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9 Jun, 2016

Spotlight on Scotland

By | June 9th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador Scotland is striving, through various initiatives, to define and embrace the concepts of a circular economy as set out by the European Commission in its December 2015 package. The Scottish Circular Economy Business Network was launched in November 2015, and a programme of events for 2016/17 was drawn up. On 2 [...]

7 Jun, 2016

TEDx to host bioplastics presentation – 18 June

By | June 7th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Kathryn Sheridan, CEO of bioeconomy communications and PR agency Sustainability Consult, is to present a TEDx talk on bioplastics at the #bitsoflove event in Ghent, Belgium on 18 June. Sheridan's talk, 'Bioplastic Fantastic: why we don't need oil for plastics', will make the case for leaving oil in the ground and showing how plastics and other [...]

3 Jun, 2016

IBioIC launches funding calls for industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology projects

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

Two funding calls have been created by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) at the University of Strathclyde to promote the use of its new open access facilities and to promote the academic talent that exists in Scotland. Applications are being sought from projects that meet the criteria of the following funding competitions: IBioIC Process Scale-up Demonstrator [...]

23 May, 2016

How bio-based solutions are helping solve sanitation problems in developing countries

By | May 23rd, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Loowatt produces clean and chemical-free human waste solutions for events in the UK and for domestic use in the developing world. Using a patented and simple sealing technology to contain human waste within biodegradable film, with a unique odor-inhibiting system, the waste is then stored in a cartridge for periodic emptying, which can be weekly or daily, [...]

12 May, 2016

Speaker list confirmed for EFIB 2016

By | May 12th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman will be among the speakers at EFIB 2016 (European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy). The event, which combines discussion on business and policy within the industry with the opportunity for networking and meetings, takes place this year at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the 18-20 October. Among [...]

6 May, 2016

Innovate UK makes bioeconomy a priority in 2016/17 Delivery Plan

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

Innovate UK has published its Delivery Plan 2016-2017, outlining how it plans to invest around £561 million into helping businesses innovate, with the bioeconomy one of its priorities. The plan for the financial year explains a number of significant changes to the way the agency will work, including a new sector focus that makes it [...]

5 May, 2016

Vegware wins 2nd Queen’s Award for compostable packaging with recycling support

By | May 5th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Edinburgh eco packaging firm and BBIA member Vegware has won its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the SME’s 60th accolade. This recognises Vegware’s innovations in zero waste for foodservice – compostable catering disposables backed up with free expert recycling support. Scotland’s fifth fastest-growing firm, and among the UK’s top 100, Vegware has grown 57 [...]

3 May, 2016

Clear labelling needed for biodegradable plastics says ISWA report

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

Biodegradable plastics need to be clearly labelled, in order to enhance consumer awareness and help distinguish compostable plastics from other non-compostable polymers, according to a paper by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The conclusion comes as ISWA publishes a paper examining the different types of biodegradable plastics, their properties and their role in the management of organic wastes. [...]

3 May, 2016

Benefits of composting emphasised for International Compost Awareness Week 2016

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

This week (1-7 May) is International Compost Awareness Week 2016, and sees BBIA Managing Director David Newman speak at the Global Organic Resources Congress (GORC), taking place in Dublin this year (3-4 May). As part of the week, a global network of organisations devoted to organics recycling and compost use are combining their efforts to bring attention to the multiple benefits to be realised when organic residuals are viewed as resources rather than waste.

29 Apr, 2016

BBIA writes to the EU regarding the Circular Economy Package

By | April 29th, 2016|Our news, Press releases|0 Comments

The BBIA has written to the Council of the European Union recommending changes to the Circular Economy Package (CEP) to be made regarding biowaste, organic recycling and green procurement. In the letter, addressed to Melanie Schultz van Haegen, the President of the European Council of Environment Ministers during the Netherlands’ EU Presidency, BBIA Managing Director David Newman sets out the changes that the BBIA feels would strengthen the package