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Basics Plantation of sugar cane in Brazil (Photo: Ricardo Azoury, istockphoto) Amazon Land Use For Bio-Polyolefins Companies such as Braskem or Dow announced the production of polyolefins (polyethylene, polypropylene) from sugar cane based bio-ethanol. In Triunfo, Brazil, Braskem is implementing a project to produce green polyethylene on an industrial scale with a capacity for 200,000 tonnes/year, with operations projected to begin in 2011 and recently the company announced first the investment of R$ 8.25 million in the expansion of research on development of green polypropylene based on renewable resources. A venture owned by Dow and Crystalsev announced they will grow 8 million tonnes of sugarcane and turn that into 350,000 tonnes of Dowlex. Being asked about the recurring question concerning sugar cane plantations and the Brazilian rainforest, J.C. Grubisich, CEO of Braskem stated that in Brasil the rainforests are in the north of the vast country, whereas the sugarcane plantations are in the southeast. In addition, land and climate in the north – the rainforest area - isn’t appropriate for sugarcane production. Jeff Wooster of Dow presented a map at a recent conference in Orlando, Florida, showing where sugar cane is being harvested (see map above). And to be a little more precise about the land use, Jeff Wooster explained that in Brazil by governmental regulation a portion of the land for any new project such as the sugar cane plantation for bio-polyethylene is required to be maintained in a natural state. Dow plans to maintain 25-30% of the land area for its project for environmental conservation purposes. For the projected 350,000 tonnes of LLDPE, roughly a total area of 160,000 ha (620 sq. mi) of land will be required, Wooster estimated. “We will be planting new trees on some of the land and protecting existing sensitive areas as well,” he said. “For example, the land along waterways will remain covered with grass and trees in order to prevent erosion and run-off into the waterways. So, only about 70% of the 160,000 ha area (net area about 110,000 ha) will be planted to sugar cane.“ - MT (Luciana Bueno, istockphoto) 50 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/09] Vol. 4

Events Event Calender September 03, 2009 NVC Kurs Nachhaltige Verpackungsinnovationen Hotel Novotel Düsseldorf City West Düsseldorf, Germany September 8-10, 2009 Biopackaging 2009 Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensington, London, UK September 9-10, 2009 2009 7th international symposium Mess Erfurt, Germany September 9-10, 2009 7th Int. Symposium ‘Materials made of Renewable Resources‘ Messe Erfurt Erfurt / Germany September 14-16, 2009 2 nd PLA Bottle Conference hosted by bioplastics MAGAzINE within the framework of drinktec Munich / Germany September 16-17, 2009 International Conference: Bio polymers in applications of films Würzburg / Germany September 28 - October 01, 2009 4th Biopolymers Symposium 2009 Embassy Suites, Lakefront - Chicago Downtown Chicago, Illinois USA October 06-07, 2009 3. BioKunststoffe Technische Anwendungen biobasierter Werkstoffe Duisburg, Germany October 22, 2009 Timeproof biopolymers: durability of biobased materials PEP (Pôle Européen de Plasturgie) Bellignat, Franceopéen de Plasturgie) October 26-27, 2009 Biowerkstoff Kongress 2009 within framework of AVK and COMPOSITES EUROPE Neue Messe Stuttgart, Germany October 29, 2009 NVC Kurs Nachhaltige Verpackungsinnovationen Hotel Novotel Düsseldorf City West Düsseldorf, Germany November 10-11, 2009 4th European Bioplastics Conference Ritz Carlton Hotel Berlin, Germany December 2-3, 2009 Dritter Deutscher WPC-Kongress Maritim Hotel Cologne, Germany March 16-17, 2010 EnviroPlas 2010 Brussels, Belgium June 22-23, 2010 8th Global WPC and Natural Fibre Composites Congress an Exhibition Fellbach (near Stuttgart), Germany You can meet us! Please contact us in advance by e-mail. bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/09] Vol. 4 51

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