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4 Nov, 2016

UK and Colombia announce £20m bioeconomy research programme

By | November 4th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

The UK and Colombia this week (2 November) agreed a new £20-million bioeconomy research programme to aid post-conflict developmental efforts in some of the worst affected regions in Colombia. The agreement, signed by Minister for Industry and Climate Change Nick Hurd and Yaneth Giha, Director of the Colombian national research agency Colciencias, will [...]

20 Oct, 2016

Scottish bioeconomy gets £1.5m funding boost

By | October 20th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Funding of £1.5 million is to be made available for businesses and research institutions working in the bioeconomy in Scotland to support innovative work that will help deliver circular economy growth. Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, announced the fund, the latest part of the Scottish Government’s £70-million Circular Economy [...]

20 Sep, 2016

Germany could call for removal of EU recycling targets

By | September 20th, 2016|News from the web, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The German government wants all recycling targets in the EU’s Circular Economy Package to be scrapped while an alternative recycling data methodology is implemented, according to reports, risking further delay to the package’s adoption. According to a document seen by that was distributed among diplomats’ working groups, Germany wants to put off any [...]

20 Sep, 2016

France could face legal action over disposable plates and cutlery ban

By | September 20th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

The French Government could face legal action after a law was passed to ban disposable plastic plates, cutlery and cups. A decree passed on 30 August means that, by 2020, 50 per cent of the material used to create plastic disposable items like tumblers, coffee cups, plates and cutlery must be bio-based and [...]

11 Jul, 2016

‘Vital’ food waste recycling plan gives industry plan of attack

By | July 11th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

A Food Waste Recycling Action Plan developed by a range of stakeholders in the food waste recycling industry, led by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has established a series of actions needed to increase the quantity and quality of food waste recycled in the UK. The five-point plan has been designed [...]

14 Jun, 2016

European Bioplastics backs revised EU sustainability report

By | June 14th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

European Bioplastics (EUBP) has backed a new European Parliament report on revised waste legislation which has emphasized the role of bioplastics to help the move to a circular economy. The report, produced by Italian Member of Parliament (MEP) Simona Bonafè, set out the legal measures needed for a shift from a linear to [...]

6 Jun, 2016

Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say

By | June 6th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the same way that teenagers prefer unhealthy fast food, Swedish researchers have said. Their study, reported in Science, found exposure to high concentrations of polystyrene makes perch larvae favour the particles over more natural foods. As a result of exposure to [...]

2 Jun, 2016

MPs sound alarm on neglected soils

By | June 2nd, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Ministers are failing to protect Britain's soils on farmland and in cities, MPs say. The Commons Environmental Audit Committee warns that tracts of polluted soil are a potential health hazard in many towns because the government has stopped grants to decontaminate them. And agricultural carbon emissions are said to be growing because [...]

27 May, 2016

Novamont Blind Testing 3rd & 4th Generation Compostable Plastic Bags

By | May 27th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Italian biotech firm, Novamont, is conducting blind tests on compostable fruit and vegetable bags made from the new third and fourth generations of its Mater-Bi biodegradable plastic in several European supermarket chains. The company explained in number of European markets demand for compostable solutions is growing as a result of new national legislations [...]

25 May, 2016

An Uphill Struggle – the bioeconomy in the UK

By | May 25th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

In the United Kingdom, there is no strategy supporting the development of the bioeconomy. Despite the fact that, potentially, it could be the world-leading country, there are still several political, economic and social barriers hindering innovation in this field. As Caitlin Burns, Adrian Higson and Edward Hodgson write in a document published in [...]