USA: only biobased polymers in 20 years' time
Two billion U.S. dollars will be spent by the U.S. government to implement a national plan for biotechnology and biomanufacturing.
According to Kunststoff Information, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently presented a detailed plan that is intended to provide the framework for a decree that U.S. President Joe Biden had signed back in September of last year. The plan, he said, aims to build a "cost-effective and sustainable value chain for bio-based and recyclable plastics" across industries. Bio-based plastics are to replace more than 90 percent of currently produced polymers by 2040. Chemicals as a whole should then be 30 percent bio-based. These goals are to be achieved through collaboration between public agencies and private companies (private-public partnerships). A number of pilot plants were planned for the next few years to advance the synthesis and recycling of polymers based on lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose (polysaccharides), reports Kunststoff Information from the OSTP plan.
Read more: plan of the OSTP
- Kunststoff Information (24.3.2023)
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