Science and technology policy

Public Consultation - Draft OECD Recommendation on Assessing the Sustainability of Bio-based Products


The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) invites you to a public consultation on the draft Recommendation for Assessing the Sustainability of Bio-based Products.

The need for the Recommendation was first highlighted during an expert workshop in 2009 examining policy and methodological issues related to measuring the sustainability of bio-based products. Participants at this meeting concluded that an international framework is needed to help guide the development of national approaches to measuring the sustainability of bio-based products in terms of their economic, environmental and societal impact. Such framework would integrate the life cycle thinking and would provide internationally agreed elements for constituting sustainability assessment methodologies of bio-based products.

The Recommendation seeks to assist both OECD member and non-member countries in the development of appropriate sustainability assessment methodologies for bio-based products. The intent is that member countries will recognize the Recommendation as mutually acceptable and useful as part of a framework for enhancing international cooperation in the field. This is particularly important for new and emerging bio-based products and their intermediates.  Deadline for comments is 29 July 2011.



 Download the Draft Recommendation.