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President Cyril Ramaphosa recently reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to net carbon zero by 2050 in his state of the nation address (Sona). Biomaterials, and bioplastics specifically, offer a potential decarbonisation option for the petrochemicals value chain. SA relies heavily on coal as an input into chemicals production and bio-based bioplastics have room to substitute for traditional plastics.

However, the market for bioplastics in SA is currently limited and market demand has yet to materialise substantially. While a number of efforts are under way to develop the supply side of the market, it appears that policy interventions are necessary to stimulate demand for sustainable plastics. ..

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