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Open-Bio: Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement

Running from 11/2013 till 10/2016

Open-Bio is the follow-up project to another FP7 research project called KBBPPS (Knowledge Based Bio-based Products’ Pre-Standardization) and kicked off in November 2013. It comprises a broader consortium consisting of the KBBPPS group and a number of new partners, bringing in expanded expertise. Open-Bio builds on the results of KBBPPS, refining them and developing further knowledge on implementation of the standardization result in relation to market development.

Open-Bio investigates how markets can be opened for bio-based products through standardization, labelling and procurement. Therefore, one focus is on the sustainability of the bio-based resources and potential testing methods for this criterion. The end-of-life research will be expanded to different biodegradation scenarios, composting and recyclability. Functionality testing will focus on the gaps identified by KBBPPS and on the special properties of bio-based products.

A new aspect is communication: Open-Bio will also investigate the needs and demands of consumer groups and develop a system that can provide the relevant information about bio-based products to make buying decisions easier for businesses, public procurement and private customers. Part of the project is also to conceptualize an Ecolabel that can be applied to bio-based products to strengthen consumer confidence and boost market demand.

Contact persons:

Project coordinator: Ortwin Costenoble, Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN)

Dissemination officer: Lara Dammer, nova-Institute, Germany

A little glimpse into the testing of marine biodegradation, performed by HYDRA: