Albemarle Wins ‘Biodiesel Corporation of the Year’ Award at the Biofuels 2011 Conference

November 16th, 2011

AMSTERDAM, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) was named “Biodiesel Corporation of the Year” by the World Refining Association during the Biofuels 2011 Annual Meeting in Amsterdam on October 12. This prestigious award, which was presented to representatives from Albemarle’s Alternative Fuel Technologies (AFT) division, recognizes industry leaders that have made substantial contributions in the field of renewable fuels.

“We are honored to be recognized by the WRA for our extensive efforts in the biofuels arena,” said Edgar Steenwinkel, Global Business Director of Albemarle’s AFT division. “Our goal in the AFT division is to develop processes and technologies that can be used to generate viable sources of energy while preserving precious resources for future generations. Thanks to the efforts of our team, our partners, and our customers, we are making significant strides towards that goal.”

Albemarle received the award for its successes in the development and commercialization of highly engineered basic transesterification catalysts for the production of fatty acid methyl-ester (FAME) biodiesel.

Albemarle launched its AFT division in 2007 by leveraging its extensive resources in catalyst technology. Since then, Albemarle has grown into the world’s largest supplier of heterogeneous catalysts to the biofuels market. Collectively, these catalysts make up the company’s GoBio(TM) portfolio.

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Albemarle Food Safety Partners With Southern Microbiological Services to Open New Laboratory in Baton Rouge

November 16th, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals, announces the opening of a new Research & Development Microbiology lab in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Business & Technology Center on the LSU South Campus Research Park. The lab is a partnership between Albemarle Corporation and Southern Microbiological Services, a company founded by LSU Professor Dr. William Doerrler.

The opening of this new lab demonstrates Albemarle’s dedication to serving the industry by providing a platform for the development of new food safety solutions to help meet customer needs. “As we aggressively expand the presence of our Food Safety business globally, we will strengthen our presence in the Food Safety industry by providing timely solutions to assist producers and processors in controlling food borne pathogens,” stated Tina Craft, Global Business Manager, Specialty Bromides.

This state of the art facility, fully staffed with food scientists, specializes in microbiology testing and is equipped to test all food-borne pathogens. As the FDA expands enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act to include imported food and as other international regulatory agencies introduce new stricter food safety regulations, Albemarle is positioned to provide food safety solutions around the globe to meet the stringent guidelines proposed to ensure compliance with the new standards.

Albemarle’s Food Safety business is a part of the Company’s Fine Chemistry Global Business Unit and offers a premium line of bromine-based antimicrobials as a unique solution for the food processing industry. Albemarle’s food safety products are some of the fastest growing products used in processing today, proven effective against many pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella,Campylobacter, Listeria and E. coli.

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Scientists Aboard the Odyssey Make Stop in Baton Rouge to Meet Albemarle Corporation

July 24th, 2011

Albemarle Corporation, Ocean Alliance and the University of Southern Maine are working together to study the impacts of recent oil spills, natural disasters and collecting tissue samples from whales in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ten-person team aboard a 93-foot Odyssey sailboat is taking a short mid summer break from their 14-week scientific voyage and visiting Baton Rouge where Albemarle Corporation, the expedition’s primary sponsor, is located.

The sailboat is docked in the city to give Albemarle Corporation and the Odyssey crew a chance to meet on Friday and on Saturday, members of the crew were at the city docks downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. discussing their work with the public.

When the crew spots a whale, a sample is taken and used for genetic testing and to grow cell lines. “The Gulf is kind of a microcosm of the larger marine ecosystem,” said Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance. The goal is to perform sampling for five years to get an overall picture of the impacts last year’s oil leak had on whales — the top of the food chain — and the ecosystem of the deep water Gulf, he said.

Although it is too early to reach a conclusion, their initial results are showing some cell death and DNA damage cultured from the whales that are exposed to oil or dispersant.

For more information of this voyage and to learn more about Albemarle and their commitment to sustainability, Ocean Alliance and The Wise Laboratory at the University of Southern Maine, click here.

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New Green Careers Grow as Sustainability is a Critical Business Goal

July 14th, 2011

Jobs opportunities may seem slim, but positions tied to sustainability are on the rise. Companies are creating job titles such as chief sustainability executive or VP of earth stewardship. These new roles have responsibilities that include: finding better ways to protect the planet, save energy, minimize the carbon foot-print, maintaining an environmentally friendly work place and overseeing their sustainability efforts and communications with an annual green report.

The number of online job postings containing the keyword ‘sustainability’ quadrupled, which aggregates online job postings.

What new positions is your company adding that contain sustainable keywords? If so, we’d love to know.

Need a good reference for eco-employment? Check out: Greenjobs, a guide to eco friendly employment.

Read more about the sustainability job market as covered in the Wall Street Journal, click here.

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The Budding of Global Warming into Society

May 4th, 2011

The global warming debate is finally maturing. Though it had its roots in a somewhat hostile atmosphere (no pun intended) with charges of pseudo-science and counter-charges of willful ignorance of data, the issue has now advanced significantly. Many alarmists have moved from dire predictions to specific, workable and practical recommendations for society, while many skeptics have acknowledged that even if the earth is not warming at a dangerous rate that the prescriptions for energy savings, efficiency, energy diversity and other reforms have many benefits to all of us. Now, if only the politicians would stop trying to gain political advantage with the issue we could really go a long way to a consensus.

What is your opinion about global warming?

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An Electric Eco-Friendly Rolls-Royce?

April 23rd, 2011

Yes for a  few million bucks you can have one too, at least a prototype. Who would have thought someone with that kind of extra green cash would give much thought to a fuel saving eco-lux land yacht. Well apparently some do. In a 4-23-2011 Wall Street Journal, titled The Face of Green, the paper cited the 6,000 pound, battery operated, e-machine by Rolls-Royce.  The article claims even wealthy auto buyers have a multitude of motivations including being socially conscious and concerned about the earth. Read the full story.

Eco-friendly automobiles will continue be hot new offering from all the auto maker as all income consumer sectors seem to be desiring to be more responsible citizens, buy green and consume less fuel.

But, just how green will the auto buying market go? Will they care about the sustainability and full-cycle of the product they are buying? Will they demand eco-friendly flame retardants that could save their lives and will the release of carbon emissions from auto manufacturers be questioned?

Let’s hope so. Tell us what you think.

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ACC Announces 2011 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Award Winners

April 20th, 2011
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At the Responsible Care Conference and Expo last evening, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored 16 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2010. Together, these improvements saved enough BTUs to power all the homes in a city the size of Akron, Ohio, for one year. ACC presented a total of 41 awards to these companies, five of which were deemed programs of “Exceptional Merit.”

The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC’s many ongoing initiatives to improve energy efficiency. In 2010, the total annual energy savings achieved by the winning projects was 14.8 trillion BTUs, with the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Chemistry empowers advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley.  “Through these innovations, Americans save energy every day.  Meanwhile, our industry is committed to supporting technologies that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations. Thanks to projects like these, we’ve enhanced energy efficiency by 36 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent since 1990.”

The 2011 Energy Efficiency Award winners were selected from four categories:

The “Energy Efficiency Program” award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support, and recognition.

The “Significant Improvement in Manufacturing” award is given to companies that improve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects, or novel procedures or actions.

The Environmental Impact award is given for initiatives with substantial environmental benefits, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to improvements in energy efficiency.

The “Non-Manufacturing Improvement” award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation, and other building improvements, and other non-manufacturing energy improvements.

Individual ACC member companies nominate specific projects for recognition under the award program. The judging committee that determined the winners is comprised of selected members of ACC’s Energy Team, including representatives from ACC, the National Association of Chemical Distributors and others. The judging committee was joined by James Eggebrecht, professor of engineering and director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and Texas A&M University, and additional experts in the field of energy efficiency.

The companies receiving awards for 2011 are:

To read the rest of this article, click here.

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Going Environmentally Green in April for 41 Years

April 12th, 2011

April has long been a busy month for “famous” days. Easter, April Fool’s Day and, of course, April 15 – tax day. But perhaps in the future an equally well known day will be April 22 — Earth Day. The brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, it began in 1970 as an awareness experiment for our environment. Now it is internationally recognized and celebrated. And though there will probably always be disagreements and debate as to how environmental policies should work and at what level they should enacted, it’s now just a question of “how” not “if.”  That’s an advance worth celebrating.

In what way do you help the environment on Earth Day?

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Our Green Lab Monthly Wrap Up: March

April 5th, 2011

Today, companies can’t compete and win without embracing sustainability in their cultures, business practices and products. This includes consumer and commercial products, from textiles and electronics to airplane and automobile interiors industries.

As the global leader in fire safety solutions, we believe sharing innovation and green business news and insight are the keys to keeping this movement on track.

For us, green is not marketing and packaging, but should involve the entire life cycle of a product from design and innovation, to minimizing the use of raw materials and energy, through the manufacturing process and down to the final stages of recycling or reusing commercial by-products.

Every year we invest millions of dollars to bring the best and safest solutions to societies around the world. One of our newest breakthrough technologies is an eco-friendly flame retardant called GreenArmor. This new generation of green technology is changing the way businesses view fire safety. Learn more on how chemicals can perform and be safe.

What is your company doing? We welcome your ideas and updates on advancements your company is achieving in the area of green innovation.

Check out the top stories from this past year on best green business practices and new green technologies.

Work with chemicals and want to learn more about eco-friendly fire safety solutions? View Earthwise Fire Safety.

Looking for safety tips that can help prevent fires, fire-related deaths and injuries? Check out Fire Safety For All.

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Will Being “Green” Stick”?

March 19th, 2011

Being “Green” makes a nice bumper sticker, but actually doing it in the real world is a much more complex task. As companies, including Albemarle, begin to deal with trying to satisfy customer’s desire for green products, they have some tough decisions to make. For example, for an electronics company, there are so many different possible ways to do that and to define it. One of the big choices is do you try and decrease the “carbon footprint” (CO2) of your manufacturing product or look at being able to fully recycle the product? Those two objectives might be mutually exclusive in many cases, and both might are likely to cost more money.  And since there is not yet a “standard” for green, companies are trying to match customer performance demands, environmental sensitivity, and cost/price metrics.

As a consumer, how much more are you willing to pay for the cost of green?

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