The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy Chief Executive Officers in 2015

Bioeconomy every day @ BioBased World 2015 in Frankfurt am Main
Bioeconomy every day @ BioBased World 2015 in Frankfurt am Main

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 ask 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.

This is the result in 2015:

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Tetra Pak: “All of the packages we produce in Brazil are now bio-based”

Tetra Pak Headquarter in Lund (Sweden)
Tetra Pak Headquarter in Lund (Sweden)

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, headquartered in Sweden, announced that all of the packages it produces in Brazil are now using bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE). ​​Combined with paperboard, the use of bio-based LDPE made from sugar cane increases the content of materials from renewable sources to as much as 82% in a Tetra Brik Aseptic​ 1000ml Base package, the world’s best selling carton package range for beverages.​​

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Braskem and Genomatica develop a new technology for the production of bio-butadiene

Christophe Schilling, Ceo of Genomatica
Christophe Schilling, Ceo of Genomatica

Braskem, the largest petrochemical producer in the Americas and the world’s leading biopolymer producer, and Genomatica, a U.S. biotechnology company, have signed an agreement for the joint development of a new technology for the production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks. Through this partnership, Braskem reaffirms its commitment to invest in the research of producing chemicals from renewable feedstocks, effectively strengthening its leadership role in this segment.

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The Brazilians will drink milk and orange juice from bio-based cartons

Tetra Pak Headquarter in Lund (Sweden)
Tetra Pak Headquarter in Lund (Sweden)

The bio-based revolution extends to the carton packaging industry. In a first for this field, Tetra Pak, the Swedish multinational giant with net sales in 2012 of 11.15 billion euros, plans to sign an agreement with Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas, for the supply of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) made from sugar cane to its packaging material factories in Brazil.

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