DIF on AIR Plants instead of petroleum

  • Speakers:
  • Remy Buser, Florent Héroguel
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Petroleum is at the heart of most our systems and is the basis of our linear economy. It is impossible to evolve a circular system on a source that cannot be renewed.
What are the alternatives? Organic material (plants) - the origin of petroleum - is a sound option. It is naturally abundant, ubiquitous and already produced in large quantities by agriculture.

So why isn’t this material used today?

Plants are designed to cope with environmental stress (parasites, weather) and only minor parts can be deconstructed easily. These part are usually edible. The majority is very difficult to upgrade in a way that leads to ‘petroleum-like’ molecules.
However, researchers at EPFL in Switzerland have developed a way in which plants can finally be fully valorised and utilised as petroleum.


Remy Buser

Remy Buser


Remy Buser is co-founder and CEO at Bloom Biorenewables. He is a chemist by training, but Remy spent over 7 years woking for startups and as a political advisor for the Swiss government. His focus is driving innovative projects. His passion is leveraging his knowhow to solve social challenge. His vision is that chemistry can enable the shift towards a fossil-free world - now.

Florent Héroguel

Florent Héroguel


Florent Héroguel is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Bloom, an EPFL spinoff producing high-value chemicals from plant wastes as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. Florent also aims at mitigating climate and health problems caused by current biomass waste management and generating value along the supply chain using Bloom’s competitive solution. Prior to this, he was a scientific collaborator at EPFL where he developed new processes for biomass valorization. Florent obtained his PhD from ETH Zürich after completing a Master degree at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France).


Sebastian Egerton-Read

Sebastian Egerton-Read

DIF Programme Manager and Social Media Manager

Seb is one of the two Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF Managers. He makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.

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