Clariant re-confirmed as chair of the Advanced Biofuels Coalition: “Investors’ confidence needed to make EU fit for 55”

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At its virtual General Assembly Meeting the Advanced Biofuels Coalition (LSB) re-elected Gloria Gaupmann, Head of Public Affairs (Technology & Innovation), Group Innovation & Sustainability, Clariant, as Chairwoman. Gloria serves as chair since June 2019. The European Green Deal is an unprecedented package of legislative measures aimed at making the EU climate neutral in 2050. In June this year the European Commission will propose legislation to enable the EU to meet its climate commitments, the so-called fit for 55 package.

“The EU must pull out all the stops in order to reach its climate commitments. Most importantly, it has to provide investors’ confidence while making the EU fit for 55,” Gloria Gaupmann stated after her nomination. “For the transport sector there is not one single and simple solution to substantial CO2 emission reductions and policymakers must not fall into the trap of ‘silver bullet thinking’. Carbon neutral solutions for existing drive trains and fueling infrastructure do exist: sustainable, advanced biofuels,” Gloria Gaupmann adds.

LSB stands ready to closely work with the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and the Member States representatives to provide credible information on the potential of advanced biofuels in the European Union. LSB welcomes the EU’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 and an increased level of ambition for 2030 targets. LSB requests long-term policy continuity and regulatory predictability in order to enable investment decisions to be made in the coming years contributing to the climate ambition.

Advanced Biofuels Coalition
LSB is a coalition of leading advanced biofuel technology developers and producers committed to making a significant contribution to meeting the EU ambitions of decarbonizing the transport sector. Sustainable advanced biofuels are a fast track solution for decarbonizing transport. Advanced biofuels bring multiple benefits in terms of CO2 reduction, investments, revenues for the agricultural and forestry sector, improved waste management practices, job creation and an increase in energy security.

Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2019, the company employed a total workforce of 17 223. In the financial year 2019, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 4.399 billion for its continuing businesses. “Focus on innovation and R&D” as well as “Adding value with sustainability” are two pillars of the company’s corporate strategy that have led to the to the groundbreaking sunliquid® technology to produce cellulosic sugars and cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues such as cereal straw, corn stover or sugarcane bagasse. The sunliquid® technology offers a fully integrated process design, built on established process technology. Since July 2012, Clariant has been operating a precommercial plant in Straubing, Germany. In September 2018, Clariant broke ground for its first-of-its-kind commercial facility in Podari, Romania, where the construction will be completed by the end of 2021. Clariant also licenses its sunliquid® technology platform globally with four license agreements concluded so far.

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Gloria Gaupmann
Chairwoman of the Advanced Biofuels Coalition (LSB)
Blic Brussels
Rond Point Schuman 6
Brussels 1040

LSB secretariat
Angela Grassi
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, Florence ITALY


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