Europe’s chemical industry seeks green recovery funding

Cen | September 17, 2020

CEFIC, Europe’s leading chemical industry association, is calling on the European Commission to allocate a share of Europe’s proposed $875 billion COVID-19 Green Recovery fund to the chemical industry to help it recover from the pandemic and simultaneously transform itself into a more environmentally sustainable business. Over the next few years, the Commission plans to make about $455 billion in recovery funds available in the form of grants and another $420 billion as loans.

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Synthetic (a petrochemical product) has numerous uses - it is done by refining petroleum. This is a man-made petrochemical which often serves as the raw material for wrinkle-free garments. In the strictest scientific sense, petrochemicals are a set of very specific chemical compounds, which can be made from oil, natural gas, coal or other sources.


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Balmoral Funds, LLC Completes Acquisition of Trecora Resources

Trecora Resources | June 28, 2022

Balmoral Funds, LLC announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of Trecora Resources at a price of $9.81 per share, net to each seller, in cash, without interest and subject to any required tax withholdings. With the completion of the acquisition, Trecora's stock will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange and Trecora will no longer be listed on any public market. Blank Rome LLP served as legal advisor to Balmoral, and Piper Sandler served as financial advisor to Balmoral. Guggenheim Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Trecora, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as legal advisor to Trecora. About Balmoral Funds Balmoral is a Los Angeles, CA based private equity fund that was founded in 2005. Balmoral's objective is to be the financial partner of choice for entrepreneurial, emotionally intelligent and successful C-suite executives and operating advisors creating transformative, revitalizing change in the businesses they co-invest in together. Balmoral has approximately $1.5 billion of assets under management. Balmoral typically invests in companies that have revenues between $30 to $500 million and require equity investments of $10 to $100 million, with the capability of investing an additional $100 million or more in particularly compelling opportunities. About Trecora Resources Trecora owns and operates a specialty petrochemicals facility specializing in high purity hydrocarbons and other petrochemical manufacturing and a specialty wax facility, both located in Texas, and provides custom processing services at both facilities.

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Twelve to Deploy World’s First Industrial-Scale Carbon Transformation Platform

Twelve | July 04, 2022

Twelve, the carbon transformation company, is announcing $130 million in Series B and additional funding to scale the engineering, manufacturing, and deployment of its industrial-scale carbon transformation technology for the creation of a wide range of products with a lower carbon footprint. Twelve’s carbon transformation technology converts captured CO2 into products historically made from fossil fuels. According to research from Columbia’s SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, replacing fossil feedstocks in the production of chemicals, materials, and fuels with renewable carbon from point source or direct air capture could avoid nearly 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Twelve is currently transforming emissions into products for the automotive, household and apparel industries, as well as for government entities and global technology companies, by replacing petrochemicals and fossil-based transportation fuels with CO2Made® materials and carbon-neutral fuels like E-JetⓇ. “Companies and governments no longer need to rely on fossil fuels for the carbon that goes into everything from apparel and cleaning products to electronics and jet fuel. This fresh funding ensures we can reach industrial scale to help new and existing partners achieve rapid emissions-reduction.” Twelve Co-Founder and CEO Nicholas Flanders Twelve’s partners include Mercedes-Benz, Procter & Gamble, Shopify, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administrationand the U.S. Air Force, all of which use Twelve’s breakthrough carbon transformation technology to reduce emissions and create CO2Made products. “As more companies and organizations adopt carbon-neutrality targets, they urgently need technologies like Twelve’s to rapidly green supply chains and corporate travel to reduce emissions at scale,” said Zachary Bogue, Managing Partner, DCVC. “Since leading Twelve’s seed round in 2018, we’ve only become more confident that their technology offers businesses a critical solution for not just offsetting emissions, but eliminating them.” The new funding follows Twelve’s first commercial products, a line of CO2Made sunglasses with sustainable fashion brand PANGAIA, and carbon-neutral sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), E-Jet. Twelve was recently recognized by Fast Company as the world’s #1 most innovative energy company of 2022 and as a BloombergNEF Pioneer in the Decarbonizing Aviation category. “Delivering low-carbon sustainable products consumers desire will require scaling innovative solutions such as Twelve’s carbon transformation technology.” said Todd Cline, Senior Director of Sustainability, for Procter & Gamble Fabric Care. “We’re glad to see Twelve given the opportunity to expand their opportunity to impact a broad variety of sustainable consumer products enabled by their technology.” “Twelve has the potential to disrupt petrochemical supply chains by creating a wide range of materials from carbon emissions instead of fossil fuels,” said Udo Gayer, Manager of New Business in Production Planning at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The potential impact of their technology is immense, and I’m glad to see them receive the funding to continue scaling their technology.” DCVC led Twelve’s Series B financing, with participation from Series A lead investors Capricorn Technology Impact Fund and Carbon Direct Capital Management. Breakout Ventures, Munich Re Ventures, Elementum Ventures, and Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund also participated. In addition, Twelve secured a Series B and strategic program investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). “Carbon transformation has the potential to turn CO2 from a harmful waste stream into useful products for the global economy,” said Jonathan Goldberg, CEO of Carbon Direct. "With the costs of carbon capture, renewables and electrolyzers continuing to fall, Twelve’s technology stands to play a crucial role in decarbonizing some of the hardest-to-abate industries.” To help drive Twelve’s industrial scaleup, the company just announced additions of key industry veterans to its leadership team: Anne Roby, Independent Board Director and former Linde executive; David Frank, Chief Productization Officer and former Cummins director; and Ram Ramprasad, Chief Commercial Officer and former Linde executive. About Twelve Twelve is the carbon transformation company, a new kind of chemical company built for the climate era. We make essential products from air, not oil. Our groundbreaking technology eliminates emissions by transforming CO2 into critical chemicals, materials and fuels that today are made from fossil fuels. We call it carbon transformation, and it fundamentally changes how we can address climate change, reduce emissions and reverse the carbon imbalance. Reinventing what it means to be a chemical company, we’re on a mission to create a climate positive world and a fossil free future through the power of chemistry.

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Origin Materials Wins EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award for 2022 in Partnership with University of California, Davis

Origin Materials, Inc. | June 08, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Origin Materials, Inc. the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, in partnership with Professor Mark Mascal of the University of California, Davis its prestigious Green Chemistry Challenge Award in the category of Specific Environmental Benefit – Climate Change. Origin Materials and UC Davis together were one of just five 2022 Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners who were honored at a ceremony at the annual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference that is taking place in Reston, Virginia from June 6-8, 2022. The award recognizes the technology behind Origin’s patented platform for turning the carbon found in sustainable wood residues into useful materials for a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more, while capturing carbon in the process. At commercial scale, this novel chemistry is expected to produce sustainable and recyclable carbon negative materials at a fraction of the cost of other bio-based technologies, making “net zero” possible and helping customers in a wide range of industries to meet their ESG and decarbonization goals. Origin Co-founder & Co-CEO John Bissell and Co-founder & CTO Ryan Smith began collaborating with Professor Mascal while earning degrees in Chemical Engineering at UC Davis over a decade ago. “Origin’s vision is a world where carbon-negative products and materials are the rule, not the exception, and our technology was built around converting low-cost, non-food, and sustainable feedstock into decarbonized, supply chain ready materials. We are honored to earn the EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award in partnership with Professor Mascal and the University of California, Davis, as we deploy our platform technology to make ‘net zero’ a reality for a growing number of customers and partners around the world.” Origin Materials Co-CEO John Bissell “Tackling environmental challenges like climate change and the disproportionate impact of pollution in communities with environmental justice concerns is going to take creative and innovation solutions – and sustainable, green chemistry is a critical part of that,” said EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator Jennie Romer. “Preventing waste, reducing energy use, and avoiding hazardous chemicals, all of which we’re recognizing with our awards today, demonstrate the power and potential green chemistry has to protect human health and the environment while providing benefits to businesses and our economy.” The EPA recognizes green chemistry as the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation and use of hazardous substances. This year’s winners have developed new and innovative green chemistry technologies that provide solutions to significant environmental challenges, and spur innovation and economic development. About Origin Materials Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. For over a decade, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. Origin’s patented technology platform can help revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market. In addition, Origin’s technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues. Origin’s patented drop-in core technology, economics and carbon impact are supported by a growing list of major global customers and investors. About EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Since the inception of the awards more than a quarter century ago, EPA and the American Chemical Society, which co-sponsor the awards, have received more than 1,800 nominations and presented awards to 133 technologies that decrease hazardous chemicals and resources, reduce costs, protect public health, and spur economic growth. Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals and saving billions of gallons of water and trillions of British thermal units (BTUs) in energy.

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TOMRA calls for closing the loop on plastics and beyond

TOMRA | June 01, 2022

TOMRA continues to play a key role in closing the loop on PET beverage containers but recognizes that there is more to be done. Now political framework, bold decisions and smart investments in collecting, sorting and recycling should be used to improve circularity across all material streams and to overcome today's supply chain bottlenecks. "We have an obligation to work with all stakeholders to reduce the mountains of waste and transform them into the valuable resources they are", TOMRA's CEO and President Tove Andersen stated at TOMRA's press conference held at IFAT. Although there has been considerable progress in recycling, the pandemic and the ongoing war in Europe have shown us that there is an urgency to decrease dependency on primary materials. "Today, we invest approximately 10% of our revenues in future-oriented activities to increase resource efficiency, advancing the market for circular solutions, which we are well-positioned to do. We have the technology capable of maximizing collection and recovery rates. We can act now, optimize waste management practices and fill existing gaps", concludes Andersen. Having established benchmarks for climate policy worldwide, the European Green Deal, coupled with binding regulations and guidelines for producers and manufacturers, drive the acceleration to a circular economy. TOMRA urges all participants in the value chain to see these specifications as an opportunity and to support their implementation. "We have learned that mandatory legislation is necessary in order to achieve goals and create markets," Dr. Volker Rehrmann, EVP, Head of Recycling/Mining & Circular Economy, explains. "However, before we can recycle larger volumes we need to collect as much as possible. There are well-functioning collection systems in place, but it is still not enough. Every day we lose valuable resources to landfill and incineration where they are buried and burned. This is low-hanging fruit and the material must be collected, recovered and recycled." Maximizing material circularity is not restricted to plastics. There are more material streams to close the loop on, such as metals and wood. "We must pay equal attention to these recyclables to support reaching the EU's climate neutrality goals set for 2050", said Tom Eng, SVP Head of Recycling. For example, the demand for aluminum is expected to grow by 40% by 2050, a challenge for aluminum producers with limited production capacities in Europe. The good news is that recycled aluminum plays a critical role on the way to a decarbonized world and supports producers' quest to increase recycled content and their environmental commitments. A similar scenario can be observed in the wood sector. Particleboard manufacturers are looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to source materials of which availability is currently limited and that with sky-rocketing prices. Using recycled materials in the production of wood-based or metal-based materials help producers to overcome these challenges while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and resource depletion. "If we leverage the power of intelligent technologies and closely work with the industry, we can turn waste into value and reduce the dependency on primary materials. Recycling is a key climate mitigator and energy-efficient route to go when supporting a sustainable transition, keeping materials in continuous use. Whatever it takes to close the loop, we will get there", finished Eng. About TOMRA TOMRA Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry to transform resource recovery and create value in waste. The company was the first to develop advanced waste and metals sorting applications use high capacity near infrared (NIR) technology to extract the most value from resources. To date, more than 8,200 systems have been installed in 100 countries worldwide. TOMRA Recycling is a division of TOMRA Group. TOMRA was founded in 1972 and follows the vision to lead the resource revolution to transform how the planet's resources are obtained, used and reused to enable a world without waste. The company's other business divisions comprise TOMRA Food, TOMRA Mining and TOMRA Collection.

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Synthetic (a petrochemical product) has numerous uses - it is done by refining petroleum. This is a man-made petrochemical which often serves as the raw material for wrinkle-free garments. In the strictest scientific sense, petrochemicals are a set of very specific chemical compounds, which can be made from oil, natural gas, coal or other sources.

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