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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 60, March 2017

Category: biobased,biorefining,nnfcc
Published: 02/03/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


The big news with regard to biobased products this month concerns the European Parliament, specifically its Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) committee. In late January, the committee met to discuss amendments to the European Commission’s existing Directives on Waste, Landfill, and Packaging. Many amendments were passed, a good deal of which were beneficial to the biobased products sector, including amendments regarding separate waste collection, and more significantly, a distinction for packaging made from bio-based plastic. This is potentially a big victory for the bioplastics industry, with it being......

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Illinois state announces bioeconomy legislation
  • European Parliament ENVI committee approves amendments to waste legislation


  • Transparency Market Research Analyse Mannosylerythritol market prospects
  • BioAmber to offer $17.5m of shares to the public
  • BioAmber successfully clears corporate debt
  • Report on global bio-polyethylene market - Market Reports World
  • Market forecasts for biobased chemicals and polymers in Asia
  • Grand View Research - Significant growth expected in Bio-PET market

Research & Development

  • AVALON begins search for bio-based replacement for formaldehyde
  • ASLEE to establish algal pilot plants in Scotland
  • Wild bacterial strain identified with high succinate yield from biomass
  • High value enzymes produced by fungi on food waste


  • Croda to market Revolymer (Itaconix)’s ZINADOR
  • Lenzing achieves BioPreferred status on all of its fibres
  • AkzoNobel partners with Revolymer (Itaconix) to produce biopolymers


  • License agreed for Biobased Glucaric Acid production
  • Croda continues investment in Hull, UK
  • Sustainable Palm Oil certification for more Evonik products
  • Avantium announces partnership for Biorefinery Plant

Consumer Products

  • US Air Force to trial bio-based grease
  • Synbra to release Carbon Neutral foam
  • Biobased paint for trains
  • IKEA releases kitchen units made from recycled PET


  • Novel Biobased Polyester


  • Technology Transfer in Bioeconomy - BioBase4SME Workshop, 8th March, Düsseldorf, Germany 
  • ORG Conference 2017, 23rd March 2017, Rocester, United Kingdom
  • Bio-Based Live, 31st May - 1st June 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, 7-9th June 2017, Wrocław, Poland
  • EFIB, 9th – 11th October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

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