EU increases its commitment to funding the circular economy and bioeconomy sectors

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While there is no specific bioeconomy legislation, funding for bioeconomy research and innovation is a key policy tool for promoting the bioeconomy. EU funding mechanisms include notably the HORIZON 2020 framework programme, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). Some 5.6% (EUR 4208 million) of the [...]

Member portrait: Perstorp

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Linda Zellner, Director Innovation at Perstorp, shares some information on one of the world leaders in speciality chemicals headquartered in Malmö, Sweden. 5 facts about Perstorp, Sweden Linda Zellner, Director Innovation – Materials, [...]

Novamont commits to make all grades of MATER-BI bioplastics 40% to 100% bio-based by end of 2017

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At the environment summit in Bologna at the beginning of June, Novamont has announced it has taken a unilateral decision to introduce a 40% minimum threshold for bio-based content in all of its MATER-BI bioplastics, helping reduce CO2 emissions by an annual equivalent of 75,000 city cars from the streets of our cities. More [...]

News in brief – June 2017

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DuPont wins 2017 European Company of the Year Award for bio-based materials: DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) has been awarded the 2017 European Company of the Year Award for bio-based materials, reflecting the company’s position “at the vanguard of innovation, developing cutting-edge, bio-based materials that improve customers' lives and meet market needs for high-performing, sustainable [...]

European Commission 2016 report on the bioeconomy

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The EU bioeconomy makes up an important part of the total economy in the EU. In 2014, it employed around 18.6 million people and generated approximately EUR 2.2 trillion. This means that the bioeconomy represents around 9% of all sectors of the economy with regards to employment as well as to turnover. These are [...]

Germany takes important step to support bio-based packaging

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Earlier this month, Germany’s Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, approved a new packaging law (Verpackungsgesetz) aimed at boosting recycling of packaging waste. It also stipulates that the systems collecting the waste fees are obliged to create incentives that encourage the use of recycled material or material from renewable sources for the production of [...]

Successful test on the use of biodegradable carrier bags in anaerobic digestion plants

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Novamont, a leader in the development of bioplastics based in Italy, commissioned IGlux Witzenhausen GmbH and Witzenhausen-Institut GmbH to conduct a scientific study into the behaviour of biodegradable carrier bags made from MATER-BI – the bioplastic made by Novamont – in German anaerobic digestion plants. The use of biodegradable bags made from MATER-BI was tested [...]

Member portrait: DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue Peter A. von den Kerkhoff, Account Executive EMEA representing DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products at DuPont de Nemours Deutschland GmbH, shares some information on the largest global producer of bio-based 1,3-propanediol, headquartered in [...]

Scientific report on facts related to bio-based and biodegradable plastics

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Bio-based plastics can be mechanically recycled just like conventional plastics and biodegradable plastics are not a solution to the plastic soup in the oceans. These are two key findings in the report ‘Biobased and biodegradable plastics – Facts and Figures’, released by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The report takes stock of scientific knowledge on [...]

News in brief – May 2017

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Synvina receives interim approval for bio-based PEF recyclability: Amsterdam-based Synvina CV has received interim approval from the European PET bottle platform (EPBP) for the recyclability of its bio-based polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) materials in the European bottle recycling market. The BASF-Avantium joint venture, which was set up in October last year, will produce bio-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) [...]