Locus PI, Veolia to collaborate on water treatment solutions

April 20, 2023
The companies will develop new biobased water treatment solutions using Locus PI’s biosurfactants and Veolia’s existing water treatment expertise.

Locus Performance Ingredients® (Locus PI) and Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions announced an exclusive collaboration that will focus on developing new biobased solutions tailored to address process, water and wastewater sustainability and performance challenges.

Both companies will combine their relevant expertise and resources: Veolia’s water treatment technology, and 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 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 PI. “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.”

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