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29 July 2016

The land use sector to be integrated into the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

The European Commission has issued a factsheet encouraging the integration of the land use sector into the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework to achieve a successful transition to a low-carbon economy. The publication remarks that “incentives for climate-friendly land use and forestry ensure the continued growth and sustainable productivity of our rural communities” and highlights that “a sustainably managed land use sector can supply renewable energy and materials, ensuring that the EU remains a world leader in these markets.”

The publication places a reminder that “land use and forestry include our use of soils, trees, plants, biomass and timber, and are in a unique position to contribute to a robust climate policy.”

Regarding the benefits for European citizens, farmers and foresters, a sustainable land use contributes to securing food production, protecting biodiversity, and encouraging the development of a bio-based economy.

To read the EC factsheet, click here

22 July 2016

InnProBio factsheet #3 addresses myths and facts about biodegradability

In order to clarify some misunderstandings and myths, as well as to address some confusion governing the topic of biodegradability, the InnProBio team has issued its factsheet #3 focused on it.

Myth #1 refers to the consideration that all biodegradable products are made from bio-based materials. Although biodegradability is a property inherent to many bio-based products, some fossil-based chemicals and polymers are completely biodegradable. Myth #2 explains why not all bio-based products are biodegradable. Myth #3 gives an explanation to the common understanding that biodegradable products can be thrown into the environment and they will disappear. Time, temperature and the presence of microorganism are key to biodegradation. Myth #4 is about biodegradability being or not a quick solution.

The publication also includes a table with the most important terms around biodegradability and what they mean, with specifications on the end result, the process and other extra remarks.

Factsheet #3 is available here

15 July 2016

InnProbio factsheet #2 focuses on sustainability of bio-based products

The InnProBio team has issued its second factsheet, entitled Sustainability of bio-based products. This publication explains what the basis for sustainable bio-based products is, as a non-fossil feedstock is not enough, and considerations such as the agricultural practices for the cultivation of the biomass, the energy used in the production process, or the process agents – chemicals, solvents, etc. – need to be taken into account.

This second factsheet contains detailed information about feedstock, the end-of-life of bio-based products, how to measure environmental impacts using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), as well as a section on certifications and labels that can help public procurers to define their requirements regarding bio-based products in their public tenders.

Bio-based products can offer improved functionalities compared to traditional fossil-fuel products, and the different aspects covered in this factsheet are to be considered in order to make the bio-based products sustainable across their life cycles. Factsheet #3, which will be issued in the coming days, will address different myths and facts about biodegradability.

Factsheet #2 is available here.

1 July 2016

Triple-Helix Conference on Bio-based Economy to support stakeholders involved in the sector

The triple-helix conference on bio-based economy “Supporting the development of bio-based economy partnerships in the Danube Region through a triple-helix approach” will take place in Budapest from 19th to 20th of July. Its main goal is to support the university-business-government cooperation (triple-helix model) in order to enhance the development of bio-based economy partnerships in the target countries, tacking societal challenges in the field of food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, water research, and bio-based economy.

The event, that is free of charge, will gather relevant actors working on the identified societal changes, in order to support them in networking and establishing long-term dialogue among. The conference will include a plenary round table and three parallel sessions on food, materials and environmental technologies, and energy.

Back to back, the Danube-INCO.NET 4th Clustering Workshop will take place, with the objective of creating new macro-regional partnerships towards the development of a bio-based economy.

To learn more and to register, visit here