Guido Ghisolfi died tragically today

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9 October 2013 in Crescentino: Guido Ghisolfi inaugurates the biorefinery

Guido Ghisolfi, VP of Mossi Ghisolfi Group, died tragically today. We lose a great person and a great protagonist of world bioeconomy.

I was lucky enough to know him and to interview him for the blog. He was a gentleman with great vision. A true leader, as there are only a few in Italy.

MB

GFBiochemicals is starting commercialization of its biobased levulinic acid

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Royal Palace of Caserta

Despite the lack of a National strategy, the Italian bioeconomy is a reality. Italian biobased chemicals company GFBiochemicals is starting commercialization of its levulinic acid thanks to its proprietary breakthrough technology. Commercial-scale production will start in Summer 2015 in Caserta, Italy plant, close to Naples.

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The bioeconomy speaks Dutch: today starts in Amsterdam the World Bio Markets

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Dam Square in Amsterdam

Today starts in Amsterdam the 10th annual World Bio Markets, an event which will focus on three bioeconomy core topics: biofuels, bio-based chemicals and feedstock supply, security and selection.

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Walmart goes green with its Sustainability Leaders shop

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Walmart supercentre

Walmart announced last Tuesday the debut of its Sustainability Leaders shop, an online shopping portal on Walmart.com that helps customers identify and purchase products from suppliers that are leading in sustainability.

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The Environment Committee of the EU Parliament backs switchover to advanced biofuels

European Parliament, Strasbourg
European Parliament, Strasbourg

A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as seaweed and waste, was approved by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops.

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EFIB 2015 returns to Brussels. The organisers announce call for papers

Square Cube in Brussels
Square Cube in Brussels

EFIB returns to Brussels. From 27 to 29 October the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB)  returns to Europe’s capital, where it was first launched 7 years ago, taking place at the Square, Brussels meeting center. Since then, the event has grown tenfold in size but remains true to its goal of providing the premier meeting place for business and policy throughout the biobased value chain.

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Biotec and Kaneka together to create new bio-based compounds

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Kaneka's headquartet in Osaka

There is a new partnership in the world bioeconomy. German Biotec GmbH and Japanese Kaneka Corporation signed a broad Joint Development Agreement for the application of biopolymers. Biotec develops and manufactures bio-based, biodegradable and compostable compounds under the trade name Bioplast. Kaneka is the producer of a 100% bio based and innovative PHBH polymer with the brand name Aonilex, which is new to the market. Both companies agreed to combine development resources to create new bio-based compounds for the application fields of pharmaceutical capsules, extrusion coated paper and cardboard, various other flexible and rigid films and packaging solutions.

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Bio-on and Eridania Sadam develop together bio-based levulinic acid

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Marco Astorri, bio-on Ceo

The Italian bioeconomy is growing. Bio-on, an innovative industrial biotech company, and Eridania Sadam, sub-holding of the agro-food sector owned by the Maccaferri Group of Bologna, will work together on defining and optimising the production of levulinic acid, a key molecule for the sustainable and low-impact future of the chemical industry. Already available on the international market, but in insufficient quantities, levulinic acid is currently obtained from industrial processes with an environmental impact that fails to meet European standards. 

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BP Energy Outlook: global demand for energy is expected to rise by 37% from 2013 to 2035

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Vivergo (JV between BP, Dupont and ABSugar) bioethanol plant in Hull (England)

Despite the dramatic recent weakening in global energy markets, ongoing economic expansion in Asia – particularly in China and India – will drive continued growth in the world’s demand for energy over the next 20 years. According to the new edition of the BP Energy Outlook 2035, global demand for energy is expected to rise by 37% from 2013 to 2035, or by an average of 1.4% a year.

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Still together for the bioeconomy revolution

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Former EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn speaks to delegates during the Bioeconomy conference in Dublin on February 14, 2013.

Dear Readers,

let me talk about us, to share with you an acknowledgment that we are very pleased to receive. Our blog is considered a model to follow in a scientific paper entitled “Gearing Modeling of Regional Eco-Bio-Logistic Components in Bioeconomic Management, Using Arena Simulation Software”, written by Claudiu Pîrnău, a researcher of the University of Sibiu (Romania), and presented last year at the Scientific Papers International Conference on Knowledge Society.

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