Carbios hosts the world’s first PET Biorecycling Summit with Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, as the keynote speaker

  • Carbios brings together top researchers and leaders in the field of enzyme and polymer studies to share advances in biological recycling

  • The key players in the circular economy from academia and industry gathered from around the world for the first event of its kind

  • The Solar Impulse Foundation recognizes Carbios’ breakthrough technology

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France, December 09, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

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Bertrand Piccard, initiator and chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, as keynote speaker at the First World PET Biorecycling Summit organized by Carbios

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastics and textiles, hosted the world’s first PET Biorecycling Summit from December 7th to 8th, 2022 in Paris. The event attracted over 100 international participants from the scientific, academic and industrial worlds to exchange views on advances in the field of biological recycling and how these innovations can be brought to market for a circular economy.

The two-day conference brought together world-renowned scientists from various academic institutions to present their latest research on the enzymatic depolymerization of PET. Bertrand Piccard, initiator and chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation1, attended the final session focused on PET circularity as a keynote speaker and praised Carbios’ contribution to reducing plastic pollution. The summit ends today with a visit to the Carbios demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand. Inaugurated in September 2021, the demonstration plant brings Carbios’ technology one step closer to industrialization. Following the success of the demonstration plant, Carbios is on track to build and operate the world’s first industrial-scale PET enzymatic recycling plant (with a processing capacity of 50,000 tonnes of PET waste per year) in France (Longlaville) by 20252and begin licensing its technology around the world.

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Click here for the full program and list of speakers and follow #biorecyclingsummit #carbiosPETsummit on Carbios social channels.

  • Scientific researchers from 10 countries including North America, UK, Japan and Germany

  • Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation, as keynote speaker

  • Speakers from strategic partnerships: L’Oréal, Salomon and McKinsey

Bertrand Piccard, serial researcher, psychiatrist and clean technology pioneer, initiator and chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation: “Reducing plastic waste is one of the great challenges of our time. The technology from Carbios for the biological recycling of plastics was awarded the “Efficient Solution” label by the Solar Impulse Foundation as one of the first innovations in 20193. Carbios has my continued support and I applaud today’s initiative to bring together key stakeholders in the fight to protect the environment.”

Alain Marty, Chief Scientific Officer of Carbios: “At Carbios, our teams have developed a unique enzymatic process that makes it possible to biologically recycle the second most used plastic in the world: PET. Contrary to common recycling methods, our innovative process even allows the recycling of all types of waste polyester textiles, which are reused in the production of new PET plastics with the same quality as virgin material The first PET Biorecycling Summit allowed us to explore the scientific advances in the field of enzymatic recycling and challenge ourselves to go faster and further with the support of an international network of experts.”

Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of Carbios: “The success of our industrialization model is based on our ability to enter into strategic partnerships. Since Carbios was founded, we have developed research, business and finance partnerships and consortia with major brand owners in both the packaging and textile industries. I am honored that so many delegates were present at the inaugural PET Biorecycling Summit, as I am convinced that we can only achieve a truly circular economy with biorecycling if science and industry work hand in hand.”

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About Carbios

Founded in 2011 by Truffle Capital, Carbios is a green chemistry company developing biological and innovative processes. Through its unique approach of combining enzymes and plastics, Carbios aims to address new consumer expectations and the challenges of a major ecological transition by addressing a major challenge of our time: plastic and textile pollution. Carbios breaks down any type of PET (the predominant polymer in polyester bottles, trays, textiles) into its basic components, which can then be reused to produce new PET plastics of the same quality as virgin material. This PET innovation, the first of its kind in the world, was recently recognized in a scientific paper that was published on the cover of the prestigious journal Nature. Carbios successfully commissioned its demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand in 2021. With the construction of a unique unit in partnership with Indorama Ventures, the company has now taken another important step towards the industrialization of its process.

In 2017, Carbios and L’Oréal formed a consortium to help industrialize their proprietary recycling technology. Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe are committed to developing innovative solutions for sustainable development and joined this consortium in April 2019. In 2022, Carbios signed an agreement with On, Patagonia, PUMA and Salomon to develop solutions that promote recyclability and circularity of their products.

The company has also developed an enzymatic biodegradation technology for single-use plastics based on PLA (a biologically sourced polymer). This technology can create a new generation of plastics that are 100% compostable under domestic conditions and incorporate enzymes at the heart of the plastic product.

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For more information, visit www.carbios.com/en / Twitter: carbios LinkedIn: Carbios Instagram: insidecarbios

Carbios (ISIN FR0011648716/ALCRB) is eligible for the PEA-PME, a government scheme that allows French residents to invest in SMEs to benefit from income tax breaks.

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1 To address sustainability challenges while enabling economic growth, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation have identified more than 1000 clean and profitable solutions. Visit the official website for more details: https://solarimpulse.com/foundation
2 See. Press release of February 23, 2022
3 See press release of June 3, 2019

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