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14 July 2017

New factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing

The InnProBio team has issued its factsheet #5 focused on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The document gives an insight as to what the LCA method is and the environmental impacts it assesses – such as climate change or impact on natural resources. It also explains what the results of LCA can be used for, for example in comparing different products and services. The factsheet also highlights the advantages of using LCA, as well as its link with green public procurement.

LCC – an assessment of all costs which are related to a certain product, directly covered by one or several actors in the life cycle of the product (Hunkeler et al. 2007) – is also covered in this factsheet, which also lists different LCC tools for use in public procurement.

The factsheet also shows the common ground between LCA and LCC, as well as the main differences between both concepts, and why they are important for increasing the procurement of bio-based products.

For more information, and to download the factsheet, visit here.

7 July 2017

Moving Europe towards a greener plastic lifecycle

A new EU-funded initiative aims to transform plastic waste into a resource by developing a more sustainable, re-usable form of packaging. CIRC-PACK (Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain) will create, test and validate alternative bio-based and recyclable (including biodegradable or compostable) plastics for the manufacturing of trays, bottles, coffee capsules, jars, films and pallets, and new types of multilayer and multimaterial packaging.

A 22-partner consortium led by the Zaragoza-based Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE)is running the project. The CIRC-PACK team will carry out three large-scale demonstrations through an eco-innovative approach that will involve actors across the whole value chain, including consumers, plastic suppliers, converters and retailers, as well as those responsible for waste recovery.

Launched in May, the project will support market uptake of the new packaging, promoting a transition to a circular economy. CIRC-PACK will last three years.

For more information, read the press release.

29 June 2017

Deadline extended for 2017 Procura+ Awards

ICLEI has extended the deadline for applications to the 2017 Procura+ Awards until 18 July 2017 for the Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Tender Procedure of the Year categories. The competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

The 2016 edition of the Procura+ Awards saw the City of Copenhagen (Denmark), Transport for London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. Winners will be featured in a variety of ICLEI publications and web platforms, and at the next EcoProcura conference.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website

23 June 2017

Workshop on environmental assessment of bio-based products

Within the framework of the BioBase4SME project, a workshop on the environmental assessment of bio-based products will take place next 28th July. The event is targeting small and medium enterprises, as well as start-ups that are involved in the development of bio-based products and services.

The workshop will focus on the importance of life cycle assessment (LCA) and how to understand and communicate LCA results and how an environmental assessment should be performed. First session will give answers to the common question “Why should I prove it’s green if it’s bio?” Next, attendees will learn about how to communicate LCA and sustainability across bio-based product value chains. There will also be a presentation of guidelines for environmental assessment of bio-based chemicals. The event will finish with a bio-based networking cocktail.

In the coming weeks, the InnProBio team will issue its fifth factsheet on life cycle assessment and bio-based products.

To register to the event, click here

9 June 2017

Dinner debate to share lessons from the bioeconomy

The project ProBIO will host a Dinner Debate at the European Parliament on 28 June to discuss how to increase impact from publicly funded research. The event will be hosted by Lieve Wierinck MEP, member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, and shadow rapporteur on the European Parliament’s assessment of the implementation of Horizon 2020.

At the opening of the event, success stories from ProBIO interventions will be shared with the participants. During the first course, speakers are expected to discuss the barriers to impact in FP7, as well as suggest recommendations for future programmes. The focus of the debate during the main course will be the first results from the Horizon 2020 mid-term evaluation, to afterwards move to share ideas on how to maximise the impact of publicly funded research.

The debate will be animated by the partners of the ProBIO project, a multi-disciplinary team built around highly specialised green innovation consultancies, with deep experience in innovation support. ProBIO has explored over 400 projects funded by the Knowledge Based Bioeconomy (KBBE) FP7 Programme, to identify the most advanced research results, and provide result owners with individual coaching to help them to commercialise their products and services.

Registration to the event is mandatory, but free of charge. For more information, visit here.

2 June 2017

2017 Procura+ Awards: Call for applications from European cities

The call for the 2017 Procura+ Awards is open. The Awards will showcase the achievements of European cities' sustainable and innovative procurement projects. The three award categories now open for applications are Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year.

The closing date is 30 June 2017. The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn (Estonia) on 17 October.

While all participants have the opportunity to highlight their procurement successes, the winners of each category will be awarded with: Free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference, a case study on the Sustainable Procurement Platform and PPI Platform, publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications, and the right to use the Procura+ Award winners' logo.

For more information and to download an application, visit the Procura+ website or contact procurement@iclei.org.

26 May 2017

BioWays pushes for networking, innovation and communication in the bio-based field

After conducting an online survey to check what the public perception of bio-based products is, BioWays, an EU-funded project, continues with its tasks and activities aiming at raising awareness of the potential benefits of bio-based products and their applications. The questionnaire has helped the consortium to identify obstacles that prevent a wider adoption of this kind of products by the larger public.

BioWays will create a publicly accessible digital platform that will act as a communication tool and e-library of information about bio-based products providing valuable insight into their benefits and their potential. In order to promote the discussion about the potential of the bioeconomy for society, the project will provide different scenarios for interaction and network where a wide range of stakeholders can interact.

Another objective of BioWays is to increase the overall interest of young students in the bio-based economy at large. Throughout the lifespan of the project, training curriculum, relevant materials and tools will be developed, and pilot training seminars for teachers will be designed in order to achieve this goal.

For more information visit here

12 May 2017

Procurers and suppliers share their challenges on the bio-based field in an event organised by InnProBio

The InnProBio team hosted the first workshop and market dialogue on public procurement of bio-based products and services in Germany. The event took place last 25 April in Bonn. At the workshop, resources and results of the project were presented to the participants. All supporting tools for public procurers are available at the InnProBio website. The team is currently working on a Decision Support Tool that will be finalised and launched in September. Its aims it to serve as a guideline for public procurers interested in purchasing bio-based products.

During the workshops, participants discussed barriers in procuring bio-based products, such as, including the term “bio-based” in tenders. They also mentioned that the main reasons hindering the inclusion of specific criteria on bio-based are the overall knowledge of what bio-based is, where to find this kind of products, and what certificates currently exist. The InnProBio Decision Support Tool aims at helping procurers with their information search.

The market dialogue allowed public procurers to meet product suppliers. Bio-based textiles, catering products, office materials, maintenance service and wood furniture were showcased. Participants could share their views and obstacles from the demand and the offer sides.

The workshop and the market dialogue were organised in cooperation with the Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement in Bonn.

Check the presentations here

28 April 2017

Review of bio-based products available in France

The French report ‘Recensement des produits biosourcés disponibles sur le marché et identification des marché publics cibles’ reviews and identifies bio-based products available (supply-side analysis) and opportunities for an increased public use of bio-based products (demand-side analysis) in France.

Methods to take into account a product’s bio-based nature in public procurement procedures are also presented in the report, and suggestions of future courses of action to foster the procurement of bio-based products and their related services are also provided. The results provide public buyers with benchmarks for the sourcing of bio-based products and the drafting of public tenders.

The report was published by the Directorate General for Enterprises, which is part of the Ministry for Economy and Financial Affairs, and can be downloaded here (in French).

21 April 2017

Bio-based products and services as part of the circular economy

Does encouraging the public procurement of bio-based products also contribute to fostering a circular economy? A new factsheet published at the beginning of April through the InnProBio project has specifically addressed this very question. The factsheet focuses on how bio-based products and services fit into the circular economy, and also introduces the circular economy and circular procurement in broader terms.

The circular economy focuses mainly on the efficient use of finite resources and ensures that those are reused or recycled as long as possible. The bioeconomy uses renewable resources (that is, biomass, such as plants, trees or animals) instead of fossil resources, and can provide products that contribute to the enhanced circularity of our current economic model. As products reach their end of life, assumptions are usually made on the capacity of bio-based materials to be circular. What are the end-of-life options available? The factsheet also gives special attention to bio-based plastics and recycling.

This new factsheet is available for download from the InnProBio website. It is the fourth in a series of factsheets published in the framework of the European InnProBio project. The other factsheets – ‘What are bio-based products?’, ‘Sustainability of bio-based products’, and ‘Biodegradability: Exposing some of the myths and facts’ are available also in Dutch from the same page.