STAR-PROBIO – Sustainability Transition Assessment and Research of Bio-based Products

STAR-ProBio constitutes a multidisciplinary and multi-actor collaborative project that will meet environmental, social and economic challenges, paving the way for a much-needed sustainability transition towards a bio-based economy.

The overall objective of the project is to promote a more efficient and harmonized policy regulation framework, needed to promote the market-pull of bio-based products. This will be achieved by developing a fit-for-purpose sustainability scheme, including standards, labels and certifications for bio-based products. To this aim, an integral part of STAR-ProBio will be the adoption of life-cycle methodologies to assess the roll-out of bio-based products.

Environmental assessment will be performed, through LCA, in a circular economy framework (with a focus on end-of-life analysis) looking at issues which emerge upstream and downstream the value chain. This will be complemented by a techno-economic assessment and by a social impact assessment conducted through stakeholder analysis, SLCA, surveys and field experiments. Indirect land use change issues (ILUC) will also be addressed from an environmental, economic and social perspective. Moreover, the analysis of selected case studies on (1) construction materials, (2) bio-based polymers, and (3) fine chemicals, will ensure that the approach is not too broad and theoretic, allowing the benchmarking against non bio-based products.

Hence, STAR-ProBio will integrate scientific and engineering approaches with social sciences and humanities-based approaches in order to formulate guidelines for a common framework promoting the development of regulations and standards to support the adoption of business innovation models in the bio-based products sector.

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  • Duration
    From: 2017-05-01
    To: 2020-04-30
  • Overall Budget
    5 306 371,50 €
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Deliverable 6.4: Report on end-of-life social and socio-economic assessment
End of Life (EoL) management represents a great challenge to develop new opportunities towards sustainability. Indeed, international institutions, organizations, academics,
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Deliverable D1.2: Mapping of relevant value chains and stakeholders
This report details the methodology employed in order to identify, select and map exemplary bio-based value chains for further analysis
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Deliverable D2.2: Selection of environmental indicators and impact categories for the life cycle assessment of bio-based products
This report describes an environmental life cycle assessment (E-LCA) methodology developed by STAR-ProBio for biobased products that is based on
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Deliverable D3.2: Assessing Sustainability of Managed End-of-life Options for Bio-based Products in a Circular Economy
This report describes the development of an environmental impact assessment framework dedicated to evaluating the sustainability characteristics of managed end-of-life
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Deliverable D5.2: Results of the experiment / Case study
Efforts to promote a sustainable bioeconomy seek to enable markets that create value from renewable resources while satisfying sustainability requirements.
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Deliverable D7.1: Examination of existing iLUC approaches and their application to bio-based materials
The STAR-ProBio project aims to identify and mitigate the risks of negative Land Use Change (LUC) effects associated with the
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Deliverable D9.2: Recommendations for standards and criteria for eco-labels for bio-based products
The European Bioeconomy Strategy aims at achieving an innovative, resilient and low carbon economy that replaces fossil raw materials with
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