymers. Synvina was formed in 2016 to commercialise the YXY technology developed by Avantium to produce PEF-building block FDCA. (Source: Avantium, BioMarket Insights, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Avantium, Tom van Aken , CEO, +31 (0)20 586 8080, www.avantium.com; Synvina, hello@synvina.com, www.synvina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Synvina,  Avantium ,  Bioplastic,  


Siemens Adding Battery Storage to BASF Gas Power Plant (Int'l)
Siemens,BASF
Date: 2019-06-03
Siemens will install a battery storage system as part of the overhaul of a gas power plant for chemicals giant BASF. As well as replacing the gas turbines at the industrial power plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, a SIESTART battery system has been installed to provide blackstart capabilities. Siemens will also provide a 15-year service contract.

The battery system will be provided by Fluence, the joint venture between AES and Siemens. The company said BASF will benefit from blackstart capabilities, islanding, if required, and a more reliable power supply. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage News, 30 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens news,  Energy Storage news,  BASF news,  


ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2019-04-15
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • BASF Touts Carbon Management Program Goals (Int'l Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2019-01-23
    German chemicals giant BASF has outlined the R&D activities that will allow the company to achieve CO2-neutral growth until 2030 as part of its carbon management programme. To that end, the company is cutting emissions by optimizing existing processes, developing new low-emissions processes, and gradually replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources.

    Since 1990, Ludwigshafen-headquartered BASF says it has doubled it product output and at the same time cut its CO2 emissions by 50 pct. The company plans to keep CO2 emissions at today's levels while doubling growth by 2030 through its carbon management programme. (Source: BASF, The Chemical Engineer, Jan., 2019) Contact: BASF, Andreas Bode, Program Leader for Carbon Management R&D, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote
    BASF
    Date: 2019-01-18
    "We (BASF) think activities have to focus on avoiding CO2 emissions from the start. You might wonder why we call it carbon management, rather than decarbonization, a term many people are using. The chemical industry cannot be decarbonized because chemistry means chemical transformation and this is the lifeblood of the chemical industry. Most of the important substances that we use every day consist of a high degree of carbon. We can not and should not do without carbon, but we can manage it." -- Dr. Martin Brudermuller, BASF, Chairman, Chief Technology Officer. Contact: BASF, Dr. Martin Brudermuller, www.basf.com/global/en/investors/basf-at-a-glance/corporate-governance/board-of-executive-directors/dr-martin-brudermueller.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  BASF,  CO2,  


    BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    BASF,TUV SUD
    Date: 2018-11-14
    German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

    For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

    BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TUV SUD,  BASF,  Methanol,  Biomass,  


    BASF Invests in Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Firm LanzaTech (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,BASF
    Date: 2018-10-03
    German chemicals juggernaut BASF reports it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago, Illinois headquartered LanzaTech, a biotech company using special microbes to recycle waste gas streams.

    LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology recycles residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. By re-using waste streams instead of incinerating them, industrial companies are said to be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    BASF Venture Capital GmbH was founded in 2001 with the aim of generating new growth potential for BASF by investing in new companies and funds. (Source: BASF, WMW, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  BASF,  Ethanol,  


    Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    QyreseachReports
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018, a new research report from Brooklyn, New York-based QyreseachReports examines the factors that have amplified demand within the global market, market trends and dynamics, as well as Global Bio-Based Chemicals market manufacturers and players including: Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings; BASF; PTT Global; Purac; Mitsui & Co.; Abengoa Bioenergia, S.A; BioAmber Inc., Braskem; Cargill; CORBION Meredian Inc, ; Metabolix Inc.; Methanex Corporation; Myriant Technologies; NatureWorks; Novozymes ASS; and Royal DSM.

    Download report samples HERE. Browse a complete report HERE. (Source: QyresearchReports, SBWire, 7 July, 2018) Contact: QyresearchReports, (518) 621-2074, sales@qyresearchreports.com, www.qyresearchreports.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biuochemical,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


    BASF Invests in LanzaTech (Int'l. Report)
    BASF,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-15
    German chemicals giant BASF is confirming it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago-headquartered biotech LanzaTech.

    Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates, that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal. (Source: BASF, WMW, 14 June, 2018) Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  


    BASF, Lallemand Report US Ethanol Market Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    BASF Enzymes, Lallemand Biofuels
    Date: 2018-06-13
    In San Diego, BASF Enzymes and Montral-headquartered Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) report they've formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement with the aim to maximize value to customers in the US ethanol market.

    In the collaboration, BASF's enzyme portfolio will be used for applications in liquefaction and fermentation to improve fermentation performance. LBDS will use its TransFerm yeast product line which it claims provides increased ethanol yields and reduces the need for glucoamylase addition.

    The BASF company portfolio is organized into five segments -- chemicals, performance products, functional materials & solutions, agricultural solutions and oil & gas.

    LBDS supplies fermentation ingredients and 'value creating services' to the global fuel ethanol and distilled beverage industries. (Source: BASF, LBDS, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres., (815) 721-6165, www.lallemandbds.com; BASF Enzymes, Dirk Daems, Drector of Operations, (858)451-8500, https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/VRNM:US-basf-enzymes-llc, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Enzymes,  Lallemand Biofuels,  Ethanol,  


    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Markets Report World,
    Date: 2018-05-28
    Markets Report World's Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Product Type, Top Manufacturer Capacity, Production, Price, Revenue and Market Share, Analysis & Forecast by 2021 is a detailed study of the global bio-based chemicals market dynamics including market growth trends, structure, driving factors, scope, opportunities, challenges, vendor landscape analysis and more.

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Top Vendors include: BASF; Cargill; Incorporated; DSM; INEOS; PTT Global Chemical Public Company. Other prominent vendors include: BioAmber; Braskem; DuPont; GFBiochemicals; LyondellBasell Industries; Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; Novozymes; Prinova Group; Qingdao Langyatai (Group); Revolymer; Succinity; Yield10 Bioscience and others.

    Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

    Report details and a sample PDF of report are HERE. Purchase Report HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Markets Report World, www.marketreportsworld.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


    BASF to power Canadian HQ, Plants with Bullfrog Renewables (Ind. Report)
    BASF,Bullfrog Power
    Date: 2018-03-19
    The Canadian operations of German chemicals giant BASF will use 100 pct renewable power at its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, and its manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan under a deal with Toronto, Ontario-based wind and hydropower producer Bullfrog Power, according to a Bullfrog release.

    With the switch to renewables, BASF expects to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1,520 tpy. Source: Bullfrog Power, Mar., 2018) Contact: BASF Canada, Marcelo Lu, Pres., www.basf.com/ca; Bullfrog Power: Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com; www.bullfrogpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  BASF,  Renewable Energy,  


    CDP Report Takes Chemical Giants to Task on CO2 Emissions (Intl)
    CDP
    Date: 2017-10-18
    Despite making progress on climate risks, the chemical industry is failing to meet the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement, says a new report by CDP. Catalyst for Change analyses 22 of the largest global chemical companies -- including AkzoNobel, DuPont, BASF and Dow Chemical -- with a total market capitalization of $650 billion and responsible for a quarter of all emissions of the sector at 276 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions. According to the report, rapid process innovations will be required in order for chemical companies to have any chance of aligning with the below 2-degree goal set out by the Paris agreement.

    The chemical sector is responsible for an eighth of global industrial CO2 emissions. Despite the industry's ability to innovate on low carbon, it will struggle to fully de-carbonize if it doesn't make rapid and significant changes to its own highly polluting processes, the CDP report claims. The CDP report notes that the sector is still providing climate change solutions on the product side and is profiting from the low carbon transition, with around 20 pct of revenues coming from these products. representing close to $83 billion in revenues.

    Download an executive summary of the CDP Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: CDP. Sustainable Brands,, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Paris Climate Accord,  CDP,  


    Aggregate Industries, BASF Partner on Concrete Environmental Product Declarations (Ind. Report)
    Aggregate Industries ,BASF Construction Chemicals
    Date: 2017-10-02
    Chicago-headquartered cement manufacturer Aggregate Industries (AI) reports it has partnered with BASF Construction Chemicals to create a suite of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to provide clients with detailed information on the environmental impact of their ready-mixed concrete, and to encourage the implementation of sustainable solutions. -- core issues within the construction industry.

    Aggregate Industries have launched EPDs on their Agilia, Watertight and Diamondcrete ready-mixed concrete products.

    The EPDs are based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) calculations using BASF's Life Cycle Analyzer tool to quantify the environmental impact of specialist and conventional concretes and compare the eco-efficiency of different concrete mixes.

    The Life Cycle Analyzer allows concrete producers and specifiers to demonstrate compliance with European Standard BS EN 15804:2012 and to calculate indicators such as global warming potential (CO2), renewable energy consumption, acidification potential, and the cost impact of different concrete mix designs. (Source: Aggregate Industries, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Aggregate Industries, (773) 372-1000, www.aggregate.com; BASF +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com/en/products-and-industries/construction.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete,  Cement,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EmiratesGBC Launches online Green Building Tooltips (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-06-12
    In the Middle East, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) reports the launch of a new initiative to encourage energy efficiency and green building best practices.

    The interactive tool cover three different building typologies, showcasing a home, school and office building. The initiative is powered by BASF and Legrand, EmiratesGBC corporate members.

    Access the Green Building Tooltips at www.emiratesgbc.org. (Source: Construction Week, Emirates GBC, PR, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Emirates GBC, www.emiratesgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Emirates Green Building Council,  

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