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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 99, June 2020

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 04/06/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Heating of homes in the UK is one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions, and while decarbonisation of the heat sector is underway, reducing demand through improved energy efficiencies is one way to simply reduce those emissions. Insulation is vital for the improvement of a building’s energy efficiency, and as well as the savings in carbon emissions, there are also the financial savings to be had from a reduced energy bill.
There are a variety of insulating materials that can be used in buildings, some more effective than others, and some of them biobased. Natural fibres such as wood and hemp can be used as insulators as an alternative to such as polystyrene, which is the more commonly used material, and although effective, has a high environmental impact. Given the scale of........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Partnership for speciality chemicals development
  • Carbon fibre materials JDA
  • Biopromotions use ‘I'm Green’ PE in mask strap
  • Series B funding for RWDC​

Research & Development

  • Performance comparison of biobased insulation materials
  • BIC maps European biobased potential
  • Biobased carbon content of surfactants
  • Starch based plastic review​


  • Biobased electronics film
  • Stretch films commercialized
  • Sulzer advances PLA technology
  • TerraVerdae funding boosts product development
  • Evonik expands biomaterial production​


  • Towards commercialisation of vanillin
  • Biofungicide launched in Europe and Latin America
  • Ester technology from Kraton
  • New biobased and renewables team at Sulzer​

Consumer Products

  • Fabric certification for DuPont



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