Bioplastics Bulletin

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

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 HORIZON 2020 budget is dedicated to the bioeconomy. HORIZON 2020 also provides approximately EUR 1 billion for the public-private partnership Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), which are topped-up by private funds to an overall budget of EUR 3.7 billion. The European Investment Bank (EIB) [...]

29 June 2017|

Member portrait: Perstorp

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, Food and Feed, Perstorp AB Perstorp is a world leader in several sectors of the specialty chemicals market for a wide variety of industries and applications. Our products are added to a wide range of products used every day at home, work or leisure. [...]

29 June 2017|

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

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 environmentally sustainable products with a renewable raw material content of up to 100% for specific applications will be made available and will be certified through the Kyoto Club e-label! environmental multi-label. The company is bringing forward the targets of Italy and France for bio-based content [...]

29 June 2017|

News in brief – June 2017

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 products” according to the host Frost & Sullivan. DuPont's bio-based polymer Sorona comprised of 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients and requires significantly less energy and releases fewer greenhouse gases than competing products such as nylon 6. WWF’s Cascading Materials Vision: The World Wildlife Fund's [...]

29 June 2017|

European Commission 2016 report on the bioeconomy

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 the results of the European Commission’s 2016 report on the bioeconomy in Europe, which was released earlier this month. 2016 Bioeconomy Report (European Commission) The report shows that bio-based building blocks and polymers produce lower environmental impacts in comparison to their fossil references [...]

29 June 2017|

Germany takes important step to support bio-based packaging

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 packaging. This is an important signal for the bioplastics industry as for the first time bio-based and recycled materials are recognised as equally viable solutions to make packaging more sustainable and reduce our dependency on finite fossil resources. The new law, which was approved by [...]

29 May 2017|

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