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Locus PI and Veolia collaborate on bio-based technologies for water treatment

| By Mary Bailey

Locus Performance Ingredients (Locus PI) and Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions announced their exclusive collaboration that will focus on developing new bio-based solutions tailored to address process, water and wastewater sustainability and performance challenges. Both companies will combine their relevant expertise and resources:

  • Veolia’s expansive water treatment technology and process experience renowned for helping customers optimize water resources and overcome process challenges
  • Locus PI’s proprietary fermentation and large-scale biosurfactant production capabilities

“Locus PI is a trusted industry leader in the development and production of biosurfactants and shares our value of creating a more sustainable future,” said Glenn Vicevic, chief technology officer of Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions. “This new collaboration will combine our vast expertise and experience with a concentrated focus on developing new sustainable water treatment solutions that help enable greater environmental impact.”

The sustainable water and process treatment ingredients will feature Locus PI’s line of high-performance, multifunctional sophorolipids—a type of biosurfactant in the glycolipid class—as a starting point. These bio-derived surfactants have many unique advantages over fossil-based and other bio-based surfactants typically used in water and process treatment and are produced from renewable agricultural materials in a carbon-neutral production process. Locus PI’s biosurfactants are also USDA certified for containing 100% biobased content and meet global regulatory compliance requirements such as REACH registration, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and CleanGredients approval for use in Safer Choice-certified products, including for direct release applications.

“Veolia’s sustainability mission of ‘Resourcing the World’ is a perfect fit for Locus PI’s focus on supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including number six, to ‘ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” said Tim Staub, chief executive officer at Locus Performance Ingredients. “Water is one of the most vital natural resources, and the biosurfactant additives developed through this collaboration will advance the sustainability profile and environmental impact of water treatment—while optimizing performance.”