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Issue #6 February 2018

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to send you the sixth and final edition of the InnProBio e-newsletter!

The InnProBio project will come to an end at the beginning of March 2018..

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers of this newsletter, and all other interested parties, for having helped us to promote, among practitioners, decision makers, companies, and other multipliers, innovative bio-based products and services.

Thank you for being part of this community.

Even though our journey has come to an end, we would still like to invite you to keep checking Nova Institute’s online news page for updates on bio-based products and materials, and to sign up to the Procura+ Information Service on sustainable public procurement to keep up with the latest news on sustainable and innovative public procurement and the world of bio-based.

Happy reading!

Your InnProBio team

In this issue

  Project news

  Other news

  Upcoming events

  Project news

InnProBio Handbook for procurement practitioners now available in 4 languages

The InnProBio consortium have published a Handbook to assist practitioners working in public procurement. The Handbook is available in four languages - English, German, Dutch and Polish - and aims to serve as a guide for addressing definitions around the bioeconomy, benefits and advantages of products/services made from bio-based materials, and attempts to address some of the challenges in public purchasing.

Practical advice on how to procure bio-based products/services, by looking specifically into the pre-procurement, tendering and post-procurement phases, and different possible procurement procedures are also included. Links to circular economy policy areas, sustainable and green public procurement and a list of useful tools, including a product database, certifications and labels are featured.

To read the Handbook, please visit this link on the project’s website.

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Dutch event stresses the importance of bio-based standards

In order to stimulate the exchange between public procurers and standardisation bodies on bio-based products, a 'Dialogue Session' was organised by NEN - the Dutch Standardisation Body - as part of the InnProBio project.

The event took place on 18 January 2018 in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and was attended by procurers, bio-based product developers and European standardisation experts. It aimed to create an understanding with participants on how standards can support and stimulate bio-based procurement - for instance, by assessing the needs for functional and performance related standards. The evaluation of the meeting has given input for further improving the format of such events, and for further informing the final recommendations - currently being drafted through InnProBio.

The various barriers (in increasing the share of public procurement of bio-based products) identified and discussed during the event will also be used as further input into the ongoing standardisation process in this area.

This dialogue session also served to try out how these exchanges could best be structured and what each of the participating groups could do to engage public procurers more in the standardisation process.

For more information, please download the report.

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Market dialogue on bio-based held in Poland

A market dialogue/engagement event was held between potential local government procurers and suppliers on 11 February 2018 in Lodz (Poland). Both procurers and companies had the opportunity of gaining a completely new experience and perspective of using this approach to gather information from the market' - both from the supply and demand sides. The cleaning products and services market was in focus.

Despite the novel approach, 19 people attended. The majority represented local governments and municipalities from the Lodz region, who are involved in public procurement procedures in their administrations.

The Market Dialogue session consisted of three parts, which included an introduction and presentation of the EU-funded InnProBio project (including new tools and good practice) along with the presentation of bio-based products and services identified through the project. The second session saw two presentations made by companies about their products. The first of these was a consultancy company THETA specialising in advisory services for the chemical sector and supporting both private and public entities in any technical and legal expertise required. For instance, in obtaining certificates or controlling product compliance with certain procurer's requirements. The second presentation was from Naprzód Marketing - a company specialising mainly in providing bio-based cleaning services. The third session of the day focused on face-to-face consultations and was aimed at giving procurers the possibility of engaging and discussing directly with both suppliers and the experts from the InnProBio team. This session also included a final company presentation from Werner & Mertz Professional and its products from the greenCARE Professional line.

The Market Dialogue was organised by the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz, via the Centre for Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnership. The Market Dialogue was titled "Market Dialogue for Bio-based public procurement of cleaning products and services".

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  Other news

Introducing the BIOCANNDO project on bio-based products and awareness raising

The EU-funded ‘Bioeconomy Awareness and Discourse Project’ (BioCannDo) aims to increase awareness of bio-based products. More specifically, the project will develop and distribute communication and educational materials about the bioeconomy and bio-based products: articles, videos, information sheets and other items targeting the more general audience. It also aims to facilitate access to trustworthy resources through the website called AllThingsBio.

The project’s goal is to develop clear, scientifically-sound messages about bio-based products that can be easily understood. It aims to increase acceptance of bio-based materials and engage EU citizens in the new bioeconomy.

The project will run until September 2019 and is coordinated by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) in Germany.

More information is available at the AllthingsBio website.

Image copyright: BioCannDo


European Commission publishes new strategy on plastic production and pollution

The European Commission presented on the 16th January 2017 a strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.

According to its new Plastics Strategy, the EU executive will work to ensure that all plastic packaging placed on the internal market is either reusable or easily recyclable by 2030. By the same year, the Commission hopes that more than a half of all plastic waste will be recycled, thanks to new effective waste collection programmes.

The strategy also recognizes the vital role of taxation and public procurement in supporting transition and steering investments. It affirms The European Commission will work to integrate recycled content in Green Public Procurement criteria.

For more information read the Plastic Strategy or visit EURACTIV.com article.

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More factsheets available to support the procurement of bio-based products and materials

The EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) recently commissioned Royal Haskoning to develop user-friendly guidance and information materials aimed at facilitating the uptake of innovative bio-based products through public purchasing actions.

A number of Factsheets were published during the EU’s assignment. These cover specific procurement categories, namely bio-based asphalt additives, clips and binders, coating, geotextiles, plant foil, pots and seeding beds, shuttering, street furniture and soil improvers.

The factsheets consider definitions, highlight benefits and include specific procedures and purchasing strategies.

Have a look at the Factsheets by visiting the project’s website.

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  Upcoming events

3rd Annual Conference and Expo on Biomaterials

Biomaterials 2018 conference acts as a platform for bridging the gap between Academia and Industry through discussion on novel research methods in Biomaterials research. The conference gives best opportunity for meeting with Industrial experts, Academic speakers, Pharmaceutical Companies, Decision-makers, interacting and defining novel prospects in Biomaterials business. It helps in dynamically adding value to biomedical, pharmaceutical, R&D businesses. Novel approaches and applications about biomaterials like the gene/drug delivery systems development and industrializing insights & gain the latest technologies about novel biomaterials and bionanomaterials.

5-6 March 2018
Berlin, Germany

Website: biomaterials.conferenceseries.com

The 15th Procura+ Seminar

The City of Oslo (Norway) and ICLEI are partnering to host the 15th Procura+ Seminar on 21-22 March 2018, to bring together a diverse range of practitioners, experts and policy makers from across Europe. Participants will get the chance to hear from the City of Oslo on their new procurement strategy, and from the SPP Regions project partners on experiences of engaging with suppliers, applying circular procurement and using life cycle costing tools.

Detailed information about the Seminar will be made available on the Procura+ website. Please do not hesitate to contact at oslo2018@iclei.org with any questions or if you would like to collaborate.

21 - 22 March 2018
Oslo, Norway

Website: www.procuraplus.org/events/

11th International Conference on Bio-based Materials

Bio-based building blocks and platform chemicals will be one focus of the conference. Plenty of new bio-based building blocks, such as furan derivatives, succinic acid and 1,4-butanediol, are entering the market and thus give the opportunity to create brand new bio-based polymers. As an event that strives to highlight innovation, the conference will again dedicate a session to young and promising start-ups. High-potential start-ups from the field of bio-based chemistry, polymers and biotechnology are invited to present themselves to industry and get in contact with potential investors. To further honour and acknowledge new developments in the innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry, every year the participants of the conference choose the winner of the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year”.

15-16 May 2018
Cologne, Germany


EcoProcura 2018

European Green Capital City of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability are pleased to announce the 10th edition of the EcoProcura Conference on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement taking place on 3-5 October 2018.

Procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations in Nijmegen will meet to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement. Topics will include current best practice in implementation, European policy developments and international initiatives, opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe and market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues, professionalisation of procurement

For more information, visit the EcoProcura Conference Series website, or email: ecoprocura2018@iclei.org.

3 - 5 October
Nijmegen, Netherlands


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