Press & Positions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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EUBA market-creation measures
Published the 11.01.15

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

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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.