Sweden will introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel

Finnair Flight

Sweden has an ambitious target of being fossil-free by 2045. As a part of the initiative, a proposal for decarbonizing aviation in Sweden was announced ten days ago. The proposal suggests that Sweden would introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. The reduction level would be 0.8% in 2021, and gradually increase to 27% in 2030. The reduction levels are estimated to be equivalent of 1% (11.000 tons) sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, 5% (56.000 tons) in 2025 and 30% (340 000 tons) in 2030. This makes Sweden an undisputed leader in decarbonizing aviation.

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

More and more women are protagonists of the bioeconomy. 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.

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“We need to embrace genetic technologies”. An interview with William Cracroft-Eley, Terravesta

William Cracroft-Eley

“I also believe that we need to embrace genetic technologies, rather than be fearful of them, to enable the greatest beneficial outcomes in the shortest time”. To say it – in this interview with Il Bioeconomista – is William Cracroft-Eley, chairman of Terravesta, a leading miscanthus supply chain specialist, producing sustainable energy from marginal land. In this interview he talks about miscanthus and the role of farmers in the bioeconomy, the BBI JU Demo Project GRACE, “which is demonstrating the feasibility of 10 bio-based value chains for hemp and miscanthus biomass at an industry relevant scale”, the bioeconomy in UK after Brexit and the Vivergo’s case.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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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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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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KaiCell Fibers makes the bioeconomy protagonist in the Independence Day of Finland

Marisanna Jarva is dressing on  Arbron by KaiCell Fibers

Today is the Independency Day of Finland. And the bioeconomy is one of the protagonists of the celebration: Marisanna Jarva, member of Finnish parliament is dressing on Arbron™, a highly processed and ecologically produced textile fiber raw material that is designed by Finnish company KaiCell Fibers to fulfil the fiber demand in the growing textile industry.

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The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs in 2018. 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 8 at 2 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)

This is the result in 2018 (in alphabetical order)

Catia Bastioli, Novamont (Italy)

Vincent Chornet, Enerkem (Canada)

Veronique de Bruijn, Photanol (Netherlands)

Marc Delcourt, Global Bioenergies (France)

Jürgen Eck, BRAIN AG (Germany)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (New Zealand-USA)

E. James Macias, Fulcrum Bioenergy (USA)

David Sudolsky, Anellotech (USA)

Sean Sutcliff, Green Biologics (UK)

Stéfanie Triau, Bioserie (Hong Kong)

 

Trumponomics: Chevron granted waiver from U.S. biofuel laws at Utah plant

EPA in Washington DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from U.S. biofuel laws for its Utah refinery earlier this year, according to a source familiar with the company’s operations. This is what the International press agency Reuters makes known.

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Six leading universities launch the “European Bioeconomy University” initiative

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

There is a new initiative in the European bioeconomy. The universities of Hohenheim (Germany), Bologna (Italy), Eastern Finland (Finland), AgroParisTech (France), BOKU Vienna (Austria) and Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands), some of leading European universities in the field of the bioeconomy, are planning to join forces in research, teaching/education, and innovation in this subject area.

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