is looking towards industry to eliminate obstacles during
innovation of green chemistry. Our institute will provide an
overview of the current state of knowledge on applied
sustainability methodologies. This forms the roots of a decision
tree for the sustainable and safe production of biobased substances
and products. Participating companies will help develop this
tool and gain knowledge on relevant laws and regulations at the
During RIVM’s research project ‘SafeBBE ’, well-known and popular sustainability analyses (from Life Cycle Assessment to Dow Jones Sustainability index) will be mapped and a tool is to be developed (based on these existing methodologies), making sustainability questions easier and transparent during innovation and production.
The project, called ‘Approaches towards a safe and sustainable
bioeconomy’ (SafeBBE), started in 2015 and is in collaboration with
the Copernicus Institute (Utrecht University, the
Netherlands), an expert and frontrunner in sustainable research and
development. SafeBBE is targeting the
full potential of biotic waste streams and biotic feedstock for
making biobased chemicals and products. In this sector modern
biotechnologies, including synthetic biology, are increasingly
applied, which will also be taken into account. RIVM
believes that sustainability thinking requires looking across
borders, therefore including potential regional as well as global
effects and impacts of green chemistry. An important aspect is the
collaboration with stakeholders, including industry, research
institutes and chain organisations, to share knowledge and
experiences. Perceptions of stakeholders - including citizens - on
safety and sustainability issues related to BBE will be included to
identify key issues and add weighing factors to the decision tree.
is looking for stakeholders to provide case studies and/or exchange
knowledge. Are you currently working (in the Netherlands) as a
biobased producer with sugar beets or biodegradable waste, or are
producing or developing biobased packaging or chemical building
blocks? If you want to participate and exchange expertise, let us
know! Other relevant remarks or questions are also welcome! Please
contact us by e-mail.
More information on RIVM’s contributions to the biobased economy and green chemistry on our webpage biobased chemistry.
This research will be carried out in the framework of RIVM Strategic Programme (SPR), in which expertise and innovative projects prepare RIVM to respond to future issues in health and sustainability.