20 July 2016

Second InnProBio factsheet focuses on sustainability

The InnProBio team has issued its second factsheet, entitled Sustainability of bio-based products. This publication explains what the basis for sustainable bio-based products is. Importantly, just being a non-fossil feedstock is not enough, and considerations such as the agricultural practices for the cultivation of the biomass, the energy used in the production process, or the process agents such as chemicals and solvents, need to be taken into account.

This second factsheet contains detailed information about feedstocks, the end-of-life of bio-based products, and how to measure environmental impacts using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). There is also a section on certifications and labels that can help public procurers to define their requirements regarding bio-based products in their public tenders.

Bio-based products can offer improved functionalities compared to traditional fossil-fuel products, and the different aspects covered in this factsheet should be considered in order to make the bio-based products sustainable across their life cycles. The third factsheet, which will be issued in the coming days, will address different myths and facts about biodegradability.

The new factsheet is available here.