German Biotech company BRAIN AG expands production capacities in Germany and Wales

Jürgen Eck, former CEO of BRAIN AG, Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2018

The BRAIN Group announced an expansion of its production capacities. The installation of new production facilities in both Büttelborn, near Darmstadt, Germany, by WeissBioTech GmbH (WBT) and in Cardiff, Wales, by Biocatalysts Ltd. lays the foundation for future growth.

The companies of the BRAIN Group form a closely knit network in the fields of R&D and production or as suppliers in specific markets. Drawing on the particular competencies of its subsidiaries, BRAIN brings its own innovative research results to market launch and commercializes existing products. By expanding its production capacities, BRAIN reinforces the strategic focus on its product business.

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Phillips 66 and REG Withdraw Renewable Diesel Project in Washington State

Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, and Renewable Energy Group Inc said on Tuesday they plan to stop the joint construction of a renewable diesel plant in Washington and have canceled the project following permitting delays and other uncertainties.

Originally announced in fall 2018, this 250 million gallon per year project would have resulted in the largest renewable diesel refinery on the West Coast of the United States.

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BlackRock joins the Climate Action 100+

Wall Street, New York City

BlackRock is the latest signatory to Climate Action 100+, an unprecedented global investor engagement initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. 

With the addition of the world’s largest asset manager, with more than $6.8 trillion USD in assets under management, Climate Action 100+ continues to grow in size and influence. BlackRock joins more than 370 global investors already participating in the initiative. The addition of funds it manages, brings total assets under management represented by investors participating in Climate Action 100+ to more than $41 trillion.

“BlackRock is one of the largest and most influential asset managers in the world and will bring even more heft to investor engagement through Climate Action 100+,” said Emily Chew current Climate Action 100+ Steering Committee Chair and Global Head of ESG Research and Integration at Manulife Investment Management. “We look forward to working with BlackRock to build on the initiative’s success and work to ensure companies take the urgent and necessary action needed in response to the climate crisis.”  Continue reading

The biobased self-mattin resin developed by Royal DSM takes a step forward

Headquarter of Royal DSM in Heerlen (The Netherlands)

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living,  announces that its new, bio-based self-matting resin, Decovery® SP-2022 XP, has been successfully integrated by coating formulators Ciranova and Arboritec AB into products launched at Domotex 2020. As such, the resin is now successfully enabling easier application and higher aesthetic and functional performance in the flooring market, as well as outperforming conventional market alternatives on sustainability.

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Clariant, Anhui Guozhen and Chemtex joined forces to produce advanced bioethanol in China

Source: http://www.clariant.com

Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, and Anhui Guozhen Group, a Chinese green energy company, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering, a multinational engineering company, signed a license agreement on sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology.

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Amyris shipped the first cannabinoid to its partner LAVVAN

John Melo, President and Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, Inc., a leader in the development and production of sustainable ingredients for the Health & Wellness, Clean Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets, successfully shipped the first cannabinoid to its partner, LAVVAN. Amyris is also well on its way to the shipment of a second cannabinoid in the first half of 2020.

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2020: Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

thank you so much. 2019 was a great year for Il Bioeconomista. The blog confirms itself as one of the world’s leading bioeconomy blog. And the number of readers increased by 29%.

2019 was also an important year for the bioeconomy but many things still need to be done to fully achieve a more sustainable society and economy, starting with the implementation of effective policies against climate change. From this point of view, the COP25 in Madrid cannot leave us optimistic. 2020 will be a turning point. We start from the positive assumptions that exist in the European Green New Deal. In the new year we will certainly always be active to support the sustainable and circular bioeconomy. Thanks for joining us.

We wish all of you a wonderful, healthy,

Happy new year!

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Green Plains and Novozymes joined forces in the production of high protein ingredients

 

Castle Frederiksberg in Hillerod (Denmark). Picture of Gerhard Hammel from Pixabay

Green Plains Inc. and Novozymes signed an exclusive partnership and commercialization agreement for biological solutions in the production of high protein ingredients. The partnership will be aimed at aquaculture, pet food, as well as novel ingredients to be used in the global protein markets.

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Nouryon and Oat Services make the personal care more bio-based

Nouryon introduced a certified natural starch that can replace petrochemical-based products in a variety of personal care applications. Amaze™ Nordic Barley, derived from barley starch, addresses the fast-growing consumer demand for natural, biodegradable and clean label ingredients.

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In Madrid investors urged governments to step up efforts to tackle the Climate Crisis

More than 630 institutional investors managing more than $37 trillion in assets urged governments to step up efforts to tackle the global climate crisis and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, in a joint statement issued at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP25).

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