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Issue 02/2017

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News daily upated news at European Parliament recognises the contributions of bioplastics to a circular economy European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomes the positive outcome of the European Parliament’s plenary vote ton March 14 th on the waste legislation proposal concerning the EU Circular Economy Package. The vote of the Members of Parliament recognises the contributions of bioplastics to the EU circular economy. The plenary’s vote on amendments of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive encourages Member States to support the use of biobased materials for the production of packaging and to improve market conditions for such materials and products. “This vote is an important milestone in strengthening the link between the circular economy and the bioeconomy in Europe. Biobased and recycled materials are starting to be equally recognised as a viable solution to make packaging more sustainable and reduce our dependency on finite fossil resources”, says François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP. In line with its ambitious goals to increase recycling targets and waste management efficiency, the Plenary also voted for amendments of the Waste Framework Directive that support a definition of recycling that includes organic recycling. A separate collection of bio-waste will be ensured across Europe facilitated by certified collection tools such as compostable bio-waste bags. In addition, the MEPs have voted to exclude mechanically or organically recyclable waste from landfills. “This will provide an important boost to the secondary resource market within the EU. Bio-based mechanically or organically recyclable plastics support circular thinking by lowering carbon emissions, helping to reach recycling quotas and keep valuable secondary raw materials and renewable carbon in the loop”, says de Bie. The vote sends a clear signal that re-use and recycling remain of paramount priority in the pursuit of an EU circular economy while at the same time strengthening the biobased economy in order to replace fossil resources and to drive the transition to a low-carbon, biobased economy. EUBP looks forward to continuing the dialogue on the upcoming negotiations in the European Commission and the Council of the European Union and will work closely with European institutions and relevant stakeholders to build a coherent and comprehensive framework for a circular bioeconomy in Europe. MT Total Corbion PLA formally starts up operations Total Corbion PLA has announced the official launch of its operations to produce and market PLA polymers. PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. As announced by parent companies Total and Corbion last November, the new company is a 50/50 joint venture headquartered in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. Total Corbion PLA’s world-class PLA polymerization plant, with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year, is currently under construction at Corbion’s site in Thailand. The plant start-up is planned for the second half of 2018 and will produce a full range of Luminy ® PLA neat resins: from standard PLA to specialty, high heat resistant PLA. François de Bie, Total Corbion PLA’s Senior Marketing Director, noted that the start-up of operations marked an important milestone for PLA. “Our commercial and technical teams are delighted to have two strong parent companies supporting the future of bioplastics,” he said. Corbion’s existing lactide plant has been transferred into Total Corbion PLA, as well as the existing Corbion bioplastics commercial and technical teams, who will continue to market lactide and PLA resins and support current and future customers. “In the fast-growing bioplastics arena, our new company is committed to supplying a versatile and innovative material that is both biobased and biodegradable, bringing added value to customers and contributing to a more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations,” said the newly appointed CEO of Total Corbion PLA, Stéphane Dion. Biodegradable and industrially compostable, PLA is one of the first renewable polymers able to compete with comparable existing polymers, combining unique functional properties like transparency, gloss and stiffness. PLA is currently used in a broad range of markets, including food packaging, single-use tableware, textiles, oil and gas, electronics, automotive and 3D printing. The PLA market is projected to exhibit an estimated annual growth rate of 10 to 15% through 2025. KL/MT 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/17] Vol. 12

News Three-way alliance commits to making 100% biobased bottles happen Danone, Nestlé Waters and a start-up called Origin Materials have launched an initiative to develop 100% biobased PET bottles. Called the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, the companies hope to accelerate development by teaming up. The NaturALL Bottle Alliance, made up of the world’s two largest bottled water companies and a young California start-up specialized in the development of lignocellulosic-based bio-intermediates, was formed to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made from 100% biobased material. The feedstocks to be used in the project are derived from nonfood or -feed crop related biomass, such as previously used cardboard and sawdust. The technology, which the Alliance aims to make available to the entire food and beverage industry, represents a scientific breakthrough for the sector. For decades, both Nestlé Waters and Danone have been committed to sustainable business practices, notably by continuously improving their environmental performances and promoting the development of a circular economy. A large part of these efforts has focused on developing innovative packaging solutions that are recyclable and made with renewable resources, as well as the promotion of recycling. After identifying the unique approach of Origin Materials separately, the two companies decided to team up to accelerate development of this promising technology. “Our goal is to establish a circular economy for packaging by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics,” declared Frederic Jouin, head of R&D for plastic materials at Danone. “We believe it’s possible to replace traditional fossil materials with biobased packaging materials. By teaming up and bringing together our complementary expertise and resources, the Alliance can move faster in developing 100% renewable and recyclable PET plastic at commercial scale.” Danone and Nestlé Waters are providing expertise and teams, as well as financial support, to help Origin Materials make this technology available to the entire food and beverage industry in record time. This next-generation PET will be as light in weight, transparent, recyclable and protective of the product as today’s PET, while being better for the planet. The exclusive use of renewable feedstocks which do not divert resources or land from food production is the Alliance’s main focus area. The R&D will focus initially on cardboard, sawdust and wood chips but other biomass materials, such as rice hulls, straw and agricultural residue could be explored. “Current technology on the market makes it possible to have 30% bio-PET,” said John Bissell, Chief Executive Officer of Origin Materials. “Our breakthrough technology aims to reach 100% bio-based bottles at commercial scale. With the help of our Alliance partners, Origin Materials will be able to scale up a technology which has already been proven at the pilot level.” The NaturALL Bottle Alliance partners consider that everyone should benefit from this new material, so the technology will be accessible for the entire beverage industry. This unique approach demonstrates the allies’ commitment to open innovation and sustainable business. “It’s incredible to think that, in the near future, the industry will be able to use a renewably sourced packaging material, which does not compete with food production and contributes to a better planet,” commented Klaus Hartwig, Head of R&D for Nestlé Waters. “It therefore made perfect sense for us to join forces through this Alliance to develop this innovative technology in a large scale and in the shortest time period possible. This is an exciting journey and we are proud to be part of it.” Origin Materials has already produced samples of 80% biobased PET in its pilot plant in Sacramento. Construction of a pioneer plant will begin in 2017, with production of the first samples of 60+% biobased PET to start in 2018. The initial volume goal for this first step is to bring 5,000 tonnes of biobased PET to the market. Thanks to their complementary skills and shared vision, the NaturALL Bottle Alliance aims to develop the process for producing at least 75% biobased PET plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as in 2020, scaling up to 95% in 2022. The partners will continue to conduct research to increase the level of bio-based content, with the objective of reaching 100%. KL/MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/17] Vol. 12 7

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