sustainability

Michelin Produces France’s First Biomass-derived Butadiene

Michelin, IFP Energies nouvelles, and Axens have opened France’s first industrial-scale prototype facility to produce butadiene derived from biomass at Michelin’s plant in Bassens, near Bordeaux. The facility was built as part of the BioButterfly project, in which the three companies are participating with the support of the French ecological transition agency Adem with the aim of producing butadiene from...

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Bando Starts Solar Power Generation at Chinese Subsidiary

Bando Chemical started operation of a solar power generation system on the roof of Bando Belt Tianjin, its subsidiary in China, in December as part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and utilize clean energy. The newly installed solar power generation system has a generating capacity of 741 kW, with a projected annual power output of 850 MWh per...

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Kuraray Obtains ISCC PLUS Certification for MPD

Kuraray has acquired ISCC PLUS certification, an international certification system for sustainable products, for MPD (chemical name: 3-methyl-1,5-pentanediol) produced at its Niigata Plant in Tainai City, Niigata Prefecture. The certification ensures that biomass and recycled raw materials are properly managed in the supply chain, including product manufacturing, in a mass-balance manner. Kuraray is implementing its medium-term management plan Passion 2026,...

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Taiwan Ube Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

Ube Taiwan, a member of the Ube Group of chemical companies, has received ISCC PLUS (International Sustainable Carbon) certification, an international certification to realize and guarantee a sustainable supply chain and covers mainly biomass, recycled-derived, and other raw materials sold worldwide. With this certification, Ube Taiwan will begin selling three ISCC PLUS certified Ube Group products, including from Ube Elastomer...

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Toyo Tires Exhibits Concept Tire Made from 90% Sustainable Materials

Toyo Tires exhibited in January a concept tire made of 90% sustainable materials at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2024 held at Makuhari Messe. The company’s tires developed using sustainable materials so far have a use ratio of 50%. The concept tire on display at the show dramatically surpasses this level of development. Sustainable materials can be broadly classified into renewable...

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Bando Starts Operating Solar Power Generation System in China

Conveyor belt and automotive conductive belt manufacturer Bando Chemical has in December begun operating a solar power generation system on the roof of its subsidiary in China, Bando Belt (Tianjin). The move is part of the company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and to utilize clean energy. The newly installed solar power generation system has a generating capacity of 741...

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