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News daily upated news at Neste and LyondellBasell start commercial-scale production Neste, Helsinki, Finland, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues, and LyondellBasell, headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, jointly announced in mid June the first parallel production of biobased polypropylene and biobased low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale. The joint project used Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons derived from sustainable biobased raw materials, such as waste and residue oils. The project successfully produced several thousand tonnes of biobased plastics which are approved for the production of food packaging and being marketed under Circulen and Circulen Plus, the new family of LyondellBasell circular economy product brands. “LyondellBasell has an innovative spirit that spans decades, and an achievement like this showcases concrete actions we are taking in support of a circular economy,” said Richard Roudeix, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins for Europe, Asia and International. “Through the use of renewable resources, we are contributing to the fight against climate change and helping our customers achieve their environmental targets.” “We are excited to enable the plastics industry to introduce more biobased material into its offering. It is very satisfying to see Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons performing perfectly in a commercial scale production of biobased polymers, providing a drop-in replacement option to fossil materials,” said Neste’s President and CEO Peter Vanacker. “This pioneering collaboration with LyondellBasell marks a major milestone in the commercialization of Neste’s renewable polymers and chemicals business focusing on developing renewable and circular solutions for forward-looking sustainable brands.” An industry first This achievement is extraordinary in that it combined Neste’s unique renewable feedstock and LyondellBasell’s technical capabilities. LyondellBasell’s cracker flexibility allowed it to introduce a new renewable feedstock at its Wesseling, Germany site, which was converted directly into biobased polyethylene and biobased polypropylene. An independent third party tested the polymer products using carbon tracers and confirmed they contained over 30% renewable content. LyondellBasell sold some of the renewable products produced in the trial to multiple customers, one of which is Cofresco, a company of the Melitta Group and with brands like Toppits ® and Albal ® , Europe’s leading supplier of branded products in the field of household film. Cofresco plans to use the Circulen Plus biobased polyethylene to create sustainable food packaging materials. MT | Sucessful webinar On March 14, 2019 the American Chemical Society (ACS) broadcasted a live webinar with Ramani Narayan (Michigan State University) on the topic: "Is Biodegradability a Solution to Plastic Waste Pollution in the Ocean and on Land?" The webinar was really succesful, though the parralel poll questions results show that there is still a lot of confusion und misperceptions. The feedback as well as some of the remarks from the poll can be downloaded from The complete webinar was recorded and can be watched online at No biowaste to landfill The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) asks the UK to bring forward a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill to 2025 after a new report published by the Committee revealed the UK to be ‘lagging far behind’ on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a recommendation that has split opinion within the waste industry. Disposing of biodegradable waste in landfill is undesirable because it produces methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas, and almost 70 % of emissions from waste are caused by the anaerobic decomposition of biodegradable waste in landfill. Low-cost Production of PHA in Camelina Yield10 Bioscience, Woburn, Massachussetts, USA, an agricultural bioscience company that uses its “Trait Factory” to develop high value seed traits for the agriculture and food industries, recently announced that the Company has filed a U.S. Patent application for new technology enabling low-cost production of PHA-based biomaterials in Camelina sativa, an oilseed crop. In addition to its use as a biodegradable replacement for petroleum plastics, the Company explains that PHA-based biomaterials are of significant interest for their use in water treatment to remove nitrogen and phosphates. The new Yield10 patent application describes a discovery around maintaining the viability and vigor of Camelina seed containing high levels of PHA biopolymer. This is an important step toward realizing a cost-effective, seed-based production platform for the simplest member of the PHA family, PHB, using Camelina. 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/19] Vol. 14

News Bio-on under attack Bio-on SpA, (Bologna, Italy) listed in the AIM segment on the Italian Stock Exchange and active in the highquality biopolymers market, declared on July 24th, that it totally denies the assertions published in a report of the American hedge fund Quintessential Capital Management (QCM) that would attribute to Bio-On’s management incorrect behaviors and that the Company is communicating false information to the market. Bio-on said it was considering legal action against the fund. What has been published is subject to Bio-on’s and its lawyers’ evaluation for the purpose of its own protection against potential price manipulations by hedge funds. It is underlined that the fund author of the report clearly declared an economic interest in the Company stock price reduction, as reported in its disclaimer. In the report, published on July 17th [1] QCM said it was faced with a reality where sales, fixed assets and receivables form a house of cards consisting of a series of shell companies and an uneconomical, tiny plant. QCM called Bio-On “a massive bubble based on flawed technology and fictitious sales thanks to a network of empty shell companies.” In a second press release Bio-on responded that its proprietary PHA production plant, located in Castel San Pietro Terme (BO), with an annual capacity of 1,000 t/y, is fully operative and active in PHA production. The production plant of Bio-on S.p.A. is central to the Company's business to create a new standard in the PHA production, proved on industrial scale, and accelerating PHA spread in the biopolymers market. On the Company's website, since 17 July 2019 a video [2] is available that traces the construction phases of the plant and shows the current production. The production achieved so far has been used for the time being by the Company for the production of solar products within the joint venture Aldia S.p.A. in partnership with Unilever and furniture within the partnership with Kartell S.p.A., already on sale on the market (cf. bM 03/2019). Bio-on’s production plant has been visited over the last few months by multiple public, financial and industrial players, to whom the full operation of the same was shown. Bio-on also stated to have approved on 30 April 2019 its financial statements as at 31 December 2018, also containing data and information on the joint ventures set up by the Company in 2018 with partners of primary international standing, published on the same date on the Company's website. The financial statements have been certified by the auditing company E&Y, who issued a report without comments published on the Company's website: the documents, together with the report of the Board of Statutory Auditors, are published in the Investor Relations section. MT Find a more comprehensive statement of Bio-on at [3]. [1] Bio-on S.p.A.: Trouble in Bologna? Equity Report by Quintessential Capital Management (2019) [2] [3] CB² adds North Dakota State University Site North Dakota State University has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to become a university site of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB 2 ). The CB 2 Center is part of NSF’s Industry–University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program and NDSU will receive an initial award of 0,000 to set up the site followed by an expected additional 0,000 in 2020. NDSU joins current CB 2 sites at Iowa State University, Washington State University, and the University of Georgia. NDSU was selected based upon the institution’s long history of sustainable materials research and the strength of industry partnerships. In addition, the CB 2 Industry Advisory Board (IAB) has named NDSU as the lead site given that CB 2 founder and director and NDSU engineering professor David Grewell recently moved from Iowa State University to NDSU. Grewell currently serves as chair of the NDSU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Dean Webster, NDSU professor and chair of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU, will serve as the Fargo site director. “The work these centers are doing is taking the traditional biodegradable products development to the next step,” commented Grewell. “Our researchers are creating methods of building long term sustainable products that are co-products of agricultural processes, woody materials as well as other bio-based Dean Webster and David Grewell feedstocks.” Examples of some of the sustainable products already developed include air conditioning unit components and seed pots previously made of traditional plastics. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/19] Vol. 14 7

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