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4 Feb, 2019

Scottish Government announces new plan for biotechnology

By |2019-02-04T12:07:47+00:00February 4th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

The Scottish Government has released its National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology, which sets out its vision to achieve a mature bioeconomy by 2025. Published on 31 January 2019, the new national plan hopes to further embed circular economy thinking in Scotland's manufacturing sector, aiming to increase the number of companies active in industrial biotechnology to [...]

31 Jan, 2019

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Cities and Circular Food report

By |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 31st, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched its new report, Cities and Circular Economy for Food, on 24 January at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The report highlights the enormous environmental and health damages caused by the linear nature of how we produce food and manage waste and by-products. The findings brings to light how [...]

23 Jan, 2019

Vegware expands composting collection service

By |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Compostable catering disposables manufacturer and BBIA member Vegware has extended its composting collection service to Bristol, allowing the city's food businesses to 'close the loop'. Vegware's Close the Loop trade collections service sees used compostable disposables collected from food businesses to be turned into compost for use in UK fields. Additionally, Vegware also runs a [...]

23 Jan, 2019

Ocean plastic solutions funding accelerator

By |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Up to £2 million of funding has been made available by Innovate UK to help fund solutions to the issue of ocean plastics in a new investment accelerator. The funding is available to support business-led innovation that will help develop solutions to the environmental crisis caused by plastic pollution in the world's oceans. The competition [...]

16 Jan, 2019

Innovation Biocamp for bio-based SMEs

By |2019-01-16T11:53:16+00:00January 16th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

BioVale will be running an Innovation Biocamp for start-up bio-based businesses in the Netherlands. The BioBase4SME project will be providing small businesses working in the bioeconomy with €7,000-worth of specialist training fully funded by the project at its Biocamp in Bovendonk, the Netherlands, across 5-10 May 2019. The Biocamp is free of charge and applications [...]

3 Jan, 2019

Co-op progress on compostable bags use

By |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

UK supermarket Co-op announced in October that it would be offering new compostable bags at more than 1,000 of its stores nationwide in a bid to cut single-use plastics use. The retailer has joined forces with BBIA member Novamont to use the Italian company's Mater-Bi bioplastic in the plastic bags given out by the supermarket. [...]

7 Dec, 2018

Bioeconomy Strategy released

By |2018-12-07T14:01:44+00:00December 7th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The UK Government has released its Bioeconomy Strategy, which outlines how the UK can become a world-leader in the bioeconomy by 2030. The strategy, released on 5 December, seeks to double the value of the bioeconomy to the UK economy from £220 billion to £440 billion and create a fertile policy environment conducive to the [...]

4 Dec, 2018

BBIA Managing Director David Newman speaks at Drowning in Plastics panel event

By |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00December 4th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman featured in a panel debate on the plastics crisis hosted by BBC science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin at the Royal Geographic Society in London on 29 November. The event explored the obstacles in the way of tackling the plastics crisis and what needs to be done to reduce its detrimental [...]

30 Nov, 2018

Bioeconomy tour of northern Italy

By |2019-04-05T14:53:14+00:00November 30th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Cré (Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland), in partnership with Organics Recycling Group of the Renewable Energy Association and the BBIA has put together a bioeconomy study tour in Milan and the Veneto region of Italy to visit: Food waste collections systems in Milan A composting/biogas plant Novamont’s headquarters and research laboratories SESA’s integrated [...]

21 Nov, 2018

BBIA joins the Food Waste Coalition and writes to Environment Secretary Michael Gove

By |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00November 21st, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The BBIA has joined the Food Waste Coalition and submitted a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove, calling on the government to 'fast track universal food waste collections'. The Food Waste Coalition has brought together more than 40 companies, organisations and local authorities – including Iceland, Ecosurety, Greenpeace, the Confederation of Paper Industries, Wigan Council, [...]