Creating a Revolution in Green & Sustainable Chemistry

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For decades, it has seemed as though the pressure of the sustainability movement has existed outside of the industry, that it has been the province of activists fighting against corporate policies and regulatory bodies trying to nudge companies towards “greener” practices. But it now appears that we are passing the tipping point where the industry is going from defensive to proactive. Seeing the real business benefits not to mention the environmental necessity  has convinced many companies that fully embracing sustainability is the right course.

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United petrochemical company

United petrochemical company is a vertically integrated petrochemical group which owns four enterprises located in the Bashkortostan region: Ufaorgsintez, Tuimazinkoye and Shkapovskoye Gas Processing Plants and Bisphenol-A plant. In 2012, UPC generated a combined revenue of RUB 17.9 billion.

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United petrochemical company

United petrochemical company is a vertically integrated petrochemical group which owns four enterprises located in the Bashkortostan region: Ufaorgsintez, Tuimazinkoye and Shkapovskoye Gas Processing Plants and Bisphenol-A plant. In 2012, UPC generated a combined revenue of RUB 17.9 billion.

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