Bioplastics have a role in the circular economy
At the 17th EUBP conference held last week as a hybrid event in Berlin, a running theme was the proposal for a Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste published just days before. Combined with the newly presented EU policy framework on bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics, it is evident that the bio-based plastics industry will be looking at a number of changes in the near future.
“Zeitenwende” for bioplastics: EUBP chairman urges policymakers to maximize investment as climate change escalates
European policymakers must act fast and decisively to protect and expand the region’s bioplastics industry, according to Stefan Barot, chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP). The association recently held its 17th annual conference, during which Barot gave a speech stressing the sector’s importance amid current geopolitical crises. Packaging Insights spoke with Barot about his central message: the industry is at a critical juncture, and the decisions EU leaders make now will have severe ramifications on the European economy and global environmental and human health.
Global bioplastics production defies challenges by showing significant increase
After a stagnation of the overall plastics production in 2020, mainly due to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is now a new momentum for global bioplastics production. At the 17th EUBP Conference, European Bioplastics presented a positive outlook for the global bioplastics industry. Capacity of production is set to increase significantly from around 2.23 million tonnes in 2022 to approximately 6.3 million tonnes in 2027. The market data was compiled in cooperation with nova-Institute (Hürth, Germany).