Consultation process of the SIRA2030 draft has closed

Sustainability Dialogue: Green. Circular. Sustainable.
With more than 100 submissions, the public consultation process of the SIRA2030 draft received high interest among stakeholders and is now closed. A report will be published in summer, the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) says. 

The draft for SIRA 2030, prepared by BIC with input from actors from the bio-based sector, including BIC members and associations that support the Vision “The circular bio-society in 2050” was reviewed in a broad consultation round. The consultation included the European Commission, the advisory bodies of BBI JU, the associations supporting the Vision and an online public consultation.

The SIRA2030 sets out the main technological and innovation challenges to establish a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry in Europe that will contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal and Horizon Europe. The resulting actions will increase a circular use of European biomass, residues and waste and focus on regional approaches. As such, they will also contribute to a healthy ecosystem by increasing soil health and enhancing biodiversity and help realise the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

SIRA2030 key actions:

  • Create new business models to integrate primary and market sectors as strategic partners.
  • Accelerate the commercialisation of sustainable solutions in a circular bioeconomy.
  • Establish climate-neutral operations to mitigate climate change.
  • Foster new purchasing and consumption patterns for a circular bio-society.
  • It also reflects the Vision ‘The circular bio-society in 2050’ and forms the basis for the new public-private partnership (PPP) between the bio-based industry and the Commission. The SIRA2030 is a roadmap for the new PPP towards realising the ambitions of that Vision with milestones for 2030.

The main changes from the SIRA 2020 include the introduction of end markets (consumers, society at large) into the priorities, a better incorporation of primary sectors in the design of value chains and increase their benefits thereof, the increasing role and impact of digitalisation, and the full circularity of bio-based value chains.

The public consultation on SIRA 2030

A public consultation on SIRA 2030 was open to all stakeholders in April 2020. As BIC reports, more than 100 submissions were received and BIC industry members, BIC associate members and other actors accounted for approximately a third of the submissions each. Moreover, half of the respondents represented organisations that have participated in BBI JU projects.

The consultation has now closed and a summary report with further information will be available this summer, BIC says.