Procurement of biobased products

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In the biobased economy, renewable raw materials replace fossil fuels. For example, sugar beet can be used as a base material for bioplastic, the leaves of agricultural crops can be used to make cladding panels, and specific plant constituents can be used in the manufacture of cosmetics, medicines or chemical substances. The main drivers of the Biobased Economy are achieving greater sustainability, creating economic opportunities for new products, the security of energy and raw materials, and improving agricultural economics.

Procurement of biobased products explained

Many of the products we use every day are made from fossil fuels. However, more and more biobased alternatives – made from renewable, organic material – are becoming available. Opting for biobased alternatives can make good financial sense, as costs may be lower throughout the product's service life and the production process involved is often more environmentally friendly. As a procurer, you can use procurement to give biobased products an opportunity.

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Getting started with Procurement of biobased products

If you want to encourage the market to supply or use biobased products, you have several options. You can set minimum requirements, by demanding that a given percentage of the products supplied are biobased, for example, or that the products include a given percentage of biobased raw materials. You can also include award criteria under which biobased products score well, such as lower life-cycle costs, lower CO2 emissions, or superior biodegradability. If these award criteria are assessed on the basis of the "Most Economically Advantageous Tender" (MEAT) - system, biobased products will be given a more level playing field.

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