European Bioplastics e.V.
Welcome to European Bioplastics, the association representing the interests of the thriving bioplastics industry in Europe. We encourage you to have a look around on our website, learn more about the opportunities and benefits of bioplastics and their contributions to a resource efficient and sustainable future, and discover what makes our industry grow at a rate of more than 20 percent per year. We at European Bioplastics are committed to driving the evolution of plastics by raising awareness across all relevant stakeholder groups about the benefits of bioplastics in reducing our dependency on fossil resources, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and using renewable resources more efficiently.
European Bioplastics is uniquely placed in the industry with an extensive network of businesses, partners, and experts in the bioplastics sector across Europe and beyond. Our annual European Bioplastics Conference is the leading business and networking event for the entire industry.
Our vision is that bioplastics drive the evolution of plastics and contribute significantly to a sustainable society.
We aim to align the bioplastics value chain and work in partnership with various stakeholders towards a favourable landscape enabling the bioplastics market to grow. This includes serving as a knowledge partner for key target audiences and supporting the sustainable and innovative technological development, and market introduction, of bioplastics.
Striving to satisfy the societal demand for sustainable products and solutions in the plastics markets, European Bioplastics supports the market introduction of disposable, semi-durable and durable bioplastic products by creating favourable technical, technological and regulatory framework conditions.
European Bioplastics aspires to be a knowledge partner as pertains to the entire value chain of bioplastics. Our members are located all over the globe and are engaged in the European market. They rely on European Bioplastics as a platform
- to gain knowledge about the industry as a whole
- to represent their business interests
- to connect to others in the bioplastics value chain
- for a dynamic and open stakeholder dialogue regarding overarching issues.
As a partner to all interested stakeholders, from decision-makers to consumers, European Bioplastics seeks to inform others about the bioplastics industry as a whole, its sophisticated products, and their specific and unique societal benefits.
- supports and promotes technological innovation of bioplastics to improve the balance between environmental benefits and environmental impact.
- supports the sustainable growing of biomass crops for the production of biobased plastics.
- promotes efficient recovery, re-use and recycling systems
- supports standards, certifications and guidelines for transparent claims about bioplastics.
European Bioplastics closely monitors, discusses and contributes to relevant EU legislation concerning the European bioplastics industry.
In order to accomodate the information needs of stakeholders, members and everyone interested in bioplastics, European Bioplastics has developed a comprehensive communications plan, ranging from newsletters, fact sheets, and position papers, to regular twitter updates.
For our members, we serve as a platform to gain general industry knowledge, support business interests, connect with others in the bioplastics value chain, and discuss topics of crucial importance to the bioplastics sector with other stakeholders.
For consumers and legislators interested in bioplastics, we are happy to act as an authoritative source of information on bioplastic products and their unique benefits which are an important asset on society’s route to sustainability.
Sustainability is, after all, one of the major society’s needs. This is why we support the technological innovation of bioplastics – to reduce environmental impact. Promoting the use of renewable raw materials, efficient recovery and recycling systems, as well as supporting standards and certifications for transparent claims about bioplastics, is an integral part of our daily work.
In addition to our day-to-day activities, we take part in major industry events and organise the leading conference format “European Bioplastics Conference” in Berlin, Germany. At the annual conference, our members and all visitors are offered the opportunity to meet with experts, industry, media and policy-makers to network and discuss issues that affect the bioplastics industry as a whole.
European Bioplastics is a European association, located and registered in Berlin, Germany. It is headed by a non-executive Board consisting of representatives of member companies. The Board is elected every two years by the members’ General Assembly. The Board determines the strategic direction of day-to-day operations at European Bioplastics. The General Assembly establishes fundamental objectives and the Board is responsible for their implementation and the drafting of the association’s strategy. On the executive level, Mr Hasso von Pogrell serves as Managing Director of European Bioplastics and Ms Kristy-Barbara Lange as Deputy Managing Director/Head of Communications of European Bioplastics.
The Board of European Bioplastics (from left to right): Christophe Rupp-Dahlem (Roquette), François de Bie (Corbion), Henri Colens (Braskem), Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks), Stefano Facco (Novamont), Peter Brunk (BIOTEC), and Michael von Ketteler (BASF SE). © European Bioplastics
Experts from member companies actively participate in working groups in order to share knowledge in a focussed and interest bound way, and to prepare the internal decision-making and knowledge management process of the association. The two main segments of the bioplastics industry – biobased and biodegradable plastics – are represented in two standing working groups: the Working Group Biodegradables and the Working Group Biobased.
The Working Group Biobased is open to members who value biobased content as a key value proposition of their products. The group focuses on issues related to the biobased content of bioplastics only, e.g. sustainable sourcing, feedstock supply and ongoing biobased standardisation.
The Working Group Biodegradables is open to members who value biodegradability and compostability as a key value proposition of their products. The group focuses on topics related to the biodegradability/compostability of bioplastics only, e.g. communication on the EN 13432 or biodegradation outside industrial composting facilities.
Additionally, there are other working groups on important issues such as communications and the EU policy framework. The Working Group Regulatory Affairs deals with current and future developments in relevant EU legislation, covering the entire range of issues and concerns particular to our industry.