The Renewable Energy Association (REA) was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA helps its members build commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses whilst increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the UK’s electricity, heat, transport and green gas needs. The REA’s mission is to grow the renewable energy economy and to bring renewables into the mainstream.

At BASF, we have been creating chemistry for 150 years. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility to offer customers intelligent system solutions and sophisticated products. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.

BIOTEC

Founded in 1992 as a pure R&D company, BIOTEC began in a garage in Emmerich am Rhein with a kind of waffle iron and ingredients from a supermarket. Today, BIOTEC is a leading company that develops and produces sustainable bioplastics made from plant-based renewable resources. The film and rigid application range stretches from refuse and shopper bags to pharmaceutical capsules, including food industry blisters, cosmetics packaging and many other requests from our clients. BIOTEC produces and sells a new generation of customized thermoplastic materials with various functional properties under the brand name BIOPLAST. All products made from BIOPLAST grades are 100% biodegradable.

NOVAMONT

NOVAMONT is the world’s leading company in the sector of bioplastics and biochemicals obtained through the integration of chemistry, environment and agriculture. It promotes a new model of bioeconomy in the logic of the circular economy, not only based on efficiency and sustainable use of renewable resources, but also as a factor for territorial regeneration. Its development model starts from local areas and creates integrated biorefineries by converting uncompetitive industrial sites, respecting the specific characteristics and biodiversity of the territories, in partnership with all the stakeholders in the value chain. Under the brand name MATER-BI it produces an innovative family of proprietary bioplastics, which are biodegradable and compostable according to the European standard EN 13432.

BIOBAG

In 2001 Harold Naylor and his colleague Christopher Marsden set up a joint venture to bring BioBags to local authorities across England Wales and Northern Ireland. Part of the BioBag International group, BioBag Ltd’s aim was to develop their successful Norwegian model of using compostable liners and associated products in food waste recycling schemes. By working closely with both the waste collection and the waste treatment industries BioBag Ltd became a highly respected, responsive and trustworthy supplier to public and private sector operators across the waste industry.

FUTAMURA

Futamura is a leading global manufacturer of plastic and cellulosic materials including Cellophane™ films, renewable and compostable NatureFlex™ films, casings and non-wovens. Our films are sold to converters, brand owners and end-users in over 100 countries worldwide. They become part of the packaging, labelling or overwrap solution for some of the world’s best known brands across a wide variety of everyday consumer goods.

 Employing 1,500 people, we have production sites in Japan, USA and UK and operate a network of sales offices, agents and distributors throughout the world. Our experienced sales and technical teams are with our customers every step of the way. Matching products to identified needs, trialling and proving functionality to deliver high performance solutions. We view customer relations as partnerships and endeavour to focus on results that meet and surpass expectations.

VEGWARE

Vegware is the UK’s first and only completely compostable food packaging firm, manufacturing since 2006. We are pioneering the development and manufacture of eco friendly catering disposables and food packaging that can all be recycled along with food waste. Our products are stylish, functional, economic and sustainable. The Vegware range of 250+ compostable products spans cutlery through to tableware, napkins, hot and cold drink cups, and takeaway packaging. We work with a network of distributors across the UK to deliver our range of eco disposables to our clients.

ECOSPRAY

Formed in 1996, Ecospray technology harnesses the power of 100% pure and natural allyl sulphide technology (derived from garlic) and kills nematodes on contact to significantly reduce crop losses and turf damage without leaving harmful residues, making it safe for the operator, crop and consumer. Our  vision is to use our protected, world class biological crop protection technology to transform our target markets, deploying our UK experience to build a profitable business in global markets, thus destroying the myth that natural pest control is inferior to conventional methods.

ECOSAC

Ecosac Ltd is the sole appointed supplier of biodegradable and compostable Ecosacs for the UK and Ireland. Since its foundation in 2002, in excess of 32 million bags, sacks, carrier bags and bin liners for the collection of food waste and green waste have been supplied to Councils, waste management / recycling contractors, companies large and small, community groups and households.

Composting food waste and green waste is an important part of recycling initiatives for councils, food producers, retailers and households. The use of Ecosac® compostable and biodegradable bags, sacks, bin liners and carrier bags for the collection of biowaste for composting is the eco-friendly option. They are manufactured with Mater-Bi® GM-free cornstarch, which is industrial grade, grown on redundant set-aside land and not taken from the food chain, and certified as compostable under EN13432, OK-Compost’ and ‘OK-Home’.

FUCHS

FUCHS is the world’s largest independent lubricants manufacturer.
We manufacture and supply innovative lubricating products and bespoke support packages – providing a complete service to our customers. We have expertise and experience in developing lubricants for a wide variety of applications, including: engine oils, food grade lubricants, agricultural oils, cutting fluids, greases, hydraulic oils and much more. We have a full range of support services to help customers choose the right lubricant for their application and get the most from their lubricants.

Woolcool

Woolcool® aims to unleash the true potential of wool as a bio-material through the application of science, thereby making a significant impact on human health and wellbeing. Woolcool® serves the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Industry. Along with other temperature sensitive medicines, it is used to send life-saving vaccines, insulin and cancer drugs around the world, keeping them in temperature and safe to use on arrival. It is also one of the leading Insulated Packaging solutions of choice within the Online Food Industry in the UK and Europe, supplying a number of large, medium and small online food companies. Woolcool® is used to send fresh chilled foods from raw milk and meat to chocolate and cakes, direct to the customer’s door.

FKuR

As a leading producer of customised bioplastics, FKuR offers a broad range of bio-based and biodegradable resins for a variety of durable and flexible applications. FKuR’s bioplastics have been tested according to recognised national and international standards and are certified by independent institutes. Customers can benefit from a variety of compounds, from our global distribution program as well as our development partnerships.

NATUREWORKS

NatureWorks is an independent company invested in by Cargill and PTT Global Chemical, offering a family of commercially available biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with cost and performance that compete with petroleum-based packaging materials and fibres. The company apply its unique technology to the processing of natural plant sugars to create the proprietary polylactide polymer marketed under the Ingeo brand name.

NatureWorks represents one of the largest efforts ever in green chemistry and biorefinery. Today, with representatives in over 10 countries, NatureWorks does business in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific and works with converters, brandowners and retailers around the world to help introduce innovative eco-friendly products made with Ingeo plastics & fibres.

SOLUTIONS 4 PLASTIC

Established in 2003, Solutions 4 Plastic is a technical consultancy specialising in the biopolymer industry. It provides specialist advice specifically relating to biodegradable, compostable & water soluble plastics, including the design of products & processes, running customer trials and advising on regulations & testing. The company also provides guidance and advice regarding the specification of processing equipment for these new polymers along with suitable processing parameters & operator training.

Solutions 4 Plastic also supplies both raw materials and finished goods in the water soluble (PVOH), biodegradable, compostable, and bio-based plastics.

AQUAPAK

Aquapak Polymers Ltd (“Aquapak”) is a UK manufacturing company with a ground-breaking plastics technology which allows a multi-functional application suite in combination with a variety of end of life solutions, including AD and composting.

The Company effectively started operating in 2010 to exploit some promising technology that had been under development for a number of years, but required substantial additional development work to be turned into a versatile and economic process that could be run at large scale. The operations have been largely out-sourced in early years to adi Electrical Limited, part of the Systems adi Ltd Group, a major provider of a wide range of engineering services based in Birmingham. However, Aquapak has been building up its own operations, running as an increasingly independent entity since 2012 and is in the process of building a purpose-designed manufacturing site in the UK.

Aquapak has developed a ground-breaking specially formulated polymer film, which offers greater functionality than many regular plastics in terms of strength and durability, but is recyclable in an energy efficient way, and has excellent ecological credentials in end-of-life processing. In fact it is recyclable, compostable & anaerobic digestible in all modern industrial forms of waste disposal. Aquapak can therefore make a strong and immediate contribution to changing the way plastics are used in certain global sectors such as food waste, hospital hygiene, electronics and food packaging, as well as in multiple niche applications.

FKuR

Founded in 1983 Snow Business is a local company with a global reach. The world’s leader in winter special effects for the film, TV and visual merchandising industries has grown from a kitchen table operation in Gloucestershire to having a presence in 32 countries around the world and a turnover in excess of £5 million per annum. Our snow products have been seen by billions of people around the globe in movies from Star Wars to James Bond and TV programs from Game of Thrones to Doctor Who. Increasingly and as fast as we can we are phasing out petrochemical products in favour of more ecologically sound alternatives. Much of our snow is now recycled paper packed in PLA plastic and our falling snow (foam) fluid is as far as we know the most environmentally friendly in the world. We are constantly looking for and researching new and alternative products and it’s for this reason we have joined the BBIA.

FKuR

IBioIC (The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre) was established in 2014 to enable the growth of the Industrial Biotechnology industry in Scotland. IBioIC is an industry-led centre that solves industrially relevant problems by utilising the world-leading research capabilities available within the Scottish University system. Our aim is to accelerate and de-risk the development of commercially viable, sustainable solutions for high-value manufacturing in a variety of different sectors such as Chemical Sciences and Life Sciences. IBioIC provides an ecosystem in which IB using and enabling companies can innovate and grow, this is done in a number of ways: by providing access to project funding; developing an industrially relevant skills pipeline; two bespoke equipment centres and a technical consultants network.

MATRICA

Matrìca is a 50:50 joint venture between Versalis (part of ENI, a global leader in the manufacture and marketing of petrochemical products), and Novamont, a company at the forefront of the bio-plastics industry. The purpose of the joint venture is to reconvert the petrochemical facility at Porto Torres into a integrated green chemistry complex to develop a state-of-the-art range of products sourced from vegetable raw materials, using an integrated agricultural production chain.

Starting from selected raw materials with low levels of environmental impact, Matrìca produces a series of innovative intermediates that are deployed in various different industries: bio-plastics, bio-lubricants, home and personal care products, plant protection, additives for the rubber and plastics industry, and food fragrances.