Borealis and Neste joined forces to accelerate circularity and bioeconomy in plastics

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative polyolefin solutions headquartered in Vienna, and Teste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, entered into strategic co-operation for the production of renewable polypropylene (PP). The co-operation will enable Borealis to start using Neste’s 100% renewable propane produced with Neste’s proprietary NEXBTL™ technology as renewable feedstock at its facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium, starting end of 2019.

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Ecomondo opened yesterday in Rimini, Italy. The Green New Deal is in the Italian budget law

From new models of circular economy development to technological solutions for managing and protecting resources. Ecomondo opened its doors yesterday at Rimini Expo Centre to generate Italian Exhibition Group´s vast international platform aimed at favouring the growth of an innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem, the only one able to lead to building a more sustainable future.
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A R&D project led by VTT to create a sustainable basis for the circular economy of textiles

VTT Technical Research Center’s headquarter in Tampere

Telaketju, a network promoting sustainable recycling of textiles, shifts its focus from recycling to managing the whole value chain, extending textile life-span and creating novel business models. A two-year R&D project, led by VTT, will gather more than 20 companies and research partners together to create a sustainable basis for the circular economy of textiles.

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Qantas operated the first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste

The first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste took to the skies last Wednesday, marking the start of Qantas’ plan to cut 100 million single-use plastics by end-2020 and eliminate 75 per cent of the airline’s waste by end-2021. All inflight products on board QF739, flying from Sydney to Adelaide and staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas ‘Green Team’, will be disposed of via compost, reuse or recycling.

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Stora Enso has chosen six startups in the circular bioeconomy to join its Accelerator Program

A picture from the Bioeconomy Investment Summit 2017 in Helsinki

Stora Enso has chosen six startups to join its second Accelerator Programme, a joint startup initiative organised by the Scandinavian company, Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT) and Vertical Accelerator. The Accelerator programme provides an opportunity for disruptive startups and Stora Enso to actively ideate and innovate new solutions. This year’s programme focuses specifically on the circular economy, especially in regard to circular solutions, raw material management, packaging, separation and sorting, and energy.

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An exclusive interview with David Sudolsky, CEO Anellotech. “The future of the chemical industry is in the bioeconomy”

David Sudolsky

You know, the name of our company is Italian. Anello (ring in English) wants to mean the circularity, but also the bond as it is represented by the wedding ring.

It is very pleasant to talk with David Sudolsky, one of the entrepreneurs who is making the bioeconomy happen at global levelHe co-founded Anellotech in 2008, secured the initial angel funding for the company, recruited the management team and scientific advisory board, and is leading the expansion of the company.

The company based in New York develops a technology platform for producing petrochemicals and transportation fuels from renewable non-food biomass.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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The circular economy and the bioeconomy. Partners in sustainability. New report by EEA


The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its report on the circular economy and the bioeconomy. The circular economy and the bioeconomy — Partners in sustainability shows that the two policy agendas have similar objectives and areas of intervention, including food waste, biomass and bio-based products, and that they would benefit from stronger links, particularly in product and infrastructure design, and collaboration throughout the value chain.

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IKEA aims to cut food waste by 50% in all IKEA stores by August 2020

With the Food is Precious initiative IKEA aims to cut food waste by 50% in all IKEA stores by August 2020. A little more than a year since the roll out of the initiative IKEA has diminished food waste that is equivalent to one million meals.To put that into a context; one million meals could feed one thousand people for a whole year.

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Braskem and Brazil’s largest retail chain GPA Group join forces for the circular economy

Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, and the GPA Group, Brazil’s largest retail chain, will be recycling 60 metric tons of plastic every year to produce the new packaging of the Qualitá stain remover, an exclusive brand marketed at the Extra and Pão de Açúcar stores, across Brazil.

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Neste and Fazer Bakery support together the bio-circular economy

Finnish oil refining and marketing company Neste and Fazer Bakery, the leading bakery company in Finland and Russia’s major markets of St Petersburg and Moscow, are joining forces with their “Doughnut Trick campaign”. The oil that was used to fry Fazer Bakery’s May Day doughnuts will be recycled by refining it to produce Neste MY renewable diesel. The value of the fuel will be donated to the Finnish chapter of the charity SOS Children’s Village International. The amount of diesel that’s made from the oil used to fry every three doughnuts is enough to drive a distance of about one kilometer.

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