Archive: March, 2013

Yergin, other energy stars sing praises of shale gas during IHS CERAWeek

Energy mavens from around the world met in Houston last week for IHS CERAWeek, where the economic benefits of natural gas from shale to America’s manufacturing sector proved a popular topic yet again. America’s chemical manufacturers are especially rebounding from the economic decline, courtesy of abundant and affordable sources of natural gas from shale that […]

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Two more lessons learned from GlobalChem 2013

1. Better Data, Better Decisions One of the major issues raised around the effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) centers around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) understanding of chemicals in commerce. For example, the current TSCA inventory includes more than 84,000 chemicals. However, it is widely recognized the inventory does not reflect […]

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Energy recovery… There’s an app for that!

Through the power of technology, the benefits of recovering energy from everyday waste now can be experienced right at your fingertips. And it’s fun. Covanta Energy has launched a new game for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that allows you to earn points for feeding the energy production process while sorting out recyclables and […]

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Energy and Power Subcommittee highlights private-sector contributions to energy efficiency

“The U.S. has steadily improved its energy productivity as a result of advances in technology driven by private sector innovation,” according to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), speaking during a recent Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing featuring ACC member Arkema, Inc. The U.S. manufacturing sector is driving the development of advanced technology […]

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Energy efficiency a gift that can keep on giving, ACEEE report shows

A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) demonstrates that, while many Americans have already begun to experience the benefits of energy efficiency, those benefits could be amplified even more in the years to come. Some of the report’s highlights: Energy efficiency investments increased 80 percent from 2004 to 2010 Energy […]

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Plastic film recycling reaches 1 billion pounds annually

It’s always encouraging to see that Americans are recycling more of the materials they use every day, so we were pleased to see that plastic film recycling — the category of plastic recycling that includes plastic bags, product wraps and commercial shrink film — has grown so dramatically in just six years. According to a […]

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Council of independent scientists advises flame retardant industry

It’s important that industry maintain an ongoing dialogue with the scientific community. One example of how industry engages the deep knowledge of scientific experts comes from the North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA). NAFRA represents three of the world’s largest manufacturers of flame retardants — the chemicals that act to protect safety by helping to […]

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