European Commission Endorse EU Sustainable Chemicals Strategy

Mrcplast | October 16, 2020

European Commission Endorse EU Sustainable Chemicals Strategy
The European Commission today adopted the EU's chemicals strategy for sustainability, describing it as the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal, reported Chemweek. The strategy includes actions that prohibit the use of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products such as toys, childcare articles, cosmetics, detergents, food contact materials, and textiles, unless proven essential for society, and ensures that all chemicals are used more safely and sustainably, the Commission says.

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Seeking broader international footprint and portfolio of products, Mott acquires ASCO Filtri--its longtime partner in Europe.

Mott Corporation | January 14, 2022

Mott Corporation, a technology-driven, precision filtration company, acquired ASCO Filtri, its longtime strategic partner in Europe which designs and manufactures filtration solutions for a broad range of markets. Customers are increasingly seeking partners that can provide the highest level of support and quick response to their filtration needs around the globe. A combined, expanded presence throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East gives Mott and ASCO Filtri the ability to manage and deliver mission critical filtration projects and products worldwide. Further, this combination creates a filtration and fluid control company with an extensive material selection for the most demanding customer applications in key markets including Semiconductors, Life Sciences, Clean Energy, Oil/Gas, Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Water Purification, and Aerospace & Defense. Mott's expanded product selection will now include reusable and disposable porous metal, ceramic, polymer filters and a wide range of complementary offerings such as spargers, coalescers, and skids. "Being part of Mott Corporation extends ASCO Filtri's global reach and increases the range of solutions we can offer to our customers. I've known and admired Mott for many years and this formal combination is a natural evolution of our partnership to better service customers," said Ennio Michelini, Managing Director of Asco Filtri. "The acquisition of ASCO Filtri, our long-term partner in Europe, Middle East, and Africa creates proximity to our global customers and expands our products and design capabilities. We have worked as a close partner with ASCO Filtri for quite some time and have always been impressed by the quality of their people, technical capabilities, and strong product offering – all of which are quite complementary to Mott," Boris Levin, CEO of Mott Corporation ASCO Filtri will retain its team and locations. Ennio Michelini, Managing Director, and Massimo Mascheroni, General Manager, will join the Mott leadership team and will continue to manage ASCO Filtri business. It will now operate under the name ASCO Filtri: A Mott Company. About Mott Mott is a technology-driven, precision filtration company trusted by the world's best technical and performance brands across four core markets: Medicine, Computing Power, Clean Energy, and Space Exploration. Mott's products can be found in everything from lifesaving medical devices to artificial intelligence to the Mars Rover. Established in 1959 and headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut the company is 100% employee owned. About ASCO Filtri ASCO Filtri is a filtration company specialized in process filtration, able to design and manufacture solutions for a broad range of markets: Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Specialty Chemicals, Water Treatment, Food and Beverage, and Pharmaceutical. The company is headquartered in Binasco, Italy, outside of Milan.

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CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

Eastman to invest up to $1 billion to accelerate circular economy through building world's largest molecular plastics recycling facility in France

Eastman | January 17, 2022

This morning, French President Emmanuel Macron and Eastman Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa will jointly announce Eastman's plan to invest up to $1 billion in a material-to-material molecular recycling facility in France. This facility would use Eastman's polyester renewal technology to recycle up to 160,000 metric tonnes annually of hard-to-recycle plastic waste that is currently being incinerated. The investment would recycle enough plastic waste annually to fill Stade de France national football stadium 2.5 times, while also creating virgin-quality material with a significantly lower carbon footprint. Eastman is the largest investor at this year's "Choose France" event, which is focused on attracting foreign investment to France. This multi-phase project includes units that would prepare mixed plastic waste for processing, a methanolysis unit to depolymerize the waste, and polymer lines to create a variety of first-quality materials for specialty, packaging, and textile applications. Eastman also plans to establish an innovation center for molecular recycling that would enable France to sustain a leadership role in the circular economy. This innovation center would advance alternative recycling methods and applications to curb plastic waste incineration and leave fossil feedstock in the ground. The plant and innovation center would be expected to be operational by 2025, creating employment for approximately 350 people and leading to an additional 1,500 indirect jobs in recycling, energy and infrastructure. A circular economy is key to addressing the global plastic waste crisis and the climate crisis, which have both been at the center of attention in France and throughout Europe. This long-term partnership between France and Eastman will contribute to the EU achieving its sustainability goals, by reducing carbon emissions and enabling a circular economy. France has demonstrated tremendous leadership by recognizing the vital role of molecular recycling and supporting investments in innovation. Eastman's project has also garnered support from an impressive roster of global brands who share its commitment to solving the world's plastic waste problem and view molecular recycling as a pivotal tool for achieving circularity. LVMH Beauty, The Estée Lauder Companies, Clarins, Procter & Gamble, L'Oréal and Danone are leading the way by signing letters of intent for multiyear supply agreements from this facility. Eastman's proven polyester renewal technology provides true circularity for hard-to-recycle plastic waste that remains in a linear economy today. This material is typically incinerated because it either cannot be mechanically recycled or must be downcycled with existing technology. This hard-to-recycle waste is broken down into its molecular building blocks and then reassembled to become first-quality material without any compromise in performance. Eastman's polyester renewal technology enables the potentially infinite value of materials by keeping them in production, lifecycle after lifecycle. With the technology's inherent efficiencies and the renewable energy sources available in France, materials can be produced with greenhouse gas emissions up to 80% less than traditional methods. "Accelerating the transition to a circular economy is one of the main challenges in the years to come. Eastman's substantial investment in France demonstrates our country's willingness to embrace innovative technologies that will help us achieve our ecological and economic ambitions, by revolutionizing our country's plastics recycling capacities. France has always been at the forefront of this journey, and together with Eastman, is giving itself the means to achieve its ambitious plastics recycling targets set for 2025. We are very excited to welcome a company that has a 100-year history of innovation at a global scale and more than 30 years of molecular recycling experience." Barbara Pompili, French Minister for Ecological Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher, French Delegate Minister for Industry stated, "Eastman's world-scale project will allow France to position itself as a European leader in new technologies for recycling and recovering plastic waste. This investment is the result of the ambitious approach to industrial reconquest led by the Government since 2017, which has enabled France to become the most attractive country in Europe from 2018 onward for industrial projects. With this project, which is an important step for our sovereignty, we are giving ourselves the means to achieve our ambitions in terms of ecological transition while creating sustainable jobs in manufacturing, infrastructure and energy. We look forward to developing this relationship with Eastman." "The investment in France is a significant step forward in Eastman's strategy to accelerate a circular economy globally. Eastman is proud to partner with the French government to actively contribute to France's and the EU's bold commitments," Costa said. "France has demonstrated their commitment toward a sustainable future and Eastman has set similar, ambitious carbon and circular economy goals. The announcement today has been made possible thanks to the support of President Macron, the French government and its agency Business France, who have worked with impressive urgency to enable and incentivize this large and complex project. We look forward to working together for the long term and offer necessary innovations to recycle plastic waste and protect our planet for future generations. "The plan to build the world's largest plastics recycling facility in France is an important part of our overall circular economy strategy," Costa added. "Today's announcement is a key milestone towards our commitment, and we expect to achieve additional milestones in the coming months, including agreements related to securing the plastic waste that will be raw material supply, securing government incentives, and the site location decision." About Eastman Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.

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Advent Technologies Announces Signing of Distribution and Service Agreement with Calscan Solutions

Advent Technologies | January 10, 2022

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. an innovation-driven leader in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, today announced it has signed a Distribution and Service Agreement with Calscan Solutions an Alberta, Canada industrial service company focused in the oil field industry with a number of products, including methane emissions mitigation instrumentation & controls, as well as services including Test Data Processing, Rentals, Repair, and Data Processing. The agreement details Calscan’s plans to market, resell, install, and service the Advent M-ZERØ™ and SereneU fuel cell products to address the demand for electric systems in the oil and gas sector. Current regulatory pressure is focused on targets which will aggressively reduce oil & gas industry methane emissions throughout Canada. Advent’s diverse family of products, including the M-ZERØ™ and SereneU fuel cell products, aim to drop wellhead methane emissions to zero, increase well productivity and safety, and decrease maintenance costs in North American well sites. Advent’s products realize a significant carbon advantage over conventional diesel remote power generation technology and can be deployed in more extreme environments than solar panels and electric battery systems. The Advent M-ZERØ™ can also work with current systems to enhance their reliability and ensure that systems continue to operate, creating additional value opportunities for customers. The Advent M-ZERØ™ products, designed specifically to generate power in remote environments, will offer the ability to drop methane emissions to effectively zero where they replace methane polluting pneumatic injection technology. The overall methane emissions related to wellheads approaches 40 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to the carbon footprint of more than eight million passenger cars. M-ZERØ™ will initially be featured mainly in Canada and the United States with the aim of providing remote power to up to 185,000 oil and gas wellheads. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Calscan. Their industry knowledge and reach provide a huge advantage in bringing disruptive, emerging fuel cell solutions to a mature application.” Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Advent’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Henri Tessier, President of Calscan, added: “We are excited to have Advent Technologies as an industry partner. Calscan is committed to reducing well site GHG emissions through innovative and progressive design, and Advent’s products make this mission a reality. We look forward to bringing this solution to our customers.” About Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a U.S. corporation that develops, manufactures, and assembles critical components for fuel cells as well as complete advanced energy systems in the renewable energy sector. Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. With more than 100 patents issued (or pending) worldwide for its fuel cell technology, Advent holds the IP for next-generation high-temperature proton exchange membranes (HT-PEM) that enable various fuels to function at high temperatures under extreme conditions – offering a flexible “Any Fuel. Anywhere.” option for the automotive, maritime, aviation, and power generation sectors. About Calscan Solutions Calscan Solutions is an innovative Alberta-based instrumentation and control company serving the oil and gas industry. Founded in 1995 as an instrumentation and control company, Calscan has become a leader in developing electronic downhole tools, specifically in the areas of downhole and sub-surface pressure recorders, flow computers, solar powered separator controls, and cyclone separators. To help oil and gas producers meet increasingly stringent emission regulations, Calscan has expanded its methane measurement and mitigation solutions by developing the Hawk 9000 low pressure vent gas meter and the Bear Solar Electric Control System. Calscan has been deploying its zero emission Bear Solar Electric Control System throughout Western Canada since 2010.

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MARKET OUTLOOK

Aemetis Signs Agreement to Purchase 125-Acre Former U.S. Army Facility to Produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Renewable Diesel

Aemetis, Inc. | December 23, 2021

Aemetis, Inc. a leading producer of dairy Renewable Natural Gas and developer of the "Carbon Zero" renewable jet/diesel biorefineries, announced today it signed a Master Developer Agreement with the City of Riverbank to lease/purchase the 125-acre former military base in Riverbank, California known as the Riverbank Industrial Complex. The Riverbank facility features 710,000 square feet of existing buildings, a four-mile railroad loop with 120 railcar storage capacity, and an onsite hydroelectric substation with 100% low carbon hydroelectric power. The site has received more than $72 million of federal funding for facility upgrades and remediation since being decommissioned as an army base. Aemetis plans to build the "Carbon Zero 1" sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel biorefinery at the site. The plant is designed to use hydroelectric and other renewable power available onsite to produce 90 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, and other byproducts. The plant is expected to supply the aviation and truck markets with ultra-low carbon renewable fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with conventional petroleum-based fuels. The Riverbank Industrial Complex was an ammunition production facility employing about 3,500 people and has been converted to civilian use, including approximately 35 companies employing around 650 people. Under the terms of the Master Developer Agreement and as the owner of the properties as parcels are transferred, Aemetis will manage current tenants, utilize existing production facilities for new tenants or as production facilities, and develop vacant portions of the site with planned renewable fuels and carbon sequestration facilities. A federal job study estimated 2,014 direct and indirect jobs will be created as a result of developing the Aemetis biofuels plant. "This project, from staff's perspective, has significant potential to create an industrial job center for not only Riverbank, but the whole region," said City Manager Sean Scully during the City Council meeting on December 14th in which the agreement was unanimously approved. In mid-2018 after a competitive review process, the City of Riverbank selected Aemetis as the master developer and acquirer of the Riverbank Industrial Complex property. The City of Riverbank has managed the complex since the military leased the site to the City for conversion from military to private use. "I've often stated that the City of Riverbank should not be in the business of running the Industrial Complex. Finding the right entity to take over that task and come up with a deal that was good for all was at times very painful – and highly rewarding. We are truly grateful to form this partnership. There's nothing like this effort locally and this project has regional significance." Riverbank Mayor Richard O'Brien The Aemetis agreement to acquire the Riverbank Industrial Complex paves the way for a clean energy economic and environmental renaissance in the California Central Valley. The Aemetis Carbon Zero facility is designed to support almond and other orchard farmers to dispose of wood waste by converting a portion of the 3 billion pounds of annual orchard wood waste into negative carbon intensity, renewable hydrogen used in sustainable jet and renewable diesel fuel production. Aemetis has received a grant for $5 million from the California Energy Commission for the engineering and construction of biofuels production facilities at the Riverbank site. Aemetis recently signed $2.1 billion of sustainable aviation fuel supply agreements with Delta Air Lines to supply 250 million gallons under a 10 year agreement and with American Airlines to supply 280 million gallons, for delivery to the San Francisco Airport. In addition to American, Aemetis has also signed memorandums of understanding for sustainable aviation fuel with seven other oneworld Alliance airlines. In mid-December, Aemetis announced a $3 billion, 450 million gallon, 10 year supply agreement with a large travel stop company to supply renewable diesel to California fueling locations. About Aemetis Aemetis has a mission to transform renewable energy with below zero carbon intensity transportation fuels. Aemetis has launched the Carbon Zero production process to decarbonize the transportation sector using today's infrastructure. Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero-carbon fuels that can "drop-in" to be used in airplanes, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle.

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