An interview with Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech: “We want to see a Carbon Smart Future take off”

Jennifer Holmgren at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Helsinki

“Our goal is to reduce carbon and to do this we must adopt new approaches by using alternative feedstocks, including existing wastes and residues instead of fossil. Today we have an abundance of carbon in all the wrong places. We can turn it from a liability to an opportunity by using it again and again”. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, on of the most dynamic and growing bioeconomy companies at world level, talks to Il Bioeconomista, in an interview released after the Bioeconomy Investment Summit, which was held on December 14 in Helsinki.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Eni signed an agreement to boost the collection of used vegetable oil

Eni’s plant in Porto Marghera, Venice (Italy)

Italian oil giant Eni signed an agreement with Utilitalia (the federation of public owned energy, water and environmental companies) and CONOE (the Italian consortium for the collection and treatment of oil and used vegetable and animal and fat) to boost the collection of used vegetable oil produced in the homes of Eni’s employees. The collection will be made from Eni sites across the country, including operational headquarters and production plants.

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Clariant and Global Bioenergies developed a new biopolymer for cosmetic creams and lotions

Clariant Industrial Biotechnology Group in Germany

Clariant, a Swiss leader in specialty chemicals, and French industrial biotech company Global Bioenergies last Tuesday announced the development of a new bio-based polymer for cosmetic creams and lotions, which is derived from renewable isobutene.

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An interview with Marc Palahí, director of EFI. “We must place the bioeconomy at the core of the EU Industrial, Climate and Sustainability Agenda”

Marc Palahi at the European Bioeconomy Summit in Helsinki

“We need an ambitious and long-term bioeconomy policy framework to enable the creation of a Bioeconomy Single Market. The framework needs to ensure predictability to investors and companies, enhance risk-taking capacity and define priority pathways to move towards a low carbon economy, where a circular bioeconomy becomes a growth engine”. Marc Palahí, director of the European Forest Institute, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this long and exclusive interview, released after the Second edition of the European Bioeconomy Summit, he talks about the next steps which are needed to place the bioeconomy at the core of the EU industrial, climate and sustainability agenda.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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2017: another a very positive year for Il Bioeconomista. Thank you and happy 2018!

Dear Readers,

thank you very much, again. 2017 was another very positive year for Il Bioeconomista: 12% more visits to our blog.

Il Bioeconomista confirms itself as one of the world’s leading blog on bieconomy. Our readers are mainly Europeans, but a growing number of readers are from Turkey, the United States, Canada, Brazil, India, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.

The year that has just ended was very important for the global bioeconomy. And we are sure that the best has yet to come. 2018 will be another relevant year for the implementation of the bioeconomy, waiting for the pre-announced new strategy on bioeconomy in the European Union. We will be again on your side to tell the facts and continue growing.

Happy new year!

Mario Bonaccorso

Kartell takes a 2% stake in Bio-on with a 10 million euro investment

There is a new partnership in the Italian bioeconomy. Bio-on, a leading player in the new eco-sustainable chemical industry, signed a strategic agreement with Kartell, through its parent company Felofin which takes a 2% stake in Bio-on with a 10 million euro investment.

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Neste’s growth program for renewable products takes a step forward in Singapore

Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Neste’s growth program for renewable products takes a step forward. The Board of Directors of the Finnish company has decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design of the new production line, with the aim of a final investment decision by the end of 2018. If the project proceeds as planned, production at the new production line will begin by 2022.

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From Helsinki the bioeconomy stakeholders call for action: “It’s time to deliver!”

Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden (1996-2006)

“It’s time to deliver!” This is, extremely briefly, the message that comes from the second edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit, which was held in Helsinki last Thursday, December 14. In this invitation made at the opening of the summit by the former Swedish prime minister, Göran Persson, it can be synthesized the will of over 300 summit participants to move rapidly towards the creation of new markets for the bioeconomy and to accelerate the transition to a new, more sustainable economy, which finally could leave the GDP behind as an indicator of welfare of the countries. “From the sustainable perspective, GDP is a misleading measure of success”, said Robert Costanza, professor at the Australian National University.

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A new report by BIC explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects

Alexander Stubb, VP of European Investment Bank at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit 2017

“To increase awareness of the financing opportunities promoted by the European Union to support the development and growth of the European bio-based sector, focusing particularly on demonstration and flagship projects”. This is the aim of a new report presented yesterday by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).
“BBI JU calls see project proposals receiving excellent evaluation scores, but are often not granted due to budget limitations”.
The report outlines the opportunities available for financing these activities, allowing companies to pursue their investments in Europe.

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Tony Duncan, CEO of Circa Group, is the Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2017

Our readers have voted: the most innovative bioeconomy CEO 2017 is Tony Duncan, CEO of Circa Group, the Australian company headquartered in Melbourne that is converting waste biomass into advanced biochemical materials. For the second consecutive year is the CEO of an Australian company to win the award (in 2016 was Ken Richards, CEO of Leaf Resources).

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