Two new Government strategies for the bioeconomy
The end of 2018 saw the publication of the long-awaited UK Bioeconomy Strategy. The strategy has put forward an ambition to double the impact from the UK’s bioeconomy by 2030.
It’s goals include:
- capitalising on the UK’s “world-class” research, development, and innovation base to grow the bioeconomy;
- creating the market conditions that will allow innovative bio-based products and services to thrive.
Here at BioVale, we’re happy to see the UK’s very first bioeconomy strategy and to finally join many countries around the world that have a dedicated strategy for the bioeconomy in place. We look forward to the actions from Government that will realise the strategy’s ambitions and, in particular, the formation of a bioeconomy governance group and the forthcoming development of a UK sector deal for the bioeconomy.
Following hot on the heels of the Bioeconomy Strategy has come a Resource and Waste Strategy for England, which includes
- a polluter pays principle in which businesses should pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste
- the promise of weekly food waste collections across the whole of England
- five new areas of research interest focused on waste and resource efficiency, which will help direct future research funding.