EU bioeconomy strategy lacks clear measures - industry group

14 February 2012 15:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--European Bioplastics believes the newly released EU bioeconomy strategy lacks explicit measures to boost bio-based industries in Europe, the industry association said on Tuesday. 

“The [bioeconomy] strategy is a good start, but more specific actions to support bio-based industries in Europe are needed”, said European Bioplastics chairman Andy Sweetman commenting on the strategy presented by Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU commissioner for research, innovation and science.

“The bioplastics industry is technologically well developed and can demonstrate a wide range of mature applications already today. What we need are strong measures to support the market development of bioplastics products,” he added.

Measures which the strategy failed to clearly get behind included priority recommendations from the EU Lead Market Initiative for bio-based products developed by an advisory group composed of representatives from national governments, industry and academia, Sweetman said.

The recommendations dealt with market access, feedstock supply, public procurement and consumer communications, he added.

The bioeconomy strategy, entitled “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, has been drawn up to help drive the transition from a fossil-based economy to a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe. It focuses on measures to boost research and innovation to develop new bio-based technologies.

“We’re too slow and too piecemeal in converting research results into innovation and using these to tackle our biggest societal challenges,” Geoghegan-Quinn said in unveiling the strategy.

“Policy actions at European and member-state level are often launched in isolation,” she said, calling for a stronger framework that would involve scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs.


By: Will Conroy
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