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There is a definite role for public procurement of biobased products. However, these products have to be demonstrably greener than their fossil counterparts.
Editorial office / Brussels

According to Reinhard Buescher (DG Growth European Commission), speaking at EFIB 15 in Brussels, biobased products therefore have to prove that in terms of sourcing, processing and end-of-life they are better. ‘ It has been proven that this is not always the case. Therefore, this is one of the big challenges for the private sector.’

The bio-economy holds great potential, according to Buescher. ‘If we want to realise the ambitious targets in reducing CO2-emissions, the transition into a bio-economy has to take place. Also the implications for the economy would be substantial, especially for the rural regions within Europe.’