Controversial assumptions of study by University of Bonn create misleading interpretation of bioplastics’ environmental impact

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The recent study “Land use mediated GHG emissions and spillovers from increased consumption of bioplastics” published by the University of Bonn calls into question the contribution of bio-based plastics to climate change mitigation. Although the study describes that fossil-based plastics are responsible for 15 percent of the global CO2 emissions*, it fails to acknowledge [...]

News in brief – December 2018

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UK unveils £60 million (US $76.4 million) funding to develop sustainable packaging: The funding, to be bolstered by industry support, and delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims at support the development of new forms of packaging and plastic made from farming, food and industrial waste, among other [...]

Indirect additional global warming impacts from processes attributing to direct global warming and example of permafrost melting

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Contribution article by Ville Uusitalo, Assistant Professor at the LUT-University (School of Energy Systems, Sustainable Science) and Annamari Enström, Senior Researcher, LCA at Neste Corporation. Global warming impacts of different products and processes from life cycle assessment (LCA) perspective is widely performed with standardized methods. Global warming impact assessments in LCA are, typically, carried [...]

New market data: The positive trend for the bioplastics industry remains stable

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Berlin, 5 December 2018 – The results of the European Bioplastics’ annual market data update, presented today at the 13th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, confirm a stable growth of the global bioplastics industry. “The global market for bioplastics is predicted to grow by roughly 25 percent over the next five years“, says Hasso [...]

Register now – final speaker line-up released for this year’s 13th European Bioplastics Conference

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François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP, opening the 12th European Bioplastics Conference 2017 in Berlin. With more and more brands, manufacturers, and policy makers putting bioplastics high up on the agenda, we invite you to join in on the discussion on 4/5 December 2018 in Berlin. Download the conference agenda here: http://docs.european-bioplastics.org/conference/13th_EUBP_Programme_2018.pdf [...]

Reviewed European Bioeconomy Strategy strengthens defossilisation of plastics sector

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Berlin, 17 October 2018. The European Commission recently delivered its review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy. The strategy is a step forward towards ensuring that fossil resources are replaced by sustainable natural alternatives for the production of bio-based products such as bio-based plastics and energy. "Only by driving the transition in relevant markets, [...]

Europe’s bioplastics industry needs a level playing field

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Europe’s bioplastics industry needs a level playing field, writes Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP) for the Parliament Magazine. Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director, EUBP Bioplastics are a fast-growing, innovative sector. Many of the world’s leading companies are turning to bioplastics to meet the growing demand for more sustainable [...]

Member portrait: University of Bologna

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Paola Fabbri, Associate Prof. of Materials Science and Technology and Maurizio Fiorini, Associate Prof. of Principles of Chemistry for Applied Technologies at University of BolognaAlma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Paola Fabbri, [...]

News in brief – July 2018

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VTT developed a biodegradable material that is 100% bio-based. The first model product is a designer chair manufactured as a joint effort between VTT, Plastec Finland and KO-HO Industrial design. © VTT Thermoformable bio-based material to replace fossil-based plastics in furniture: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a thermally [...]

Biodegradability of plastics in the marine environment

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In the context of the EU Plastics Strategy and the recently published proposal for a Directive on the reduction of single-use plastic products, biodegradable and compostable plastics are increasingly being discussed with regard to their potential to contribute to tackling marine litter. Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics (EUBP), provides some [...]