Author: LIFT-Team

STAR4BBI Market entry barriers report

Standards play a crucial role in supporting the growth of the bio-based products market. They can help to increase market transparency by providing common reference methods and requirements that enable the verification of claims and certification regarding the bio-based content, biodegradability or environmental sustainability of different products. However, inadequate standards can also act as barriers for certain products. So, what are the current EU standards or other related issues that hamper the growth of bio-based products? STAR4BBI (“Developing standards for bio-based industries”) analysed these barriers and proposed actions towards overcoming these.

The STAR4BBI market entry barriers report (D2.1) describes the market entry barriers due to regulation and standardisation that companies operating in the bio-based economy experience. The analysis is based on extensive interviews. Five main hurdles that were identified and are in detail discussed in the report are:

  • End of Life
  • Certification and Standards
  • Biofuel Policy
  • Long Term Policy
  • Communication and Image

PROBIO Report on Policy Lessons

PROBIO provided projects in the bioeconomy area with an opportunity to reach the market more effectively, through a number of actions: coaching projects to market uptake; facilitating links with industrial and financial investors; providing guidance on how to exploit Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) research; fostering networking and knowledge exchange between European bioeconomy initiatives and the most important sector players thus raising awareness towards policy makers and engaging the general public).

The PROBIO Report on Policy Lessons summarises lessons learnt, outlining policy issues, standards and regulations, and provides an overview of the final policy dinner debate event at the European Parliament.

BIOPEN perspective studies

BIOPEN aims to support collaboration and knowledge sharing in the bio-based industry and to stimulate the set-up of co-innovation partnerships for the development of new products and markets in the sector by setting up an open innovation platform capable to involve industries, research centres and universities.

The BIOPEN perspective studies is a collection of perspective studies on five bio-based value chains, covering: 1) Novel bio-polymers and oligomers for plastics (PEF, PA12), rubber, adhesives, additives, surfactants and peptides for feed applications, 2) Environmentally friendly coatings and packaging materials for food, beverages and flowers to obtain prolonged preservation and consumer protection, 3) Products and applications based on lignocellulosic feedstock, mainly wood: technical timber products with enhanced construction properties and base chemicals and building blocks for the chemical industry, 4) Drop-in and functionalized bio-aromatics: greening the conventional aromatics market and offering a portfolio of new applications, 5) Micro and macro algae for the production of specialty chemicals and high end value added products for dietary supplements, cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications.

Generic bio-based product/process value chains are conceptualised and the key enablers involved are defined. Each study follows the value chain from feedstock, it comments on the technologies and emphasizes on the market features. The document identifies weak points in the route for realizing these value chains, but also points to the strengths of EU and suggests measures and strategies to expedite the development of bio-based products at commercial scale.

BioLinX policy recommendations

BioLinX supported participants in FP7 and H2020 bioeconomy related projects in commercializing their innovative ideas and connects them to markets and regional networks.

In order to support the further development of the bio-economy as well as an input to the forthcoming Horizon Europe research programme the project produced this leaflet with policy recommendations which reveals in an easily accessible and understandable way the learnings of BioLinX. These learnings are translated into ‘active’ policy recommendations.

BIOLINX Legacy Document

BioLinX supported participants in FP7 and H2020 bioeconomy related projects in commercializing their innovative ideas and connects them to markets and regional networks.

Via its Linking & Support Programme, innovation owners were given targeted assistance. This could take the form of training, for instance in venture capital pitching, or help in drawing up a business plan. Sometimes, this meant opening a door to the right funder, either public or private. BioLinX also established connections to new potential partners and provided databases on intellectual property and online brokerage.  The BIOLINX Legacy Document aims to inform European bioeconomy clusters and projects of the analysis performed by BioLinX, so they can, to their own discretion, put BioLinXs’ efforts to use in their respective journeys in contributing towards a flourishing European bioeconomy.

This legacy document contains potential opportunities in matching selected FP7 / H2020 activities with current needs / opportunities within 12 key bioeconomy regions throughout Europe.

 

BioLinX longread: Project positioning, execution & outcome

BioLinX supported participants in FP7 and H2020 bioeconomy related projects in commercializing their innovative ideas and connects them to markets and regional networks.

BioLinX longread: Project positioning, execution & outcome is the publishable final report of the BioLinX project. It tells the story of the BioLinx project and contains brief/simplified BioLinX project overview and introduction.

 

S2Biom review paper: Sustainable supply of non-food biomass for a resource efficient bioeconomy.

The S2Biom project supported the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at local, regional and pan European level through developing harmonised data sets, strategies, and roadmaps at local, regional, national and pan European level for EU28, Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Turkey. The project improved scientific evidence on the availability, cost supply, technologies and framework conditions (policy, financing, sustainability) for lignocellulosic non-food biomass by 2030.

The aim of this S2Biom paper is to give a state-of-the-art overview about various studies which investigated the present and potential sustainable supply of non-food biomass in the EU. The aim of this S2Biom paper is to give a state-of-the-art overview about various studies which investigated the present and potential sustainable supply of non-food biomass in the EU. 

 

S2Biom R&D roadmap for lignocellulosic biomass in Europe

The S2Biom project supported the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at local, regional and pan European level through developing harmonised data sets, strategies, and roadmaps at local, regional, national and pan European level for EU28, Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Turkey. The project improved scientific evidence on the availability, cost supply, technologies and framework conditions (policy, financing, sustainability) for lignocellulosic non-food biomass by 2030.

This S2Biom report outlines a research and development roadmap for sustainable biomass supply and delivery at pan-European level to promote and develop environmentally desirable bioenergy and bio-based materials.

S2Biom Integrated assessment of biomass supply chains and conversion routes

The S2Biom project supported the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at local, regional and pan European level through developing harmonised data sets, strategies, and roadmaps at local, regional, national and pan European level for EU28, Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Turkey. The project improved scientific evidence on the availability, cost supply, technologies and framework conditions (policy, financing, sustainability) for lignocellulosic non-food biomass by 2030.

This S2Biom report presents an integrated assessment of biomass supply chains and conversion routes, for energy as well as chemicals and materials, under different scenarios. It builds on various databases created in S2Biom and on the ECN’s RESolve Biomass model.

S2Biom Policy options to mobilize sustainable non-food biomass resources for the bio-based economy

The S2Biom project supported the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at local, regional and pan European level through developing harmonised data sets, strategies, and roadmaps at local, regional, national and pan European level for EU28, Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Turkey. The project improved scientific evidence on the availability, cost supply, technologies and framework conditions (policy, financing, sustainability) for lignocellulosic non-food biomass by 2030.

This S2Biom report describes policy guidelines and exemplary policy options allowing policy makers from the respective levels to quickly appreciate potential support frameworks that exist and efficient ways to apply them to mobilize sustainable biomass resources for different market sectors of the bio-based economy.