The BBIA shares information about the role of the bioeconomy and the opportunities that arise from using biodegradable products. Our conferences bring together experts in the field to share knowledge and expertise in order to advance the bioeconomy.

Previous events

Everything is Connected – BBIA annual conference

This event took place on 25 February 2020 at Regent’s University in London and addressed the future of the resources and waste industry over the next 20 years as the Resources and Waste Strategy and the government’s 2050 net-zero carbon target promise big changes for the sector. Speakers from across the industry discussed issues such as waste, packaging, consumer behaviour, the bioeconomy and the circular economy with a mix of presentations and panel discussions.

Powerpoint presentations from the conference are available below by clicking on the presentation titles.

Introduction and welcome

Session one – POLICIES

Setting the scene – Peter Jones, Principal Consultant, Eunomia research and consulting.

The Policy Panel: Defra (Tom Pye, Linda Crichton), BEIS (Jo Bray), The Treasury (Alex Hattersley), BBIA (John Williams).


Challenges around reforming the waste sector – Felix Gummer, Director, Sancroft International

The Waste Management Panel: Suez (Adam Read), ESA (Jacob Hayler), Viridor (Dan Cooke), CIWM (Pat Jennings), BBIA (Tony Breton)


How to get buy-in from consumers – Jane Bevis, Chair, OPRL

The Materials Recovery Panel: RECOUP (Stuart Foster), CPI (Simon Weston), WRAP (Helen Bird), BBIA (Paul Mines)


Inputs and outputs for biowaste recovery – Kathryn Nichols and Judy Proctor, Environment Agency

The Organics Recovery Panel: ADBA (Charlotte Morton), ORG/REA (Charlie Trousdell, Jeremy Jacobs), BBIA (Jens Hamprecht), COOP (Iain Ferguson)

Session 5 – PACKAGING

Tying it all up – financing the transition with EPR – Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist, WWF

The Packaging Panel: Defra (Linda Crichton), Ecosurety (Robbie Staniforth), LARAC (Lee Marshall), BBIA (Jean-Marc Nony)

Concluding remarks

David Newman, BBIA Managing Director

The future of compostables in packaging

This event took place on 19 June 2019 at Regent’s University in London and looked at the opportunities and challenges for incorporating compostable materials into packaging. Speakers from across the industry explored recently published reports on the role of compostables in packaging and the bioeconomy, how the industry is adapting to the challenges of the collection and treatment of compostable packaging, and how to develop policy for compostables in packaging fit for the 21st century. BBIA members also made short presentations on their products and activities.

Powerpoint presentations from the conference are available below by clicking on the presentation titles.

Session one

Future of Compostable Packaging

Everything is Connected: Resource and waste management – a blueprint for a circular bioeconomy

This event took place on 15 November at the Society of Chemical Industry in London and addressed how climate change, soil and water quality, biodiversity loss, food production and waste, packaging and packaging waste, energy policies and health, are inextricably linked, and how cross-sector solutions are needed to provide a coherent framework for action in these areas.

Powerpoint presentations from the conference are available below by clicking on the presentation titles.

Session oneThe Big Picture

Waste and resources: Circles, spirals, lines – Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia Research and Consulting

Soil, the food chain, food waste and climate change – Stephanie Draper, Chief Change Officer, Forum for the Future, Sustainable Soil Alliance

Food, crop protection, health and soil: How biotechnologies will supply us with healthier food – Jennifer Lewis, Head of Innovation and Development CERTIS Europe

Bioeconomy, circular economy, pollution abatement, soil and water – Steven Pritchard, Product Safety Compliance Officer, Fuchs Lubricants UK

Session twoTowards a blueprint for a resource efficient economy

Why we should turn off the plastic tap – Sian Sutherland, Co-founder, A Plastics Planet