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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 94, January 2020

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 09/01/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


We hope you’ve all had a lovely break over the Christmas holidays and New Year – meanwhile the bioeconomy has remained busy! The plans for a European Green Deal have been unveiled, promising to develop a regulatory framework for biodegradable and biobased plastics, among other initiatives. It also includes a legally binding target of reducing EU emissions to net zero by 2050, a big step in the right direction. As we move into a new decade with a newly elected government in the UK, we hope to see the bioeconomy receive ample support here too. Plastic and packaging have been key topics for the bioeconomy of late, with multiple drivers for biobased and biodegradable replacements for the industry. A recent review highlights scientific advances and state-of-the-art technologies for these plastics, as well as........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • EU's Green Deal revealed


  • Bio-on announces debt restructuring study
  • Fully traceable biobased packaging
  • Braskem, Biowash and Greco & Guerreiro sign partnership
  • Clariant and PAT to revolutionise cosmetics​

Research & Development

  • Conversion of Escherichia coli to Generate All Biomass Carbon from CO2
  • Push for chemical recycling of plastics in France
  • State of the art biobased and biodegradable polymers
  • Engineering biology: a priority for growth​


  • Lenzing lyocell plant in Thailand
  • Greener grass for Polytan
  • Biodegradable food packaging from Danimer and Genpak
  • McDonald's coffee chaff to be used for car parts
  • Bio-based plastic packaging paradox
  • Growth for bioplastic market
  • Stora Enso and HSMG collaborate of barriers for fibre products
  • Biobased roll covers​


  • Cyrene derivative
  • Avantium secures finance
  • Royal DSM and Metex NøøVista to produce 100% biobased cosmetic ingredient
  • Large scale production of green biosurfactant
  • Symrise ingredient certified 100% biobased
  • Nearly 100% bio-based lubricant​

Consumer Products

  • Green wetsuit
  • Circular textiles​



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