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A multi-actor collaborative Research and Innovation Action (RIA) coordinated by Unitelma Sapienza University and including 15 partners from 11 European countries – has been awarded three-year Horizon 2020 funding.

The STAR-ProBio project is pleased to announce the launch of its 3-years activities starting on May 2017.

STAR-ProBio supports the European Commission in the full implementation of European policy initiatives, including the Lead Market Initiative in bio-based products, the industrial policy and the European Bio-economy Strategy.

STAR-ProBio does so by developing sustainability assessment tools for bio-based products, and by developing credible cases for bio-based products with the highest actual market penetration and highest potential for the future markets.

STAR-ProBio integrates scientific and engineering approaches with social sciences and humanities-based approaches to formulate guidelines for a common framework promoting the development of regulations and standards supporting the adoption of business innovation models in the bio-based products sector.

The aim of STAR-ProBio is to cover gaps in the existing framework for sustainability assessment of bio-based products, and improve consumer acceptance for bio-based products by identifying the critical sustainability issues in their value chains.

STAR-ProBio constitutes a multidisciplinary project that will:

  1. meet environmental, social and economic challenges, paving the way for a much-needed sustainability transition towards a bio-based economy;
  2. promote a more efficient and harmonized policy regulation framework;
  3. boost the market-pull of bio-based products within the context on a sustainable 21st Century.

The overall objective of the project is to promote a more efficient and harmonized policy regulation framework for the market-pull of bio-based products. This will be achieved by developing a fit-for-purpose sustainability scheme, including standards, labels and certifications.

An integral part of STAR-ProBio is the adoption of life-cycle methodologies to measure Environmental, techno-economic and social impacts, and comprehensively assess the roll-out of bio-based products. The analysis of selected case studies on construction materials, bio-based polymers, and fine chemicals, will ensure that the approach is not too broad and theoretic, allowing the benchmarking against non-bio-based products.

STAR-ProBio receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 727740, Work Programme BB-01-2016: Sustainability schemes for the bio-based economy.

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Your opinion on sustainability criteria for bio-based products is much appreciated. Therefore, we would like to invite you to participate in our survey until August 7, 2018.
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The WP7 3-days meeting at UNIBO headquarters in Ravenna (Italy) started! Today, WP7 partners are working together to improve the system dynamic model applied to ILUC and to identify the most relevant factors affecting the risk of ILUC related to bio-based products. https://t.co/W4eV9wP1mv STAR_ProBio photo