BioAmber, a provider of renewably produced succinic acid, announced that their platform chemical, Bio-SA™, received a stellar score in the Environmental Leader Technology Reviews Program. Bio-SA™ earned an impressive 4.5 stars (out of a possible five) and is considered by judges as an exemplary product.
One judge said of Bio-SA™: "Many companies want to reduce the carbon footprint of their products and packaging and this may be an innovative way of doing it." Another added: "This has potential to make major impact environmentally."
The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews is a programme recognising excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits. Scores were determined by a panel of independent judges from companies including PepsiCo, Staples, the University of California Berkeley, ISS Facilities Services, The Green Grid, LNS Research, Owens Corning, Yahoo! Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Legrand, Petco and the New Belgium Brewing Company.
With today’s crowded playing field, energy and sustainability professionals have a notoriously difficult time knowing what products to choose to help their companies increase energy, environmental and sustainability performance. The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews programme gives companies a solid base of products, vetted by experts, from which to choose.
"The calibre of the entries was impressive, and truly showed the innovation taking place in the industry today," says Paul Nastu, publisher of Environmental Leader.
"The judges had their work cut out for them. It was a tough playing field for those that entered, and the products that scored 3.5 stars or higher are those that the judges say have viable attributes that set them apart from others in the field."
Succinic Acid has emerged as one of the most competitive of the new bio-based chemicals. As a platform chemical, bio-based succinic acid has a wide range of applications, including in polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives, sealants, food, flavour, resins and personal care. It also serves as a building block for a large volume of chemical intermediates, such as 1,4-butanediol.
Until recently, the common industrial scale production method of succinic acid was petroleum derived. A key advantage of bio-based succinic acid is the differentiated performance that it enables, in addition to its positive environmental profile, compared to petroleum based succinic acid.
BioAmber has developed a proprietary process to produce carbon neutral bio-succinic acid from renewable feedstocks with a 99.4% Greenhouse Gas Savings and a 56.3% energy savings, compared to petroleum succinic acid, as confirmed in an independent Life Cycle Analysis conducted by Riffel Consulting, LLC.