Certification schemes and labels (CSLs) are often used to safeguard and communicate the sustainability performance of (biobased) products to stakeholders. They are also increasingly considered as a co-regulation instrument in the European Union for the bioeconomy. But how reliable are they? The aim of this survey is to explore how robust CSLs are and what could be (major) weaknesses through an open, public consultation. Please participate and let us know your views! https://edu.nl/q7a8e.
The HARMONITOR Project, in collaboration with STAR4BBS and SUSTCERT4BIOBASED, under Horizon Europe funding, is conducting research on the perception of stakeholders concerning the effectiveness and robustness of sustainability certification schemes and labels (CSLs) for bio-based chemicals and materials. The HARMONITOR Project focuses on bio-based materials including, for example, innovative bio-based chemicals, forestry products for construction materials, and textiles. Food and energy products are excluded explicitly, although versatile upstream biomass feedstocks that can lead to both materials and energy/food are included, e.g., palm oil, wood, cotton, and wastes as feedstocks.