The updated EU bioeconomy strategy. An interview with Marc Palahí, director EFI

Marc Palahi at the European Bioeconomy Summit in Helsinki

“We need to put emphasis in ensuring that the areas and actions identified in the new Bioeconomy Strategy are strategically integrated in other European policies and Programmes to ensure coherence, scale and synergies; CAP; Industrial Policy, European Investment Bank portfolio, Strategic Partnership for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement, etc.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Marc Palahí, director at the European Forest Institute. He talks with us, on his way to China, just after the publication of the updated EU bioeconomy strategy.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Neste and Air BP joined forces to support aviation industry’s carbon reduction targets

Source: Neste

Neste, the world’s leading renewable products producer headquartered in Espoo (Finland), and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers.

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UPM’s possible Kotka biorefinery in Finland has its Environmental Impact Assessment

Source: http://www.upm.com

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM’s possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland has been completed and given to the authorities for their final conclusions. The UPM Kotka Biorefinery would produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of advanced biofuels made from sustainable raw materials for use in the road transport, marine and aviation sectors. The biorefinery’s products could also be used for replacing fossil raw materials in the chemical industry.

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The updated EU bioeconomy strategy is finally here

Berlaymont, European Commission’s Headquarter in Brussels

 

The European Commission launched today the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe. Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment”.

The purpose of this update to the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy is to address global challenges like climate change, land and ecosystem degradation, through a set of 14 concrete actions which will be launched in 2019 at the latest. These actions reflect the conclusions of the 2017 review of the Strategy.

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Braskem is to become a Green Plastic supplier for the Rio de Janeiro-based brand Café Favorito

Braskem is to become a Green Plastic supplier for the traditional Rio de Janeiro-based brand Café Favorito. The first polyethylene of renewable origin to be produced in the world, the resin will be applied in the 500 g coffee pillow packs.

“We produce over one million metric tons of coffee annually, sold mainly in the Lagos and Serrana regions and in the south of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The use of Green Plastic in our packaging reinforces our effort in the search for sustainable performance,” explained Adriana de Oliveira, Chief Commercial Officer of Café Favorito.

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Bio-on has been awarded the “Best Practices” award by Frost & Sullivan

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Italian Industrial Biotech company Bio-on has been awarded the “Best Practices” award by Frost & Sullivan for New Product Innovation in the Bio-based Ingredients for the Cosmetics industry. In particular the analysts at Frost & Sullivan examined the extraordinary performances of the Minerv Bio Cosmetics bioplastic microspheres designed to replace the polluting oil- based microplastics that are now found in many cosmetic formulations. An innovation certified by Nature and Cosmos that looks set to profoundly transform the beauty products sector.

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An interview with Marcel Lubben, Reverdia. “The bioeconomy is a long-term commitment”

Marcel Lubben

“We expect full support for the bioeconomy in close connection with the circular economy. Together they can tackle two very pressing societal issues i.e. climate change (through lowering carbon footprint) and the plastic waste problem (through collection, reuse and recycling)”. Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia, the JV between Royal DSM and Roquette which is producing bio-based succinic acid, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview he talks about Reverdia and his expectations related to the new EU bioeconomy strategy that will be presented next October 22 in Brussels.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Eni and AMA to launch collection points for waste cooking oil in Rome

Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni

Eni and AMA, a public company of Roma Capitale, signed an agreement to launch collection points for waste cooking oil produced in the homes of its employees at Eni’s Rome offices in Piazzale Mattei and Via Ribotta, which will then be converted into high quality biofuels.

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A Fulcrum Bioenergy’s plant will be the first in the US to convert household garbage into fuel

Rubbish is about to take off, thanks to BP’s interest in turning household waste into low carbon jet fuel. The chemical process behind the technology that can turn rotting organic matter into liquid fuels has been around 100 years. But, recent developments, including the use of ‘clever baked beans cans’, have transformed its commercial potential, leading BP-backed US start-up Fulcrum Bioenergy to use it to produce biojet fuel.

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Jennifer Holmgren: the gentle woman who is making a carbon smart future possible

Jennifer Holmgren at IFIB 2018 in Turin, Italy

She fascinated everyone with her key note speech last Thursday in Turin (Italy) at the International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB). Presenting the results achieved by her company, LanzaTech, she has clearly paved the way for a carbon smart future. Because climate change is happening right now and is producing very evident catastrophic effects on the whole planet. Jennifer Holmgren is the classic example of a leader driven by a gentle force able to realize the changes that the historians of the French Annales would have call structural.

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