Bioplastics Bulletin

In brief (December 2016)

Italy’s Bioeconomy Strategy: In November, the Italian government published its Bioeconomy Strategy, which is still open for a public consultation with national stakeholders until 20 December 2016. Italy already has one of the most advanced infrastructures for the separate collection and recycling of organic waste and is a centre of excellence for integrated biorefineries. Now, Italy also has the Bioeconomy Strategy to go with it. It aims to enhance the competitiveness of Italy’s bioeconomy sector and its role in promoting growth in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. New British standard on the circular economy: The British Standards Institute [...]

20 December 2016|

We have to get better at informing and educating the public about what bioplastics are and their benefits

While the growing ecological awareness and changing consumer demands are leading to a boom in the development and sales of more sustainable products with a reduced environmental footprint such as bioplastics, there are a few persistent misconceptions about the nature and benefits of bioplastics that need to be addressed by better information and education. BiNa, an interdisciplinary research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is currently looking into the public perception of bioplastics in Germany as well as the opportunities and obstacles of communicating the properties and benefits of bioplastics. The aim of the project [...]

20 December 2016|

Member portrait: Succinity

Andrej Brejc, Managing Director at Succinity GmbH In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Andrej Brejc, Managing Director at Succinity GmbH provides an insight into bio-based succinic acid, a promising building block for various bioplastic applications. 5 facts about Succinity GmbH Succinity, a Joint Venture between BASF and Corbion, is dedicated to the commercialization of Succinity Biobased Succinic Acid® (BBSA). BBSA is based on a proprietary fermentation process that allows usage of renewable feedstocks, such as glucose, sucrose and glycerol, and in the future also [...]

20 December 2016|

Global bioplastics market continues to grow despite low oil price

The results of European Bioplastics’ annual market data update 2016 confirm a stable growth of the global bioplastics industry: “The market is predicted to grow by 50 percent over the coming years despite the low oil price,” said François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, during the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 30 November 2016 in Berlin. Global production capacities 2016-2021 (c) European Bioplastics The global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 4.2 million tonnes in 2016 to approximately 6.1 million tonnes in 2021. Packaging remains the largest fields of [...]

20 December 2016|

Rethinking Bioplastics: Future Directions in the Bioplastics Industry

Review of the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 Denise Neves Gameiro, editor for Labiotech.eu By Denise Neves Gameiro, editor for Labiotech.eu, the new leading digital media platform covering news from the European Biotech industry Where are bioplastics going? At the end of November, 300 experts came together in Berlin to “rethink Bioplastics” and their role in the much-hailed circular economy. The diversity of speakers and exhibitors at the 11th edition of the European Bioplastics Conference offers, in itself, an overview of the different fields and players that make up the bioplastics industry. Participants ranged from the producers of [...]

20 December 2016|

These were the highlights that shaped bioplastics in 2016

2016 has been another eventful, promising, and successful year for bioplastics. While the discussions around the EU Circular Economy Package and first regulatory changes in the Members States reshape the legislative and economic landscape for businesses involved in the bioeconomy in Europe, the bioplastics industry continues to drive innovation in new bioplastics solutions and the development of bio-based materials for a more circular and sustainable future. A future in which, according to our recent market forecast, global production capacities of bioplastics will grow by 50 percent between 2016 and 2021 from 4.2 million tonnes to 6.1 million tonnes. With the year [...]

20 December 2016|