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4 Aug, 2016

Start-ups and research projects sought for Young Biotech Award 2016

By | August 4th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Biotechnology start-ups or projects are being sought to apply for the Young Biotech Award 2016. Leading French biocluster Genopole has launched the award for the sixth time this week and has for the first time opened it to international projects and start-ups. Applicants will be vying for a prize worth €100,000. The prize includes a €30,000 [...]

3 Aug, 2016

New ministerial responsibilities at Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy clarified

By | August 3rd, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The newly-formed Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has confirmed the roles and responsibilities of its ministers this week, reports edie.net, two weeks after the department was created in Theresa May's reshuffle of government. In an official statement, the department, which was created following the dissolution of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, [...]

1 Aug, 2016

Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘War on Waste’ highlights need to develop sustainable solutions for food and drink packaging

By | August 1st, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Celebrity chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall returned to the BBC last week (28 July) for an hour-long programme documenting his War on Waste. Over recent months a debate has been raging about the recyclability of disposable paper coffee cups after Fearnley-Whittingstall took to the streets of London in March to highlight the fact that 2.5 [...]

28 Jul, 2016

Here’s how BBIA member Vegware helps events reach 72% recycling

By | July 28th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has returned to the BBC this week to continue his 'War on Waste'. After two episodes in November 2015 highlighted the amount of food waste caused by supermarket cosmetic standards and households, the chef has this time turned to packaging, highlighting in particular the amount of waste caused by disposable paper cups [...]

18 Jul, 2016

BBIA urges Defra to undertake soil quality consultation

By | July 18th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA's newly established working group on waste policies contributed its opinion to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency's consultation on reviewing ‘fit for soil’ of compost and digestate under the PAS 100/110 standards. In addition to contributing to the consultation, which can be downloaded here, BBIA wrote to Resources Minister Rory Stewart to solicit a similar [...]

18 Jul, 2016

Biowaste collection and treatment can create thousands of jobs in the UK

By | July 18th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The European Compost Network has published figures showing how biowaste collection and treatment could create thousands of jobs in the UK. The figures are based on information received from ECN members. The medium value so called 'Urban area' - 1 full-time employment (FTE)/4,500 tonnes of biowaste - is based on the figures received from REA, UK [...]

15 Jul, 2016

BBIA MD speaks about the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change

By | July 15th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Speaking to Bioenergy Insight, BBIA Managing Director David Newman has given his thoughts on the decision to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and dissolve its responsibilities into a newly-formed Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He told the site: “There always has been a disconnect across Whitehall between various departments trying [...]

11 Jul, 2016

Opportunities to advance the UK Bioeconomy in the Construction sector

By | July 11th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador I have recently returned from a trip to Japan and was struck by the nation's fast pace and technological advancement. The Japanese still utilise biomaterials for important projects especially when restoring monuments of significance. One such amazing edifice is the Shogun castle at Himeji, which is built entirely from wood and [...]

8 Jul, 2016

Novamont agrees deal to develop renewable bags for fruits and vegetables

By | July 8th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Novamont and French leading producer of plastic films Barbier Group have announced that they have signed a partnership aimed at the development of a new kind of bioplastic lightweight bag for fruits and vegetables, as an alternative to traditional non-biodegradable and non-compostable plastic packaging, called Ma-Ter-Bio (the bag for planet Earth). The bag is made of [...]

6 Jul, 2016

IBioIC announces establishment of doctoral training centre

By | July 6th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) has announced that it has established the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (SCDT) in Industrial Biotechnology. Developed in collaboration with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and funded by the University of Strathclyde, industry and IBioIC, the centre aims to train the next generation of research [...]