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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 144, March 2024

Category: biobased
Published: 07/03/2024
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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In this month’s foreword we focus on policy updates related to the manufacturing of biobased products. The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) calls for alignment and policy coherence by motivating the government to establish a cohesive and interdepartmental framework for biomass utilisation. They ask from the government to ensure that the policy and regulatory framework prioritises biomass and biowastes to produce high-value materials and emphasize the need for structured investment programmes to support biomanufacturing. They advocate for easier access to risk capital to enable the operation of biorefining facilities at various scales, emphasising the need to prioritise organic recycling facilities. Further, they request from the government to revise the Plastic Packaging Tax so that it excludes biobased and compostable plastics, in a similar way to the Italian government’s revision which occurred in 2023. Finally, they advise the government to turn their attention to manufacturing activities that are particularly difficult to decarbonise such as those of the chemicals industry.


Amid concerns for a gloomy future due to decreased investments, Cefic has requested the EU urgently restores its economic attractiveness with a climate policy and regulatory framework that is coherent with industrial policy.

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • BBIA calls for shift in government policy to support bioeconomy
  • Cefic Statement on the EU 2040 climate target
  • USDA Proposes Streamlined Regulation for Biobased Markets (BioPreferred) Program


  • Funding to support Lankem’s bio-based product development
  • What can a €200 million investment in biomaterials get you?
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Sonichem is leading a £600K Innovate UK-funded consortium to revolutionise the automotive industry with sustainable, bio-based materials.
  • £11.5m bioinnovation boost set to transform UK manufacturing
  • More...


  • Some plastic straws degrade quicker than others
  • Biobased additives, modifiers and material replacements expand UBQ Materials portfolio
  • Itaconix achieves record revenue in 2023, eyes further growth in eco-friendly product markets


  • Sonichem raises £1.2m to turn sawdust into sustainable chemicals
  • Plant waste for adhesives and packaging with mechanochemistry

Consumer Products

  • CJ Biomaterials PHA-based polybag makes same-day delivery more sustainable
  • Ganni makes BioFluff bags from "world's first plant-based fur"
  • SEE Launches Compostable Protein Packaging Tray at IPPE 2024


  • New Patent Helps Water-soluble Packaging Materials Company Change the Environmental Landscape
  • Circular Textiles and Plastics


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