Online toolbox for bio-based procurement to make buyers’ lives easier

Today the European project InnProBio launched an online toolbox for bio-based procurement in the public sector. The toolbox is designed to assist public buyers considering alternatives to plastics produced from fossil fuel based materials. The toolbox includes an online database of bio-based products and suppliers, good practice examples, procurement instruments and standard tender text blocks. The toolbox was developed under BTG’s guidance and is available in English, German, Dutch and Polish.

The product database is meant to be a starting point for public buyers to get informed about the various bio-based products available on the market. It covers products and suppliers of bio-based products. Information about the bio-based content, sustainability, functionality and end-of-life aspects such as biodegradability are also included. Claims are supported by references to standards, technical sheets, labels and certificates. Producers and suppliers of bio-based products are invited to add their products to the database.

The online toolbox provides a number of instruments that can support the procurement of bio-based products: good practice examples showing how bio-based procurement is successfully implemented in practice, information on procurement instruments most relevant in bio-based procurement, and sample ‘tender text blocks’ that can be used when putting together tender documents.

Development of the toolbox was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme (grant agreement No. 652599). For more information please contact: John Vos, tel. + 31 53 486 1191 or email vos@btgworld.com.