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Analysis of Standards, Certifications and Labels for Bio-based Products in the Context of Sustainable Bioeconomy

Analysis of Standards, Certifications and Labels for Bio-based Products in the Context of Sustainable Bioeconomy
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Author(s): Stefania Bracco (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy), Özgül Calicioglu (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy), Alessandro Flammini (United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria), Marta Gomez San Juan (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy) and Anne Bogdanski (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy)
Copyright: 2019
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Pages: 22
Source title: International Journal of Standardization Research (IJSR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Robert Elliot Davis (Walden University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJSR.2019010101

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Abstract

Bioeconomy has been proposed as a pathway to sustainable development in many countries. However, the difficulties in defining the bioeconomy boundaries at the national level might necessitate the adoption of a sectoral approach to monitor and evaluate the success of its development. In this resolution, standards, certifications and labelling (SCL) schemes for bioeconomy-related sectors might be an essential source of data. The study evaluates the potential to use SCL schemes as a source for monitoring and evaluating sustainable bioeconomy, by analysing the sustainability aspects (chain-of-custody, environmental, economic and social themes) considered in selected SCL schemes. A variety of SCL schemes for different stages of the bioeconomy value chains were subjected to analysis on whether they consider internationally agreed aspirational principles and criteria for sustainable bioeconomy. The aspects most frequently mentioned by the requirement lists of the analysed SCL schemes were identified, along with the highlights on the least-frequently mentioned sustainability topics.

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