What is the bioeconomy? The bioeconomy refers to all economic activity that starts with the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. The bioeconomy interconnects supply chains in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, pulp and paper, as well as parts of the chemical, biotechnological and energy [...]
BBIA Managing Director David Newman will be one of the key speakers at the Global Organic Resources Congress (GORC), which takes place this year in Dublin on 3-4 May. Organised by Cré and the European Compost Network and sponsored by BBIA member Novamont, GORC will bring together key stakeholders to discuss new opportunities in the [...]
The 11th European Bioplastics Conference has been scheduled for 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin. Following on from the events of the past years that reflected the growing confidence in plastics solutions that are biobased, biodegradable, or both as a viable alternative to conventional plastics, the 11th European Bioplastics Conference has now been confirmed to take place [...]
Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has today (23 February) pledged to cut food waste in Scotland by a third by 2025, as part of Scotland’s new circular economy strategy, ‘Making Things Last’. The food waste target, which last October Lochhead promised to introduce, could save Scottish businesses and households at least £500 million [...]
The German city of Hamburg has banned coffee pods from state-run buildings as part of an environmental drive to reduce waste. Should others follow suit, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. First there was the coffee bean, then the instant coffee jar, and then expensive coffee shop drinks on the go. In the past decade [...]
A recent claim that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 was intended to highlight a pollution crisis in the oceans. The problem really does exist, but do the figures hold water, or is there something fishy going on? The prediction was made by the Ellen MacArthur [...]
Finland-based VTT, the leading technical research institute in the Nordic countries, has come up with a new bio-based mineral oil barrier for use in food packaging. The invention tackles an issue that first became manifest in 2011: the migration of mineral oils into foods packaged in paper and board. The main source [...]
Angela Morris from BBIA member Woolcool describes how to company is innovating food and pharmaceutical packaging for the circular economy.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is asking for feedback and ideas on how regulation and enforcement networks affect businesses' ability to innovate or enter markets or products.
The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking (JU) is to host a free event on 3 March to give details about its upcoming call for proposals for funding.