11 Jul, 2019

Austria to ban sale of plastic bags from 2021

By |2019-07-11T09:50:44+00:00July 11th, 2019|Newsletter|Comments Off on Austria to ban sale of plastic bags from 2021

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 [...]

15 Dec, 2015

Report from COP21

By |2019-05-08T10:01:39+00:00December 15th, 2015|Newsletter December|0 Comments

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. [...]

10 Dec, 2015

The Spending Review

By |2019-05-08T10:01:39+00:00December 10th, 2015|Newsletter December|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 Dec, 2015

The Circular Economy Package

By |2015-12-15T10:07:44+00:00December 10th, 2015|Newsletter December|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 Dec, 2015

BBIA Policy Activities Update – December

By |2015-12-15T10:08:05+00:00December 10th, 2015|Newsletter December|0 Comments

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 [...]

19 Aug, 2015

David Newman: thoughts from the MD on our focus and objectives

By |2019-05-08T10:01:43+00:00August 19th, 2015|Newsletter, Newsletter Issue 1|0 Comments

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.