Greenhouse Gases

Editorial Comment: The future of refining—sulfur need not apply

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to multiple industry reports, crude oil consumption will continue to increase over the short term.

Editorial Comment: Biofuels—A viable fuel source for the future?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing focuses on the use of alternative feedstocks and biofuels. The goal of utilizing these technologies is to produce fuels and products that lower total carbon output/emissions, which is a major focus in decarbonizing economies around the world.

2018 Industry Leaders’ Viewpoints

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

To kick off the new year, industry leaders and esteemed colleagues shared their viewpoints on 2018 and beyond with Hydrocarbon Processing. These viewpoints offer insight into growing regions of activity, technological advances, and how the downstream industry can innovate in 2018 and into the future.

Maximizing energy efficiency in paraxylene production—Part 2

Colling, C., BP AMOCO

Due to reduced margins, higher energy costs and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide content, energy efficiency has never been more important in refining and petrochemicals. This is particularly true in the modern aromatics complex, which produces paraxylene (pX), benzene and other aromatics from naphtha.

Exxon climate-change probe goes to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON (Reuters) — ExxonMobil Corp will urge Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to allow it to avoid handing over records to the state's attorney general amid a probe into whether the oil company misled investors and consumers about its knowledge of climate change.

Exxon: $1 B Antwerp clean fuels unit will be running by mid-2018

LONDON (Reuters) — ExxonMobil expects a new $1 B fuel upgrading unit at its Antwerp refinery to be fully operational in the first half of next year, the company said on Tuesday.

EIA: Growth in global energy-related CO2 emissions expected to slow

EIA projects that growth in global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy-related sources will slow despite increasing energy consumption.

EIA: Energy-related CO2 emissions expected to fall in 2017, rise in 2018

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell in both 2015 and 2016, and they are expected to fall again in 2017, based on forecasts in EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook.

EPA: US greenhouse gas emissions fall 2% in 2016, led by power industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Greenhouse gas emissions from America's largest industrial facilities fell 2% in 2016 to 2.99 Bt, led by a large cut from the power sector, according to data published on Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tillerson says US could stay in Paris climate accord

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States could remain in the Paris climate accord under the right conditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday, signaling a shift in tone from the Trump administration, which angered allies with its decision to pull out of the agreement.