Kinder Morgan is partnering with Neste to create a raw material storage and logistics hub in USA

IMG_0273
Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Houston-based Kinder Morgan is partnering with Finnish company Neste to create a raw material storage and logistics hub in the United States that will support increased production of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable feedstock for polymers and chemicals.

Upon completion of the project, Kinder Morgan’s Harvey, La., facility will serve as the primary hub where Neste will store a variety of raw materials, including, for example, the used cooking oil it collects from more than 40,000 restaurants across the United States, the company said.

Continue reading

Genomatica closed $118 million in Series C funding

wp-image-799665490jpg.jpg
Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica during his speech at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech’s plant in Bottrighe di Adria, Italy

US biotech company Genomatica closed $118 million in Series C funding to accelerate the global commercialization and expansion of sustainable materials, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 million tons per year. Leading life science investor Novo Holdings led the round, with additional participation by existing and new investors including Viking Global Investors, Casdin Capital and others. Genomatica will use the investment to scale production for its portfolio of products and continue investing in new technologies to amplify the impact of sustainable materials across a range of industries.

Continue reading

USA: The introduction of the COMPOST Act is a major step forward for an activity that restores depleted soils

FCE3DEC8-4FB1-49DA-AFAC-96632CE2E0B6

Without soil there is not agriculture and without agriculture there is not bioeconomy. The USA celebrates the introduction of the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This far reaching new federal bill aims to proactively advance composting infrastructure and support across the country. Specifically, the proposed legislation would amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to officially define and designate composting as a conservation practice and activity. The US Composting Infrastructure Coalition (USCIC), of which the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is a founding member, played a pivotal role in the development of the bill.   

Continue reading

Reuters: Biden considers giving refiners relief from U.S. biofuel laws

93CD6606-A84D-4C68-9832-EF7F40AF5969
Joe Biden with former US President Barack Obama

According to the International Press Agency Reuters, President Joe Biden’s administration, under pressure from labor unions and U.S. senators including from his home state of Delaware, is considering ways to provide relief to U.S. oil refiners from biofuel blending mandates, three sources familiar with the matter said.

The issue pits two of the administration’s important political constituencies against each other: blue-collar refinery workers and farmers who depend on biofuel mandates to prop up a massive market for corn.

It could prompt an about-face for the administration, which had been rolling back former President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of waivers for U.S. refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Continue reading

British Airways is to power future flights with SAF produced by LanzaJet

British Airways is to power future flights with sustainable aviation fuel produced from sustainably sourced ethanol, as part of a new partnership with sustainable jet fuel company LanzaJet. The partnership, which reflects the importance the airline is placing on sustainability and its continued investment in sustainable aviation fuel, will see British Airways invest in LanzaJet’s first commercial scale Freedom Pines Fuels facility in Georgia, USA and acquire cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuel from the plant. It expects the fuel to be available to power a number of its flights by the end of 2022. In addition, the partnership will involve LanzaJet implementing early stage planning and design for a potential commercial facility for British Airways in the UK.

Continue reading

CVR Energy selected Haldor Topsoe’s technology for revamp to renewable diesel

Tulsa, Oklahoma

CVR Energy, Inc. subsidiary selected Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology for revamp to renewable diesel production. CVR Energy, Inc. subsidiary will base a revamp of its Oklahoma, US, refinery on the HydroFlex™technology to produce approximately 100 million gallons of renewable diesel per year. Topsoe will deliver basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment and catalyst for its HydroFlex™ technology.

Continue reading

President-elect Joe Biden announced Secretary John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

“The men and women I am announcing today will be core members of my national security, foreign policy, and law enforcement team. They are experienced and crisis-tested. They will keep us safe and secure. And, they are leaders who look like America and reflect my core belief that America is back and that we lead not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.

I’m honored to introduce these six extraordinary individuals:

Continue reading

Braskem is securing the supply of polypropylene polymers for the production of respiratory masks and protective medical gear

Braskem, producer of polyolefins and biopolymers, is meeting the polypropylene raw material needs of medical manufacturing customers for the production of respiratory masks as well as protective medical gear.

Continue reading

An exclusive interview with Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech: “We need to take more risks and move more quickly”

Jennifer Holmgren, Ceo of LanzaTech

“The key concern is that there is no time to wait. We must act now and while countries are starting to make changes to drive a low carbon future, more needs to be done quickly. We need to take more risks and move more quickly. We need to realize the bigger risk is not acting quickly enough”. Jennifer Holmgren talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview, the CEO of LanzaTech gives us her point of view regarding the climate crisis and the ‘carbonsmart’ revolution that the Illinois-based company is leading at global scale.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

Continue reading

Gevo signed a Fuel Sales Agreement with SAS to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel

Gevo Inc., a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, signed a Fuel Sales Agreement with Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in low carbon fuel regions of the United States. With the finalization of this new supply contract, Gevo will supply SAF to SAS from Gevo’s expanded Luverne, Minnesota plant, which is expected to be constructed over the next several years.

Continue reading