The STAR-ProBio mid-term meeting took place last week in Greece at the Agricultural University of Athens. It was a very useful and productive meeting.
A special thanks to all External Advisory Board and External Review Committee members for their active participation and constructive feedback!
Nine identified bio-based opportunities for the Chemical Industry
In the BBI-funded project RoadToBio with the main goal to develop a Roadmap to show the path to increase the bio-based share up to 25% in the chemical industry until 2030, nine business cases that exemplify the possibilities for the chemical industry to produce more bio-based products have been identified. For further information please follow the link and listen to a webinar held by the consortium on July 11 to present these business cases.
Survey “Key barriers and hurdles on bio-based products – what is your opinion?”
RoadToBio wants to offer you the possibility to express your opinion on important barriers to bio-based products that hinder market uptake. Be part of the journey into a bioeconomy-based future. How? Complete the survey by the 31st August and return it back to the RoadToBio consortium.
For more information: https://www.roadtobio.eu/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=22&cntnt01origid=5&cntnt01returnid=5
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STAR-ProBio’s first Focus Group Webinar on Sustainability Assessment Factors for Bio-Based Products took place on January 29, 2018.
The discussion was moderated by Luana Ladu (TU Berlin) and comprised experts with a EU perspective and representatives from various stakeholder groups from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.
Five questions built the foundation for the discussions:
- Which sustainability parameters/criteria should be considered by a sustainability assessment scheme for bio-based products?
- Which factors should be mandatory in such a scheme and which ones should be voluntary?
- Are particular parameters/criteria needed to assess specific bio-based products/product groups?
- How should the compliance of these parameters be communicated to consumers?
- Which particular needs regarding sustainability assessment parameters/criteria does your specific stakeholder group have?
The key conclusions of the event were summarized as follows:
1 Fossil-based products should be subject to the same sustainability criteria as bio-based products.
2 The only main difference for bio-based products is that the raw material is biomass. Therefore additional criteria regarding the production of biomass could/should be added.
3 Sustainability criteria for biomass for bio-based products should/could be similar to those applying to biomass for energy applications where binding criteria exist.
4 Regarding whether there should be a minimum percentage of bio-based content, different influencing factors have to be considered; in particular technology issues and consumers’ expectations.
5 Environmental criteria are more obvious than social and economic criteria.
6 The origin of biomass is also of importance (as shown by the bioenergy discussion).
7 Criteria that were explicitly referred to included: GHG emissions, bio-based content, and health-related aspects.
The results will enrich the current sources for the preparation of a Delphi survey and also support various other current project activities.
More Focus Group activities on specific stakeholder- and product-related topics will take place within the duration of the project.
STAR-ProBio will be at Maker Faire Rome (1-3 December).
Jointly with Bioways, STAR-ProBio is organising the Bioeconomy Village, a great opportunity to learn more about the bioeconomy, bio-products and, of course, standards and eco-labels.
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The 1st Meeting of the General Assembly took place last week at Unitelma Sapienza University of Rome (Viale Regina Elena, 295 – 00161 Rome). The first day of the meeting was reserved exclusively for partners (WPs Parallel Meetings were scheduled on this day) while the second day saw the participation of the Project Officer and External Advisory Board members.
It was a very productive meeting and we are looking forward to future developments of the project!