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Tony Mash
16 October 2014 09:00:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
Some companies are in a higher league when it comes to sustainability

For too many corporations, Life Cycle Analyses and the increasing amounts of environmental reporting that we see in Annual Reports are simply bolt-on business-as-usual activities which do not impact overall corporate thinking and culture, nor do they get to the heart of the issue. AkzoNobel and BASF are coatings companies in a higher league.

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Michael Richter
9 October 2014 11:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Dissolving cellulose? – mission accomplished!

German researchers are working on a problem, which I have not been aware of. What would you suggest, if you had to dissolve the ubiquitous biopolymer cellulose in order to use it for coatings? And your solution should not employ environmentally harmfull solvents or destroy the polysaccharide by using aggressive reagents. Any ideas?

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Michael Richter
17 July 2014 07:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Lignins - A "nice-to-have"!

Lignin – Yes, this is a "nice-to-have” but chemically by far too inert and too difficult to get the monomers separated! Really?

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Tony Mash
6 March 2014 09:00:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
No management without measurement: an imperative for those committed to sustainable development

We have yet to see many of the sustainable development ideas available to the Coatings Industry actively commercialised. That may seem a rather harsh statement which does not recognise what may be going on under the surface (sorry for the pun). The Sustainable Innovation Award organised by the British Coatings Federation signals the industry’s progress to date and provides some directions for future action and investment.  

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Tony Mash
20 November 2013 09:26:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
The key to Sustainability is innovation, but are Coatings companies spending enough on growth oriented R&D?

This blog says ‘No’!

First, the good news!

Plaudits to AkzoNobel for being ranked in first place in the Dow Jones Sustainability World ranking for the Superchemicals sector for 2013 as well as 2012. This is a significant achievement given the strength of interest and commitment expressed by many large multinational chemicals and coatings companies in Sustainable Development. 

Congratulations also to the Decorative Coatings sector of CEPE, the Europe-wide trade association representing the interest of the Coatings Industry, for being one of the 17 successful applicants out of 90 across all sectors of European industry to be selected to join the first phase of a 3 year Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilot programme.

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Tony Mash
16 October 2013 12:41:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
Creating global standards: Way to go, Singapore!

The Singapore Green Building Council has developed and implemented coating standards within the country’s Green Mark building assessment scheme in coordination with the local Paint Manufacturers’ Association. It’s a model that has been shared with Green Building Councils around the world and offers a way forward to create consistent global standards for internal and external decorative coatings.

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Tony Mash
28 August 2013 11:38:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
Has the time come to address questions of sustainability objectively & consistently?

Every now and then, the blog receives pieces of news which support the view that, around the world, Sustainability is being taken very seriously. Over the last couple of months, there have been two such announcements, one political and one practical, which are highly significant and worth reviewing.

A critical link: sustainable development & technical innovation

The first is taken from a recent speech made by President Obama of the United States. Given the position of past US administrations that there is inadequate data to confirm the existence of Greenhouse Warming, the President’s initiative to demand from his administration and the US economy a focus on energy efficiency improvement and carbon pollution reduction is a significant change in policy and has much in common with the broader targets of Sustainable Development. Not surprisingly,...

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Tony Mash
6 August 2013 10:00:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
AkzoNobel and Solvay demonstrate their Sustainability credentials yet again!

It has been an exciting few months for those like myself who are committed to the promotion of Sustainable Development in the Coatings Industry. It seems as if the development of a sustainable Coatings Industry is being made at an ever-increasing pace.  

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