Tetra Pak embraces the bio-based and circular economy

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Tetra Pak U.S. released a new white paper examining the use of materials in packaging that can be regrown or replenished naturally as a solution to the planet’s growing resource scarcity and to sustain the future of the consumer packaged goods industry.

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Florida Institute funds US Bioplastics

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University of Florida

The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research, a non-profit organization that works with the technology licensing and commercialization offices of Florida’s state universities, announced yesterday that it has finalized a funding agreement with US Bioplastics, an Orlando-based company that takes feedstock waste, paper production by-products, or other plant waste to practical use and then returns it to the environment without damaging the ecology. 

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Turin is ready to host the Third EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference

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Another brick towards the European Bioeconomy. The European Commission organises from 8 to 9 October in Turin the EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference “From sectors to system, from concept to reality”.

Two years on from the launching of the EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy, Brussels in collaboration with the Italian Presidency analyses the achievements and the opportunities ahead in the two-day conference.

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DSM to acquire Hong Kong-based Aland to strengthen vitamin C position

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Headquarter of Royal DSM in Heerlen (The Netherlands)

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announces today it has reached agreement to acquire Aland (HK) Holding Limited, a Hong Kong-based company producing vitamin C in mainland China. Financial details will not be disclosed at this time. Subject to customary conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the next six to nine months.

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Exclusive interview with Nathalie Moll, EuropaBio. At EFIB to shape the European bioeconomy

Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio

Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio

“In order to be commercially successful it is essential to facilitate the introduction of innovative biobased products on the market.  This means ensuring the implementation of the Priority Recommendations from the Lead Market Initiative, to boost the uptake of innovative biobased products on the European market. A good example from the US, in this respect, is the Biopreferred programme, which was established to ensure that US policy is aiding sustainable biobased industries to have a competitive edge through public procurement initiatives. Additionally, we need to foster investments through combined financing”. To say this – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries. With Moll we discuss about bioeconomy in Europe and the next edition of EFIB, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-based economy, which will take place in Reims (France) from 30 September to 2 October. “This years’s EFIB – says Moll – will provide the forum for dynamic discussion around the year’s biggest and best joint ventures, with high profile consumer brands.  It will also provide a snapshot of how policy is being put into practice through the most significant developments in scale up of commercial biorefineries around the world”.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Total and Amyris bio-based jet fuel ready for use in commercial aviation

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Total's headquarter in Paris

Total, one of the world’s leading energy companies, and Amyris, an industrial bioscience company, begin to prepare to market a drop in jet fuel that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane. This new jet fuel blend meets the rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry. 

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Celtic Renewables and Bio Base Pilot Plant together to turn whisky by-products into biofuel

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Bio Base Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium

Celtic Renewables, the Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles. The partnership, which will allow the company to develop its technology at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, has been made possible by second round funding worth €1.5million, including more than €1million from the UK Government, to help meet its ambition of growing a new €125 million-a-year industry in the UK. 

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The British plan for the bioeconomy takes a step forward

The British Parliament in London

The British Parliament in London

The British plan for the bioeconomy takes a step forward. Biome Bioplastics CEO, Paul Mines, has been appointed to the management board of the Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet), a government-funded body tasked with fostering cross-disciplinary communities in the industrial biotechnology sector. LBnet is an active community of industrial practitioners and leading academics generating economic value through novel chemical, material and fuel processes that use lignocellulosic biomass as an alternative to petroleum-derived inputs.

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The new Ford is tomato-based

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Tomato ketchup by Heinz

Ford, the global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, and H.J. Heinz Company, one of the world’s leading marketers and producers of healthy, convenient and affordable foods specializing in ketchup, sauces, meals, soups, snacks and infant nutrition, explore the use of tomato fiber to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles. It might seem that tomatoes and cars have nothing in common. But researchers at Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company see the possibility of an innovative union.

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European Union agrees a deal to limit production of food-based biofuels

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

EU energy ministers agreed a deal on Friday to limit production of biofuels made from food crops, responding to criticism these stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good. The ministers’ endorsement of a new compromise overcomes a stalemate hit late last year when European Union governments failed to agree on a proposed 5 percent cap on the use of biofuels based on crops such as maize or rapeseed.

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