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15 April 2016

The InnProBio survey sheds light on barriers and hurdles for procurers and providers

The results of the InnProBio survey – run between October and December 2015 – have thrown some light at the main barriers and hurdles faced by public entities when procuring bio-based products and services, and the main obstacles found by providers when trading with public entities.

Procurers have pointed out that one of the main difficulties they encounter is the limited access to financial support, alongside the fact that innovative products tend to be associated with higher costs. The lack of expertise or experience dealing with innovative products is another problem that sometimes results in technical difficulties and misinformation. Procurers are only familiar with some groups of bio-based products, such as office supplies, but not so much with catering, packaging, furniture or construction materials. The results of the questionnaire show public procurement officers are potentially interested in bio-based products, but are lacking information and awareness about options.

Representatives of companies participating in the survey have suggested that the price of the products is usually their first disadvantage when competing with fossil-based alternatives. Another reason mentioned was the fact that environmentally friendly features are not always taken into consideration on tendering decisions. In order to increase awareness, companies suggest training for procurers or awards for bio-based products’ users. Clear quantitative tools that show the eco-benefits of bio-based products were also suggested.

The analysis of the surveys received will help the InnProBio team to continue shaping the project, as well as to bridge the gap between providers and procurers. All details and conclusions from the survey can be found here.

8 April 2016

Report on bio-based platform chemicals now available

The report "World bio-based platform chemicals market – Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014-2021" is already available at Research and Markets. The report claims that this sector would reach a volume of 14.9 million tons and revenue of $18.8 billion by 2021.

As explained by Thomas Kläusli, Chief Marketing Officer of AVA Biochem, “platform chemicals are building blocks which can be converted to a wide range of chemicals of materials. When made from renewable raw materials, bio-based platform chemicals offer a great potential for decarbonising everyday products, allowing everything from running shoe soles to plastic and car parts to be made bio-based.”

According to the report, in 2015, Asia-Pacific consumed one-third of the total platform chemicals. Among the factors that contributed to the growth of the platform chemicals in the region were the availability of renewable feedstock and increasing consumer awareness towards green products.

The report analysis those factors driving and those restraining the global bio-based platform chemicals market, as well as projections for the period 2014-2021.

For more information, visit here

1 April 2016

The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns to discuss the future of local sustainability

Over 1,000 representatives from local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, members of the research community, private sector and civil society will take part in the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain).

The three-day conference (27-29 April) will be a platform to share ideas and experiences related to urban development, as well as to analyse the key role of cooperation between local governments, the private sector, civil society and the business sector in order to implement comprehensive measures.

Plenaries and subplenaries will address questions such as how cities can trigger innovation to achieve urban transformation, and which norms and standards cities can use. Interactive breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics to which bio-based products and services could contribute, such as procurement of innovation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and nature-based cities. Within the innovation market, stakeholders will introduce their solutions, tools and projects on urban sustainability.

Registration to the event is open. To check the programme, click here.