Start-up of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill to begin next August

Metsa Group Aanekoski pulp mill. Source: http://www.metsafibre.com

The Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill start-up will begin in mid-August, and pulp deliveries from the new mill to customers will begin in early September. The current pulp mill at Äänekoski – the company announced – will be shut down once the bioproduct mill starts up.

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Amyris’ new specialty farnesene fermentation factory in Queensland takes a step forward

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Amyris, the U.S. industrial bioscience company, and the Government of Queensland, Australia, announced the next step their plans to develop a leading industrial biotechnology hub in Southeast Asia. Plans call for developing a new production plant with support from local partners to produce Amyris’s sugar cane-based ingredient called farnesene, which is used in products including cosmetic emollients, fragrances, nutraceuticals, polymers, and lubricants.

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ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics achieve algae biofuel breakthrough

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded petroleum and petrochemical enterprise in the world, and Synthetic Genomics Inc., a global leader in the fields of synthetic biology and synthetic genomics, achieved a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth.

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Catia Bastioli calls for action: “A circular approach to bioeconomy” 

Catia Bastioli at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech, 30 September 2016
The European bioeconomy has its own manifesto. Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont, makes it available with her publication “A circular approach to bioeconomy” published by Edizioni Ambiente, the leading Italian publisher on environmental issues. This is a real action plan that involves all of us as consumers and, first of all, as citizens and people, starting from the successful case of the company headquartered in Novara and, as Bastioli recalls in the subtitle, offers a great “opportunity to decarbonise the economy and reconnect it with society “.

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada invests in Sacramento-based Origin Materials

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has made a COMM SCI (Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation) investment, whose amount wasn’t disclosed, in Origin Materials through BIC’s Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) investment fund, as part of an investment round that will see Origin construct its first commercial scale demonstration facility in Sarnia (Ontario) by late 2018.

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GRACE: 15 million euro project optimizes value chains for miscanthus and hemp

Philippe Mengal, Director BBI JU

“GRowing Advanced industrial Crops on marginal lands for biorEfineries” (GRACE): this is the name of the BBI demonstration project under the coordination of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart (Germany) and with a unique consortium made up of universities, agricultural companies and industry. The aims will be achieved by knowledge exchange between these groups, together with new crop varieties and cultivation experiments on areas that have been polluted by heavy metals, for example, or are unattractive for food production due to lower yields.

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Neste is focusing its raw materials research on waste plastics

Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Finnish Neste is focusing its raw materials research on waste plastics as a substitute for crude oil in the manufacture of oil products. The idea of “one’s waste is a valuable raw material to another” is central to the circular economy, and, for over a decade, it has inspired Neste’s development and production of renewable fuels. The company headquartered in Espoo already produces enough Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced of waste and residues, to power more than two million cars for a year. This will enable Neste’s customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by almost 7 million tons this year. Underpinning this progress is the company’s patented NEXBTL technology for refining low-quality waste fats into high-quality, fully renewable fuel. The same technology can be used to produce other renewable products also, such as renewable aviation fuel and raw material for bioplastics.

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Finland is increasingly Bio-land: Helsinki switches to biofuels

Finland is the cradle of the bioeconomy. And maybe someone could someday propose to change the name from Finland to Bio-land. The latest news is that buses in the Helsinki region and most of machinery and trucks used by the City of Helsinki are switching to waste and residue-based biofuels. Helsinki Region Transport HSL, the City of Helsinki and the producers of renewable fuels involved in the project are all pioneers in carbon-neutral transport. The project is internationally significant.

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Gina McCarthy: Trump’s administration fails to respect the science on climate change

Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator

Last Thursday’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement was short-sighted and contrary to the best interests of this country, not to mention disappointing and embarrassing.

It fails to respect the science on climate change. It abandons the best opportunity we have to protect the health and well-being of American families and our children’s future. It runs contrary to the advice of hundreds of business leaders and investors who want the U.S. to lean into climate action — not run away and bury our heads in the sand. And it neglects the wishes of nearly 70 percent of the American public who want strong actions to curb climate change.

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The bioeconomy is now: aniline can now be derived from biomass thanks to Covestro

Covestro, the leading supplier of high-tech polymers headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, has scored a research breakthrough for the use of plant-based raw materials in plastics production: aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. The German materials manufacturer achieved this by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, initially in the laboratory. Until now, only fossil raw materials had been used for the production of aniline, which plays an important role in the chemical industry and is used as starting material for numerous products.

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