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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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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center studies energy potential of non-recycled plastics

Given our nation’s need to improve energy security, a diverse energy supply is more important than ever. That diversity includes technologies that derive energy from waste, enabling us to harness the power of this underutilized resource. A new report released earlier this month revealed in greater detail the energy that can be derived from used [...]

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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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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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House committee approves ‘Better Buildings Act’

Those who support  energy efficiency legislation received welcome news from Congress this week in the form of a bill that would help save energy in America’s commercial buildings. H.R. 2126, the “Better Buildings Act of 2013,” was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday morning. The bill directs the U.S. Department of [...]

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How formaldehyde contributes to a sustainable future for wood products [INFOGRAPHIC]

Formaldehyde has been improving our lives for more than a century. Today, it is essential to making hundreds of beneficial products we rely on every day in our homes and factories — and, in many cases, it is the key ingredient that makes consumer products perform better. One of formaldehyde’s most sustainable and popular uses [...]

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A ‘great day’ for energy efficiency last month — how about a great year?

Our friends at the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) hosted their 11th Great Energy Efficiency Day (GEED) event on Capitol Hill last month, bringing together hundreds of stakeholders to discuss the importance of energy efficiency to the U.S. economy and how communities are working toward the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. Notable speakers [...]

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Filling in the cracks can save homeowners billions of dollars in energy costs

As temperatures continue to drop and home heating bills around the country make their perennial rise, Americans that have weatherized their homes won’t be allowing as much heat (or money) to escape through the cracks. “Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective energy savings opportunities,” says Paul Francisco, a research engineer at the Illinois [...]

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Advancing energy and climate solutions through chemistry

Meeting the world’s energy needs while improving sustainability is one of the key challenges of the 21st Century. The chemical industry has a significant role to play in the energy and climate discussions given the importance of energy to our business. We use energy as our major fuel source and raw material. At the same [...]

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