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P&G to Develop Bio-Based Chemicals

Procter & Gamble has announced an agreement with biorefinery developer ZeaChem for the commercialization of bio-based chemicals and other products.

Under a binding multi-year joint development agreement, the two companies will research, develop and commercialize ZeaChem’s latest biorefinery technology. This process uses renewable feedstocks such as poplar trees and agricultural residues to produce what ZeaChem calls the highest yield and lowest carbon emissions of any known biorefining technology.

“As part of its long-term environmental sustainability vision, P&G is committed to using 100 percent sustainably sourced renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging,” said Len Sauers, P&G’s vice president for global sustainability. “Novel innovations from our suppliers, such as ZeaChem’s unique process to create bio-based chemicals, are critical to us achieving this vision.”

ZeaChem has begun fermentation work on this new product platform using the same processes and equipment that the company used to prove and scale up its C2 product platform. The company says the new platform will enable it to ultimately deploy its technology for the production of a variety of bio-based chemicals and fuels.

The two companies will utilize ZeaChem’s existing infrastructure at its lab in Menlo Park, Calif., pilot facility at Hazen Research in Golden, Colo., and demonstration-scale biorefinery in Boardman, Ore.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Procter & Gamble, a global leader in consumer products and sustainable operations,” said Jim Imbler, president and CEO of ZeaChem. “This definitive agreement will accelerate the time to market for our new product platform and the commercial production of economical and sustainable biofuels and bio-based chemicals using ZeaChem’s highly efficient technology.”

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