September 3 - 6, 2017
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TU-104: Sustainability of bio-based products: linking Life Cycle Thinking with standards, certification and labelling schemes
Products and processes using bio-based materials play an important role in the European economy. Bio-based materials may offer potential benefits in terms of reducing fossil fuel depletion and emission of greenhouse gases and creating employment opportunities in rural areas, among others. However, their sustainability depends on the geographical and technical characteristics of each biomass-to-product value chain, which may result in trade-offs between different aspects (e.g. land use, water consumption, deforestation).
Over the last two decades, efforts to develop multi-disciplinary approaches to assess the sustainability of bio-based products have yielded a broad range of case studies. One of the uses of such assessments could be the development of sustainability criteria and standards for environmental labelling and sustainable procurement. Nevertheless, no commonly agreed approaches exist and information available in the literature seems to have only limited application in supporting these activities and therefore promoting bio-based products and processes on the market.
This session aims at gathering contributions which show how Life Cycle Thinking can be used to feed into the development of sustainability criteria, the certification and ultimately the policy making for bio-based products and processes. Applications of interest could include, but are not limited to, lubricants, cosmetics, plastics, construction materials and textiles.
10:30am - 10:45am
Integrating Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Eco-design strategies for a sustainable production of bio-based plastics
Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover, Germany
10:45am - 11:00am
Sustainability assessment of blue biotechnology processes: addressing environmental, social and economic dimensions
1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; 2MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, France
11:00am - 11:15am
Addressing the sustainability of lubricants from an LCA perspective
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate B – Growth and Innovation, Seville, Spain, Spain
11:15am - 11:30am
Recommended water scarcity footprint method AWARE: learning from 11 case studies
1LIRIDE - University Sherbrooke, Canada; 2CIRAIG - Polytechnique Montreal, Canada; 3Quantis International, Switzerland; 4Danone Waters, France; 5TU Berlin, Germany; 6University of Coimbra, Portugal; 7Treeze, Switzerland; 8Braskem, Brazil; 9Univeristy of Padova, Italy; 10ETH Zurich, Switzerland; 11SDC-GPWI, SuizAgua Colombia; 12JRC, European Commission, Ispra, Italy; 13Nestle, Switzerland
11:30am - 11:35am
POSTER SPOTLIGHT - Sustainability assessment of the Portuguese forest sector
1Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) & Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal; 2ADAI-LAETA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Polo II Campus, Rua Luís Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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