Monday, April 18, 2011


Policy paper on Bio-based Economy in the EU: Level Playing Field for Bio-based Chemistry and Materials

by Michael Carus, Dirk Carrez, Harald Kaeb, Jan Ravenstijn and Joachim Venus

Over the last ten years numerous studies have demonstrated the impressive potential of bio-based products: The production of bio-based chemicals and materials can create ten thousands of new green jobs, increase resource efficiency and make a considerable contribution to climate protection and innovation. Despite these benefits the investment in industrial biotechnology and biorefineries in Europe remains low. The political and economic framework in the EU does not support the industrial material use of biomass - this is in contrast to bioenergy and especially biofuels, which has expanded rapidly in the EU over the last ten years. The European "Innovation Union" needs to establish a level playing field for bio-based chemistry and materials in order for the EU to realize the potential of greening its process industries. Already 30 Public Authorities, Associations & Agencies, Bio-Industries (Start-Ups, SME and Non-SME), Universities/Institutes and Consultants are supporting the policy paper. If you would like to support this policy paper too, please just send a support email by April 26th to:

We will send the policy paper with a list of supporters end of April to Brussels, as the consultation on a new EU bio-based economy strategy will close on May 2nd. Best regards and many thanks in advance Michael Carus

P.S.: Please circulate this email in your bio-based networks

P.P.S.: More information on bio-based policy:

Dipl.-Phys. Michael Carus, Managing Director Bio-based economy nova-Institut GmbH - Chemiepark KnapsackIndustriestraße50354 HürthGermany Tel +49-(0)2233-48 14 40 (office)Fax +49-(0)2233-48 14 50email:

Internet: Geschäftsführer: Michael Carus, Dirk SchubertSitz der Gesellschaft: Hürth, Amtsgericht Köln - HRB Nr. 44144Umsatzsteuer-Nr. 224 / 5731 / 0281

1 comment:

Carlos said...

Governments ought to get behind this and stop buying nuclear and petroleum!