Etihad operated its first commercial flight using sustainable fuel from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam

The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute that is part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, announced the world’s first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable fuel on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 powered by GE’s GEnx-1B engines.

The flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam marked a major milestone in the development of a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions. The initiative also addresses food security in the UAE through the farming of seafood as a core element in the process.

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Eni begins operating at its pilot plant at the Gela refinery to produce bio-oil

Headquarter of Eni in San Donato Milanese (Milan)

Syndial, Eni’s environmental services company, begins operating at its pilot plant at the the Gela (Sicily) refinery. The plant transforms Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) by recycling it into bio-oil, which can then be used to produce next-generation fuels. The plant represents the first milestone in a process driven by Eni’s own research and launched with the development of the proprietary waste-to-fuel technology created by Eni’s Renewable Energy and Environmental R&D Center in Novara.

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Stora Enso partnered with H&M and IKEA to industrialize TreeToTextile

Markus Mannström. Courtesy of Stora Enso

Stora Enso partnered with H&M group and Inter IKEA group to industrialize TreeToTextile. TreeToTextile AB is a joint venture between H&M group, Inter IKEA group and innovator Lars Stigsson since 2014, with the aim of developing new textile fibers in a sustainable way at attractive cost levels. Stora Enso will join this partnership, and also support the industrialization of TreeToTextile’s production process by setting up a demonstration plant at one of its Nordic facilities.

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An interview with Jürgen Eck CEO BRAIN AG, the Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2018

Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG

“Innovation is the key for the transformation towards a bioeconomy, and industrial biotechnology is the driving force and innovation engine for this megatrend”. Jürgen Eck, CEO BRAIN AG, talks with Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview, the Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2018 voted by our readers, talks about his company, the bioeconomy and the concept of innovation.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Happy New Year 2019!

Dear Readers,

thank you so much. 2018 was another wonderful year for Il Bioeconomista. The blog confirms itself as one of the world’s leading bioeconomy blog.

The year that has just ended was very important for the global bioeconomy. We would like to mention above all the Global Bioeconomy Summit (April in Berlin), the EU updated bioeconomy strategy and the new UK bioeconomy strategy. But we are sure that the best has yet to come. 2019 will be another relevant year for the implementation of the bioeconomy,

Happy new year!

Fulcrum BioEnergy selected Gary, Indiana, for the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant

Fulcrum BioEnergy selected Gary, Indiana, for the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel.

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BASF notified Avantium of its exit from their Synvina Joint Venture

Avantium and BASF set up the JV Synvina

BASF yesterday notified Avantium of its exit from their Synvina joint venture, effective 15 January 2019. Avantium continues to disagree with BASF’s interpretation of the joint venture agreement. The two companies are still discussing the terms and conditions of an exit.

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Bio-on and Gruppo HERA joined forces to produce PHAs biopolymers using CO2

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Bio-on, a global leader in the high quality bioplastic sector, and Gruppo Hera, one of Italy’s largest multi-utility providers, reached an agreement to take 90% and 10% shares respectively (with the possibility of Hera increasing its share to 49.9%) in Lux-on, the new company founded by Bio-on aiming to revolutionise the production of PHAs biopolymers using CO2 captured from the atmosphere and producing energy without using fossil fuels.

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After Brexit, the UK government launches the National Bioeconomy Strategy

Downing Street, London UK

UK is finally on board. The government led by Theresa May launched last week the National Bioeconomy Strategy “Growing the Bioeconomy. Improving lives and strengthening our economy: A National Bioeconomy strategy to 2030”.

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The Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2018 is Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG, Germany

Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG. Source: BRAIN AG

Our readers have voted: the most innovative bioeconomy CEO 2018 is Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG, the industrial biotech company headquartered in Zwingenberg (Germany) which is developing innovative solutions and products for successful applications in chemistry and in the cosmetics and food industries..  He succeeds to Ken Richards (Leaf Resources) and Tony Duncan (Circa Group), respectively most innovative CEO 2016 and 2017, both from Australia.

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