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14 December 2015

InnProBio issues its first factsheet

The InnProBio team has produced the first of a series of factsheets, containing information about bio-based products and services. Under the title What are bio-based products?, this publication provides the basis of these products “wholly or partly derived from biomass” and what makes them different from their traditional versions.

Factsheet #1 highlights the benefits of bio-based products, such as their potential to reduce the economy’s dependence on fossil feedstocks, to create green jobs in the European Union, and to help drive European innovation. The link between bio-based products and sustainability is also outlined: “sustainability of bio-based products is dependent on multiple factors, such as sourcing of feedstock, design of the production process, adequate choice of disposal option, etc.”

The section From biomass to bio-based products shows in a very visual way different biomass feedstocks –i.e. sugar, starch and natural rubber–, bio-based intermediates –i.e. fibres, polymers and composites–, and bio-based end products.

Factsheet #1 is available here. The InnProBio team is currently working on the following factsheets.

8 December 2015

Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy. The plans will extract the maximum value and use from all raw materials, products and waste, fostering energy savings and reducing GHG emissions. The proposals cover the full lifecycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. This transition will be supported financially by ESIF funding, €650 million from Horizon 2020 (the EU funding programme for research and innovation), €5.5 billion from structural funds for waste management, and investments in the circular economy at national level.

The Package has broken down silos in the Commission and contributes to broad political priorities by tackling climate change and the environment while boosting job creation, economic growth, investment and social fairness.