Useful links


EASME project: Bio-based products

Now available: A guidance which facilitates procurers and other interested parties to obtain more information about bio-based products, to consider innovative bio-based products alongside other products in procurement.


European Commission – DG Grow: Bio-based products

This website contains information about what bio-based products are and links to EU policies related to bio-based products.

European Commission Expert Group for Bio-based products

The details of this Commission Expert Group can be found in this webpage.  The main mandates of the Group are (1) to monitor and support the development of the policy framework / implementation of the priority recommendations proposed by the Lead Market Initiative Ad-hoc Advisory Group for Bio-based Products, (2) to propose demand-side industrial policy actions conducive to the market uptake of bio-based products and processes (standardisation, public procurement, awareness raising, labelling, etc.) and (3) to map bio-based products and relevant bioeconomy related activities and exchanging of good practices at regional, national, international and EU-level aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the European industry.

European Commission DG Research and Innovation: What is the Bioeconomy in Europe?

For those interested in learning more about bioeconomy in Europe, this webpage contains information on the bioeconomy strategy, the panel, the observatory and events related to the topic.



CEN on bio-based products

CEN is developing European Standards and other deliverables (Technical Reports and Specifications) covering horizontal aspects of bio-based products as well as standards for specific bio-based product groups such as bio-lubricants, bio-polymers, bio-surfactants and bio-solvents.


Bio-based industries: Public-private partnership

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a new €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.



Open-Bio: The project investigates how markets can be opened for bio-based products through standardisation, labelling and procurement.

BioSTEP: BioSTEP aims to engage citizens and various stakeholder groups in discussions about the future development of Europe’s bioeconomy.

BioCannDo: The Bioeconomy Awareness and Discourse Project (BioCannDo) aims to increase awareness of bio-based products, by developing and distributing communication and educational materials about the bioeconomy and bio-based products.



The bio-based office: Developed by FNR, this bio-based office shows bio-based office interior, office materials and office design elements.



'Guidance for public authorities on Public Procurement of Innovation', Abby Semple, Public Procurement Analysis. Published by Procurement of Innovation Platform, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, 2014. Available in English, Dutch, Hungarian and Spanish.

'Public Procurement for Innovation', edited by EDQUIST, Charles, S. VONORTAS, Nicholas; ZABALA-ITURRIAGAGOITIA, Jon Mikel, and ELDER, Jakob. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

'Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Bioeconomy Products and Processes? Progress Report 1', by TORRES DE MATOS, Cristina; AURAMBOUT, Jean Philippe; CRISTOBAL GARCIA, Jorge; MANFREDI, Simone, and KAVALOV, Boyan. Publications Office of the European Union, 2015.

'The Bioeconomy - a Primer', by Elyse Mills. Published by TNI and Hands on the Land. November, 2015

 'European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (eafip) Toolkit', Stella Consulting and CORVERS.

 'Guidance on Innovation Procurement', European Commission, May 2018.



Kompetenzstelle nachhaltige Beschaffung – The Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement

Kompetenzzentrum Innovative Beschaffung (KOINNO) – Tool-Picker (insbesondere Lebenszykluskostenberechnungstools)

Kompass Nachhaltigkeit – Gütezeichenfinder

Umweltbundesamt – Ausschreibungsempfehlungen