Renewable Materials Europe's Bio-Based Future: Cefic's Statement on Renewable Materials

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, calls upon politician to use the driving forces of the market for the transformation of Europe to a more bio-based society. According to Cefic, import duties and unequal tax treatments are a major obstacle for the use of renewable materials.

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(Picture: Cefic)
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Brussels/Belgium – Cefic recently released a policy paper titled “Cefic views on a bio-based economy by 2020” concerning the European Unions EU2020 goals for a more bio-based future. Market barriers for renewable feedstock but also a possible dependency on foreign producers worries the council.

“The permanent removal of import duties on „renewable‟ resources such as sugars, cereals, and bio-ethanol would give a clear signal to the market that would attract more bio-based investment in Europe,” said Cefic Director General Hubert Mandery. “This would be the major step to attract investments in the bio-based industry in Europe.”

To avoid over reliances from foreign producers, the EU should adopt its farm policy to further promote the production of both, food and raw, renewable feedstock for fuels and biopolymers, Cefic says. While bio-fuels are already a much discussed topic in Europe, polymers made from renewable materials could well gain additional attention, Cefic notes.

Tax Barriers Cause Market Distortions for Renewable Materials, Cefic says

Cefic blames unequal tax policies to cause market distortions that hold back the use of renewable materials for bioplastics. A non-discriminatory approach for the different uses of renewable raw materials, Cefic argues, could reduce the conflicts between several value chains that rely on renewable materials.

Officials encourage the politician to support research and development of a bio technology base in Europe, including support for demonstration projects. According to the council, demonstration projects involving all actors of the value chain are essential for innovation.