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

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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)

A new JRC report illustrates the work in building a database of EU facilities producing bioproducts

The EU bio-based industry is quickly evolving but clear data on the development of this emerging sector are still missing. A new JRC report illustrates the work of the JRC in building an extensive database of EU facilities producing different categories of bio-based products:

Continue reading

Unilever switches Ingman ice cream to fully renewable packaging material from Stora Enso

Supporting the company’s environmental targets, Unilever Finland is introducing Ingman ice cream in a newly designed 1 litre carton made of Stora Enso’s fully renewable and recyclable packaging board in early March.

Continue reading

Comet Bio selected by AB InBev to join its 100+ Accelerator to pilot technology on brewers’ grain

Comet Bio, a Canadian manufacturer of award-winning healthy and sustainable ingredients, has been selected by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, to join its 100+ Accelerator to pilot technology on brewers’ grain. Through the 100+ Accelerator, AB InBev partners with companies who can deliver breakthrough advancements in sustainability.  The 100+ Accelerator builds off of AB InBev’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, with six challenges around smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular economy and climate action.

Continue reading

Japanese company Toray is going to start mass production of biopolyester jointly with Virent

Image by MAKY OREL on Pixabay

Japanese materials maker Toray Industries is going to start mass production of polyester made entirely from plants, a breakthrough poised to cut reliance on petroleum and slash carbon emissions, Nikkei has learned. Toray developed what is being described as the world’s first 100% plant-based polyester jointly with Virent, a U.S. biofuels company. Production is set to begin in the early part of this decade, people familiar with the matter said.

Continue reading

Nestlé joined forces with Burcon and Merit for plant-based alternatives

Nestlé joined forces with Burcon and Merit, two key players in the development and production of high-quality plant proteins. This partnership will enable Nestlé to further accelerate the development of nutritious and great-tasting plant-based meat and dairy alternatives with a favorable environmental footprint.

Continue reading