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Novozymes Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

Denmark-based Novozymes A/S received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for 2001 at a recent ceremony in Washington.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the award to Novozymes, which was recognized as a technical innovator for its design of an enzymatic process for treating cotton textiles in an economical and environmentally friendly manner. The process, BioPreparation, saves both energy and water, thus reducing its environmental impact and providing an alternative to traditional chemical-based processes.Using Novozymes enzyme BioPrep 3000 L, processors can treat cotton fibers under very mild conditions requiring very little water, without causing any damage to the fibers.We are very proud of this award. It serves as recognition of our enzyme technology as a sustainable solution to industrial problems, said Steen Riisgaard, CEO.The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award was established by former President Bill Clinton in 1995. The award reflects outstanding achievement in utilizing green chemistry as a viable alternative in commercial applications.

August 2001