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  • EU commission states strong support for biotech sector at the EuropaBio Biotech awards

    24 Jun 2015

    The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety has reiterated the EU Commission’s “strong interest and fundamental support” for the biotech sector, saying that the sector benefits “people, the economy and sustainability”. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis was speaking at the EuropaBio event on the Benefits of Biotechnology held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 3 June, which was attended by more than 100 guests.


  • Early end to onshore wind subsidies “will help other renewable technologies”

    24 Jun 2015

    The Government’s decision to end new subsidies for onshore wind will ensure that other renewable energy technologies “continue to develop and reduce their costs”, according to Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.  Addressing Parliament on 22 June, Rudd said there is already sufficient onshore wind capacity in place and in the pipeline to deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets.

  • Loans for Energy Demonstration Project

    18 Jun 2015

    A new loan scheme was launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission this week. The Energy Demo Projects (EDP) facility under the InnovFin umbrella will provide risk financing and boost the competitiveness of innovative energy technology companies in Europe.  

  • UK has third highest installed ethanol capacity in Europe, says ePure report

    16 Jun 2015

    The European renewable ethanol association (ePure) has today released its annual State of the Industry report, which shows that ethanol prices in Europe dropped by 30% between 2013 and 2014. The amount of renewable ethanol produced in Europe last year rose 13% from 2013 to 6.6 billion litres.

  • Bioenergy is key to a low-carbon future

    15 Jun 2015

    Bioenergy is a key driver in delivering a more sustainable future, according to a new report on the expansion of global bioenergy use and production.

  • Food waste to landfill 'should be banned' in England

    11 Jun 2015
    Anaerobic Digestion Case StudySpeaking at an industry conference held by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) on 10 June, Alexander Maddan, CEO of organic waste recycling firm Agrivert, said that up to seven million tonnes of food waste in England could be used by AD plants to create renewable energy.
  • Spider silk company Bolt Threads secures $40m

    10 Jun 2015

    A new biotechnology company inspired by spiders is aiming to create high-performance textiles out of engineered silk. The company, Bolt Threads, has announced $40 million of new funding to enable further research and the commercialisation of its Engineered Silk Technology.

  • EFIB agenda announced

    10 Jun 2015

    EuropaBio and Smithers Rapra, in association with, have announced the agenda for the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB). 

    With themes ranging from inspiring new business models, circular economy and the creation of markets, to addressing the issues of ensuring financing and funding is available for commercialisation, in addition to the availability of feedstocks, this year’s EFIB agenda will provide a comprehensive update on the status and outlook of biobased industries

    Featuring CEOs of key players who have recently announced significant investments in Europe into biorefineries and industrial biotechnologies; Global Bioenergies, Corbion, Metsa Fibre Ltd and Novamont will provide their perspectives on the state of business in Europe, from developing new and novel partnerships along the value chain, to ensuring that capital investment is made available.


  • New appointments at Defra and BIS

    08 Jun 2015

    The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has set out the responsibilities that will be undertaken by new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Rory Stewart. 


  • Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Awards finalists announced by EuropaBio

    05 Jun 2015

    EuropaBio SME awardEuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, has announced the finalists for its Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards. The awards recognise innovative biotech SMEs and the crucial role they play in addressing challenges such as: unmet medical needs, resource efficiency, climate change, energy shortages and an ageing and ever increasing population.

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