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15 July 2016

InnProbio factsheet #2 focuses on sustainability of bio-based products

The InnProBio team has issued its second factsheet, entitled Sustainability of bio-based products. This publication explains what the basis for sustainable bio-based products is, as a non-fossil feedstock is not enough, and considerations such as the agricultural practices for the cultivation of the biomass, the energy used in the production process, or the process agents – chemicals, solvents, etc. – need to be taken into account.

This second factsheet contains detailed information about feedstock, the end-of-life of bio-based products, how to measure environmental impacts using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), as well as a section on certifications and labels that can help public procurers to define their requirements regarding bio-based products in their public tenders.

Bio-based products can offer improved functionalities compared to traditional fossil-fuel products, and the different aspects covered in this factsheet are to be considered in order to make the bio-based products sustainable across their life cycles. Factsheet #3, which will be issued in the coming days, will address different myths and facts about biodegradability.

Factsheet #2 is available here.