Standards and Regulations for the Bio-based Industry


STAR4BBI is a three years, coordination and support project. It is funded by the Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium: the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). The aim of this partnership is to increase investment in the development of a sustainable Bio-based industry sector in Europe. The STAR4BBI consortium consists of four participants: the Dutch Standardization Institute (NEN), the Technical University of Berlin (TUB), Wageningen Research (WR) and nova-Institut for political and ecological innovation (NOVA).

The objective of STAR4BBI is to provide an overview of conflicts and barriers to growth within the Bio-based industry. The project intends to propose simple and applicable alternatives that facilitate investments in existing and new bio-based value chains with the result to increase the market uptake of bio-based products and processes. STAR4BBI will conduct a holistic analysis of the regulatory and standards framework impacting the bio-based industry in Europe. An in-depth analysis of the status quo and forward-looking investigations will aim at defining harmonising approaches across sectors and value chains. The aim is to establish a coherent, well-coordinated and favourable regulatory and standards framework to support the development of a cutting-edge bio-based economy for Europe.

The project approach starts with the selection and assessment of several example bio-based product value chains. These cases are the research material that will provide insight into all levels and types of regulations or standards that are representative for the bio-based industry. The cases will be used to identify and to address crucial (challenging) regulations and related standards on EU, national and regional/local level. In parallel, a foresight exercise will be conducted to address necessary updates in regulation and standardization (activity) to reflect relevant new technological developments in selected value chains. Based upon these exercises, the project will provide an outline of the steps to be taken by local, regional, national governments and/or the EU to change the regulations effectively. The project will thereby define how European standards might be used for the change and/or implementation of effective regulations. Finally STAR4BBI will disseminate the findings to government officers and politicians that can change the identified regulations and codes.

The research focuses on a limited amount of 5 to 8 real-life cases. The aim is to cover a representative share of the complex and varied aspects of the bio-based industry. We try to  include several countries/regions EU wide, areas of regulation (taxes, subsidies, agriculture,  waste management, product safety, labour), feedstock value chains (forests, agriculture, by-products and (organic) waste) and product sectors (pulp & paper, plastics, co-refining/firing, textiles, building & construction). The success of the project lies upon the input from stakeholders and experts of the concerned industries in order to accurately identify both pressing matters and success factors in standards and regulations and receive their views on future technology and societal trends surrounding the selected value chains.

More information coming soon.

For questions, please contact the project coordinator Mr Ortwin Costenoble (Dutch Standardization Agency): ortwin.costenoble@nen.nl

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720685