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Think Bio-Based Materials Are Costly, Perform Poorly? Think Again.

Think Bio-Based Materials Are Costly, Perform Poorly? Think Again.

A Lux Research report says not only do bio-based materials and chemicals perform as well as their petro-based counterparts, they can actually perform better than incumbents and offer real business value to companies.

Paris

COP21: Carbon Pricing, Bill Gates, Businesses Act on Climate Change

As the COP21 climate talks continue in Paris global leaders and organizations are stepping up calls for carbon pricing. The leaders of France, Germany, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Ethiopia, as well as heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development say either taxing … Read more »

Bio-Succinic Acid Produced at Commercial Scale

BioAmber says its Sarnia joint venture, which produces renewable chemicals from sugar instead of petroleum, has begun shipping bio-succinic acid to customers and is operating its manufacturing process at commercial scale. Renewable chemistry company BioAmber jointly built the $141.5 million Sarnia plant with Mitsui & Co. Applications for bio-succinic acid … Read more »

Sarnia

World’s Largest Biobased Succinic Acid Plant Opens

The world’s largest succinic acid plant, which produces renewable chemicals from sugar instead of petroleum, opened yesterday in Canada. Renewable chemistry company BioAmber jointly built the $141.5 million Sarnia plant with Mitsui & Co. The new plant will produce biobased succinic acid from glucose sourced from southern Ontario agricultural suppliers. … Read more »

Impranil eco

Bayer Launches Bio-Based Polyurethanes for Textile Coating

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions under the Impranil eco name for apparel, footwear and automotive applications. With a renewable content that reaches as high as 65 percent, this product class contributes to a further reduction of CO2 emissions, thus further improving the sustainability … Read more »

BioAmber Accelerates Commercial BDO/THF Plants

BioAmber says it has has entered into a technology license with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies that will allow the industrial biotechnology company to construct and operate a 100,000 ton per year capacity plant that uses bio-succinic acid as the feedstock to produce 70,000 tons of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and 30,000 tons … Read more »

Bio-Based Platform Chemicals Market to Grow Nearly 14% by 2019

The global market for bio-based platform chemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.82 percent from 2015-2019, according to a TechNavio report. The report says key vendors include BASF, BioAmber, Braskem, DSM, DuPont, Ineos, Myriant and Novozymes. Global Bio-Based Platform Chemicals Market says the push towards environmental sustainability … Read more »

Bio-Succinic Acid Plant Commissioned

Bio-Succinic Acid Plant Commissioned

BioAmber, an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000 metric ton-capacity bio-succinic acid plant — the world’s largest — located in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Succinic acid can be used to make a broad range of products including polyurethanes, paints and coatings, adhesives, sealants, artificial … Read more »

Julie Hirigoyen

Environmental Executive Moves: Green Building Council, Nuverra, WRI, BioAmber

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. UK Green Building Council: The green building nonprofit has appointed Julie Hirigoyen (pictured) as its new chief executive. Hirigoyen is currently UK head of sustainability for international property consultants JLL. Nuverra Environmental Solutions: The environmental services company has … Read more »