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Open-Bio

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Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement

Term

November 1st, 2013 – October 31st, 2016

Project

Open-Bio is the follow-up project to the 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.

The results of Open-Bio will be fed directly into the current standardization processes of CEN/TC411.

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.

Coordinator

Dutch Normalization Institute (The Netherlands)

Partners

Dutch Normalization Institute (The Netherlands), University of York (UK), Agricultural Research Center (The Netherlands), Energy Research Center (The Netherlands), Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), Nova Institute (Germany), Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (Germany), Technical University of Berlin (Germany), Biomass Technology Group (The Netherlands), Hydra (Germany), Novamont (Italy), Analytical Science Institute (France), LeAF (The Netherlands) and OWS (Belgium)

OWS’ tasks

Development, optimization and normalization of tests and specifications for biodegradation and ecotoxicity and investigation of different managed end-of-life options for biobased products

Reports

The following deliverables are available via the below link:

  • Deliverable D5.5: Review of current methods and standards relevant to marine degradation
  • Deliverable D6.1: Review on centralized composting
  • Deliverable D6.3: Review on decentralized composting
  • Deliverable D6.6: Review on standards for biogasification

Links

Contact

Mr. Bruno De Wilde
E-mail: bruno.dewilde@ows.be