Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium go green by promoting renewable materials

Helsinki, Finland

Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium signed a partnership agreement to develop low-carbon, eco-friendly operations at the stadium by promoting the use of renewable materials and circular economy solutions. Stora Enso explores reusing products as well as recycling used materials to give high-quality wood fibers a second life in new products that will be available at the stadium for different services and operations.

Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium share the aim of promoting the use of renewable materials in customer and food service packaging to reduce the climate impact of stadium operations. In addition, the aim is to ensure that materials get recycled to a high degree. Packaging made of renewable materials has a high recycling rate throughout Europe and it typically has a low carbon footprint that is further reduced when recycled. Continue reading

An interview with Cyrille Pauthenier, Ceo of French biotech company Abolis

Cyrille Pauthenier

“At Union level, the European Green Deal is surely a clear and strong signal to many industries, and this will help our clients to gain further competing edges vs parties that still struggle to understand the benefit of implementing biosynthesis into their processes as tool to increase their competitiveness and sustainability.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Cyrille Pauthenier, Ceo and co-founder of Abolis, an industrial biotech company located in France. Pauthenier is graduated from École Normale Supérieure de Paris where he studied fundamental chemistry and biology. In 2011, he specialized in synthetic biology. In 2014, after obtaining his Ph.D., Cyrille co-founded Abolis, with the aim of using biology to accelerate the ecological transition of chemical industry.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Manufacturers of biomass-derived chemicals created a new sector group within the Cefic

Daniele Ferrari, President of Cefic. Courtesy of Versalis

In response to the growing importance of bio-based renewable raw materials, manufacturers of biomass-derived chemicals created a new sector group within the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic): Biomass-derived Chemicals Europe (BioChem Europe). The group represents companies using feedstocks based on biomass as their raw materials to produce chemicals.

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New German study: compostable biowaste bags are not a threat for the quality of compost

The Witzenhausen institute and the University of Bayreuth released a study proving that compostable biowaste bags are not a threat for the quality of compost. This field study shows that compostable bags are a suitable option for organic waste collection by completely disintegrating and reducing the plastic contamination.

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Crescentino plant in Italy re-starts with the production of liquid hand disinfectant from bioethanol

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, has launched a new line to produce liquid hand disinfectant marketed under the brand name Invix™ at its plant in Crescentino (Vercelli, North-western Italy), to meet the growing demand as a result of the current health situation across the nation.

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An interview with Pasi Laine, CEO of Valmet. “We are happy to see that green recovery is part of many regions’ response on how to build growth after the pandemic”

Pasi Laine. Source: http://www.valmet.com

“We are happy to see that green recovery is part of many regions’ response on how to build growth after the pandemic”. To say it – in this interview released waiting the World Bioeconomy Forum – is Pasi Laine, CEO of  Valmet, a leading supplier of technology, equipment and services to the global bioproducts industry. Its customers include pulp, paper and tissue manufacturers, as well as producers of other high-end products derived from using wood as a raw material. Pasi Laine will be appearing on the CEO Discussion Panel at the World Bioeconomy Forum (WCBEF) virtual event to be broadcast live from Ruka, Finland on 10th September 2020. Laine spoke to the WCBEF about Valmet’s role in the circular bioeconomy as well as operating in a post COVID-19 world.

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Neste delivers its first batch of SAF to San Francisco International Airport via pipeline

San Francisco International Airport

Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, has delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via pipeline, where it will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions.

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Evonik makes green hydrogen more affordable

Hydrogen Trainset. Image by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay

Green hydrogen is a beacon of hope in the energy transition, both as a carbon-free fuel for industry and transportation, and as a key raw material for the chemical industry. Green hydrogen is produced from water by electrolysis using electricity generated from renewable resources. It is still much more expensive than conventional hydrogen, which is generally obtained from methane gas in a process that releases carbon dioxide. As well as sufficient low-cost electricity generated from renewables, investment in the electrolyzer is a key factor in cost-efficient production of green hydrogen.

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The Italian bioeconomy is alive and well. New Report: €345 billion the value of production

Sustainable Intesa Sanpaolo’s Pavillion at Expo 2015 in Milan

In 2018, bioeconomy in Italy has shown a production potential amounting to 345 billion euro, equal to approximately 10% of the total value of national production, employing approximately 2 million people. Italy is in third position at EU level. Germany is first with a production worth €414 billion and France second with €359 billion. Spain is fourth (€237 billion) followed by the UK (€223 billion). In these five countries, the bioeconomy is worth €1.568 trillion. Continue reading

Genomatica won the prestigious 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award given by EPA

Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica during his speech at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech’s plant in Bottrighe di Adria, Italy

U.S. industrial biotech company Geomatica won the prestigious 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Brontide® natural butylene glycol. Honoring groundbreaking scientific solutions to real-world environmental problems, the win for Brontide natural butylene glycol marks the third EPA award held by Genomatica and makes them one of only four companies to win the award three times in the program’s 25-year history.

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