It’s been around two months since we hosted World Bio Markets in Amsterdam at a sun-drenched Passenger Terminal in Amsterdam and we wanted to share a flavour of the conversations and interactions we had with speakers and exhibitors from the event.
The first person we got hold of was Gabe Davis, the European surf manager for environmentally-conscious clothing brand, Patagonia, who touched upon the revolutionary, carbon-friendly wetsuit that reduced CO2 output by a remarkable 80%. Gabe also spoke about Patagonia’s mission – mirroring many of the companies in attendance – that focuses on a motivation to be more sustainable and to create a portfolio of "recycled and better-for-the-environment products".
We were also thrilled to be able to welcome speakers from UPM Biofuels, Godavari Biorefineries, REG Life Sciences, Procter & Gamble, Enerkem and Eastman Chemicals, which showcased the products, services and technologies that could one day supersede their fossil-based competitors – from converting municipal landfill waste to energy, to cars powered by the latest wood-based fuel.
Gabe Davis, European surf manager at Patagonia, @patagonia
Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels, @UPM_Biofuels
Talking us through the journey of its renewable, wood-based and wood-powered vehicle, the Biofore Concept Car, Sari Mannonen from UPM Biofuels talked World Bio Markets was on hand throughout the event to explain complexities of the bio-car that is soon to enter general production. A joint project with Helsinki's Metropolia University, the car's been going strong since 2014 and has been making pit stops around the world ever since.
Samir Somaiya, chairman of Godavari Biorefineries, @GodavariBio
Godavari Biorefineries’ Samir Somaiya attended the 2018 show to discuss how it works across the complete supply chain to deliver its renewable feedstocks. Godavari signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May for the 'Biomass For All’ project between India and The Netherlands, a deal that aims to develop and implement new biomass based sustainable value chains – very much in tune with the company’s ethos.
Willemijn Witteveen, Business Development Manager, Avantium, @Avantium
Focusing on the biorefinery technology that the company has developed, Avantium’s Willemijn Witteveen was in attendance to explain the innovative uses it can get from second-generation, non-food biomass. And much in demand they are too, if the prediction quoted by Avantium that the amount of produced plastic is set to quadruple by 2050 is true. The company made some progress on that vision this month, with the opening of a bio-based mono-ethylene glycol demonstration plant in the Netherlands.
Risha Bond, Strategic Product Development, REG Life Sciences,
Risha Bond discussed the REG Life Sciences product platform that sets about bringing alternatives to both petrochemical- and palm oil-based products, aided by the tens of thousands of formulas and structures that the company can call upon thanks to its fermentation platform. It’s using resources such as this that will enable REG to get up to industrial-scale production that would enable the company to truly compete with itsfossil fuel-based competition.
Guillaume Lebert, Sustainability Senior Scientist, Procter & Gamble, @ProcterGamble
Representation from Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s biggest and most recognisable companies, at World Bio Markets showed just how seriously it takes the bioeconomy. And it was the turn of a senior sustainability scientist from the company, Guillaume Lebert, to talk about one of the latest detergent product it has released that enables all who use it to lessen their impact on the environment when compared with biological alternatives.
Anton de Vries, Corporate Director, Enerkem, @Enerkem
Enerkem, the company that generates green fuels and chemicals from waste, was represented by its corporate director, Anton de Vries who gave a run-down of the technology that’s been 10 years in the making. The event came at a time of great change for Enerkem, which will build a plant in Rotterdam that will be the company's first outside of Canada, clearly showing its intent on becoming a major force for good in the European bioeconomy.
Holli Alexander, Strategic Initiatives Manager at Eastman Chemicals, @EastmanChemCo
Using eco breakthroughs that the company began experimenting with 100 years ago in Tennessee, USA, Holli Alexander from Eastman Chemicals discussed the “impactful and sustainable solutions” and the challenges and problems with making them a success. Drawing motivation from the worldwide push for using renewable and bio-based feedstocks, Eastman Chemicals’ next big challenge as Holli saw it was to make products and materials more affordable and to help bring about the next stage of bioeconomy growth.
To get a flavour of World Bio Markets 2019, download the prospectus here. The event will take place between 1st-3rd April at Amsterdam's Passenger Terminal.