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Five policy asks for a strong European bioeconomy
Published the 16.11.17

On the occasion of the EU Bioeconomy Policy Day and of the release of the “Staff Working Document on the review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy”, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) calls for an ambitious revision of the 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy and for a time-bound and measurable Action Plan.

EUBA members, representing key stakeholders along the bioeconomy value chains, today propose a set of policy recommendations for the upcoming revision of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and related Action Plan.  

In its “Policy asks for the bioeconomy strategy revision” ,it calls for concrete measures and long-term support for sustainably-produced biomass, fostering investment and market development.

European policymakers must fully recognise and help achieve the potential of the bioeconomy if Europe is to become a global leader in this field. The bioeconomy is already worth €2 trillion annually and employs 22 million Europeans. In a stable investment and policy environment, it will boost competitiveness and long-term economic growth and contribute to over-arching goals such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The bioeconomy is key to a truly circular economy.

The EUBA document  outlines what needs to be done at EU level to create a strong framework to support investments throughout the value chains, and enhance EU-grown biomass mobilisation and market access for bio-based products made in EU.

The five policy asks are as follows:

  1. Biomass: Circular bioeconomy should be an integral part of EU-level frameworks and policies;
  2. Investment: Increase funding and improve coherence of financing mechanisms for the circular bioeconomy;
  3. Investment: Secure the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2.0;
  4. Markets: Incentives for bio-based products in strategic sectors;

5.    Markets: Promote bio-based products’ visibility to stimulate market demand.

“The time has come for an ambitiously-revised EU Bioeconomy Strategy and a time-bound well-implemented Action Plan” says Jamie Fortescue, Managing Director of Starch Europe, on behalf of the European Bioeconomy Alliance. “This is of utmost importance to foster investments in EU-grown biomass and biorefineries across Europe.

 

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Note to the Editor

The Commission is organising a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel will present and discuss its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for Bioeconomy development. These discussions will reflect both on the experiences gained over the past four years with Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and on the possible need for new actions. Separate parallel sessions will follow immediately after the plenary session chaired by 9 relevant Directorate Generals, the co-signatories of the Bioeconomy Strategy.

European Bioeconomy Alliance
The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) is an informal alliance of leading European organisations representing sectors active in the bioeconomy.

The five policy asks are available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Polish

Contact person: Annie Xystouris, a.xystouris@cepi.org, Direct line: 02 627 49 24

 

Positions
Policy asks for the bioeconomy strategy revision
Published the 29.09.17

EUBA calls for the implementation of concrete measures and long‐term support for the availability of sustainably produced biomass, fostering investment and market development.

More specifically, the five policy asks are as follows:
1. Biomass: Circular bioeconomy should be an integral part of EU‐level frameworks and policies;
2. Investment: Increase funding and improve coherence of financing mechanisms for the circular bioeconomy;
3. Investment: Secure the Bio‐Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2.0;
4. Markets: Incentives for bio‐based products in strategic sectors;
5. Markets: Promote bio‐based products’ visibility to stimulate market demand.

The document is available in five more languages: DEU, ESP, FR, IT and PL.

Positions
Sustainable production of EU-grown renewable raw materials
Published the 02.01.17

The bioeconomy comprises the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) believes that promoting and supporting sustainable biomass production in the EU is key to further developing the bioeconomy, and consistent with worldwide sustainable development based upon non-depleting natural resources. This should be better addressed through the review of the Bioeconomy Strategy.

The sustainable production of biomass strikes a balance between the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability, which are interdependent and mutually strengthen one another. Sustainable EU agricultural and forestry practices deliver benefits, such as healthy food, renewable and climate-friendly raw materials, ecosystem services, recreational activities for society, mitigating climate change, and protecting key habitats and nature.

Press
Bioeconomy 2.0 will help lead the EU’s renewable revolution - with the right support
Published the 12.04.16

On the occasion of ‘BioEconomyUtrecht2016’, the fourth Bioeconomy Stakeholders’ Conference, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) calls on the EU to lead a worldwide transition towards a renewable, low-carbon economy. Europe has all of the means necessary to become a global leader in the bioeconomy, if its potential is realised and embraced by European policy makers.

Read full press release below.

Press
The EUBA warns against a tiered approach to the carbon leakage list
Published the 05.04.16

A number of the sectors which are fundamental to the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy strategy, represented by the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), are identified as being subject to the risk of carbon leakage under the Commission’s proposal for the ETS post 2020. These are: starch, oilseeds and protein meals, pulp and paper and sugar.  The EUBA supports this approach because there is indeed a real risk that these sectors may relocate their operations outside the EU in the absence of a global level playing field on energy cost.

Read the full press release below.

Positions
Bio-based industries’ views on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Published the 01.02.16

The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) is an informal alliance of leading European organisations representing sectors active in the bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, biotechnology, sugar, starch, vegetal oils, pulp and paper, bioplastics, renewable ethanols, research & innovation).

Several of these sectors are subject to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, with a potential risk of carbon leakage at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis the rest of the world. 

Positions
Bioeconomy – a motor to the circular economy
Published the 01.02.16

The bioeconomy comprises the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy via innovative, efficient technologies. In this regard, it is the biological motor of a future circular economy, which is based on optimal use of resources and the production of primary raw materials from renewably sourced feedstock. Developing ways to use our land and renewable raw materials in the most sustainable, efficient and productive way will be an essential goal for the future. Only by finding such solutions can we address the grand challenges facing Europe and the wider world of resource efficiency, climate change mitigation and of providing sufficient food, energy and materials for a growing global population.

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Bioeconomy's potential to mitigate climate change
Published the 01.02.16

Plants, such as trees, crops and algae rely on photosynthesis – a natural process that inherently removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases oxygen – to grow. This comes in addition to the multiple benefits that the vegetation that grows in terrestrial and marine ecosystems also provide, e.g. reduce erosion, protect soils. When managed sustainably, these ecosystems can provide feedstocks that combine a lot of positive features for the environment: renewability, recyclability, biodegradability and compostability. These assets make plants a unique resource to sustain life on earth.

Positions
Joint call for action on the bioeconomy
Published the 01.02.15

The bioeconomy offers huge potential to tackle societal challenges such as resource efficiency, climate change, maintaining European competitiveness and creation of jobs. The vision of the European Bioeconomy Alliance is for a competitive, innovative, energy secure and sustainable Europe: leading the transition towards a post-petroleum society while decoupling economic growth from resource depletion and environmental impact.

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EUBA market-creation measures
Published the 11.01.15

The EUBA presents five market-creation measures for the bioeconomy.