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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 102, September 2020

Category: biobased
Published: 11/09/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.

Foreword

Moving away from fossil resources and towards biobased feedstocks for the production of chemicals, materials and fuels is required for sustainable development, but the biobased industries are at a disadvantage when it comes to making the switch. Making the transition is not necessarily competitive, which could be as a result of biomass availability, lack of viable biobased technologies or economic issues associated with operating on a relatively smaller scale.
As for the obstacles related to biobased technologies, a recent review has given an overview to some of the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) of the biobased industries. They have also been evaluated for their sustainability via life-cycle assessments (LCAs)........

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • Net-zero and circular economy goals should be aligned
  • Welsh gov opens single use plastic consultation

Markets

  • Avantium first half of 2020

Research & Development

  • Understanding elasticity and degradability of biobased PBAF
  • Consumers and biobased packaging
  • Biobased technologies review

Polymers

  • Stora Enso fibre pilot plant 
  • Funding for Biome Bioplastics
  • New product range for Lanxess

Chemicals

  • Grant for glucaric acid research
  • New Croda site under construction

Consumer Products

  • Efficacy of treated fabric against Covid-19
  • Biobased baby food packaging

Patents

Events

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