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By Erin Voegele | January 06, 2017

SBP announces directorate changes
The Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced Dorothy Thompson is to retire as a director and chairman of the board. Thomas Dalsgaard, who has been a director of the company since 2013, succeeds Dorothy Thompson as chairman.

Executives appointed to co-chair European biofuel initiative
Henrik Erämetsä, head of aviation regulation at Neste, and Ruben Alblas of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have been appointed co-chairs of the European Union initiative the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath. The initiative supports the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the EU targets set for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It was launched in 2011 by the European Commission, Airbus, leading European airlines and biofuel producers to promote the production, distribution, storage and use of sustainably produced and technically certified aviation biofuels. The initiative aims to get biofuels to the market faster, through the construction of advanced biofuel production plants in Europe, and at setting a target level to the amount of sustainable biofuels used in European civil aviation. Biofuel companies taking part in the initiative include Neste, Biochemtex, Honeywell UOP, Swedish Biofuels, and Total. Airlines involved are KLM, Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa. 

Ovivo signs agreement with DC Water
Ovivo Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing arrangement with the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority for its patented post-aerobic digestion process. Marketed under the brand name DigestivorePAD, this approach to solids management places an aerobic digester after an anaerobic digester, providing increased volatile solids destruction, enhanced nitrogen and phosphorus removal as well as improved dewatering, leading to significant operational savings.

Lee Enterprises Consulting adds renewable chemicals staff
Lee Enterprises Consulting has announced the addition of five new experts in its newly formed Renewable Chemicals Division. The consulting group, which now numbers over 100 experts worldwide, has specialists in biodiesel, ethanol, emerging technologies, biomass power, renewable chemicals, biogas, anaerobic digestion, business and finance. The new additions include David Dodds, Ronald Newman, Steven Toon, Bernard Cooker and David Senyk.

AST announces patent
American Science and Technology has been awarded a second patent, U.S. 9,382,283 B2, related to its Organosolv pulping process. The new patent covers a system and method for oxygen-assisted delignification of lignocellulosic biomaterials and lignin recovery, which further improves the quality of the pulp produced by the AST Organosolv pulping process.

Rentech adds CFO
Paul Summers has been appointed as chief financial officer of Rentech Inc., replacing Jeffrey Spain. He will be responsible for overseeing the finance, treasury and accounting functions of the company. Summers served as Rentech’s vice president and treasurer immediately prior to his appointment as chief financial officer and has held various finance related roles at Rentech since 2006. Prior to joining Rentech, Summers held positions at Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup Inc., as well as Allied Capital Corp.