PBPC Newsletter October 29, 2021
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PBPC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SPEAKS WITH THE HILL ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION
Last week, PBPC Executive Director Jessica Bowman spoke with The Hill about a new report revealing fossil fuel-based plastics’ contribution to climate change is on course to surpass that of coal-fired power plants by 2030.
“Plant-based products present an opportunity to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and there’s a growing recognition of the environmental benefits which is leading to broader adoption,” said Jessica Bowman. “We certainly could use less products — but for things we need, being able to make them in a better way, making them from renewable inputs, is really critical.”
Read more from the story here.
PBPC LEADS COALITION OF 62 STAKEHOLDERS URGING SENATE AND HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEES TO TAKE ACTION ON THE COMPACT ACT
On October 27th, PBPC led a group of 62 stakeholders, including NGOs, composters, and certified compostable packaging manufacturers and users, in a call for action on H.R. 4443/S. 2388, the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques Act of 2021 (the COMPOST Act). In a letter sent to both the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees on October 27, supporters site insufficient access to composting programs across the country despite growing demand to compost food scraps and for certified compostable packaging. The letter underscores how the COMPOST Act would help address this infrastructure gap and support the essential transition to a circular economy.
The COMPOST Act would create new USDA grant and loan guarantee programs for composting infrastructure projects, including both large-scale composting facilities as well as farm, home, or community-based projects. The bill would also promote composting as a conservation practice by farmers.
PBPC SENDS LETTER TO GINA MCCARTHY, WELCOMING GLOBAL METHANE PLEDGE
Last week, PBPC Executive Director Jessica Bowman sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor, welcoming the Biden Administration’s efforts to reduce methane emissions. The letter shared how plant-based products can support the recently announced Global Methane Pledge, a new initiative to reduce global methane emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030. PBPC also highlighted the opportunity to significantly reduce landfill methane emissions through expansion of infrastructure to support composting of food scraps and other compostable materials
WELCOMING PBPC’S NEWEST MEMBERS, GEVO AND REPURPOSE
Join PBPC in welcoming its two newest members, Gevo and Repurpose. Gevo works to commercialize the next generation of renewable gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel with the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. Repurpose makes compostable and sustainable tableware from plants, using plant-based bioplastics, renewable materials, and great design as our primary tools to help you lower your carbon footprint. Thank you Gevo and Repurpose for your commitment towards a more circular economy!
PBPC TO PARTICIPATE IN UN CLIMATE CHANGE COP26
On October 31 – November 12, the U.K. will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will focus on reaching the goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. During the meeting, PBPC is partnering with allied organizations, including the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and US Green Building Council, to host a virtual exhibit and side event where we will highlight the role of plant-based products and a circular economy in addressing climate change. To learn more about the circular economy in preparation for COP26, check out this article from Closed Loop Partners.
Learn more about PBPC’s role at COP26 and how plant-based products can support a “net-zero” future here.
ICYMI: NEW REPORT ON EUROPEAN BIOECONOMY
A new report published by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) sheds light on the growing European bioeconomy, as the industry marked a total contribution of 780 billion EUR, an increase of 30 billion EUR (+ 4%) when compared to 2017. This data is the newest proof point in a growing trend as the European bioeconomy continues to expand year over year. The report also details growing contributions in different sectors, such as food and beverages and agriculture and forestry. The full report is available on the BIC website.
DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ON PBPC’S 2022 MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
Interested in becoming a PBPC member? Details are now available for our 2022 Membership Program. All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington, while helping them stay up-to-date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights and more. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.
PLANT BASED INNOVATIONS
Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.
SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS & NEWS
As more consumers seek environmentally-friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands through sustainable packaging solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.
With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space on the issue. Here are a few of the top happenings on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. legal landscape.
PBPC MEMBER NEWS
The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last two weeks.
Cargill: Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Business People: Cargill Adds Greg Jones To Bolster Diversity Initiatives
Footprint: Learn More about Plant-Based Engineering
PepsiCo: Food Navigator: PepsiCo Foods VP Of Sustainability: ‘Consumers Want To Be Part Of The Solution’
TIPA: Plastics Today: Compostable Produce Packaging Adds Shelf Life And Sustainability