Committing to bioeconomy development

Committing to bioeconomy development

Cutting our greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels are key issues in ensuring a sustainable future. Through its Leaf business unit, Lesaffre is committed in bioeconomy to developing fermentation solutions for the bioethanol and renewable chemicals industries.

Biotechnologies provide solutions for building a bioeconomy in which crops become an alternative to oil for powering cars and producing chemical substances, materials and plastics. The path to this green economy is a reality, and fermentation is already contributing to it. As such, Lesaffre believes in alternative fuels made from renewable raw materials.

High value-added solutions

Active in bioethanol since 2003, Leaf’s R&D work began to focus on the next generation of ethanol in 2008 with the aim of developing a fermentation solution for fuels made from cellulosic biomass that do not compete with the food chain.

In 2012, the world’s first second-generation ethanol plant was unveiled in Italy and has since used a yeast developed by Lesaffre that successfully ferments xylose. Leaf has formed partnerships with technology developers to deploy these sustainable biotechnologies worldwide to produce conventional and advanced ethanol.

A partner of green chemicals players Lesaffre also believes that green chemicals by fermentation can provide a response to energy challenges and climate change.

Since 2014, Leaf has been involved in the biosourced chemicals industry to develop fermentation solutions for the production of elementary components and renewable substances.

Given the multidimensional challenges of this sector, Leaf’s objective is to form partnerships with players throughout the value chain to develop advanced and economically viable fermentation solutions.