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.

The strategy has had mixed reviews, with praise from IBioIC and from Drax but a more lukewarm response from others.

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.