The latest research*eu RESULTS PACK– a collection of articles on EU-funded projects dedicated to a specific field of scientific research – is now available in free, accessible PDF. This brochure highlights eight projects that are making important scientific and innovative contributions to the bioplastics industry.
The EU, through its Circular Economy (CE Action Plan), is dedicated to stimulating Europe’s transition to a circular economy that will boost competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and result in the creation of new jobs. As a major source of growth and jobs, the European plastics industry must also be included in this transition – for this purpose, the European Commission is due to adopt a new strategy on plastics as part of the CE Action Plan by the end of 2017.
Bioplastics can play an important role in this transition. Encompassing a whole family of materials with different properties and applications, bioplastics can be made from renewable resources such as crops and wood, or from waste streams such as the residues of food processing.
With the emergence of more sophisticated materials, applications, and products, the global market is already growing by about 20 to 100 % per year. By 2021, it is expected that Europe will possess around a quarter of the world’s bioplastics production capacity.
This brochure highlights eight projects that were funded through the EU’s FP7 programme and with the EU’s successor programme to FP7, Horizon 2020, Europe is determined to continue cementing itself as a leading global player in bioplastics manufacturing and innovation to ensure that bioplastics become truly sustainable material of the twenty-first century.
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Source: Based on information from the Bioplastics Results Pack brochure