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Prestudy: Operationalization of sustainability criteria and LCA for the bio-based sector in Sweden

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Coordinator SIS - SWEDISH STANDARDS INSTITUTE - SIS, Swedish Standards Institute
Funding from Vinnova SEK 300 000
Project duration December 2016 - April 2017
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme Bioinnovation

Purpose and goal

The goal of the prestudy was "to formulate a project that can support the other projects within BioInnovation and the bio-based sector as a whole regarding sustainability aspects, including a roadmap and priorities". Many stakeholders have been engaged in the prestudy, and a project plan was developed in collaboration with them. The plan includes several activities, e.g. a guide book linked to EN 16751 and development of product category rules and data sets for LCA calculations. With that the goal is met. The work to secure enough co-financing will continue after the end of the prestudy.

Expected results and effects

Two clear signals were: build on the standards for bio-based products and start in the right place (i.e. the biomass production) and then build on this with later steps and finally whole value chains. As the forestry sector was the most active, it was concluded that there is enough ground for a project there. The hope is that the other sectors will follow so that the entire bioeconomy is covered. The expected effect is that a sustainability project is started within BioInnovation. This will lead to many positive effects for its projects, the bioeconomy and the society.

Planned approach and implementation

The entire prestudy was performed with stakeholder demand as a focus, all ideas were developed on request from and in close collaboration with the affected organisations. During the prestudy many contacts were taken with different stakeholders, focusing on industry. The prestudy begun with Workshop I, which was performed together with all project partners. The focus was information and discussion on targets and activities. Then meetings were held in different groups of stakeholders to refine these ideas. At the end, Workshop II was held where the results were presented and finetuned

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2016-05011

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