Tuesday, February 9, saw Novozymes celebrating an extension of its laboratory and research facilities in Beijing.

The Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Lykke Friis of Denmark’s Liberal Party, is currently in China and cut the ribbon on Novozymes’ new premises. In her speech she spoke of the need for a sustainable future:

“Fossil fuels account for a very high proportion of the energy we use in our society," she said. “Here in China, more than 90% of energy derives from coal or oil, a situation that presents major challenges. I’m therefore delighted to see companies going down new paths and developing for the future.”

Opening new doors
The minister mentioned biotechnology as part of the solution to this problem:

“Biomass is a very valuable energy resource, in the same league as the sun and the wind. Biotechnology opens the door to a society based on renewable resources, such as biomass, for transport and consumer goods. And I’m delighted to see that Denmark and China are working together in this field.

“The inauguration of Novozymes’ new facilities is an extremely good example of a new approach to climate change and the development of alternative energy.”

More room for work with Chinese partners
Michael Fredskov, Vice President for Novozymes in China, where the laboratory and research facilities have now doubled in size, had the following to say in his speech at the inauguration:

“The idea behind the extension is to strengthen our research into biomass for advanced biofuels, made from waste materials such as straw. Here in China we’ve entered into partnerships with two important players in the field, namely COFCO and Sinopec."

Novozymes has a total of around 200 employees in Beijing, including 100 or so working in research and development.

“In the same way, we’re also extending our laboratories here in China, as we’re looking to work more closely with our Chinese partners in other areas too,” commented Michael Fredskov. It’s about developing solutions that work for China and the Chinese market.”