Aemetis expands capacity of Indian glycerin plant

Chemicals Technology | January 14, 2019

Aemetis’ Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its biodiesel and glycerin plant in Kakinada, India. The work included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feedstock into oil, as well as the expansion of a boiler and other utility capacities. The company also implemented environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gallons of biodiesel and bio-oil annually, while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately five million gallons of glycerin per year.

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This paper presents a review of risk characterisation, the final step in risk assessment of exposures to food chemicals. The report is the second publication of the project ‘‘Food Safety in Europe: Risk Assessment of Chemicals in the Food and Diet.

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This paper presents a review of risk characterisation, the final step in risk assessment of exposures to food chemicals. The report is the second publication of the project ‘‘Food Safety in Europe: Risk Assessment of Chemicals in the Food and Diet.

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IHC launches Rebound Plastic Exchange to facilitate global trade of recycled plastic

Rebound Ltd. | February 11, 2022

Abu Dhabi’s International Holding Company (IHC) announced the establishment of Rebound Ltd to create an innovative solution to reduce the world's plastic pollution. The new subsidiary will launch Rebound Plastic Exchange, the global quality-assured trading platform for plastic feedstock that enables buyers and sellers to efficiently trade recycled plastic with trust and confidence. Scheduled to open for trading in mid-2022, Rebound Plastic Exchange will introduce globally recognized standards, certification, insurance, and quality assurance into the supply chain. The platform aims to increase the efficiency of recycling plastic at scale, provide new economic opportunities and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our planet, unlocking a global business opportunity worth of AED 56 billion. Rebound Plastic Exchange was founded by IHC, a multi-sector conglomerate and the largest company listed in the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Syed Basar Shueb, IHC’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, commented: "This is a breakthrough concept coming from the UAE to the world with significant potential. The availability of a reliable advanced recycling system will play an essential role in helping address plastic in the environment of many countries around the globe. We are confident our investment in Rebound Plastic Exchange will be another successful business for IHC, and we are evaluating wide-scale deployment, in other locations around the world." Maryam Al Mansoori, General Manager of Rebound Ltd, said: "We've developed a global trading solution that offers a large-scale opportunity to reduce some of the world's plastic pollution via recycling. By capturing the value of plastic feedstock, we allow companies across all sectors, from apparel to automotive, to access recycled content with confidence, while creating new opportunities for communities in the value chain to grow their economies." Close to 100% of plastic waste can be recycled, but the global rate of plastic recycling sits at just 15%[1]. Rebound Plastic Exchange will fill a significant gap in the market, facilitating a truly circular economy as it creates a quality-assured platform to purchase and provide feedstock of recycled plastic to meet the growing demand from consumer goods companies. There is expected to be a 6-million-ton deficit[2] of recycled content based on the many commitments of global brands, many of whom are aiming for 20-30% increases[3] by 2025. Rebound Plastic Exchange creates new economic opportunities and a point of market entry for the estimated 80% of countries without domestic capacities to process or consume plastic feedstock, or both. Its passporting system will also support governments' commitments to the Basel Convention's Amendments while responsibly participating in the trade of plastic. By 2025, it is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of recycled plastic will have been traded via Rebound. DHL Global Forwarding is one of the launch partners to support the quality assurance process which Rebound Plastic Exchange has created as part of its verification protocol. Each product will be sent by DHL to undergo laboratory tests based on accepted international standards before being traded. "As the global leader in logistics, we look forward to making Rebound Plastic Exchange's supply chains more sustainable and achieving environmental targets and business ambitions together. The symbolic signing of our partnership agreement at our MEA Innovation Centre also underlines our will to support UAE based Start Ups to connect people and improve lives." Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa Douglas Woodring, Lead Expert of Rebound Ltd, said: "Rebound Plastic Exchange is the needed intervention which will transform the world's plastic recycling industry. For the first time, the trade of plastic feedstock will see the same levels of trust and transparency that exist in the market for other commodities, increasing business confidence and encouraging greater trading volume, which will mean a reduction in plastic going to landfills." Rebound Ltd. Rebound Plastic Exchange is the global quality-assured platform launched by Rebound Ltd for plastic recycling that enables buyers and sellers to efficiently trade recycled plastic with trust and confidence. The platform captures the value of plastic feedstock helping meet the growing demand for recycled content in global manufacturing while providing new economic opportunities and reducing the world’s plastic pollution. Founded by IHC, the largest company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Rebound Plastic Exchange facilitates investments into each step of the recycling value chain, thereby generating impactful and long-lasting change for the benefit of the planet. 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Olon Announces The Creation Of A New International Network Of Scientific Excellence For Large-scale Biocatalysis

Olon Group | October 25, 2021

The Olon Group announces the creation of an international network of scientific excellence to launch large-scale biocatalysis as an industrial technology used within its production facilities in Italy and around the world. The partnership, bringing together some of the most advanced expertise in the field of biocatalysis from both academic and industrial spheres, unites the Olon Group, Biosphere — an Italian SME specialised in fermentation and industrial biotechnology — and the Biocatalysis Group of the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS-Biocat) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The HIMS-Biocat group, headed by Prof. Francesco Mutti, has pioneered ground-breaking research in the area of enzyme engineering and the use of enzymes for performing novel, sustainable and "green" chemical reactions. The partnership forms part of a wider Olon Group strategy involving long-term investment in the in-house development of advanced technology, applied in the production of active ingredients, with biotechnology as one of its highest priorities. "Biotechnology enables us to develop more sustainable chemical processes, reducing environmental impacts and increasing cost-effectiveness, to the benefit of our partners. The process certainly becomes more efficient and the reduction in environmental impacts is considerable" commented Olon Group CEO, Paolo Tubertini. "We have acted as a catalyst and aggregator for international excellence, thanks to a rapid and flexible approach that enables us to introduce top expertise to our processes, quickly and sustainably, and make this available to our partners. In our vision, this is a first step that, over the coming years, will lead us to convert a portion of our existing reactions to biocatalysis, and to develop new reactions with this new technology" continued Tubertini. With the leading expertise implemented by the University of Amsterdam and Biosphere, it will be possible to identify the most effective enzyme for the type of reaction required before scaling up its production to industrial levels. Biosphere is an Italian leader in the sector, with a mission to implement biotechnology in industrial processes with a circular economy approach. "We are proud to be members of this strategic partnership promoted by Olon. Biocatalysis is surely one of the most promising solutions to introduce innovation in chemical synthesis, and the aim of this project is to put together solid outstanding academic research and industrial vision and capabilities, to develop new production routes that will be both environmentally and economically sustainable." Marco Pistocchi, Chief Operating Officer of Biosphere "We joined this partnership with great enthusiasm as it will also allow us to make a wider impact on society, industry and environment. We believe that the advancement in the field of biocatalysis can meet the changing needs of industry and has a decisive impact on the future of the next generations on our planet" commented Prof. Francesco Mutti from the University of Amsterdam.

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Rebound Plastic Exchange to facilitate global trade of recycled plastic, reducing plastic pollution

Rebound Ltd. | January 19, 2022

International Holding Company announced the establishment of Rebound Ltd to create an innovative solution to reduce the world's plastic pollution. The new subsidiary will launch Rebound Plastic Exchange, the global quality-assured trading platform for plastic feedstock that enables buyers and sellers to efficiently trade recycled plastic with trust and confidence. Scheduled to open for trading in mid-2022, Rebound Plastic Exchange will introduce globally recognized standards, certification, insurance, and quality assurance into the supply chain. The platform aims to increase the efficiency of recycling plastic at scale, provide new economic opportunities and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our planet. "We've developed a global trading solution that offers a large-scale opportunity to reduce some of the world's plastic pollution via recycling. By capturing the value of plastic feedstock, we allow companies across all sectors, from apparel to automotive, to access recycled content with confidence, while creating new opportunities for communities in the value chain to grow their economies." Maryam Al Mansoori, General Manager of Rebound Ltd Close to 100% of plastic waste can be recycled, but the global rate of plastic recycling sits at just 15%[1]. The existing market for recycled plastic is fragmented, complex and opaque which makes it difficult to source good quality product. Rebound Plastic Exchange will fill a significant gap in the market, facilitating a truly circular economy as it creates a quality-assured platform to purchase and provide feedstock of recycled plastic to meet the growing demand from multinational companies. There is expected to be a 6 million ton deficit[2] of recycled content based on the many commitments of global brands, many of whom are aiming for 20-30% increases[3] by 2025. Various other regional pledges will further increase the demand gap for recycled plastic. For example, the EU Circular Economy Action Plan proposes mandatory requirements for recycled content for plastic products and recycling rates of 50% by 2025 and 55% by 2030. Rebound Plastic Exchange creates new economic opportunities and a point of market entry for the estimated 80% of countries without domestic capacities to process or consume plastic feedstock, or both. Its passporting system will also support governments' commitments to the Basel Convention's Amendments while responsibly participating in the trade of plastic. By 2025, it is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of recycled plastic will have been traded via Rebound. Recycling this amount of plastic is also the CO2 equivalent of removing emissions from 5 million cars. Rebound Plastic Exchange was founded by IHC, a multi-sector conglomerate and the largest company listed in the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Syed Basar Shueb, IHC's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, commented: "This is a breakthrough concept coming from the UAE to the world with significant potential. The availability of a reliable advanced recycling system will play an essential role in helping address plastic in the environment of many countries around the globe. We are confident our investment in Rebound Plastic Exchange will be another successful business for IHC." DHL Global Forwarding is one of the launch partners to support the quality assurance process which Rebound Plastic Exchange has created as part of its verification protocol. Each product will be sent by DHL to undergo laboratory tests based on accepted international standards before being traded. Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa said: "As the global leader in logistics, we look forward to making Rebound Plastic Exchange's supply chains more sustainable and achieving environmental targets and business ambitions together. The symbolic signing of our partnership agreement at our MEA Innovation Centre also underlines our will to support UAE based Start Ups to connect people and improve lives." Douglas Woodring, Lead Expert of Rebound Ltd, said: "Rebound Plastic Exchange is the needed intervention which will transform the world's plastic recycling industry. For the first time, the trade of plastic feedstock will see the same levels of trust and transparency that exist in the market for other commodities, increasing business confidence and encouraging greater trading volume, which will mean a reduction in plastic going to landfills." Rebound Ltd. Rebound Plastic Exchange is the global quality-assured platform launched by Rebound Ltd for plastic recycling that enables buyers and sellers to efficiently trade recycled plastic with trust and confidence. The platform captures the value of plastic feedstock, helping meet the growing demand for recycled content in global manufacturing while providing new economic opportunities and reducing the world's plastic pollution. Founded by IHC, the largest company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Rebound Plastic Exchange facilitates investment into each step of the recycling value chain, thereby generating impactful and long-lasting change for the benefit of the planet. International Holding Company (IHC) IHC was founded in 1998, as part of an initiative to diversify and grow non-oil business sectors in the UAE. Adhering to 'Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030', the ADX listed company endeavours to implement sustainability, innovation, and economic diversification initiatives across what is now one of the region's largest conglomerates. IHC has a clear objective of enhancing its portfolio through acquisitions, strategic investments, and business combinations. Comprising more than 30 entities, IHC seeks to expand and diversify its holdings across a growing number of sectors, including Real Estate, Agriculture, Healthcare, Food and Beverage, Utilities, Industries, IT and Communications, Retail and Leisure, and Capital.

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