The aim of the STAR4BBI project is identify standards, policy and regulations which pose a hurdle for market introduction of bio-based materials and products, and to develop proposals for modification of these standards, policy and regulations.
A number of relevant and representative cases will be mapped where standards and regulations hinder or contribute to market success of bio-based products. Selection of cases will be based on representativeness for different EU countries/regions, regulation instruments (tax, subsidies, agriculture, energy, waste, product safety, labour), bio-based industries value chains (forestry, agriculture, side streams, waste streams, etc) and product sectors (pulp and paper, plastics, fuels, textile, building & construction, etc.).
Identification of hurdles
Current hurdles in standards and regulations will be identified by comprehensive interviews with representative industrial parties, and questioning of other experts and searching open literature. Considering further developments in the bio-based economy, a foresight study on potentially future bottlenecks will be conducted.
Proposals for modification of standards and regulations
Final goal of the project is to develop proposals for modification of standards, policy and regulations which hinder market introduction of bio-based products in order to positively impact investments in (new) bio-based product value chains, ultimately resulting in an increased market for bio-based products and processes.
Project partners and collaboration with EU industry
The project is a collaboration between Wageningen Food and Biobased Research (WFBR), Stichting Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut (NEN) as project leader, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH (NOVA). All four partners are R&D institutes. The activities, however, focus on business cases and revenue models for EU industry. Therefore extensive interaction with individual enterprises and trade associations will be sought. Moreover, the advisory board of the project consists of:
- EFI European Forest Institute
- EuropaBio the European Association for Bioindustries
- IAR Pôle Industries & Agro-Resources
The project began on September 1st of 2016 and will have a total duration of 36 months. STAR4BBI receives funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720685.