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Carbios inks agreement with Novozymes to scale up PET-degrading enzymes.

“We are proud to share this common ambition to preserve the planet’s resources and to work together with Novozymes, to help build a more sustainable world.”

US chemistry company Carbios and Danish enzyme manufacturer Novozymes have sealed their partnership to develop PET-degrading enzymes.

The companies are the latest in a long line of bio-based specialists to recently link up to develop their product innovations.

Carbios has developed a biology-based solution which uses enzymes to break down widely used PET plastics and fibres.

The joint development agreement between the two companies secures the production of Carbios’ proprietary PET-degrading enzymes at both demonstration level and an industrial scale.

The initial announcement of the partnership was unveiled last year.

However, in a statement launched early this year, Carbios (@Carbios) said that the joint development agreement represented a critical step for the company in demonstrating the “positive environmental impact of its technology and ensures it can provide its future customers with a sustainable solution for the infinite recycling of PET-based products, such as water and soda bottles, plastic packaging and textiles”.

Jean-Claude Lumaret, CEO of Carbios, said: “Many years ago we envisioned the great potential of enzymes to bring PET-based plastics and fibres into the circular economy.

“Following a first partnership on PLA biodegradation with Novozymes (@Novozymes) that began in January 2019, today’s agreement on PET recycling reinforces our collaboration. It also demonstrates the trust that the world’s largest provider of enzyme technologies has placed in Carbios.

“We are proud to share this common ambition to preserve the planet’s resources and to work together with Novozymes, to help build a more sustainable world.”

Jens Kolind, VP Household Care Global Marketing at Novozymes, added: “At Novozymes, we help bring biological answers to many of the global challenges we face today. We are happy to expand our collaboration with Carbios where we work together on finding biological solutions to address the significant sustainability challenge of plastic pollution.”

This agreement with Novozymes, along with the support and vision of Carbios’ consumer brand Consortium, which includes L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, brings the company’s patented solution one step further towards industrial and commercial reality, Carbios said.

Drawing on the company’s proprietary enhanced recycling technology and the extensive experience of its partners, Carbios will launch the construction of a demonstration plant for the recycling of PET-based plastics and polyester fibres in 2020. The first operations are expected to begin in 2021, prior to a large-scale industrial deployment.

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