Biorefinery integrated into the local area

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Biorefinery integrated into the local area


Novamont’s innovation strategy is based on the concept of third generation biorefinery, fully integrated into the local area and dedicated primarily to the production of bioplastics and chemicals from renewable resources.

Third-generation biorefineries:

  • are primarily dedicated to the production of high added value products (such as biochemicals and bioplastics);
  • use different local raw materials (low-input farmings, waste, etc.) with full respect of local biodiversities;
  • adopt a cascade-approach in the use of biomass;
  • integrate a wide and rising range of technologies and plants;
  • offer an opportunity to use marginal lands and to relaunch deindustrialized sites;
  • produce energy from “waste”, thanks to low-impact technologies, and feed it back into the system.

Third-generation biorefineries are based on an approach of close and multidisciplinary collaboration with the world of farming and research and with local institutions. The local area thus becomes a laboratory capable of absorbing system-based innovation processes and increasing the potential for growth of the entire community. The new biorefinery model also offers a major opportunity for reconverting disused industrial sites and, at the same time, for strengthening the leadership of Italian and European companies in the field of biomaterials.

Approach to raw materials: respect for biodiversity and resource efficiency

Synergism with local biodiversities and an efficient use of resources represent the pillars that drive Research and Innovation processes and the development of new markets and products by Novamont. Agricultural crops are not all the same, and also the same crops can have completely different impacts depending on the region in which they are cultivated. Therefore, a fundamental component of Novamont’s research activity is focused on studying different vegetable raw materials and local waste within a logic of integrated suppy chain, and on identifying autochthonous crops that can be grown on marginal and non-irrigated lands, in order to favour specific local features and increase the fertility of the territories.
This typology of crops presents some interesting opportunities for the innovation and the further development of biorefineries, is in synergy with food crops and can be used as well in a context of “bioremediation”.

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