Avantium and Tereos Cooperative Group signed a strategic supply agreement

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Avantium’s pilot plant in the Nerherlands

Avantium signed a strategic supply agreement with Tereos Cooperative Group, whereby Avantium Renewable Polymers will purchase high fructose syrup made from European wheat as the feedstock for the planned FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) Flagship Plant in Delfzijl. The multi- year agreement secures 100% bio-based and local feedstock for the flagship plant. Avantium’s FDCA Flagship Plant will be the world’s first factory to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) on a commercial scale, with a capacity of 5 kiloton per annum. FDCA is the key building block of the 100% plant-based, recyclable plastic material PEF (polyethylene furanoate) which also has functional advantages compared with fossil fuel derived plastics.

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Suntory introduces 100% Plant-Based PET bottle prototypes thanks to a partnership with Anellotech

Suntory Group, as a crucial step toward its aim to use 100% sustainable PET bottles globally by 2030 and eliminate all petroleum-based virgin plastic from its global PET supply, has successfully created a prototype PET bottle made from 100% plant-based materials. The prototype has been produced for the company’s iconic Orangina brand in Europe along with its best-selling bottled mineral water brand in Japan, Suntory Tennensui. This achievement marks a breakthrough after a nearly decade-long partnership with the US-based sustainable technology company Anellotech.

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Adriano Alfani talks to Il Bioeconomista. An exclusive interview with the CEO of Versalis

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“Another main pillar of our strategy is to drive sustainability through chemistry from renewable sources. We already operate on two technological platforms: Proesa® starting from solid biomasses and Matrìca from vegetable oils.” Adriano Alfani, CEO Versalis – the chemical division of Italian oil company ENI, talks to Il Bioeconomista.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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The Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO is Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech

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Our readers have voted. The most innovative bioeconomy CEO 2010 is Jennifer Holgren, CEO of LanzaTech, the Illinois-based company that is the global leader in gas fermentation technology. The company provides novel and economic routes to ethanol, jet fuel and high-value chemicals from gas streams including industrial off-gases from steel and alloy mills; petroleum refineries, petrochemical complexes and gas processing facilities; syngas generated from any biomass resource (e.g. municipal solid waste (MSW), organic industrial waste, agricultural waste); and reformed biogas.  

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The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs 2021. Now choose the number 1

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Chris Patermann at the first edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit, Brussels, 9-10 November 2015

The circular bioeconomy is innovation, the result of the skills and passion of researchers and managers able to create value and new high-qualified jobs, reconciling economy, society and the environment. 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 7 at 9 am, Western European Time).

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

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

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

The most innovative CEO 2019 was Alex Michine (CEO of MetGen, Finland)

The most innovative CEO 2020 was Simão Soares (CEO of SilicoLife, Portugal)

This is the result of 2021 (in alphabetical order)

Richard Altice, NatureWorks (USA)

Catia Bastioli, Novamont (Italy)

John Bissell, Origin Materials (USA)

Dominique Boies, Enerkem (Canada)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (USA)

Jim Macias, Fulcrum Bioenergy (USA)

Thomas Philipon, TotalCorbion (France/Netherlands)

Jason Robinson, Evoco (USA)

Nicolas Sordet, Afyren (France)

Peter Vanacker, Neste (Finland)

Enerkem achieved a major breakthrough in converting carbon from forest biomass into SAF

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Enerkem in Westbury, Quebec

Enerkem, a world leader in the production of biofuels from waste materials based in Canada, achieved a major breakthrough in converting carbon from forest biomass into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using its proprietary thermochemical process. This important milestone was achieved at Enerkem’s Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.  It will be followed by the demonstration phase, which will lead to commercialization in the near future. This research is part of The Sky’s the Limit Challenge organized by Natural Resources Canada and for which Enerkem was selected as a finalist.

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BASF is accelerating the implementation of its CO2reduction targets  

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Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

With a new project organization, BASF is bundling and accelerating its extensive cross-company activities to reduce its COemissions by 25 percent by 2030 compared with 2018 and become climate neutral by 2050. The unit, called “Net Zero Accelerator”, focuses on implementing and accelerating projects relating to low-COproduction technologies, circular economy and renewable energies. “With the new project organization, we are continuing to accelerate and create more powerful structures within BASF to achieve our ambitious goals,” said Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “This further step demonstrates the determination to drive forward our transformation to a climate-neutral company.”

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New Report by FAO: Forests products in the global bioeconomy

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) presented a new report on forest products and the vital role they play in the global bioeconomy and climate change mitigation.

The report, Forest products in the global bioeconomy: Enabling substitution by wood-based products and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, provides a set of recommendations to increase the contribution of forest products for climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

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Ferrari Formula 1 goes green with Brazilian energy company Raizen SA

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Brazilian energy company Raizen SA and its shareholder Royal Dutch Shell Plc signed an agreement with the Ferrari Formula 1 team to supply second-generation, high-performance ethanol from next year, when the main motor racing category will begin using 10% ethanol blend in gasoline.

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COP26 signals accelerated zero carbon investment drive. Severe climate risks remain

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Commitments made in advance and during COP26 have put keeping global warming to 1.5°C within reach, accelerating investment towards net zero emissions. Stronger policies and 2030 targets are still required to unlock the trillions of dollars required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. 
 
“Global warming of above 1.5°C presents irreversible, foreseeable and large-scale risks to investors and financial markets,” Rebecca Mikula-Wright, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC), said. “The commitments that have come out ahead and as part of Glasgow have been significant but global action is still falling short.

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