BASF drives change in the palm-oil supply chain

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Larta Institute Scores Contract for DOE Commercialization Assistance Program

Earlier this week, the Larta Institute, an accelerator for small businesses and startups in science-based innovation, announced that its subsidiary, Larta Inc. has been awarded an exclusive contract by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to manage its national Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for as many as 450 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and II awardees per year beginning in September 2017. The DOE granted over $224 million to

BASF, bse Engineering Team Up to Transform CO2, Excess Current into Valuable Raw Materials

BASF and bse Engineering have signed an exclusive joint development agreement for BASF to provide custom catalysts for a new chemical energy storage process. The process will enable the economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas carbon dioxide into the chemical energy storage methanol in small-scale delocalized production units. When generating current from renewable energy sources, excess current is generated at times when consumers demand is low. The economic viability of renewable energy sources to produce electricity is dependent on the effective usage of this excess current, but solutions to do so have largely been lacking. The new process developed by bse Engineering

Monsanto’s Dicamba Problems Are Far From Over. Farmers File Another Lawsuit Over Drift Damage

Arkansas farmers filed a class-action lawsuit last week against Monsanto and German chemical company BASF , alleging that the companies’ dicamba -based herbicides caused damage to their properties. The plaintiffs claim that Monsanto and BASF implemented and controlled the dicamba crop system, releasing seed technology without a corresponding, safe and approved herbicide. According to Hoosier Ag : “The farmers allege that Monsanto and BASF sold the dicamba crop system while knowing it could wipe out crops, fruits, and trees that are not dicamba tolerant. The farmers claim that those who do not plant dicamba

5th C2C Design Challenge Winners Reimagine Apparel, Furnishings, Personal Care Items

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of the 5th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, including MyEcoWall, a mobile acoustic wall made from Ecovative mushroom material and Scout, a children’s jacket that “grows� with the child. The Challenge is the fifth in an initial series of six circular design challenges that incentivize and inspire the design community to envision viable product design solutions for the circular economy using Cradle to Cradle

SB’17 Detroit Highlights, Day 3: Show, Don’t Tell; Trust vs Truth, and Transformational Collaboration

Learning from Detroit: Designing a More Diverse, Prosperous and Equitable Economy by Mara Slade Image credit: TechTown In an afternoon panel packed with Detroit leaders, we heard firsthand how they are working in human-centered ways to grow the local economy and support Detroit entrepreneurs. Hajj Flemings, creator of Rebrand Detroit, shared his strategy to bring the innovation economy to Detroit neighborhoods

GE Supplies Wastewater Treatment Equipment to China’s Largest Membrane Bioreactor Plant

Treating wastewater is essential for environmental compliance with discharge regulations. It can also save money and freshwater when the water is purified to meet reuse standards. General Electric says its water and process technologies help customers achieve both. GE will supply its wastewater treatment equipment for an upgrade of the Luo Fang Wastewater Treatment Plant in Shenzhen City, Guang Dong province, making it the largest membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant in China. The Luo Fang facility is responsible for treating municipal wastewater for the city of Shenzhen and once the upgrade is complete, will process 400 million liters of wastewater

SDGs Key to the Sustainable Development of Your Business, Not Just the World

“What’s your favorite sustainable development goal?” joked John Elkington, the writer, thinker and serial entrepreneur who coined the triple bottom line concept in 1997, who moderated a Tuesday panel on aligning the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with strategy, goal-setting and innovation at SB’16 Copenhagen. Panelists included sustainability leaders from BASF, Aker BioMarine, and Covestro, as well as Sabine Oberhuber, co-founder of TurnToo – a company

How BASF, Henkel Are Supporting Smallholders to Secure Supply of Sustainable Palm Oil

In recent years, palm oil has arguably become one of the world’s most ubiquitous and contentious raw materials in the consumer goods industry. When conventionally produced palm oil and palm kernel oil are used, there are significant economic, environmental and social impacts along the entire supply chain – from field to shelf. Small farms produce roughly 40 percent of the world’s palm and palm kernel oil; an important question for the oil-producing countries is how to increase the yields from the land already under cultivation. This is why chemical

Stakeholder Relations – Invest in It Before You Need to Rely on It

As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF has products in all kinds of industries; it employs 112,000 employees globally, services a variety of customers, and has relationships with shareholders and a large numbers of societal stakeholders. Any company’s set of relevant stakeholders in business, government and civil society will change with time; a clear picture is essential for effective engagement. Rather than relying on inflexible stakeholder mapping tools, it might be

BASF: ‘The Chemistry Between People’ Key for Co-Creating a Sustainable Future

As the old African proverb famously asserts: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Chemical giant BASF has taken this to heart, as evidenced by its collaborative approach to sustainability innovation. We spoke with Peter Gräve, director of Communications and Advocacy at BASF Española, to learn more

BASF Marks 150th Anniversary With ‘Smart Energy Solutions’ Tour

To mark its 150th anniversary, German firm BASF is hosting a ten-day program in Ludwigshafen focusing on one of the most pressing global challenges: Given the limited resources, how can we secure our energy supply also in the future?By 2050, global energy demand is forecast to rise by more than 50 percent, BASF says, and new solutions will have to be developed in order to secure the energy supply in the future.Germany, in particular, is in the midst of an energy transition: Electricity generation is becoming increasingly decentralized. As a result, electricity grids and energy markets will have to change and become more flexible. That’s why BASF says it chose to make “smart energy” the

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BASF, thinkstep Scaling Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Product Portfolios: Part 2

At SB ’15 San Diego last month, chemical giant BASF and sustainability software and consulting company thinkstep announced their collaboration in making BASF’s Sustainable Solution SteeringTM method (SSS) — for management of, and transition to, a sustainable product portfolio — available for wider use. The two organizations have signed a licensing agreement that extends their existing partnership to support companies in any

thinkstep (fka PE International) Launching Comprehensive Platform for Enabling Business Sustainability

Sustainability software and consulting company PE International, creators of the industry-leading GaBi life cycle assessment software and providers of a vast array of tools for sustainability performance management, unveiled its new name – thinkstep – today at its annual customer and partner symposium. The company says the new name reflects its long history of connecting data and knowledge to make sustainability advances, or ‘thinksteps,’ for the world’s leading brands and organizations.When asked what prompted a rebrand for the 20-year-old company, CEO Christoph Wilfert cited a shift in demand as more

BASF’s Creator Space Hosting Symposium on Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future

At the first of three science symposia hosted by BASF in honor of its 150th anniversary, to be held this week in Ludwigshafen, Germany, more than 600 top ranking scientists from academia and business will discuss “Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future.” Speakers will discuss the latest innovations in the storage and sustainable