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REPORT: European Commission Bio-based products recommended policies

Hello blog readers. Unfortunately, I am still unable to blog as much this month as I am currently enjoying my first long vacation this year in Aruba (after all the health issues, I think I do deserve this one). I just want to wish everybody happy holidays and if I don’t post again this year, have a great New Year celebration as well!

Please check out Aruba! It’s about time we explore biotechnology, renewable energy, fuel, chemicals, and bio-products in the Caribbean especially as it is so near in South America! I’m getting to know people who have direct access to government officials and investors here :).

In the meantime, in Europe…

The European Commission’s Expert Group for Bio-based Products released its final report recommending nine guiding principles and eight policies as foundations for jobs and growth through bio-based products.

According to the report, the bioeconomy in Europe is already worth over €2.2 trillion while providing over 18 million jobs. The Commission’s expert group presented the outcomes of its 4 years mandate at the Bioeconomy policy day in Brussels held last month. The Expert Group for Bio-based Products was set up in mid-2013. The Group has 34 appointed members representing EU countries and state agencies, public procurers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academia, and businesses. 7 observers also follow the Group’s work.

According to its Terms of Reference (39 KB), the Expert Group’s objective is to advise the Commission on the development of the bio-based products sector by:

  • Monitoring and supporting the development of the policy framework, and the implementation of the priority recommendations proposed by the Lead Market Initiative Ad-hoc Advisory Group for Bio-based Products.
  • Proposing demand-side industrial policy actions conducive to the market uptake of bio-based products and processes (standardisation, public procurement, awareness raising, labelling, etc.).
  • Mapping of bio-based products and relevant bioeconomy related activities and exchanging of good practices at regional, national, international, and EU-level aimed at increasing the competitiveness of European industry.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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