The EU Parliament voted on new legislation aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastic carrier bag

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European Parliament, Strasbourg

Europeans use about 100 million plastic carrier bags every year. Some of these are dropped as litter, ending up in the environment, where long-standing plastics accumulate and harm wildlife. The European Parliament today voted on new EU legislation aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastic carrier bags.

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Bio-based chemicals: Rivertop Renewables has raised $26 million from Cargill and others investors

Missoula, Montana: here is located the headquarter of Rivertop

Missoula, Montana: here is located the headquarter of Rivertop

Rivertop Renewables, a U.S. producer of novel chemicals derived from natural plant sugars, based in Montana, has raised $26 million from Cargill (an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services), First Green Partners (an enterprise focused on commercializing advanced technologies in the carbon value chain) and existing investors.

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From Cologne the European bioindustry calls for a policy that encourages more biochemicals

Maternushaus, venue of the conference

Maternushaus, venue of the conference in Cologne

Three days of interesting debate with regard to the future development of bio-based materials. This was the Seventh International Conference on bio-based materials, organized by the nova-Institut from April 8 to 10 in Cologne. With the presence of some of the major European players – companies, univerties and research centers – the three days in the beautiful German city on the Rhine have been an opportunity to discuss on the progress of research on bio-based materials, the political support to the bio-based economy in Europe and in the member states and what measures are necessary to enable the Old Continent to be competitive in international markets.

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The biopolymers market is expected to generate global revenue of 3.67 billion US dollars by 2018

Novamont's Headquarter in Novara (Italy)

Novamont’s Headquarter in Novara (Italy)

The biopolymers market growing at a compound annual growth rate of 14.5% is expected to generate global revenue of 3,668.6 million US dollars by 2018. It’s what emerges from the new Report on “Biopolymers/Bioplastics Market by Type (Bio PET, Bio PE, PLA, PHA, Bio PBS, Starch Blends, and Regenerated Cellulose), by Application (Packaging, Bottles, Fibers, Agriculture, Automotive, and Others) & by Geography – Trends & Forecasts to 2018″ published by Research and Markets, the Irish company which is the leading source for international market research and market data.

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Scotland aims at playing a leading role in the £360 bln global industrial biotechnology market

John Swinney, Finance Secretary of Scotland

John Swinney, Finance Secretary of Scotland

A new innovation centre for industrial biotechnology is forecast to increase industrial biotechnology-related turnover to up to £3 billion by 2030, create 1500 jobs within five years and put Scotland at the forefront of a global transformation. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council and supported by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the new Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) – hosted at the University of Strathclyde – is a key element of the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology – Towards a Greener, Cleaner 2025. It brings together academic and private sector partners to play a leading role in the potential £360 billion global industrial biotechnology market. Industrial biotechnology is the use of biological substances, systems and processes to produce intermediate and final products such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, materials and energy – both cost-effectively and with minimal adverse environmental impact.

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UN Report: Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies

The UN Building in New York City

The UN Building in New York City

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report last Friday. March 22 was World Water Day in the UN calendar. It urged energy companies to do more to limit use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants to irrigation for crops grown to produce biofuels.

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Bio-based tourism in the Maldives

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Cardia Bioplastics, a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of sustainable resins derived from renewable resources based in Melbourne (Australia), announced the delivery of 60,000 large waste management bags as initial order by Maldives Truly Green, an entrepreneurial start-up venture in the Maldives, dedicated to both the awareness of and fight against environmental degradation of the Maldives. As an initial step towards a greener Maldives, Truly Green offers environmentally friendly products that are made from renewable resources with a lower carbon footprint replacing traditional plastics packaging and waste management products. The Cardia Biohybrid waste management bags will be used throughout Maldives resorts and by the expansive tourism sector, with annual orders of more than 1,000,000 bags expected.

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Lux Research: Biofuel industry is poised for a huge slowdown in capacity growth

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

The 53.2 billion gallon a year (BGY) biofuel industry is poised for a huge slowdown in capacity growth, to a 3.2% annual rate from 2013 to 2017 – reaching 60.4 billion gallons – off from 19.6% annually from 2005 to 2013, according to Lux Research. The sharp decline is on account of a significant industry transition to novel fuels and feedstocks, to enable long-term growth in the face of impediments like the food vs. fuel debate and the imminent blend limits for biodiesel and ethanol. Next-generation biofuels – such as renewable diesel and butanol – that can offer higher blends, in contrast, are not quite mature.

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Exclusive interview with Barbara Secchi, Bridgestone Technical Center Europe: “The tire’s future is bio-based”

Bridgestone trucks. The Japanese company is MotoGP tires supplier

Bridgestone trucks. The Japanese company is MotoGP tires supplier

“The bioeconomy is challenged by the fact that bio-products have to be anyway competitive vs traditional ones, but it can also open new opportunities if we set our minds not (only) to make copies of petroleum products but also to take completely new approaches to the material world”. To say it in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista is Barbara Secchi, Senior expert Bio-materials and EU network at Bridgestone (the world’s largest tire and rubber company) Technical Center Europe based in Rome. With Mrs Secchi we talk about bioeconomy and the bio-based future of the tire’s industry, “possibly using biomass that is not competing with food (2nd generation biomass)”.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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The American Chemistry Council creates a new Biobased Chemistry Network

The American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) – focused on anticipating and preventing accidents, as well as on educating the public about how to use chemical products safely – created a new Biobased Chemistry Network to help educate policymakers on how to develop workable regulatory programs for the growing biobased chemistry industry. Global sales of this segment range from $13.5 billion to $20 billion, with the US accounting for approximately 20 percent of those sales, or $2.7 billion to $4 billion.

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