Bioeconomy stakeholders are gathering in Bari at IFIB to shape our sustainable future

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Bari is the world capital of the bioeconomy. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) is taking place in Apulia this year at the Bari Chamber of Commerce. And it is completely physical.

With more than 170 delegates in attendance from approximately 20 different countries from all around the world, the conference truly succeeds one more time in its ambitions aim to be one of the leading bioeconomy event at global level.

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Neste and Marathon established a 50/50 JV to produce renewable diesel in California

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Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Neste and Marathon closed the transaction for the establishment of the joint venture to be called Martinez Renewables. This is a 50/50 joint venture to produce renewable diesel following a conversion project of Marathon’s refinery in Martinez, California (the Martinez Renewable Fuels project).

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New study analyses how forests and wood use can help meet climate goals

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Marc Palahi at the European Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Helsinki (2017)

Forests and forestry play a key role in policy targets to achieve climate neutrality. In a comprehensive new European Forest Institute study, a multidisciplinary team of 12 authors from 7 countries have analysed how much forests and wood use can contribute to climate change mitigation, and how that contribution can be maximised.

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In the US Biden launched a new Initiative to accelerate biotechnology innovation and grow bioeconomy

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President Biden signed an Executive Order to launch a US National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative that “will ensure we can make in the United States all that we invent in the United States. This Initiative will create jobs at home, build stronger supply chains, and lower prices for American families”. Yesterday, the White House hosted a Summit on the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative during which cabinet agencies announced a wide range of new investments and resources that will allow the United States to harness the full potential of biotechnology and biomanufacturing and advance the President’s Executive Order. 

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Afyren takes a step forward in the field of cosmetics and nutraceuticals

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Nicolas Sordet, CEO AFYREN

AFYREN, a French greentech company that offers manufacturers bio-based, low-carbon products made using technology based on natural micro-organisms, has signed two new commercial contracts for organic acids produced at its AFYREN NEOXY factory. The deals, involving a European and an American player, are for applications in the field of cosmetics and nutraceuticals.

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Basf and Sulzer Chemtech joined forces to advance technologies for renewable fuels

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Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

Basf and Sulzer Chemtech (GTC Technology) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the goal of advancing technologies for renewable fuels and chemically recycled plastics that will further expand the partners’ portfolio of sustainable solutions. The companies agreed to enter a strategic partnership to reduce the carbon intensity of renewable diesel and aviation fuel. They will also drive the development of innovative, cost-effective chemical processing solutions to improve the conversion of plastic waste into new plastics. The collaboration combines complementary areas of expertise, integrating Sulzer Chemtech’s capabilities in licensed processing technologies and mass transfer equipment with BASF’s cutting-edge high-performance adsorbents and catalysts.

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UPM and Dongsung joined forces to introduce sustainable forest-based materials into the Asian market

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UPM and Dongsung Chemical announce a development partnership that will accelerate the introduction of renewable, sustainable forest-sourced materials into the Asian market and reduce fossil resource consumption.

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Avantium and AmBev signed an offtake agreement on PEF for soft drink bottles

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Avantium’s pilot plant in The Nerherlands

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, signed an offtake agreement with AmBev, the Brazilian brewing company, part of the AB InBev Group, the largest beer company in the world. AmBev will purchase PEF (polyethylene furanoate) – a 100% plant based and recyclable alternative to plastic – from Avantium’s Flagship Plant and will use it to make bottles for its soft drinks portfolio.

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Neste and Hellenic Petroleum Group entered into an agreement for the distribution of SAF on flights by Aegean Airlines

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Neste and HELLENIC PETROLEUM Group have entered into an agreement for the commercial distribuito of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuels on flights by Aegean Airlines, the leading air carrier in Greece. HELLENIC PETROLEUM Group, through its subsidiary EKO, will ensure the supply of Neste-produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on AEGEAN flights departing from its Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” hub. Flights from Athens International Airport are expected to follow soon, as Neste announced.

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IFIB goes to Bari. From 28 to 30 September the Italian city will be the capital of circular bioeconomy

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Bari, in South-eastern Italy, will be the capital of circular bioeconomy from 28 to 30 September. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) will be held in this city this year at the Kursaal Santalucia Theather. And it will be completely in presence.

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