Sustainability certification schemes and eco-labels play a crucial role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of global production. In the context of the European bioeconomy, their significance has grown over the last few decades. However, there remain several challenges that need to be addressed for these schemes to gain further traction in the market:
- Diverse Approaches: Certification schemes vary in their system operating requirements, including sustainability criteria and verification procedures.
- Credibility Concerns: Businesses find it challenging to identify the most credible and effective certification schemes.
- Focus on Different Impacts: Different schemes and labels prioritize various environmental impacts of products, causing confusion among consumers.
- Voluntary Adoption: Since eco-labels and schemes are voluntary, their adoption depends on the perceived benefits to companies, such as economic gains and social responsibility
In order to ensure the transition to circular biobased systems occurs sustainably, it is important that effective and robust schemes and labels get implemented and further adopted. Moreover, the recognition of the benefits of sustainability certification schemes and labels is needed for their wider adoption by the European industries.