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Info: In focus - Biodegradation and composting of bio-based plastics

In focus: Biodegradation and composting of bio-based plastics

What are the standards? Which bio-based plastics are suitable for which environment? Which applications make sense? Which strongly different regulations and laws exist in different countries? Twelve recognised experts from Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Turkey and the USA bring you up to date with the latest and most comprehensive information.

The session is part of the 12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 15–16 May 2019, Cologne (more information below).

Bruno de Wilde, OWS (BE)Biodegradation, one Principle, many Nuances: Overview and Latest Developments
Michael Carus, nova-Institut (DE)For Which Applications do we need Biodegradation as an End-Of-Life Solution?
Carmen Michels, FKuR (DE)Circular Economy: Closing the Loop with Bioplastics
Stefano Facco, Novamont (IT)Positioning of Compostable Polymers within SUP and ECHA, special Outlook on Southern Europe - Abstract here
Meryem Top, Sunar Misir (TR)TPS and Plastics Industry in Turkey
Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)PHA-Platform – the Global Organization for PHA: GO!PHA
Phil van Trump, Danimer (US)Nodax ™ PHA: Technology Updates & the Road to Commercialisation
Fabien Resweber, PTTMCC Biochem Company (TH)BioPBS, Renewable Carbon Based Polyester for Efficient Management of Plastic Packaging End-of-life - Abstract here
Elisabeth Stanger, Lenzing (AT)Circular economy – Sustainable Solutions from Biorefinery Products and from Cellulosic Fibers
Gerhard Maier, Polymaterials (DE)How to Make the Best of PLA and PBS: Optimising Bio-Based Blends and Compounds with High Throughput Screening and Predictive Models - Abstract here
Albrecht Läufer, BluCon Biotech (DE/CN)2nd Generation Lactic Acid – Fermentation of Cellulosic Substrates by Caldicellulosiruptor sp.Abstract here

Martien van den Oever, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (NL) & Luana Ladu, TU Berlin (DE)Improved Standards and Regulations to Support Bio-based Industry (European Project STAR4BBI) - Abstract here

Final programme and workshops

12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 15–16 May 2019, Maternushaus, Cologne

The conference is one of the largest conferences and industry meeting points in Europe on bio-based chemicals, polymers and plastics. This year, for the first time, we are expanding the program to include fine chemicals for food ingredients, flavours, body care, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The topic of this years conference is “Evolution of the Bioeconomy: Survival of the Fittest? Learning from Success”. Despite the harsh environment, a few innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the technology leaders our planet needs for a sustainable future. This year in close cooperation with CLIB we expect more than 200 participants and 30 exhibitors, mainly from industry. The Bio-based Material Conference is a well-established meeting point for companies working in the field of bio-based chemicals and materials.


  • Bruno de Wilde, OWS (BE): “Biodegradable plastics have been presented as part of the plastic pollution problem and as solution. As often, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Exact information and nuancing is absolutely necessary.”
  • Stefano Facco, Novamont (IT): “SUP, new opportunities for compostable catering products”
  • Gerhard Maier, Polymaterials (DE): „Combining design of experiments, high throughput screening, and predictive models for compound development in plastics is like using jackhammers and blasting instead of pick and shovel for morning.“
  • Fabien Resweber, PTTMCC Biochem Company (TH): „BioPBS, commercially available bio-based polybutylene succinate, is now accelerating development of bio-based and home compostable solution for the market.“
  • Martien van den Oever, Wageningen UR (NL): "Can we harmonize all bio-based product chains in view of regulations and standards? Value chains in the bio-based economy face similar but also different future challenges when it comes to regulations, codes and standards."

Six nominated companies of the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”

The established innovation award Bio-based Material of the Year” will once again be granted to novel, innovative and trendsetting bio-based materials and products. The target of the award is to bring new developments, launched in 2018 or to be launched in 2019, into the spotlight. The award is given by nova-Institute and sponsored by InfraServ Knapsack.

Call for posters

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