The chemical industry is essential to sustainable development, and green chemistry is its path forward. Human health and well-being is a prime example of the impact green chemistry innovations can have.
Over the holiday season, I visited Sanibel Island on the west coast of Florida; a charming spot that prides itself on its very rustic life style. Bicycles are encouraged for transportation around the island, which does not have a single stop sign and has yet to see a McDonalds' franchise.
What happens if you ask your friends what they think about chemicals? Will they mention the risks, the possibility of accidents and injuries, air and water pollution or will they mention the essential chemicals needed in the products that they use every day?
In the last few weeks in particular, the news media across the world have been bombarding us with discussion and comments about climate change. The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change agreement shocked the rest of the world and, to quote one European journalist, ‘needlessly harms America’s reputation’.
I’ve headed up sustainability at AkzoNobel for 14 years now. During that time, I have often been utterly amazed – and disappointed – about how some segments of the corporate world (even in our own industry sector) have gone about adopting and incorporating sustainable business practices.
In response to the demand for high performance and biobased polyols for coatings systems, Emery Oleochemicals has launched a family of new azelaic acid-based polyester polyols specifically intended for the C.A.S.E. polyurethane market segments with particular emphasis on coatings applications as discussed in this article.
A sustainability conference sponsored by The Chemists' Club and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), in conjunction with New York University's Department of Chemistry will be held at NYU's Kimmel Center on February 6, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Our October issue has a big focus on powder coating technology. We also feature information on rheology, metallic effect pigments and the role and challenges of distributors. October includes distributor profiles as well.