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Seven Measures To Promote A Bio-Based Economy in the EU

Over the last three years the STAR4BBI project has studied policy and standardisation hurdles that bio-based industries face. Here are 7 measures to tackle these hurdles.

The EU funded STAR4BBI project has analysed the policies and standardisation hurdles by collecting information from literature and several full product value chains. The partners have developed a set of proposals to legislators and industry to tackle these issues. At the concluding workshop, insights and feedback was provided by industry representatives, standards’ experts and policy makers via interactive table discussions.

These helped to confirm and refine the following seven proposals:

  1. Develop an EU Renewable Materials Directive similar to the one existing for biofuels and bioenergy
  2. Develop sustainability certification of all products under the EU Ecolabel and the CEN standard EN 16751
  3. Implement a carbon tax at EU level
  4. Regulate at EU level the design of products and at EU and municipal level their preferred end-of-life routes
  5. Update the EU Waste Framework Directive and align it with the Circular Economy Package
  6. Make the use of compostable plastic mandatory for certain products in order to assist consumers
  7. Update the term Genetically Modified Organisms in Directive 2001/18/EC in order to exclude new breeding techniques, currently ruled under this Directive

All these proposals will be presented to the EU policy makers as final results of STAR4BBI.

These results will be available from September 2019. STAR4BBI is an EU funded project focusing on Standards and Regulations for the Bio-based Industry.

The project has started on September 2016 with the duration of 36 months. It is led by the Netherlands Standardisation Institute NEN and comprises the consortium members nova-Institute, TU Berlin and Wageningen University.

CLOSING REMARKS

  • This is a great start to set up an action plan.
  • All EU citizens are not equal when it comes to taxation. Some countries such as Belgium apply an excessive income tax rate ( up to 60%) in addition to substantive indirect taxation (VAT, public health contributions, road tax, car tax, TV tax, telecom tax, fuel tax, alcohol tax, waste collection tax, etc).  The government is also shareholder in companies that apply uncompetitively high rates in telecom and energy sector. In other words, suggesting a new EU carbon tax … whatever the cause may be … may not always be welcomed enthusiastically by EU citizens.

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