Since its foundation in 2015, the BBIA has been working to modernise UK Government policy towards recognising the importance of the bioeconomy as an instrument to creating new industries at the forefront of environmental sustainability. With our widely available feedstocks from agricultural sources, both with dedicated crops and wastes; world leading research and Universities; access to financial markets; and a legal system that is the envy of many, the UK is uniquely poised to take advantage of the development of industrial biotechnologies to create new materials and products. These can substitute in part materials and products made with fossil fuels, therefore giving climate benefits both in the production phases and in end of life scenarios, as well as avoiding imports and creating employment here in the UK.
Technology allows us today to: take starches and sugars to make compostable plastics; to grow sugars to make biolubricants for machinery and engines; to package products requiring thermal insulation (medicines, foodstuffs) with wool rather than synthetic materials that cannot be recycled; and to use those same feedstocks for cosmetics, surfactants, in the pharma industry and in industrial uses where bio-based chemicals can be the building blocks of modern chemistry.
The 2018 publication of the UK Bioeconomy Strategy, which you can find below, recognises the potential of the sector. The role of the BBIA, through its reports and responses to government consultations, is to transform that potential into reality.
In this section of the website, policy documents issued by BBIA and others can be found alongside the many reports and studies issued by third parties that we believe are relevant to the bioeconomy.