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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 143, February 2024

Category: biobased
Published: 08/02/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.

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European Bioplastics advise that an actionable EU Bioeconomy Strategy should prioritise the development of a ‘Biopolymers Industrial Action Plan’. They suggest that this plan should focus on harmonising regulations, incentivising access to sustainable biomass, enhancing financial support for technological innovation, closing infrastructure gaps, incentivising access to food waste collection, and increasing market uptake for compostable plastics. Rob Beekers, chair of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium and Chair of board for the Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU), especially emphasises the need for developing policies with clearer, stronger and harmonised frameworks.

Many current research projects are geared towards successfully incorporating the circularity aspect within the bioeconomy sector. Valencia-based Aimplas, the Spanish Plastics Technology Centre, is coordinating a project for the development of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)-based packaging solutions derived from beer production waste. An ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) team has patented an innovative process with low environmental impact to extract high quality oil from bakery waste to be used to obtain bio-lubricants and bio-based plastics. In the project ULTRADREAM, Netherlands-based Wageningen Food & Biobased Research aims to research the use of agricultural side streams and residues for developing novel bio-based polymers with higher rates of biodegradation upon UV-light exposure.

There is a continuous push in innovation and the release of new products promoting sustainability in the packaging sector. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd runs INN-PRESSME Open Innovation Test Bed project which aims to develop novel, sustainable and recyclable solutions based on bio-based plastic or create fibre-based alternatives that can be recycled along with other fibre-based materials...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Business leader: ‘Europe lacks a clear policy framework for bio-based products’
  • European Bioplastics EU Policy Manifesto


  • Arkema acquires Arc Building Products in Ireland, specialized in construction adhesives and sealants
  • Asahi Kasei Invests in Artificial Leather Producer

Research & Development

  • Scientists to deliver bio-based solutions to key industry challenges
  • Bio-based solutions for a circular economy


  • Making plastics biodegradable by UV-light
  • Raise a glass: Aimplas producing bioplastics from beer production waste


  • UBQ launches new bio-based additives and modifiers line to decarbonize packaging and supply chains
  • HeiQ unveils a 100% biobased probiotics-infused textile technology
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Revolutionizing Sustainable Bakery Packaging
  • Hyosung launches new certified sustainable textile solutions at ISPO


  • EIP launches Decarbon Discounts to support clients whose innovations mitigate climate change
  • Innovation: ENEA patents method for a high-quality oil from confectionery waste


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