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Issue #1 October 2015

Dear reader,

We are pleased to send you the first edition of the InnProBio e-newsletter! The InnProBio e-newsletter will be published every six months with updates on project news and other related news.

InnProBio kicked off in March 2015 and we are looking forward to working with you to build a community of people interested in bio-based innovation.

If you would like to receive Issue #2, please subscribe to the newsletter here.

Happy reading,
Your InnProBio team

In this issue

 Introducing InnProBio

 Project news

 Other news

 Upcoming events

  Introducing InnProBio

InnProBio, the forum for bio-based innovation in public procurement, aims to build a community of public purchasers interested in the procurement of bio-based products (wholly or partly derived from biomass) and their associated services. Through the public procurement community, InnProBio will provide the relevant tools for procurement practitioners to inform themselves about relevant product solutions and how to fit bio-based products and services into their innovation and green procurement actions.

Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. European Union's (EU) public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to approximately 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This market power can be used as a market pull mechanism to boost the bio-based market. Although numerous bio-based products are already commercially available, many others find themselves in niche or less established markets. Stimulating public purchasing in their direction would thus also benefit the EU’s innovation agenda. InnProBio seeks to work with the public sector to develop tools for practitioners, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing bio-based products in Europe.

Why opt for bio-based products and services?

If sourced and produced sustainably, they can contribute to green growth and sustainability, as they are derived from renewable raw materials. By lowering the dependence of the economy on fossil fuels, bio-based products and services have the potential to contribute to a more sustainable economy. The segment of bio-based products has been declared a priority area of the EU. According to an assessment done by the European Commission, bio-based products and biofuels represent approximately 57 billion euro in annual revenue and some 300,000 jobs.

InnProBio is an EU-funded three-year project which started in March 2015 and is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

For more information, visit www.innprobio.eu

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  Project news

Determining the categories with the highest potential for innovation

One of the expected impacts of InnProBio is to trigger the demand for innovation through the public procurement of bio-based products and services. In order to do this though, common needs in terms of procurement need to be determined so as to assess the potential demand which public sector bodies have for products and services, and for which the bio-based market can provide alternatives.

Based on quantitative research carried out by the InnProBio partners,the following seven categories have been identified as the main areas of focus for InnProBio: Construction and infrastructure; gardening and landscaping; cleaning, hygiene and sanitary; vehicles and mobility; information and communication technology (ICT), office supplies and paper; furniture and indoor interiors, and catering and events. Nursery equipment may also be included in the list, depending on the final results of the research.

The research was carried out by analysing the various common procurement vocabulary (CPV) divisions and information collected from public tenders (taken from Tenders Electronic Daily) in the targeted countries – Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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Share your experiences of procuring bio-based products by taking our short online survey

The InnProBio partners are looking for stakeholders interested in taking a survey to help assess experiences with public procurement of innovation, in general, and with public procurement of innovative bio-based products and services. The short survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept anonymous.

Two different surveys will be available - one is specifically for purchasers, while the other is for companies (as suppliers or service providers to the public sector). The surveys are available in English, German and Polish.

Take the bio-based survey today!

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Discuss and share knowledge with other procurers in the Procurement Forum

A discussion group on bio-based products and services is available in the Procurement Forum - a social collaboration system which allows users to go beyond traditional information assimilation and discuss and explore issues related to the topic of public procurement of innovation.

The group called ‘Bio-based products and services – InnProBio project’ already gathers over 30 members interested in being part of this online community. Some of the ongoing discussions have been on bio-based materials in the automotive industry, recommendations for stimulating bio-based building materials and arguments against deforestation within the context of InnProBio.

The discussion group enables members the chance to comment on experiences, raise questions, look for common solutions and network with each other. The Procurement Forum also offers a resource centre with a wealth of tools useful for procurement on all sorts of topics and issues.

Join the group and start networking with others who share your area of interest!


  Other news

European standard for determining the bio-based carbon content of products available for comments

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a new standard to help determine the bio-based carbon content of bio-based products. A bio-based product is normally characterised by its bio-based carbon content - the carbon derived from the biomass, which is usually expressed as a percentage of the total mass of the product, or the bio-based content. 

This European Standard specifies a method for the determination of the bio-based carbon content in products, based on the 14C (or Radiocarbon) content measurement, which aims to distinguish biogenic and fossil carbon fractions.

The new standard, ‘Bio-based products - Bio-based carbon content - Determination of the bio-based carbon content using the radiocarbon method’ (prEN 16640) is now publicly available for comments.

The main objective behind the CEN Technical Committee on bio-based products is to develop standards for these products which address horizontal aspects.

To read the full article click here.

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Registration still open for the workshop on Public Procurement of Bio-based products – Chances and Challenges

The European Commission’s Expert Group for Bio-based Products is organising a workshop on ‘Public Procurement of Bio-based products – Chances and Challenges’. The event will present and gather feedback on the draft recommendations and findings which have been elaborated by the working group on public procurement. The purpose is to receive critical input by public purchasers from national and regional governments from the various EU Member States. This input will help to make sure that the policy recommendations developed are clear, effective and feasible.

The workshop will take place on October 27 in Brussels (from 11:00 to 16:00). Pre-registration is essential to take part.

The event will be followed by a two-hour workshop on sustainability certification of bio-based products, focusing on carbon debt, indirect land-use change, cascading use of biomass, and biodiversity.

For more information, visit this website.

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Call for abstracts for ECO-BIO 2016

Organisers of the conference ECO-BIO 2016 are calling for abstracts on topics ranging from industrial biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, and sustainability and the bio-based economy. The deadline for submission is 23 October 2015.
The conference will highlight the emergence of the research and innovation field, where we are today, and what needs to be done to develop an economically feasible, safe, sustainable, and ecologically friendly bio-based future. The event will take place in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) from the 6 - 9 March.

Luuk van der Wielen and Bram Brouwer, from the Board of Directors of BE-Basic Foundation, explain that “this conference is a first of its kind and provides a platform where industries, scientists, NGOs and governments will meet each other to discuss the needs of a bio-based economy from an academic, environmental and societal point of view.”

To learn more.


  Upcoming events

EFIB 2016

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy aims to provide an update on the status and outlook of bio-based industries. EFIB fosters engagement between policy makers, a broad range of stakeholders connected with the existing bio-based value chain and seeks to reach out to, and include, new interlocutors.

27-29 October 2015
Brussels, Belgium

10th European Bioplastics Conference

Every year the European Bioplastics conference gathers over 350 senior stakeholders from across the bioplastics industry at this networking and business event to discuss the latest trends and developments in the industry and explore exciting new business opportunities.

5-6 November 2015
Berlin, Germany

Bioeconomy investment summit - Unlocking EU leadership in 21st Century Bioeconomy

This two-day summit focuses on identifying possible ways to mobilise private and public investment in the bioeconomy, given its enormous potential for growth and job creation. The event will be hosted by the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas.

9-10 November 2015
Brussels, Belgium


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