AIMPLAS organizes the First International Seminar on Biotechnology Applied to the Plastics Sector

AIMPLAS organiza la primera edición de un seminario internacional centrado en la biotecnología aplicada al sector de los plásticos

AIMPLAS will organize its First International Seminar on Biotechnology Applied to the Plastics Sector on 1-2 March 2022, to discuss the main R&D&I developments and global solutions for the entire value chain. The online event will tackle topics such as the use of organic waste to obtain new plastics, enzymatic recycling processes for plastics, the role of biotechnology in recovering complex waste, and converting plastics industry scrap into usable resources.

To address the challenges and opportunities of biotechnology in the plastics industry, and to showcase the trends and initiatives being implemented to achieve the goals of the European action plan, AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, has organized the First International Seminar on Biotechnology Applied to the Plastics Sector, to be held in online format on 1-2 March.

In the first session, experts from the European Commission and the Spanish and European biotechnology industry will present the most recent sector data and discuss biotech regulation. In the next four sessions, biotech experts from raw material manufacturers, converters, machinery manufacturers, waste managers and recyclers, as well as technology centres and universities, will discuss topics of interest in the plastics sector, including the use of organic waste to obtain new plastics, the enzymatic processes used to recycle these materials, biotechnology’s role as an ally for recovering complex waste such as synthetic plastics and converting industry scrap into resources, as in the case of volatile organic compound emissions.

The seminar, which is sponsored by Novamont, will also provide an opportunity to tell success stories and discuss the first workshop of the BioICEP Project (Bio Innovation of a Circular Economy for Plastics), which is funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement number 870292. The project’s aim is to develop sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional petroleum-based plastics. It is now designing an innovative three-part process consisting of mechanical and biochemical disintegration, biocatalytic digestion with enzymes, and microbial consortia to accelerate degradation of traditional plastic and turn it into biopolymers and bioproducts that can be used as a natural biodegradable replacement for plastics in the packaging and pharma industries.