Givaudan and LanzaTech to develop sustainable fragrance ingredients from renewable carbon

By Julia Wray | Published: 26-Sep-2022

LanzaTech’s technology converts various waste carbon sources to ethanol via a proprietary biocatalyst

Givaudan, the scent and beauty company, and carbon capture firm LanzaTech are collaborating to develop sustainable fragrance ingredients from renewable carbon. 

Renewable carbon is carbon that avoids or substitutes the use of additional fossil carbon. 

LanzaTech’s technology converts various waste carbon sources, for example industrial emissions in China, to ethanol thanks to a proprietary biocatalyst.

As a result of its synthetic biology and modelling capabilities, LanzaTech can produce a variety of different chemicals through this process.

The research collaboration is expected to leverage LanzaTech’s synthetic biology capability and go beyond the production of ethanol, with the companies working together to establish novel pathways to key fragrance ingredients used across the Givaudan portfolio. 

“We are very excited about this strategic collaboration with LanzaTech, a much-respected sustainable materials company that has an impressive heritage, and a state-of-the-art research platform in renewable carbon solutions,” said Jeremy Compton, Global Head of Science and Technology for Fragrances at Givaudan.

“Our purpose of ‘creating for healthier, happier lives with love for nature’ fully aligns with the aspiration of our two companies to develop products that support us in being carbon neutral in the future. 

“Together we have the potential to grow with our respective businesses while increasing our positive impact on the world with products consumers feel good about, and that preserve our planet.”

“Givaudan has long been an expert in pairing innovation and technology in the world of fragrance and we are excited to be working with a company that shares our vision of a post pollution future,” added Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. 

“Together, thanks to the power of synthetic biology, we are expanding the way in which we can deliver sustainable solutions to all consumers, giving them a choice as to where their carbon comes from while protecting our planet.”

Givaudan marks the latest beauty industry partnership for LanzaTech, which is also working with Coty to transform the majority of the brand owner’s fragrances to sustainably-sourced ethanol by 2023. 

It brought the first of its carbon-captured ethanol fragrances to market earlier this year. 

Meanwhile, Beiersdorf’s Nivea became the first personal care conglomerate to launch a skin care product, Nivea Men’s new Climate Care Moisturizer, using recycled carbon dioxide in June. 


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