Globally, biopolymers represent a small subsector of the much larger polymer industry. Estimated biopolymer consumption is expected to be over two million tonnes in 2016, including the many polymer compounds which contain starch. The sector represents close to 1% of the overall global polymer industry demand. By 2021, global biopolymer demand is forecast to rise to about six million tonnes, growing at an annual rate of around 19%. Bioplastics will, however, face several key challenges during the five-year period to 2021.
The Future of Global Bioplastics to 2021 presents volume forecasts by end-use sector and geographic region. Following several stages of primary and secondary research, it examines key drivers and trends which include fossil fuel cost, changing global economies, supply chain linkage, environmental regulations and new technological developments.