Introduction

Introduction to this project

Guidance for bio-based products in procurement

The website www.biobasedinprocurement.eu is part of the project “development of a guidance document for bio-based products in procurement”. This project and website aims to help procureres and other persons involved with green procurement for bio-based products. Among other things this project will deliver labels, an initial European product information list and specific trainings for public procurers.

 

Benefits of bio-based products

The term bio-based product refers to products wholly or partly derived from biomass, such as plants, trees or animals (the biomass can have undergone physical, chemical or biological treatment). Depending on the specific application and specifications of a bio-based product, there may be several motives to replace “fossil” products by bio-based products. Bio-based products can have favorable sustainability characteristics, like usage of renewable raw materials, no depletion of fossil resources, reduced CO2-footprint, biodegradability and reduced or no toxicity. Environmental benefits are not the same for all bio-based products. Some bio-based products also have financial benefits compared to their fossil equivalents (lower life cycle costs) for specific applications.

Bio-based products include such things as green and sustainable plastics, adhesives, construction materials, composites, paper, packaging, fuel additives, fertilizers, lubri cants, paints, coatings and ink, solvents and cleaners, absorbent materials and textiles. Food, animal feed and energy products are not in the group’s remit.

 

Priority area EU

Establishing a bio-economy in Europe holds a great potential: it can maintain and create economic growth and jobs in rural, coastal and industrial areas, reduce fossil fuel dependence and improve the economic and environmental sustainability of primary production and processing industries.

The Bio-economy Strategy and its Action Plan aim to pave the way to a more innovative, resource efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with the sustainable use of renewable resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring environmental protection.

The Action Plan describes the Commissions main actions for the implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy objectives.



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