With the conversion of the Porto Torres petrochemical plant in Sardinia into the Matrìca biorefinery (a 50:50 joint venture between Novamont and Versalis), Novamont has demonstrated how we can develop a bio-economic model based on low-impact local agricultural products and the redevelopment of uncompetitive and deindustrialised production sites.
Matrìca uses agricultural raw materials, vegetable oils and Novamont’s innovative technology for the production of bioproducts used in several sectors such as bioplastics, biolubricants, agriculture, cosmetics, etc.
This is a win-win collaboration between the industry and the agricultural sector. It generates value and jobs, and it can be rolled out in other regions throughout Europe.
“We are delighted to present our experience in the bioplastics sector and our bio-economic model that goes beyond the use of renewable raw materials and the regeneration of the area,” said Christophe Doukhi-de Boissoudy, General Manager of Novamont France. “We start at a local level by respecting the biodiversity and working with farmers. We develop biorefineries that are integrated in the region and produces high value-added products such as bioplastics and biochemicals. This involves great investments in research, technological development for the creation of new and sustainable products, and converting uncompetitive or abandoned industrial sites instead of using greenfield land.
Christophe Doukhi-de Boissoudy also noted that “the planned reduction of single-use plastic bags (with the exception of compostable bags containing raw materials from vegetable origin) in France and the EU is a measure in the right direction. It diverts organic waste from landfill and promotes the development of a new European industry based on the use of renewable resources which are fundamental in a logic of circular economy”