Impossible to decouple bioplastics from biofuels – analyst

07 November 2012 10:42  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--It is not possible to decouple bioplastics from biofuels in the eyes of European consumers, due to how emotionally-charged the issue of fuel crops has become, a sustainability analyst said on Wednesday.

According to Michael Spielmann, a senior manager at sustainability consultancy PE International, the fact that both industries derive their feedstocks from biomass and cellulosic crops means that it may not be possible for the bioplastics sector to distance itself from biofuels in the eyes of the public.

Speaking at the European Bioplastics annual conference, Spielmann said: “Consumers are getting more and more interested in bio-based products, but they are also getting emotional about some aspects. I don’t think you can really decouple bioplastics from biofuels. I have been having the biofuels discussion for about two years, and it is just all about emotions.”

Several environmental organisations such as Greenpeace have spoken out against biofuels, claiming they deplete the amount of land available to grow food crops, and contribute to deforestation.

By: Tom Brown
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