White House: Bioplastics goal part of ‘huge urgency’ on climate – USA

Posted on April 9, 2023 by DrRossH in BioPlastics


President Joe Biden’s push to dramatically boost bioplastics manufacturing reflects a “huge urgency” in the administration to address global warming, food security and health equity, according to a White House official who worked on the policy.

Both Carter and bioindustry officials at the conference said they hope the administration’s plan can help the United States play catch up globally in biomanufacturing.

The head of the Plant Based Products Council, Jessica Bowman, said Europe and Asia are ahead of the United States in bioplastics production because they have had more support for biomanufacturing.

Figures from the group European Bioplastics said that Asia and Europe accounted for 26 and 41 percent of global bioplastic capacity in 2022, compared with 19 percent in the United States.

Carter told the audience she hopes the policy can elevate U.S. industry in the next five years.

“Five years from now, I envision the U.S. no longer have a side or back seat when it comes to an American-made industry, biotech is an American-made industry,” Carter said. “For a number of reasons over the last decade or so, or longer than that, we have kind of taken a back seat while other countries have advanced in this area.”