Kinder Morgan is partnering with Neste to create a raw material storage and logistics hub in USA

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Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Houston-based Kinder Morgan is partnering with Finnish company Neste to create a raw material storage and logistics hub in the United States that will support increased production of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable feedstock for polymers and chemicals.

Upon completion of the project, Kinder Morgan’s Harvey, La., facility will serve as the primary hub where Neste will store a variety of raw materials, including, for example, the used cooking oil it collects from more than 40,000 restaurants across the United States, the company said.

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Univar Solutions and Novozymes signed a new agreement for waste and wastewater treatment

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Novozymes Headquarter

Univar Solutions Inc., a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, signed a new agreement with Novozymes, expanding their relationship to include biological solutions for waste and wastewater treatment in the United States and Canada. Longtime global partners, the new agreement follows previous announcements expanding the partnership into a range of markets in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

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New publication highlights the BBI-JU achievements over 7 years

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Over the last seven years, the BBI JU has established itself as a game-changer in the European bio-based economy. By replacing fossil-based materials and products with bio-based ones, using local, sustainably sourced feedstock and developing circular production processes, the BBI JU-funded projects have given an important contribution to the green transition in Europe. A new publication takes stock of BBI JU’s achievements and impacts in the 2014-2020 period.

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Brazil’s Braskem to consider Thailand JV with SCG Chemicals 

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Braskem the largest biopolymer producer in the world has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the SCG Chemicals, one of the largest integrated petrochemical companies in Thailand and an industry leader in Asia, to perform studies to jointly invest in a new bio-ethanol dehydration plant in Thailand to produce bio-ethylene and I’m greenTM bio-based Polyethylene. If implemented, this cooperation could double the existing capacity of I’m greenTM bio-based PE.

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Total Corbion PLA marks 100kT Luminy PLA production milestone 

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Total Corbion PLA’s plant in Rayong Thailand has, since its grand opening in 2019, earlier this summer reached a cumulative production volume of 100kT of Luminy® PLA. The plant is now running at name plate capacity of 75kT annually in order to meet the evergrowing demand for PLA bioplastics.

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Cargill and HELM joined forces to build the first commercial-scale, renewable BDO facility in the U.S.

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Cargill and German company HELM entered into a joint venture, Qore, to help leading brands replace fossil-based chemistries with bio-based intermediates, enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the agreement, both companies are investing a combined $300M to build the first commercial-scale, renewable BDO facility in the U.S. Bio-based intermediates give the apparel, automotive, electronics and packaging industries the ability to improve their environmental footprint without sacrificing product performance or altering their existing downstream manufacturing processes.

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LanzaTech and Twelve partnered to produce world’s first polypropylene from CO2

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Jennifer Holmgren at IFIB 2018 in Turin, Italy

Carbon transformation company Twelve and biotechnology company LanzaTech partnered to transform CO2 emissions into polypropylene, a key polymer used for medical devices including syringes and IV bags, as well as for large-scale applications in automotive, furniture, textiles and other everyday products.

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Canadian company Comet Bio completed $22M round of equity financing

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Andrew Richard, Founder and CTO Comet Bio

Comet Bio, a Canadian manufacturer of healthy and sustainable ingredients, completed the company’s Series C with an initial close of $22M. The round was led by Open Prairie, a multi-faceted private equity fund management firm with headquarters in Effingham, Illinois. Other investors include Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), BDC Capital, and existing investor Sofinnova Partners.

“Thanks to the support of our exceptional investors, we will now be able to invest in a dedicated manufacturing facility to grow the supply of our upcycled ingredients,” said Rich Troyer, CEO of Comet Bio. “We will also be investing in innovation including our product pipeline and health claims development.”

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Amyris launched Terasana Clinical to open up new avenues in sustainable skincare

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John Melo, President and Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, a US leading synthetic biotechnology company in Clean Health and Beauty markets, launched Terasana Clinical, a clean skin care brand. The launch represents the first of three the company has prepared this summer.  Terasana Clinical’s first skincare product, Clear + Control Healthy Skin Serum – the company claims – addresses dry skin, flaking, irritation and redness with its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties which are designed to clear and balance the skin’s appearance.

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An interview. European Commission: “The bioeconomy can generate significant carbon savings to reduce EU’s GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030”

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Berlaymont, European Commission’s Headquarter in Brussels

“Already now, the circular and sustainable bioeconomy is contributing to all dimensions and objectives of the European Green Deal. Through the substitution of fossil-based products and materials and through carbon sequestration in soil and forests, together with its storage in harvested wood products, the bioeconomy can generate significant carbon savings to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030”. To say this is a European Commission’s official, who prefers to remain anonymous. In this long interview with Il Bioeconomista, the Commission’s official talk about the Green New Deal, the bioeconomy and the partnership Circular Bio-based Europe.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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