Building a Bio-based Economy for Europe for 2020
The vision of a society that is far less dependent on fossil fuels for energy and industrial raw materials is closer than ever to becoming a reality in Europe. The application of biotechnology for the sustainable processing and production of chemicals, materials and fuels from biomass creates an opportunity to reduce significantly our dependence on coal, oil and gas. That vision and that opportunity have a name: the bio-based economy.
- There must be improved access to renewable raw materials for industrial use, at competitive prices.
- Research must be more targeted, and we must reduce the distance between the laboratory and the marketplace for innovative new products.
- We must use all the tools at our disposal, especially public procurement, to kick-start the market for new bio-based products.