2018 has been a turning point for the transformation of Europe into a more sustainable and circular society. The year started with good news for innovation frontrunners in the form of the first-ever coordinated European Strategy for Plastics. This was soon followed by negotiators agreeing new targets for the use of renewable energy resources in the EU and wrapped up in October with the publication of the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy. It has also been a busy year for the European Commission (EC), particularly for commissioners such as Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness. This is because a sustainable society is not only about making processes circular and using biological resources as raw materials, but also about caring fo...