Bio-based polymers – highway or dirt road towards a European bioindustry? FREE webinar!
Bio-based polymers are one of five business cases analyzed in the framework of BIO-TIC, an EU project which has set itself the ambitious task of identifying hurdles to industrial biotechnology in Europe and finding ways to overcome them.
The FREE webinar took place on 17 March 2015 at 1pm CET
This webinar introduced the BIO-TIC roadmaps on R&D, non-technological and market related aspects of the use of industrial biotechnology in the European bio-based polymers sector.
The supplier perspective was given by our guest speaker, Dr. Joachim Schulze, Head of Biotechnology at ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions who run a PLA demonstration plant in Leuna, Germany. Dr. Schulze presented his views on the future of the PLA value chain and evolution of the PLA business in general.
The BIO-TIC consortium is keen to get your feedback on the roadmaps and hear your comments about the webinar. Download the webinar slides here:
- BIO-TIC market roadmap – bioplastics
- BIO-TIC technological roadmap – bioplastics
- ThyssenKrupp presentation – Dr. Joachim Schulze
Feel free to drop us an e-mail at email@example.com
Today, bio-based plastics have an established market and are rapidly growing both in Europe and on a global scale. Between 2008 and 2013, bio-based plastics showed a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20 % in the EU. In 2013, Europe was both the largest bio-based plastics consumer and producer, supplying one third of the global bio-based plastics output.
Concerns about plastic waste problems, GHG emissions and oil price fluctuation are pushing public sectors, businesses, as well as households towards more sustainable alternatives to conventional plastics. Bio-based plastics are a heterogeneous group consisting of:
- Biodegradable and/or compostable bio-based polymers (e.g. PLA and PHAs)
- Non-biodegradable bio-based polymers (e.g. bio-based PE, partially bio-based PET and PTT) and thermosets (e.g. partially bio-based polyurethanes and epoxies)
With the drop in fossil prices, the cost-competitiveness of EU bio-based plastics production compared to other regions is expected to become increasingly difficult. On top of this, several other hurdles are impeding the development of the bio-plastics industry in the EU. These include:
- lack of government support for bio-based plastics
- difficulties in translating research into concrete products
- lack of public awareness of bio-based plastics and their benefits
- further technology development required in some sectors to improve functionality