Brussels, June 15, 2023 – From the 5th-8th of June 2023, The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) was set to return for its landmark 29th edition from the 5th to the 8th of June. EUBCE 2023, Europe’s leading platform for exchanging scientific knowledge and promoting innovative biomass and renewable energy solutions, took place at Bologna Congress Centre in Bologna, Italy. With more than 1500 delegates from 79 countries around the globe, who discussed recent progress in using biomass in a circular and sustainable economy the conference was a big success!

Within the framework of the 2nd day of the EUBCE, on the 6th of June, the three sister projects SUSTCERT4BIOBASED, HARMONITOR & STAR4BBS organised their 1st joint engagement event on Sustainability Certification of Biobased Products which hosted more than 75 participants! During the hybrid event, the three sister projects had the opportunity to present their aim and research scope as well as showcased their approach by presenting their respective project posters.                                                                

Interesting discussions were held on policy priorities related to sustainability requirements, biobased value chains and trade flows. To monitor these flows and their progress, the project coordinators presented the Joint Monitoring System which will be developed by the three project teams. During the workshop, the attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback and input into its content and express their opinions on the current situation of the progress of the existing Certification Schemes and Labels (CSLs).

For the closing part of the successful joint event, Bernard de Galembert, Blanca De Ulibarri, Loek Verwijst, Gernot Klepper, Silvia Maltagliati and Mariana López Dávila who are experts on the topic participated in the roundtable discussion moderated by Sergio Ugarte, (coordinator of HARMONITOR Project) and offered multiple insights on the role of CSLs as Co-Regulation Instrument.