Research: Bio–Based Products Standards for Bio–Based Products: EU to Join Bio–Research Boom
A milestone for European researches on bio–based products? KBBPPS, an EU–funded research programme, now addresses scientific and industrial issues for research and standardization. The project kicked off with a meeting of the seven involved partner organisations on September 27th in Paris.
Paris/France – Led by NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute, the project executes pre-standardization research for bio-based products. The results automatically feed into the CEN standardization process on the same topic. The goal is to provide the European and global market with horizontal standards on biomass content and biodegradability that have been assessed on a first set of different products, such as solvents, plastics and lubricants.
EU research on bio-based product standards kicks off
The application of standards and certification systems in the European bio-based product industry has positive long-term effects on the overall development of bio-based product markets, market experts belive: Trade barriers are reduced and the development of a pan-European market for bio-based products is promoted.
Finally, public acceptance of bio-based products is increased through ensuring and verifying the sustainable sourcing of raw materials, the effective bio-content 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 bio-based products.
BBPPS project focuses on biomass content, functionality and biodegradability
Following Mandates by the European Commission, the European Standardization Committee initiated a Technical Committee on "Bio-based products", CEN/TC 411. The project KBBPPS (Knowledge Based Bio-based Products' Pre-Standardization) is requested under the FP7 EU research programme to execute pre- and co-normative research for this committee.
By participating in this committee and by exchanging with for instance ASTM, KBBPPS will allow the European stakeholders to progress with well-defined, globally aligned and sound test methods correlated to actual field behaviour and applicability in the lab.
Now European agencies and universities team up for the research and devlopment of bio–based materials... more on page 2!