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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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!

Some pictures from 2019:

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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Alex Michine, CEO of MetGen, is the Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2019

Alex Michine, CEO MetGen, with the Frost & Sullivan Award in London. Now a new award for him

Our readers have voted. The Blog has really seen a boom in visits.  The most innovative bioeconomy CEO 2019 is Alex Michine, CEO of MetGen, the Finnish company founded in 2008 and focused on genetic engineering and synthetic biology (you can read our recent interview with him here). Alex Michine succeeds to Ken Richards (Leaf Resources), Tony Duncan (Circa Group) and Jürgen Eck, respectively most innovative CEO 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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The EU Commission and the EIB presented the investment advisor to set up and manage the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

Carlos Moedas, former EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) completed the public procurement process for the selection of an investment advisor to set up and manage the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF). The selected investment advisor is ECBF Management GmbH and Hauck & Aufhäuser Fund Services S.A. will act as the Alternative Investment Fund Manager.

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The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs in 2019. Now choose the number 1

The bioeconomy is innovation, the result of the skills and passion of researchers and managers able to create value and new high-qualified jobs. At the end of 2014 Il Bioeconomista launched a new initiative: The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs.

We have asked a panel of world bioeconomy experts to tell us the Chief Executive Officers that have stood out as the most innovative during the last year.

Now we ask you to choose the most innovative CEO responding to our survey (open till December 10 at 6 pm, Western European Time).

The most innovative CEO 2016 was Ken Richards (CEO of Leaf Resources)

The most innovative CEO 2017 was Tony Duncan (CEO of Circa Group)

The most innovative CEO 2018 was Jürgen Eck (CEO of BRAIN AG)

This is the result in 2019 (in alphabetical order)

Veronique de Bruijn, Photanol (Netherlands)

Marc Delcourt, Global Bioenergies (France)

Patrick R. Gruber, Gevo (USA)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (New Zealand-USA)

Jason Kelly, Ginkgo BioWorks (USA)

Alex Michine, MetGen (Finland)

Christophe Schilling, Genomatica (USA)

Charlie Shaver, Nouryon (Netherlands)

Richard Troyer, Comet Bio (Canada)

Tom Van Aken, Avantium (Netherlands)

 

 

 

 

 

An exclusive interview with Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech: “We need to take more risks and move more quickly”

Jennifer Holmgren, Ceo of LanzaTech

“The key concern is that there is no time to wait. We must act now and while countries are starting to make changes to drive a low carbon future, more needs to be done quickly. We need to take more risks and move more quickly. We need to realize the bigger risk is not acting quickly enough”. Jennifer Holmgren talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview, the CEO of LanzaTech gives us her point of view regarding the climate crisis and the ‘carbonsmart’ revolution that the Illinois-based company is leading at global scale.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Marc Palahí talks to Il Bioeconomista. An interview with the director of EFI

Marc Palahí, on the left, signed an agreement in China

“Transitioning towards a circular bioeconomy is a fundamental step. But new markets, products and sustainable value chains will need to be created.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Marc Palahí, director of EFI (European Forest Institute). He talks with us after his business trip to China.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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An exclusive interview with John Bell, Director Healthy Planet at EU Commission: “Europe needs an ambitious ‘Green Innovation Deal’”

John Bell, European Commission, at Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin (25 November 2015)

“Europe needs an ambitious ‘Green Innovation Deal’ to accelerate towards our 2030 goals and to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Our 2030 and 2050 goals require decarbonisation at a speed at least six times faster than anything globally achieved so far.” John Bell, Director Healthy Planet at the DG Research & Innovation of EU Commission, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this long and exclusive interview, he talks about the EU Updated Bioeconomy Strategy one year later its presentation in Brussels. “The main task for us in the next years – he says – will be the implementation of the updated European Bioeconomy Strategy. However, to fully deploy the bioeconomy across all of Europe, we need the help and engagement of the Member States and regions”.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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