Austria’s National Council passed a law on 2 July banning the sale of plastic bags as of 2021. Biodegradable plastic bags made from sustainable raw materials are exempted, as well as the ultra-thin bags used to bag fruits and vegetables in supermarkets – as long as they are compostable. Former Austrian Environment Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, who drafted the [...]
BBIA MD David Newman participated at the COP21 conference in Paris to help lobby in favour of increased consideration and funding for waste management projects, especially in developing countries. Clearly the need to reduce organics destined to landfill is a obligatory response to methane emissions and their capture, or reduction, significantly contributes to emissions reductions. [...]
BBIA Managing Director David Newman gives a brief summary of the 2015 Spending Review. George Osborne's Spending Review on 25 November came and went, and I get the feeling everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief. At least we now know what the government’s cuts through to 2020 are going to be and now we [...]
The Circular Economy Package was presented by the European Commission (EC) on 2 December and by now you will all have read its content and a thousand comments from all industrial sectors. BBIA participated in the EC’s consultation on the Package, giving its views on how bioeconomy and circular economy are inextricably linked. The package [...]
On 1 December, during a written questions and answer session, MP Mark Durkan of Foyle in Northern Ireland asked the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Science (BIS) whether he was aware of the CEBR report produced for BBIA on bioplastics and what he was intending to do about it. The transcript of the [...]
BBIA has been present at several events in the past month. See below for reports from Managing Director David Newman on two such events.
The BBIA will be hosting a workshop designed to bring together those working in the bioeconomy sector in the UK: companies, research institutes, associations, consultants and start-ups.
The BBIA has presented its views on the Circular Economy consultation to the European Commission.
When we started talking a year ago about opening a UK association to represent bio-based and biodegradable producing and converting companies, I had just about finished a long series of activities in the organic waste business and as part of a team that had successfully worked to get Italian and then EU legislation through to reduce plastic bag consumption. It had been a thrilling ride, and crowned with personal satisfaction too.
Since its establishment in June 2015 the BBIA has immediately engaged with policy makers.