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What are bio-based products? New factsheet aim to provide clarity.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

What_is_BBP.“Establishing a bio-economy 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.”

We know this. And you know this. But sometimes definitions vary from person to person or organisation to organisation. It can also be at times difficult to explain in a clear and concise way. In response to this the EU-funded InnProBio project has produced the first of a series of factsheets containing information on bio-based products and services. The publication helps to define bio-based products, providing an insight into the primary differences with traditional products.

The first factsheet highlights the benefits of bio-based products, such as their potential to reduce the economy’s dependence on fossil fuels, create green jobs in the European Union, and drive European innovation. The link between bio-based products and sustainability is also outlined.

The section From biomass to bio-based products shows, in a very visual way, different biomass materials that can be used to create products (known as “feedstocks”), such as sugar, starch and natural rubber, as well as bio-based intermediates, such as fibres, polymers and composites, and bio-based end products. Factsheet #1 (What are bio-based products?), from InnProBio project is available now by clicking here.


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