Renewable Matter # 3 / April

Sardinia: An Alliance between Farmers and Green Chemistry Is Born

by Antonio Cianciullo

An agreement between Coldiretti (Italy’s National Farmers Federation) and Novamont has been signed. Abandoned marginal lands will be recovered for the production of thistle. Seeds and biomass of this low-impact crop will feed the first locally-integrated biorefinery, thus boosting employment. The project has already started


It is a deal between agriculture and chemistry, local and global markets, environmental and production interests. An agreement, not a compromise, because the challenge of Matrìca, the joint venture between Versalis (ENI group) and Novamont (a bioplastics market leader) reverses the perspective of most post-war industrialization (more jobs, less...

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