Newsletter EUBIA

April 2017




Amendment of EU regulation on fertilising products
In March 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal on fertilising products as part of the Circular Economy package.
The proposal discussed at ENVI Committee on 24 of April, aims to cover a wider range of fertilising products (including those manufactured from secondary raw materials), as well as to set limits for the presence of heavy metals and contaminants in fertilising products. Some of the amendments considered by the Committee concerned cadmium (Cd) limits, the possibility of using animal by-products, animal manure, and other recovered waste (such as struvite, biochar and ash-based products) in fertilisers, the definition of plant biostimulants, as well as the authorisation procedure for the use of micro-organisms in microbial plant biostimulants.  
New study on the potential of biogas as a source of clean energy
The study published by DG Energy, examines potential role, costs and benefits on the use of gas produced from organic waste as an energy source in Europe. Biogas can be a flexible and sustainable
alternative source of energy used mainly for renewable electricity production, heat production, and transport fuels. In 2014, 14.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent of biogas was produced in the EU, which represented about 7.6% of all primary renewable energy production in the EU.
The study underlines the necessity of creating a long - term policy framework and a stable investment framework for the development of biogas sector in EU.

EUBIA meets Bioeconomy Alliance 

The two organisations met on the 27th of April in Brussels to discuss a stronger future collaboration on bioeconomy.

EUBIA meets Bio-based Industries Consortium

EUBIA met the Bio-based Industries Consortium to discuss about a possible future collaboration on organising workshops and events in Brussels.

Call for Proposals


EUBIA will soon start working on new proposals, and looks forward to collaborate and support the members in preparing their projects.
EUBIA has 20 years of experience in EU projects with a significant number of successfully concluded projects and ongoing ones. We invite you to get in touch with us in order to develop and submit together successful proposals.



The BBI JU is a public private partnership between the European Commission and BIC supporting R&I for Bio- based industries. The BBI has a budget of €37 billion, of which 26% is provided by the EU and 74% by the industry.
On the Call 2017, there are four pillars of value chains: feedstock, process, products, and market uptake. The Call will be implemented through three type of actions: research and innovation actions (RIA), innovation actions (IA) which includes demo and flagships actions, and coordination and support actions (CSA). The proposals can be submitted until 7th of September; 17:00 CET. For more information on the event, contact us


MEPs vote for measures to decrease European food waste 

On 11th of April, the Envi Committee adopted a report introducing measures to cut in EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by 2030. The report that will be voted on 15-18 of May, calls for a coordinated policy response on labelling, liability and education, as well as on facilitating food donation. 

The CoR opinion on the report “The local and regional dimension of the bioeconomy and the role of cities and regions”

On 31 of March, members of the SEDEC commission adopted the own-initiative opinion on “The local and regional dimension of the bioeconomy and the role of cities and regions” . The rapporteur Ms Katrin Budde (DE/PES), underlined the potential of bioeconomy in fostering independence from fossil fuels, counteracting climate change by means of carbon neutrality, creating growth and jobs, meanwhile calling for better synergies between European, national and regional bioeconomy initiatives. 
This opinion contributes to the review of European Commission’s Bioeconomy Strategy and relevant action due in 2017.




EUBIA attends the Webinar for the IRENA Global Atlas – Bioenergy Simulator

The IRENA Global Atlas is an online stimulator developed with the objective of identifying and figuring out how to utilise the unused arable land available worldwide as a source for bioenergy production. The users can estimate the potential yields of bioenergy produced anywhere in the world based on the data made available from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and World Bank. 



Giuliano Grassi, Secretary General EUBIA, speech in "Bioenergy Activity of Major Actual Commercial Interest", Shanghai

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