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PlasCO₂ project: Greenhouse gas transformed into a raw material

Innovative process could significantly reduce energy requirements for the production important chemical products

25-Jan-2023

Evonik has launched the PlasCO2 project together with three partners. The aim is to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material in the production of C4 chemicals. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project with more than €1.8 million. PlasCO2 stands for ...

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LANXESS and TotalEnergies to cooperate on sustainable styrene

Target 2050: Fully climate-neutral raw materials

05-Jan-2023

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and French energy group TotalEnergies have entered into a cooperation on the supply of biocircular styrene. Unlike conventional styrene, the raw material used by TotalEnergies is based on tall oil, which is derived from a tree resin and is a by-product of pulp ...

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Durable, inexpensive catalyst reduces carbon footprint of ammonia production

27-Oct-2022

The Haber-Bosch process, which is commonly used to synthesize ammonia (NH3)–the foundation for synthetic nitrogen fertilizers–by combining hydrogen (H2) and nitrogen (N2) over catalysts at high pressures and temperatures, is one of the most important scientific discoveries that has helped improve ...

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Chemical industry agrees on global standard for calculating product carbon footprint

TfS approach for chemical industry value chains supported by BASF

26-Sep-2022

As part of the joint initiative “Together for Sustainability” (TfS), 37 companies from the chemical industry, including BASF, have agreed on a global guideline for calculating product carbon footprints (PCFs). Product carbon footprints are an important information for steering emissions in the ...

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Data analytics start-up Carbon Minds partners with BASF

Provide consistent chemical carbon footprint data in alignment with BASF standard methodology

07-Sep-2022

Carbon Minds, the provider of the largest and most regionalized LCA database for chemicals and plastics, has partnered with BASF to provide comprehensive and consistent product carbon footprint (PCF) data for chemicals and plastics in alignment with the BASF PCF methodology. The partnership is ...

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Start-up develops software for companies to easily record carbon footprint for products

19-May-2022

To be able to design products more sustainably in the future, companies need to know the corresponding carbon footprint. However, it is not easy to balance it. Software currently being developed by the start-up greenable, a spin-off of the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, aims to remedy ...

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Almost all chemicals burden the planet

More than 99 percent of the most widely produced chemicals aren’t sustainable

04-Feb-2022

For the first time, researchers at ETH Zurich have calculated in absolute figures the extent to which the production of chemicals is currently interfering with nature worldwide – and the results are staggering. In addition to greenhouse gas emissions, the new method also takes land use and ...

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Shifting meetings, conventions online curbs climate change

The annual carbon footprint for the global event and convention industry is on par with the yearly greenhouse gas emissions of the entire U.S.

22-Dec-2021

The COVID-19 global pandemic – unexpectedly – has shown humanity a new way to reduce climate change: Scrap in-person meetings and conventions. Moving a professional conference completely online reduces its carbon footprint by 94%, and shifting it to a hybrid model, with no more than half of ...

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Growing carbon footprint of plastics

07-Dec-2021

After analysing the global plastics value chain, ETH researchers have revealed that the impact of plastics on climate and health is bigger than originally thought due to the increased use of coal for process heat, electricity and as a raw material in production. Global demand for them has ...

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Finding the missing piece in global oil life-cycle assessment

New research models the relationship between carbon impacts and market factors in the oil industry

18-Nov-2021

Predicting the behavior of any market is a slippery thing. Energy markets are changing especially quickly, and this is most clearly seen in the oil industry. With decreasing demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of electric vehicles, the market has experienced a shock, and it probably ...

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