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25 November 2016

InnProBio newsletter #3 is already out

This week the InnProBio team issued the third project newsletter, including updates on the progress and the outcomes of InnProBio, news related to the topic of bio-based products and services, and upcoming events of potential interest to the subscribers.

In the “Project news” section, the factsheets on sustainability of bio-based products and biodegradability are presented, as well as the mapping of existing tools for bio-based products and services in public procurement. Presentations by InnProBio partners at the international public procurement conference in Lodz (Poland) are also captured. This event aimed to analyse the regulations of the new European public procurement.

The newsletter also covers the launch of the bio-based products’ database developed by the Open-Bio project. This tool provides relevant information about bio-based end products to assist public buyers in making purchasing decisions. Another EU-funded project, BioSTEP, and its virtual exhibition of bio-based products in the project website are featured in this issue.

The InnProBio newsletter is published every six months and you can subscribe here.

18 November 2016

InnProBio presented at an event on renewable raw-materials in procurement

At the beginning of this month, the InnProBio project was introduced to the audience attending the event “Nachwachsende Rohstoffe im Einkauf” in Berlin. The focus of it was on renewable raw materials in procurement.

In his presentation, Martin Behrens, from FNR - one of the partners in the InnProBio constortium – talked about the barriers of public procurement of bio-based products and services, and promoted the overall aims of the project. Behrens also presented an overview of the different tools and resources produced during the first half of InnProBio, such as the factsheets. Attendees could also learn about the market dialogues and workshops organised by the project to trigger the interest of practitioners in bio-based innovation.

The “Bio-Based Products Database for Public Procurement”, developed as part of the EU-funded project Open-Bio will be integrated in the InnProBio website as an additional tool. This database provides information about bio-based end-products relevant for public procurement. Behrens gave details about this database and its shift to InnProBio.eu.

11 November 2016

European project releases e-learning on PPI implementation

PAPIRUS project (Public Administration Procurement Innovation to Reach Ultimate Sustainability), a pilot initiative in the field of public procurement of innovation funded by the European Union Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programmes, released an online training dedicated to public procurers across Europe.

The training focuses on how to procure innovation. Participants can also learn from the experience and the principles on which public procurement of innovation (PPI) is based. The course also offers information on the benefits of PPI, the implementation of rules and the steps needed, as well as lessons learned from the PAPIRUS project. The online course is open to everyone.

The main goal of the PAPIRUS project was to introduce public procurement processes aiming at obtaining nearly zero energy materials for the repair and construction of buildings. The buildings included were located in Germany, Italy, Norway and Spain. The overall objective was to enable the European community to achieve sustainable construction.

To sign up for the online course, visit here

4 November 2016

New alliance in the UK to promote bio-based product manufacture

Five established R&D centres across the UK announced in October a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. The main objective of this alliance is to position the UK as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture within a sustainable high-value bioeconomy. The founding centres are BEACON (Wales), the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC - York), the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI - Redcar), IBioIC (Scotland) and The Biorefinery Centre (Norwich).

BioPilotsUK explains in its website that its mission is to provide a stable, integrated, cost-effective pilot and process development service linked to the higher education sector for the benefit of bio-based industries and the bioeconomy. The alliance also pursues to nurture the development of SMEs and larger companies to support the growth of bio-based value chains. By working collaboratively, the alliance seeks to significantly speed up the commercialisation of new green processes and products from biomass, including plants, algae, and wastes.

“BioPilotsUK will enable Britain to realise the potential to tap both bioresources and biotechnology to create novel industrial products and processes necessary for an economically and environmentally sustainable nation,” said Keith Waldron, Director, the Biorefinery Centre.