Sustainability certification schemes and eco-labels are fundamental tools to ensure the sustainability of global production. Although their role in European bioeconomy has grown over the last few decades, still there are a lot of challenges that needs to be addressed in order to be further adopted in the market:
- Different approaches of certification schemes regarding the system operating requirements (e.g sustainability criteria, verification procedures etc)
- Challenging for businesses to select and identify the schemes that are most credible
- Different schemes/labels put emphasis on different environmental impacts of the products
- Eco-labels and schemes are voluntary; therefore, their adoption depends on the benefits that could bring to the companies (economic benefits, social responsibility etc)
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.