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To get beyond CAFE to 2030, we’ll need this roadmap

Arguably the most influential force in the North American automotive market is the joint Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards which set emissions and miles per gallon (mpg) requirements for model year 2025 vehicles to more than 50 mpg. This rapid mpg increase, combined with ever present consumer demand for better performance and appealing styling [...]

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CalRecycle announces workshop on expanding state’s ability to convert waste into energy, fuels

Last fall, a panel discussion co-hosted by ACC and the LA Chamber of Commerce showcased emerging technologies that can convert waste into energy. Focusing on ways that state and local lawmakers can encourage new investment in these technologies, the event included participation by many local business leaders and waste management experts, including representatives from CalRecycle, [...]

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NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade converts waste into energy

A number of forward thinking cities are investing in technologies to convert trash into energy and, in the process, are taking advantage of an abundant, domestic energy resource. Consider Newark, New Jersey. Last week’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City generated a fair amount of waste. Rather than landfilling it, the party hats, [...]

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White House to establish new innovation institute for manufacture of advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites

Innovations in energy efficiency – nearly every one made possible by chemistry – are reducing energy demand for our cars, homes and businesses. And recently, the White House announced an important step towards even greater efficiency across the American manufacturing sector. President Obama unveiled a new program through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that [...]

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BPA and plastics: the not-so scary truth

What’s trending right now? Lots of chatter about the safety of plastics: Are plastics safe in food packaging? Are they safe in carry-out food containers? What about the plastics in my kitchen? What should I do? Questions like these are the result of pressure groups targeting plastics — the very plastics that have been approved [...]

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New plastics-to-oil technologies alliance revs up

Are used plastics poised to become the new black gold? The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division recently announced the launch of a new group whose members are developing commercial scale technologies for converting non-recycled used plastics into crude oil and other petroleum based products (read full press release). The new Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance is working [...]

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Case study: Milliken polypropylene products deliver on efficiency and design

Energy efficiency is on the rise in America, thanks to recent legislative initiatives (see H.R. 2126 and S. 1000)  and the emergence of public and private partnerships (see the Better Buildings Challenge) that can help Americans reduce our collective energy footprint. And of the hundreds if not thousands of energy-saving tools at our disposal today, [...]

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U.S. EIA: America’s plastics makers triple exports on half the energy

Data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms what U.S. plastics manufacturers have been seeing firsthand of late – solid growth  in plastics production and exports, combined with improved efficiencies, which allow their businesses to draw less energy from our nation’s abundant natural gas supply. The graph above tells the story. The [...]

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Chemistry to help lift winter athletes to peak performance in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics, just three shorts weeks away, will showcase high-speed skiing, super-skilled snowboarding, and high-stakes ice hockey, among many other sports. But did you know that the products of chemistry help world-class athletes perform at their peak? Chemistry is behind each and every pair of skates, goggles, knee pads, and footwear — though [...]

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Promise of affordable shale gas lures another foreign manufacturer to U.S. shores

You might say the good news about overseas investment in U.S.-based chemical plants accumulates faster than a December snowfall — and you’d be right. In the latest development, Asia’s largest chemical producer, Formosa Plastics Group, is seeking a $2 billion expansion of its Texas operations, as cheaper natural gas prices make production in America more [...]

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