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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 68, November 2017

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 08/11/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Where renewables concerned, this year has been a controversial one over in the USA, with the Trump administration not shy about their lack of support for climate change mitigation, and for renewables. As such, it perhaps comes as a surprise, but a welcome one nonetheless, that the US Senate has tabled legislation to award tax credits to those who produce biobased chemicals. The level of tax credit is 15 cents per pound of chemical produced, which is not insignificant. The definition used to determine qualification is........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • US to establish tax credit for biobased chemicals
  • EU parliament backs biodegradable mulch films​


  • Microbial fibre company begins trading

Research & Development

  • Biobased succinate production from sucrose
  • Study investigates Asian attitudes to paper and packaging
  • German research aims to boost bio-based procurement through cooperation
  • Obtaining biobased products from lignocellulosic biomass
  • Review of possible options for biobased amine production
  • Paper analyses degradability of bioplastics
  • Project looks to develop "wood to food" value chain​


  • Bioplastics production could more than treble and maintain low land-use
  • Bio-On announces new plant for producing biobased PHAs
  • UPM Raflatac launches biobased polyethylene films
  • Novel method for biobased FDCA polyester production​


  • Dupont, Tate & Lyle's biobased propanediol used in food refrigeration
  • Genomatica seeks to market own biobased butylene glycol​

Consumer Products

  • PPG biobased paint has air-purifying effect
  • Esprit releases biobased glasses frames
  • DuPont and Unifi to create biobased clothes insulation
  • Natureworks develops biobased absorbent fibres
  • Bio-On to develop biobased materials for glasses
  • Bike tyres from dandelion rubber​


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