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TU-104: Sustainability of bio-based products: linking Life Cycle Thinking with standards, certification and labelling schemes
Tuesday, 05/Sep/2017:
10:30am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Mauro Cordella, European Commission, JRC-IPTS, Spain
Session Chair: Oliver Wolf, European Commission, Spain
Location: Salle de conférences 2
European Convention Center - Ground Floor - "Salle de conférences 2"

Session Abstract

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.

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10:30am - 10:45am

Integrating Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Eco-design strategies for a sustainable production of bio-based plastics

Venkateshwaran Venkatachalam, Sebastian Spierling, Hans-Josef Endres

Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover, Germany

Venkatachalam-Integrating Life Cycle Assessment-445_POSTER.pdf

10:45am - 11:00am

Sustainability assessment of blue biotechnology processes: addressing environmental, social and economic dimensions

Paula Pérez-López1,2, Gumersindo Feijoo1, Maria Teresa Moreira1

1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; 2MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, France

Pérez-López-Sustainability assessment of blue biotechnology processes-225_POSTER.pdf

11:00am - 11:15am

Addressing the sustainability of lubricants from an LCA perspective

Candela Vidal-Abarca Garrido, Renata Kaps, Mauro Cordella, Oliver Wolf

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

Anne-Marie Boulay1,2, Jean-Baptiste Bayart3, Jean-Jacques Beley4, Markus Berger5, Carla Caldeira6, Rolf Frischknecht7, Yuki Hamilton Kabe8, Alessandro Manzardo9, Pablo Tirado2, Stephan Pfister10, Maly Puerto11, Serenella Sala12, Urs Schenker13

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

Ana Dias1, Paula Quinteiro1, Tamíris Costa1, Luis Arroja1, Érica Castanheira2, Rita Garcia2, Pedro Marques2, João Malça2, Fausto Freire2

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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