An exclusive interview with Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “We have to stop waiting for leaders to make decisions for us.  We need to act.”

Jennifer Holmgren at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Helsinki

“We also need to careful that the warning bells don’t go unnoticed as we try to rebuild our way of life in the same mold as before. Already we are hearing murmurings about a need for cheap (and fossil) energy to stimulate ailing virus hit sectors. We do not need to go back in time, we need to move forward. Hopefully COVID will have taught us how bad things can get when we do not think, do not plan, do not collaborate, do not listen to the science, do not listen to early warnings.  But the most important lesson, I think, is that through individual action and caring for others, people who were healthy and in “low” risk groups, stayed home. They were sacrificing for others; they were not thinking about themselves.”

To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Metsä Fibre takes a step forward in the bioeconomy

Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, made the decision to build the world’s most modern sawmill in Rauma, Finland. The value of the investment is approximately 200 million euros. Construction will begin in the spring of 2020 and the production at the sawmill is set to begin during the third quarter of 2022. The coronavirus outbreak may have an impact on the schedules.

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Novozymes launched a new lactase enzyme to increase the content of fibers in dairy products

Novozymes HeadquarterNo

Novozymes launched Saphera Fiber, a new lactase enzyme to increase the content of fibers while also reducing sugar in fermented and non-fermented dairy products. At the same time, a recent study testifies that 59% of consumers are more likely to buy dairy products with higher fiber content, and 38% of them are willing to pay more for a higher content of fiber in their dairy products.
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Swedish Preem joins forces with Haldor Topsoe to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel

Stockholm

Preem, the largest fuel company in Sweden, with a refining capacity of more than 18 million m³ of crude oil every year, has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex™ renewable fuel technology to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel at their Gothenburg refinery in Sweden.

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Clariant and Floreon joined forces to develop high performance biopolymers

Clariant Industrial Biotechnology Group in Germany

Clariant’s Additives business and Floreon-Transforming Packaging Limited signed a new collaboration to further extend the performance properties and market potential of biopolymers, whilst preserving their environmental benefits. By integrating the benefits of Clariant’s additives with Floreon’s proprietary material solutions, the collaboration aims to open up additional possibilities for plastic manufacturers and brand owners to consider biopolymers as a viable, low carbon footprint alternative to fossil-based plastics for both single-use and durable applications. Markets set to benefit from the new enhanced grades include rigid and flexible Packaging, Electrical & Electronic equipment (E&E), Hygiene products, Consumer goods and Automotive.

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Sekab and Vertoro to build large-scale demo plant to produce a new platform for sustainable fuels, chemicals, and materials

A new demo plant in Örnsköldsvik will be the first in the world to produce a 2G platform for sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials, coined GOLDILOCKS®, from pulp and paper industry residues. The plant will be built by the Swedish chemical and clean tech company Sekab together with the Dutch oil company Vertoro.

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Let’s stay home for a while. A carbonsmart future is not only possible, but the only way forward

We looked at the images broadcast on television from Wuhan as if they came from another planet. Until February 21, with the first case of contagion in Italy, the coronavirus seemed something that could not concern us. Then everything changes from February 23. Suddenly we plunged in fear, sometimes in panic, but above all we realized in one fell swoop that the human being is part of nature, even if at some point of the evolutionary history it seemed to break away from it to dominate it and break the balance on which it is based. The coronavirus and the disease that derives from it, called covid19, puts us again and dramatic ally in front of the limits of nature, our limits and our role on earth. It puts us in all its urgency in front of the issue of our development model, the interdependence of the globalized world, the solidarity between people and between countries, between North and South of the world.

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The European Commission adopted a new circular economy action plan

Berlaymont, European Commission’s Headquarter in Brussels

The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth.

The new Action Plan announces initiatives along the entire life cycle of products, targeting for example their design, promoting circular economy processes, fostering sustainable consumption, and aiming to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible.

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Nouryon and INEOS joined forces to produce raw materials for biodegradable chelates

Nouryon and INEOS Nitriles have broken ground on new facilities to be built at INEOS’ Köln site in Germany. The units will produce raw materials for Nouryon’s high-quality, readily biodegradable chelates, used in detergents and other industries. The plants are due to be completed in 2021-2022.

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International Women’s day: a tribute to all women who are making the bioeconomy happen

The Bioeconomy is led by women. This year, as every year, for the International Women’s Day, we dedicate a tribute to all women who are making the bioeconomy happen all around the world. With their huge competences and their infinite passion, they are the stars of the world bioeconomy. Our best and warmest wishes to all women.

This is just a partial list.

Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Executive VP Sekab (Sweden)

Iris Aquilina Anderson, leader of the Bioladies Network (UK)

Catia Bastioli, CEO at Novamont (Italy)

Véronique de Bruijn, CEO at Photanol (Netherlands)

Joanna Dupont at EuropaBio (UE)

Carina Håkansson, DG at The Swedish Forest Industries Federation (Sweden)

Sarah Hickingbottom, CEO at BioVale (UK)

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO at Lanzatech (USA)

Virginia Klausmeier, CEO at Sylvatex (USA)

Christine Lang, chairwoman at German Bioeconomy Council (Germany)

Electra Papadopoulou, co-founder Greek Bioeconomy Forum (Greece)

Theodora Retsina, CEO at American Process (USA)

Kathryn Sheridan, CEO at Sustainability Consult (Belgium)

Mariagiovanna Vetere, Global Public Affairs at NatureWorks (USA)

Mari Walls, President and CEO at Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Alex Ward, President at Origin Materials (Canada)

Marie Wheat, Industry Economist at USDA BioPreferred Program (USA)

Eleni Zika, Head of Programme at BBI JU (EU)