Tag: Switzerland

Time for change: Swatch watch incorporates castor oil bioplastic

Time for change: Swatch watch incorporates castor oil bioplastic

April 12, 2021 |

In Switzerland, trendy watch maker Swatch is staying on point with fashion trends by introducing a five-piece collection of timepieces featuring bioceramics.  The material mixes conventional ceramic with a bioplastic derived from castor oil and is used in the casing of its Big Bold watch, available in black, white, light grey, sky blue and powder […]

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University of Basel researchers see lake-bound methane as potential energy source

University of Basel researchers see lake-bound methane as potential energy source

April 1, 2021 |

In Switzerland, lakes store huge amounts of methane. In their most recent publication, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland outline the potential and theoretical possibilities for using methane from lakes and other freshwater bodies for sustainable energy production. Methane from lakes and water reservoirs makes up about 20% of global natural methane missions. […]

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Gunvor Group eyes $500M in nonhydrocarbon investments and GHG reduction of 40% by 2025

Gunvor Group eyes $500M in nonhydrocarbon investments and GHG reduction of 40% by 2025

March 30, 2021 |

In Switzerland, Gunvor Group has announced commitments in the areas of environment, social, and governance (ESG) targeting a 40% reduction in the company’s Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. The commitments come as a part of Gunvor’s Sustainability Commitments 2021 document, which outlines how the company is navigating the Energy Transition. Gunvor Group has […]

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Nestlé goes natural with biobased PE

Nestlé goes natural with biobased PE

March 22, 2021 |

In Switzerland, consumer goods giant Nestlé will begin using biobased polyethylene for lids and scoops in its childcare nutrition segment.  The lids contain 66% sugarcane-based plastic, while the scoops will be 95% biobased content. The bioplastics can be recycled along with conventional PE and will maintain the same levels of hygiene and shelf life. The […]

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RSB and Bioledger launch case study showing potential of blockchain for biofuel traceability

RSB and Bioledger launch case study showing potential of blockchain for biofuel traceability

March 16, 2021 |

In Switzerland, RSB and Bioledger launched a case study on the potential of a blockchain database to support traceability of biofuel and its feedstocks and overcome the vulnerabilities identified in securing the supply of sustainable renewables. The proposed solution — a blockchain database that enables verifiable proof of origin, secure consignment creation, process simplification, audit efficiency, data […]

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Tetra Pak first to introduce RSB certified recycled polymers

Tetra Pak first to introduce RSB certified recycled polymers

February 25, 2021 |

In Switzerland, Tetra Pak has announced the introduction of certified recycled polymers, becoming the first company in the food and beverage packaging industry to be awarded the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Advanced Products certification. Its carton packages integrating attributed recycled polymers are now available for food and beverage manufacturers. This move marks a key step […]

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Bloom Biorenewables secures $4.75M in seed funding led by Gates venture fund

Bloom Biorenewables secures $4.75M in seed funding led by Gates venture fund

February 23, 2021 |

In Switzerland, Bloom Biorenewables closed its Seed Round of funding, resulting in a total of €3.9 million raised from dilutive and non-dilutive sources. This new investment confirms the potential of the company to act as a leader in sustainability and accelerates the market entry of its bio-based solutions. Bloom’s products are specifically designed to substitute […]

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Cargill and Maersk Tankers team on bunkering with eye on biofuels

Cargill and Maersk Tankers team on bunkering with eye on biofuels

February 23, 2021 |

In Switzerland, Cargill and Maersk Tankers are embarking on a strategic partnership to combine their bunker volumes, offering a new bunker procurement service to tramp shipping companies and trading houses. The initial goal is to procure bunker fuel for Cargill and Maersk Tankers’ combined fleet, while aiming to attract additional customers in the coming months. […]

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Clariant teams with ETH Zurich on catalysis and sustainable chemistry for 10 years

Clariant teams with ETH Zurich on catalysis and sustainable chemistry for 10 years

February 4, 2021 |

In Switzerland, Clariant has entered into a strategic partnership with ETH Zurich spanning an initial period of ten years. It will support innovation in the area of catalysis as well as sustainable chemistry. The aim of the partnership is, firstly, to improve understanding of catalyst properties – from the nanolevel to the macrolevel – and […]

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Trafigura’s marine arm goes all in on marine biofuel trials

Trafigura’s marine arm goes all in on marine biofuel trials

December 10, 2020 |

In Switzerland, sea trials on Trafigura’s bareboat chartered vessel, Marlin Amethyst, and initial results from laboratory testing demonstrate the safe and effective use of both the B30 blend biofuel, composed of 30 percent waste oil feedstock and 70 percent Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (“VLSFO”) and B20 blend biofuel (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent […]

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