29 April 2020

Learn more about the sustainability of bio-based products – STAR-ProBio shares results

After three years of intense research within a diverse consortium, the STAR-ProBio project has come to an end. The partners presented the project's results at an online final conference on 28 April.

The final event of the project took stock of the project’s main findings – go here for more information.

The aim of STAR-ProBio was to explore, assess and improve methods assessing the sustainability of bio-based products, with an overall goal to help harmonise such assessments across various value chains and sectors.

One of the key take-aways for ECOS is the missing link between life cycle related metrics (life cycle assessment – LCA, social LCA, life cycle costing, circularity metrics) and the sustainability criteria used in product certification schemes. A better interface between these two worlds would be very valuable to identify a product’s main drivers for environmental, social and economic impacts and to translate them into a set of best practices leading to better performing products. This would enable certification and ecolabelling schemes to be more impactful, as well as help raise their environmental ambition.

ECOS significantly contributed to the project through drafting policy recommendations, respectively on land use governance, and on the use of sustainability standards and certification in legislation. In the former, we highlighted the importance of an integrated approach to bioeconomy-related legislation, in order to avoid leakage effects such as ILUC. In the latter set of recommendations we warned against public authorities’ loss of control over implementation requirements.

We would like to thank all the partners for these three years of hard work!

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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