News in brief: February 2019

Global Plastic Leak Project kicks off to tackle plastic and microplastic leakage

Key stakeholders from the private and public sector have become members of the Plastic Leak Project (PLP), which intends to develop robust metrics to locate, measure and map plastic and microplastic pollution across the value chain and define effective actions to fix the problem of plastic leakage into the environment.

PLP is co-founded by Quantis and EA and currently counts 18 members from diverse industries, including European Bioplastics, Adidas, Arla, Cotton Incorporated, Cyclos, Decathlon, The Dow Chemical Company, Eastman, Enel X, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association, Mars Incorporated, McDonald’s Corporation, PlasticsEurope, Sympatex Technologies as well as a strategic committee comprised of international organisations International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Life Cycle Initiative, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

A new study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission analyses the bio-based chemicals market in Europe

The Joint Research Centre has launched the report Insights into the European market for bio-based chemicals. The report focuses on ten key chemical categories. Their market production and consumption levels for the EU, their level of maturity on the market and the main drivers of and constraints to their future production. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the overall bio-based share of the market is expected to in increase at an average growth rate of 3.6%.

AIMPLAS obtains TÜV Austria certification

TÜV AUSTRIA, an independent certification body in the bioplastics market, has recognised the laboratories of AIMPLAS. The tests carried out in these laboratories will enable companies to obtain the OK Compost INDUSTRIAL, OK Compost HOME, OK BIODEGRADABLE SOIL and SEEDLING labels. The laboratories of AIMPLAS had already increased the extent of their accreditations in a significant way in 2017 when they obtained the ENAC accreditation for biodegradation under composting conditions and in soil tests, as well as disintegration tests.

Carbiolice and Carbios close an agreement with Novozymes for the long-term supply of enzymes for the production of home compostable bioplastics

Carbiolice and its main shareholder Carbios have signed a joint development agreement with Novozymes, world-leading producer of enzymes, for the production and supply of enzymes for the manufacture of home compostable PLA plastics. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Novozymes will upscale and implement the production process of Carbios’ proprietary enzyme, and Novozymes commits to become long-term, exclusive supplier of Carbiolice for PLA plastics degrading enzymes.