Bioeconomy stakeholders are gathering in Bari at IFIB to shape our sustainable future

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Bari is the world capital of the bioeconomy. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) is taking place in Apulia this year at the Bari Chamber of Commerce. And it is completely physical.

With more than 170 delegates in attendance from approximately 20 different countries from all around the world, the conference truly succeeds one more time in its ambitions aim to be one of the leading bioeconomy event at global level.

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Neste and Marathon established a 50/50 JV to produce renewable diesel in California

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Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Neste and Marathon closed the transaction for the establishment of the joint venture to be called Martinez Renewables. This is a 50/50 joint venture to produce renewable diesel following a conversion project of Marathon’s refinery in Martinez, California (the Martinez Renewable Fuels project).

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New study analyses how forests and wood use can help meet climate goals

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Marc Palahi at the European Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Helsinki (2017)

Forests and forestry play a key role in policy targets to achieve climate neutrality. In a comprehensive new European Forest Institute study, a multidisciplinary team of 12 authors from 7 countries have analysed how much forests and wood use can contribute to climate change mitigation, and how that contribution can be maximised.

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Swiss sports brand On presented Cloudprime: the first shoe made from carbon emissions

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Swiss sports brand On presented the first shoe made from carbon emissions, called Cloudprime. This is a significant moment in On’s journey to move away from petroleum-based resources by creating a new foam material called CleanCloud™, made using carbon emissions as a raw material. On is the first company in the footwear industry to explore carbon emissions as a primary raw material for a shoe’s midsole, specifically EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam, that could also be used in other shoe parts and products in the future. 

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In the US Biden launched a new Initiative to accelerate biotechnology innovation and grow bioeconomy

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President Biden signed an Executive Order to launch a US National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative that “will ensure we can make in the United States all that we invent in the United States. This Initiative will create jobs at home, build stronger supply chains, and lower prices for American families”. Yesterday, the White House hosted a Summit on the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative during which cabinet agencies announced a wide range of new investments and resources that will allow the United States to harness the full potential of biotechnology and biomanufacturing and advance the President’s Executive Order. 

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The market for bioplastics used in packaging is anticipated to reach USD 16.6 billion by 2027

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Novamont’s Headquarter in Novara (Italy)

The market for bioplastics used in packaging is anticipated to reach USD 16.6 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 9.5 percent from 2013 to 2021, and is now valued at USD 10.5 billion in 2022. According to the FMI analysis, the market for bioplastics used in packaging would grow by 1.7 times its value from the base year during the course of the forecast year, creating lucrative investment prospects for the industry.

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India inaugurated its first 2G Ethanol Biorefinery

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India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled first Indian 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery at Panipat Haryana. This project is based on Praj’s proprietary technology processing rice straw as feedstock for production of Ethanol.

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DSM is accelerating its GHG emissions reduction efforts

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Headquarter of Royal DSM in Heerlen (The Netherlands)

Royal DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company, pledges to purchase all of its electricity worldwide from renewable sources as well as further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations faster with stringent new 2030 sustainability targets.

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Afyren takes a step forward in the field of cosmetics and nutraceuticals

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Nicolas Sordet, CEO AFYREN

AFYREN, a French greentech company that offers manufacturers bio-based, low-carbon products made using technology based on natural micro-organisms, has signed two new commercial contracts for organic acids produced at its AFYREN NEOXY factory. The deals, involving a European and an American player, are for applications in the field of cosmetics and nutraceuticals.

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Basf and Sulzer Chemtech joined forces to advance technologies for renewable fuels

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Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

Basf and Sulzer Chemtech (GTC Technology) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the goal of advancing technologies for renewable fuels and chemically recycled plastics that will further expand the partners’ portfolio of sustainable solutions. The companies agreed to enter a strategic partnership to reduce the carbon intensity of renewable diesel and aviation fuel. They will also drive the development of innovative, cost-effective chemical processing solutions to improve the conversion of plastic waste into new plastics. The collaboration combines complementary areas of expertise, integrating Sulzer Chemtech’s capabilities in licensed processing technologies and mass transfer equipment with BASF’s cutting-edge high-performance adsorbents and catalysts.

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