Developing and Implementing Sustainability-based Solutions for Bio-based Plastic Production and Use to Preserve Land and Sea Environmental Quality in Europe — BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE
Funding by the European Commission
Funding period –
Prof. Dr. Walter Leal
Description of the project
The project will investigate the potential impacts of bioplastics on the terrestrial and aquatic environment, including flora and fauna, as well as potential impacts on human health. This is part of the procedures for the biodegradable sustainability framework. Pre-normative research and testing of various modalities of bioplastics under laboratory and field conditions will result in a better knowledge of the expected or potential impacts of the release of chemicals from the degradation of bioplastics. This, in turn, can provide a solid basis for further development of those categories of bioplastics that are considered less hazardous to human and environmental health. Work carried out under this objective will contribute to the development of EU-wide harmonized biodegradability criteria (outdoor and marine) and a sustainability framework that will increase market transparency and improve waste management practices on land and at sea.