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4Aug, 2016

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

August 4th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

3Aug, 2016

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

August 3rd, 2016|Categories: 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, two weeks after the department was created in Theresa May's reshuffle of government. [...]

1Aug, 2016

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

August 1st, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

28Jul, 2016

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

July 28th, 2016|Categories: 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, [...]

18Jul, 2016

BBIA urges Defra to undertake soil quality consultation

July 18th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

18Jul, 2016

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

July 18th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

15Jul, 2016

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

July 15th, 2016|Categories: 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, [...]

11Jul, 2016

Opportunities to advance the UK Bioeconomy in the Construction sector

July 11th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

8Jul, 2016

Novamont agrees deal to develop renewable bags for fruits and vegetables

July 8th, 2016|Categories: 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, [...]

6Jul, 2016

IBioIC announces establishment of doctoral training centre

July 6th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

29Jun, 2016

EIB adds to lending money available from Funding Circle

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to lend £100 million through Funding Circle, a business financing company that has facilitated more than £1.25 billion of loans to 16,000 businesses in the UK since its launch in [...]

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Innovative materials announced for 2017 bio-based award

Six materials, including a bioplastic composite paper, a wetsuit made from natural rubber, and packaging and disposable tableware made from up-cycled agricultural residuals have been announced as the finalists for the nova-Institute’s ‘Bio-Based [...]

April 10th, 2017|Categories: News from the web|

Belfast Council bans food waste to landfill

Belfast County Council has announced plans to ban food waste to landfill in a move that could save £800,000 a year. The new measures aim to reduce the amount of food waste put [...]

April 10th, 2017|Categories: News from the web|

Huge plastic waste footprint revealed

Soft drinks makers admit more needs to be done to stop people discarding single-use plastic bottles. Their UK trade body says it will work with government to reduce the number of bottles [...]

March 16th, 2017|Categories: News from the web|

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

As the coffee cup recycling debate continues to grab national headlines, a new eco-innovation has launched which could set a new standard for another key circular economy conundrum: non-biodegradable coffee capsules. Start-up firm [...]

March 8th, 2017|Categories: News from the web|

Only 14 per cent of plastics are recycled – Can tech innovation tackle the rest?

The world recycles just 14 per cent of the plastic packaging it uses. Even worse: 8 million tonnes of plastic, much of it packaging, ends up in the oceans each year, where sea life and [...]

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: News from the web|

Celebrity backing as UN declares war on plastic waste in the oceans

UN Environment (UNEP) launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter yesterday, including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. UN Environment [...]

February 27th, 2017|Categories: News from the web|