Manchester United: Red devils are going Green

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Manchester United is achieving cleaner operations after deploying EnDura Fuels from Renewable Energy Group, Inc. into their groundskeeping equipment. After more than 100 years of utilizing petroleum diesel in their equipment, Manchester United is taking their next step to help create a cleaner world. Renewable Energy Group and Manchester United announced their global partnership in the summer of 2021 after Manchester United sought out a partner that would help them with their sustainability goals.

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Refuel Energy joined forces with Haldor Topsoe to construct a renewable fuel plant in Ontario

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Refuel Energy Inc. (Refuel) will construct a 3000 barrels per day renewable fuel plant in Southern Ontario, Canada. The proposed project, called Refuel YYZ, would supply the aviation and terrestrial fuel needs of the Greater Toronto area, home to 6 million Canadians, while lowering the CO2 emissions for the end users by up to 80%. It is also strategically located for exporting to the US Northeast.

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Bridgestone and LanzaTech will co-develop the first dedicated end-of-life tire recycling process

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Bridgestone Americas, a global leader in tires and sustainable mobility solutions, signed an exclusive partnership with Carbon Capture and Transformation (CCT) company LanzaTech NZ to address end-of-life tire waste. The two companies will co-develop the first dedicated end-of-life tire recycling process leveraging LanzaTech’s proprietary CCT technology, creating a pathway toward tire material circularity and the decarbonization of new tire production.

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Repsol and Monarch Alternative Capital invested in Canadian Enerkem

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Enerkem in Westbury, Quebec

Canadian company Enerkem, a world leader in the production of low-carbon intensity biofuels and circular chemicals from waste materials, closed a new financing totaling $255 million. Repsol invests $170 million, of which $75 million is in Enerkem’s equity and $95 million in convertible debt. In doing so, Repsol joins existing shareholder Suncor Energy as a strategic shareholder to accelerate the adoption and deployment of Enerkem’s technology and to develop new projects in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). In addition, Monarch Alternative Capital, a new investor, is contributing $30 million to the round while Avenue Capital Group is reinvesting $30 million, both in convertible debt. Finally, there is $25 million reinvested in equity by some existing shareholders.

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Avantium and Sukano joined efforts in the development masterbatches for PEF

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Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, signed a conditional offtake agreement with Sukano AG, a reputable expert in additive and colour masterbatches and compounds for polyester and specialty resins. The masterbatches are tailored to impart properties to plastics and as such are an effective way to diversify and expand polymer applications. With PEF from Avantium’s FDCA Flagship Plant, Sukano will develop masterbatches for PEF resins, facilitating fast adoption in many diversified markets and thus accelerating the growth of PEF.

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Il Bioeconomista is the Best Bioeconomy Blog

Il Bioeconomista is the First Bioeconomy Blog but is also the best blog on the bioeconomy at global level. This is the result of an analysis done by Feedspot, which has a team of over 50 experts whose goal is to discover, rank and categorise popular blogs and podcasts.

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New IPCC report: Renewables are the key to energy security

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Renewables are the key to energy security, said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III report released last Monday. Countries that have adopted low carbon policies are already seeing a drop in emissions.  

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The EU Commission presented a package of European Green Deal proposals

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Berlaymont, European Commission’s Headquarter in Brussels

The Commission presented last week a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. As announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission is proposing new rules to make almost all physical goods on the EU market more friendly to the environment, circular, and energy efficient throughout their whole lifecycle from the design phase through to daily use, repurposing and end-of-life.

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The Italian bioeconomy takes a step forward: Versalis and Novamont strengthen their partnership

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Matrìca plant in Porto Torres, Italy

Versalis and Novamont are strengthening their partnership to reinforce synergies in the ecological transition of green chemistry, leveraging what has been built so far to maximize spin-offs and seize new opportunities. The commitment to Matrìca – the joint venture set up in 2011 between Versalis and Novamont at Porto Torres specializing in manufacturing bioproducts from renewable sources – has been reconfirmed.

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Clariant joined the Renewable Carbon Initiative to accelerate the transition to the bioeconomy

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Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, joined the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI). The aim of the RCI is to support and accelerate the transition from the use of fossil carbon to the use of renewable carbon in the chemical industry. Switching to renewable carbon sources prevents additional fossil carbon entering the atmosphere and thus addresses a core problem of climate change.

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