European Bioplastics, the association of the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomes the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, presented by research commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
“The strategy is a good start, but more specific actions to support biobased industries in Europe are needed”, said European Bioplastics chairman Andy Sweetman.
“We support the EU in setting up a fundamental strategy to support the growth of the biobased industries in Europe. But we had hoped for more specific measures for bioplastics to be integrated into the strategy, like those developed by the EU Lead Market Advisory Group for biobased products. The bioplastics industry is technologically well developed and can demonstrate a wide range of mature applications already today. What we need are strong measures to support the market development of bioplastics products.”
The new EU Strategy entitled Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe is targeting to drive the transition from a fossil-based economy to a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe. It focuses on measures to boost research and innovation to develop new biobased technologies.
The priority recommendations of the Lead Market Initiative for biobased products were developed by an advisory group composed of representatives from national governments, industry and academia. They contain measures on market access, feedstock supply, public procurement and consumer communications.
Hear an interview with European Bioplastics chairman Andy Sweetman here
Source: European Bioplastics
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