Process Safety & EHS

U.S. Plastic Pact sets more aggressive recyclability timescale than resin producers

Sep 15, 2020

Some of the U.S. biggest single-use plastic users such as beverage and retail companies joined the U.S. Plastic Pact to announce on Aug. 25 they will aim for 100% plastic recyclability by 2025, five years sooner than a similar announcement by resin producers.

Covid-19 brought sudden productivity hikes to chemical operations

Jul 7, 2020

While Covid-19 has been mostly associated with negative impacts, particularly on decreased product demand as well as project deferments, the productivity increase is an unexpected positive side.

Covid-19 seen slowing efforts to reduce single-use plastics and recycling

May 12, 2020

After decade-long efforts to curb down on single-use plastics resulted this year in a wave of plastic bag bans, it took only weeks for Covid-19 to change that course. Now oil prices could slow recycling efforts at a time when environment concerns are set to...

New online Insight Hub revealed to increase intelligence resources for downstream decision makers

Apr 15, 2020

Following their acquisition by Thomson Reuters in October 2019, Petrochemical Update, the team behind the world’s leading downstream event, are making their incredible insights and analysis collections available for free in a new industry intelligence hub

Petrochemical plants work to assure continuity amid logistic, workforce challenges

Mar 23, 2020

Petrochemical plants have set up emergency response teams and readied special Covid-19 staffing plans while implementing remote working where possible, according to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association.

Petrochemical industry faces challenge of becoming more ‘green’

Feb 12, 2020

Amid a wave of plastic bans and rising concern over climate change the industry makes an effort to become more environmentally friendly.

Top problems and solutions process engineers face in the petchem construction boom

May 29, 2019

Process engineers must orchestrate the perfect mix of chemical efficiency, design efficiency and operations efficiency to succeed in this heavy construction and investment period for the U.S. energy industry, an engineer and author told Petrochemical Update.

How to address optimization constraints without shutting down

Apr 17, 2019

The industry’s brightest engineers are adopting process optimization strategies to solve refinery and chemical plants’ costliest challenges.