July 13, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

The G8 Summit last week seem to have brought little resolutions to any climate actions and some expect the same to happen in the incoming climate talks in Copenhagen later this year. I hope that's not the case.

Anyway, last week also brought forth major press conferences from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) about a recent study involving the current and potential benefits of chemicals in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The organizations' goal for the study is for lawmakers to recommend global (and local) policy actions (and inactions) that will not, as much as possible, hinder these benefits.

Let's see what's going to happen this week but I'm hoping it'll be more quiet so I can enjoy more time under the beautiful (about darn time!) New York sun. Here are this week's news roundup!

Rhodia enters biogas
Rhodia made its first investment in biogas technology, by acquiring Econcern Group’s participation in six pilot biogas production projects located in China and Vietnam. Biogas is a mix of methane and CO2 obtained from fermentation of biowastes.

Biopolymers collaboration
NatureWorks and Avantium formed a development partnership to fully understand the properties and commercial potential of a new generation of bioplastics. Avantium is working to develop monomers and polymers from non food biomass.

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