EU research on biobased product standards

To provide the European and global market with horizontal standards on biomass content and biodegradability for biobased products.

Standards for growth of the biobased products markets

The application of standards and certification systems in the European bio-based product industry has positive long-term effects on the overall development of biobased product markets. Trade barriers are reduced and the development of a pan-European market for biobased products is promoted. Finally, public acceptance of biobased products is increased through ensuring and verifying the sustainable sourcing of raw materials, the effective biocontent and clear indication of their (comparative) functionality in relation to the regular products. The KBBPPS project aims at increasing the uptake speed of standards and certification systems for biobased products.

The project

The KBBPPS (Knowledge Based Biobased Products' Pre-Standardization) project covers research and demonstration on bio-based carbon content determination, biomass content methods not solely dependent on 14C-analysis and biodegradability and eco-toxicity test schemes. In addition identification and resolution of functionality related bottlenecks with the view to developing, harmonising and validating test methodologies will be undertaken. The possibilities for improving sample preparation, fractionation and thermal treatments will be studied in order to cover biobase carbon and other biobased elements determination. Also, practical solutions for stakeholders, lab and field tests on biodegradation or biological derived elements will be investigated. The goal in the end is that the results can be copied one-to-one into European standards.

Expertise from Wageningen

The expertise and knowledge that Food & Biobased Research has gathered over the years on the development of a vast array of biobased products will be demonstrated throughout the project. With its  main focus of research pointed at the development of methods for the determination of the biobased content in solid, liquid of gaseous products.