OPEN-BIO – Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement

OPEN-BIO – Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement

Application of standards, certification schemes and labels has positive long-term effects on the overall development of the European bio-based product market. Good product information that presents correct claims to industry and public procurers is vital for the usage of these new products. Ensuring the sustainable sourcing of raw materials and the effective bio-content are important additional steps for public confidence. Clear indication of their (comparative) functionality and the optimal possible end-of-life options, needs to underline their positive impact compared to the regular products. Finally, public acceptance comes with clear and harmonized labels on products and packages.

The work carried out by Open-Bio was quite diverse. A large part of the research was devoted to establishing and improving test methods for bio-based products; these concerned bio-based content, biodegradability under various conditions and improvement of functionality tests.  The project moved the proposed standards of KBBPPS forward and developed new ones, taking into consideration the ability to biodegrade in seawater, compostability and the possibility for conversion into biogas. The team developed standardised methods to help manufacture and substantiate claims about bio-based content and related product properties. Several Open-Bio methods were submitted to the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the International Standardisation Organization (ISO) Committee, with two being adopted already within the project time.

Project partners also approached consumer groups to determine their needs and demands. This information was used to develop a database system that provided relevant information about bio-based products to public procurement officers. Users of the database can find information concerning the bio-based content of products, plus their sustainability, functionality and end-of-of life aspects like biodegradability. These claims are substantiated by references to standards, technical sheets and labels. The database being the first port of call for those working in public procurement seeking reliable information about the range of bio-based products available on the European market was fed in the new INNPROBIO project, which specifically deals with public procurement of innovative bio-based products.

Consortium members worked with European research institutes and companies to explore the possibility of developing an ecolabel. Applied to bio-based products the label can boost consumer confidence and increase market demand. This would enable all properties and applications to be clearly communicated to the users of bio-based products.

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  • Duration
    From: 2013-11-01
    To: 2016-10-31
  • Overall Budget
    8 057 503,80 €
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A methodology for the indirect assessment of the renewability of bio-based products
This document describes an indirect method for the assessment of bio-based product recirculation. The test method described in this report
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Acceptance factors for bio-based products and related information systems
To ensure the effectiveness of measures that support the demand of bio-based products work package 9 of the Open-Bio project
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Assessment and development of automation of direct bio-content
This deliverable presents the different specifications of direct automation based on isotopic methods, analytical combinations, precision and upcoming improvement in
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Bio-based sustainability schemes
This report identifies and explores sustainability issues relevant for bio-based products. It investigates what lessons can be learned from biomass
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Definitions for renewable elements and renewable molecules
Described in this report is an attempt produce definitions for renewable elements and molecules (as components of bio-based products). The
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EU bio-based label description and strategy
The objective was to assess the suitability of ecolabel criteria for bio-based products, or in other words, to find out
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Evaluation of applicable techniques for the determination of the bio-based content
This report presents the comparison between different methods for the bio-based content determination. Radiocarbon method supplemented by elemental analysis (EN
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Overview report on functionality testing
Report on functionality testing for demonstrating the functionality of novel bio-based products. Key mechanical properties, key chemical/thermal parameters and additional
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Performance characteristics for horizontal bio-based content standard – Round robin assessment results
This report presents the results of the round robin assessment that was held in order to test the procedure proposed
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Plastic in the Sea – Research Project OPEN-BIO
OPEN-BIO is a research project funded by the European Commission. One part of the research is the development of test
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Product information list guidelines
With the development of a Product Information list, the project aims at developing a European product information database of bio-based products
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Publishable final report
The Open-Bio project aims at increasing the uptake speed of standards, certification systems, labels and data sheets for bio-based products.
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Report on the use of isotopes
This concerns the development of complete bio-based content methodologies using stable isotopes and isoscapes. The development of automation techniques for
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Review of current methods and standards relevant to marine degradation
The marine realm is the largest ecosystem on our planet. However, to most people “the sea” is an infinite mass
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Review on centralized composting
This deliverable contains a critical review on available standards and practices and an evaluation of benefits shortcomings. Summarizing it can
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Review on decentralized composting
This deliverable contains: A review on existing standards on decentralized (home and farm) composting; A review on existing practices; A
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Standardization report on bio-based product testing
Report on functionality testing for demonstrating the functionality of novel Bio-based Products. For this research, 7 key product categories were
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The EU Ecolabel and bio-based products
One of the Open-Bio work packages dealt with the question, whether the EU Ecolabel can be extended to explicitly cover bio-based
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Validated biogasification test
This report contains a review of existing standards on anaerobic digestion and biogasification of (bio-based) products and the development of a
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Validated standard for decentralized composting
The objective of task 6.2 “Validation of decentralized compostability test standards” of the Open-Bio project is the development of a
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