About bioplastics in Europe
Bioplastics made from renewable (non-fossil) raw materials have multiple advantages, such as a lower carbon footprint than traditional plastics and reducing dependency on fossil fuels.
As a world leader in the bio-based economy, Europe has the opportunity to become the leader in bioplastic technology, production, application and use. In July 2010 the European Bioplastics Association stated that by 2020 at least 5% of Europe’s plastic needs could be met through bioplastics. This would constitute a tenfold increase of bioplastics’ share of this quickly growing market in 2010. Longer term bioplastics have the potential to take a much higher share in the total plastic market.
In November 2011, the European Commission will present its bio-economy strategy and action plan for the coming years, which will set out a series of policies and recommendations that will directly influence the growth and take-up of bioplastics in Europe and beyond in the next decade. This makes this strategy the biggest opportunity to date for bioplastics to be recognised as a key example of the developing biobased economy. Solid targets for bioplastics can become a deliverable objective of the EU’s “Europe 2020 strategy”. The ‘Value chain’ for bio-plastics refers to all the activities and services that bring bioplastics from conception to end use in a particular industry—from raw material supply to production, processing, wholesale, retail
and finally disposal. It is so called because value is being added to the product at each step. This implies that at each step a potential economic and social contribution is made and this potential contribution is highly dependent on the regulatory environment. Taking a ‘value chain approach’ to economic and social development means addressing the major constraints and opportunities faced by businesses at multiple levels of the value chain and addressing them in a manner that brings mutual benefit.
When it comes to bio-plastics, the following types of industry players can be considered
to belong to the value chain:
- Bioplastics Manufacturers and Auxiliaries;
- Plastic Converters;
- Renewable Raw Materials and Intermediates RRM;
- Plastic Products and Distribution;
- Industrial End Users (Retailers and Brand Owners);
- Waste Management and Recyclers;
- Research and Consulting;
- Framework and Machinery, Engineering and Equipment manufacturers.
Meeting in The Hague
Following a walking lunch for all participants and an introduction from Ms. Corbey, Mr. Roel Bol, Programme Director for the Bio-Based Economy at the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, will provide an update on the current developments in the Netherlands on the Bio-economy and the need for the value-chain approach. This will be followed by a contribution from the Chairman of the European Bioplastics Association on pan-European developments.
The meeting is designed to provide ample opportunity for open discussion amongst the participants and to further discuss the Dutch Bioplastics Value Chain Vision Paper (attached) as a basis for future actions on bioplastics in The Netherlands and Europe. Further details of the meeting’s agenda are below.
Source: Dutch Bioplastics Value Chain Vision Paper