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24 February 2017

InnProBio workshop and market dialogue in Bonn

The InnProBio consortium is organising a workshop and a market dialogue on public procurement of bio-based products and services targeting public procurers and suppliers. The event will take place on April 25th, in Bonn, Germany.

The goal of the workshop is to explore what the steps of public tendering and public procurement of bio-based products and services are. The InnProBio team will share case studies, tools and criteria used in public tenders to start the discussion and learn from previous experiences. The market dialogue aims at identifying barriers in the procurement of bio-based products and services. Product suppliers and public procurers will be encouraged to talk about their needs, demands and possibilities. Public authorities will gain a better understanding of the market and the solutions available, whereas the suppliers will get to know what criteria and requirements are important to the procurers.

The language for both sessions will be German. The event is free of charge and registration is needed. For further information, visit here.

17 February 2017

A European project is pushing to mainstream bio-based construction materials

ISOBIO, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme within the ‘Materials for Building Envelopes’ call for Energy Efficient Buildings, is working on an innovative strategy to bring bio-based construction materials into the mainstream.

From a scientific point of view, ISOBIO partners aim at assessing and further advancing the state-of-the-art in bio-based insulation materials, amongst others. Whereas from a technological perspective, the focus is on developing new sustainable construction materials that, through a series of prototype-level demonstrations, will show significant social, environmental and financial benefits for the sector.

The main goals are to achieve a 50% reduction in embodied energy and CO2 emissions, a decrease of 15% of the costs, to improve by 20% insulation properties compared to conventional materials, and to save 5% of energy over the lifetime of a building. By doing so, the competitiveness of the European construction sector in the field of “green” construction technologies will be strengthened.

For further information, visit here.

10 February 2017

Bioeconomy briefing issued by the European Parliamentary Research Service

The European Parliamentary Research Service published in January a briefing focused on the challenges and opportunities of the bioeconomy. According to the European Commission defines the bioeconomy as the “production and extraction of renewable biological resources (known as ‘biomass’) and their conversion into food and feed; bio-based products (such as timber, fibre, chemicals or bioplastics) and bioenergy (for instance through firewood, biofuels or biogas).

An infographic shows what the products and goals of the bioeconomy are. The bioeconomy is aimed at improving human health, enhancing energy security, contributing to sustainability, fostering inclusiveness, enhancing competitiveness, creating jobs and growth, ensuring food security, managing natural capital, and mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The paper also gives an overview of the EU policy framework for the bioeconomy, consisting of a number of legislative acts and policies from various areas. The EU circular economy plan identifies ‘biomass and bio-based products’ as one of five priority areas. In 2012, the European Commission adopted a bioeconomy strategy that seeks to ensure policy coherence, to increase public funding and private investment, and to set up participatory governance models.

To read the full document, click here

6 February 2017

InnProBio factsheets now in Dutch

The InnProBio team has translated into Dutch the first three factsheets developed as part of the project. These are focused on explaining what bio-based products and services are, what the sustainability of bio-based products is, and disclose myths and facts regarding what biodegradability means.

By translating these three documents, the InnProBio team expects that this material can be used by procurers in The Netherlands, as well as by any other stakeholders interested in purchasing bio-based products and their associated services. The publications can also be used by other organisations and centres working on the topic of the bioeconomy, and disseminating information about the benefits of bio-based products and services.

The three factsheets can be downloaded from here.