Metal-free carbon-based catalyst could transform chemical manufacturing

Medical | August 27, 2020

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a metal-free carbon-based catalyst that has the potential to be much less expensive and more efficient for many industrial concerns, including manufacturing of bio- and fossil fuels, electrocatalysis, and fuel cells. At their most fundamental, these industry processes involve splitting strong chemical bonds, like hydrogen-hydrogen, carbon-oxygen, and carbon-hydrogen bonds. Traditionally this has been accomplished with catalysts that use transition or precious metals, many of them expensive and low in natural abundance -- like platinum and palladium.

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TOMRA calls for closing the loop on plastics and beyond

TOMRA | June 01, 2022

TOMRA continues to play a key role in closing the loop on PET beverage containers but recognizes that there is more to be done. Now political framework, bold decisions and smart investments in collecting, sorting and recycling should be used to improve circularity across all material streams and to overcome today's supply chain bottlenecks. "We have an obligation to work with all stakeholders to reduce the mountains of waste and transform them into the valuable resources they are", TOMRA's CEO and President Tove Andersen stated at TOMRA's press conference held at IFAT. Although there has been considerable progress in recycling, the pandemic and the ongoing war in Europe have shown us that there is an urgency to decrease dependency on primary materials. "Today, we invest approximately 10% of our revenues in future-oriented activities to increase resource efficiency, advancing the market for circular solutions, which we are well-positioned to do. We have the technology capable of maximizing collection and recovery rates. We can act now, optimize waste management practices and fill existing gaps", concludes Andersen. Having established benchmarks for climate policy worldwide, the European Green Deal, coupled with binding regulations and guidelines for producers and manufacturers, drive the acceleration to a circular economy. TOMRA urges all participants in the value chain to see these specifications as an opportunity and to support their implementation. "We have learned that mandatory legislation is necessary in order to achieve goals and create markets," Dr. Volker Rehrmann, EVP, Head of Recycling/Mining & Circular Economy, explains. "However, before we can recycle larger volumes we need to collect as much as possible. There are well-functioning collection systems in place, but it is still not enough. Every day we lose valuable resources to landfill and incineration where they are buried and burned. This is low-hanging fruit and the material must be collected, recovered and recycled." Maximizing material circularity is not restricted to plastics. There are more material streams to close the loop on, such as metals and wood. "We must pay equal attention to these recyclables to support reaching the EU's climate neutrality goals set for 2050", said Tom Eng, SVP Head of Recycling. For example, the demand for aluminum is expected to grow by 40% by 2050, a challenge for aluminum producers with limited production capacities in Europe. The good news is that recycled aluminum plays a critical role on the way to a decarbonized world and supports producers' quest to increase recycled content and their environmental commitments. A similar scenario can be observed in the wood sector. Particleboard manufacturers are looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to source materials of which availability is currently limited and that with sky-rocketing prices. Using recycled materials in the production of wood-based or metal-based materials help producers to overcome these challenges while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and resource depletion. "If we leverage the power of intelligent technologies and closely work with the industry, we can turn waste into value and reduce the dependency on primary materials. Recycling is a key climate mitigator and energy-efficient route to go when supporting a sustainable transition, keeping materials in continuous use. Whatever it takes to close the loop, we will get there", finished Eng. About TOMRA TOMRA Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry to transform resource recovery and create value in waste. The company was the first to develop advanced waste and metals sorting applications use high capacity near infrared (NIR) technology to extract the most value from resources. To date, more than 8,200 systems have been installed in 100 countries worldwide. TOMRA Recycling is a division of TOMRA Group. TOMRA was founded in 1972 and follows the vision to lead the resource revolution to transform how the planet's resources are obtained, used and reused to enable a world without waste. The company's other business divisions comprise TOMRA Food, TOMRA Mining and TOMRA Collection.

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CITGO Receives Multiple Awards for Safety Excellence

CITGO Corporation | June 16, 2022

CITGO Petroleum Corporation recently received three safety awards recognizing outstanding safety results in both its terminals and refining operations CITGO terminals received the Safety Excellence Award from the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) in recognition of standout safety performance in 2021. This is the most recent such award from ILTA, which has recognized CITGO for safety performance multiple times over the past decade. CITGO refineries in Lemont, Illinois and Corpus Christi, Texas both received the Safety Achievement Award from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). The award recognizes excellent safety performance across the oil and gas industry. This was the third consecutive year AFPM has recognized safety performance at CITGO refineries. "Safety is the cornerstone of our operational excellence. We are honored to receive these distinguished awards as testament to our efforts in maintaining the highest standards of operational safety at our refineries and terminals." CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá CITGO operates three refineries with a combined crude capacity of 769,000 barrels-per day and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals and six pipelines, one of the largest distribution networks in the country. "We strive to build a resilient safety culture throughout our operations," added Shane Moser, CITGO Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment. "ILTA and AFPM are champions of our industry, and their continued recognition of our safety culture is tremendously gratifying." ILTA, representing companies and partnerships that operate bulk liquid storage terminals worldwide, advocates on behalf of the liquid terminal industry and maintains close working relationships with other organizations that interact with the tank storage industry. AFPM is the leading national trade association representing fuel and petrochemical manufacturers. AFPM members make and transport the fuels that keep Americans moving and the petrochemicals that are essential building blocks for modern life. About CITGO Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,400 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.

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Invert Adds Further Carbon Credit Experience and Leadership to Team

Invert Inc. | March 04, 2022

Invert Inc. a specialized carbon emissions reduction and offsetting company, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its team to add new carbon project expertise and IT development leadership. Joining the team as Head of Carbon Forestry is Matt Delaney. Matt is a forester specializing in carbon projects and has over 20 years of experience in forest carbon methodology development, forest inventory techniques, and carbon markets. He has been part of the successful implementation of carbon projects on over two million acres of land. Matt is co-author of an IFM carbon methodology under the American Carbon Registry and is currently part of a team writing a biochar carbon methodology for Verra, one of the leading carbon credit standard agencies. As Head of Carbon Forestry at Invert, he will evaluate and complete due diligence on forest carbon project opportunities including IFM, REDD+, and reforestation projects globally. He will also identify new opportunities in the carbon offset and removal sector and assist in developing new carbon methodologies. Also joining the team is Chris Heider, as Head of Blue Carbon. Chris will oversee project diligence and structuring for carbon sequestration and avoidance projects that specifically relate to coastal and marine ecosystems. He is an ecosystem ecologist with a strong background in quantifying and designing nature-based solutions to climate change in countries with low or limited capacity. Chris has over 25 years of experience consulting for global and regional organizations in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America Regions, as well as numerous private sector clients. Chris has conducted assessments and designed projects in over 20 jurisdictions around the world, covering projects of all forms including forest management, reforestation, evaluation of carbon stocks in mangrove, coastal communities, upland forests, wetlands and grasslands. Chris and Matt join an existing leadership team with significant expertise in carbon credit markets, including Gabe Sheets-Poling (former Managing Director at Cargill Inc. and Sr. VP at Indigo Ag.) and Adam Shedletzky (former Senior Adviser to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change and Premier of Ontario). “Chris and Matt are both seasoned leaders in on-the-ground assessment and structuring of carbon credit generation projects. With their addition to Invert, we have further strengthened the carbon credit team with decades of experience across forestry, blue carbon, regenerative agriculture and technology-related projects.” Andre Fernandez, Co-CEO, Invert Also joining the Invert leadership team as Head of IT and Technical Development is Ru Wadasinghe. With over 30 years of technology experience, Ru is the former Chief Information Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation, CIO and VP of Professional Services at March Networks and spent 20 years at Nortel, where he held leadership positions in product management, operations and IT. Ru holds an Engineering degree from Carleton University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. Ru was awarded a U.S. patent in Internet networking and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 19 Technology Titans for 2019. “At Invert we are leveraging our financing of carbon reduction and sequestration projects, to develop a platform that enables individuals the opportunity to support carbon credit projects,” said Rade Kovacevic, Co-CEO. “Adding Ru’s immense technical background to the Company will be invaluable as we continue to advance our software platform to support our mission.” About Invert Invert invests in carbon credit projects that produce high quality, meaningful carbon reduction and removal credits that we believe will help save our world. We believe in making access to carbon reduction and removal projects available to individuals and businesses both big and small.

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Italmatch Chemicals acquires Aubin Group

Italmatch Chemicals | June 29, 2022

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