Concise Consumer Communication through Robust Labels for Bio-based Systems

Project: EU project

Project Details


The aim of the 3-CO project is to develop and demonstrate viability of a supportive framework for Label and Certification Schemes (LCS) on Business-to-Consumers (B2C) communication for industrial bio-based products (BBPs) that enables and supports consumers to make more sustainable buying choices. The supportive framework will consist of actionable guidelines for LCS owners that reflect consumers’ and other stakeholders’ needs, digital solutions to support betterinformed decision-making processes of consumers as well as policy recommendations on deploying social measures.

In terms of approach, 3-CO will (i) assess the LCS and metrics in the bioeconomy, (ii) iteratively engage consumers to understand their decision-making processes and motivation towards sustainability consumption, and needs and requirements towards future labelling of BBPs, (iii) co-develop smart digital solutions for consumers to support their behavioural change towards responsible consumption, (iv) assess measures for social engagement/innovation supporting consumers, industry and public bodies to switch towards socially and environmentally responsible behaviour, and (v) create guidelines for the design of labels for BBPs for owners of environmental labelling and information systems, public authorities and industry designers.

The project aims to improve the sustainability performance and competitiveness in the bio-based systems. Impact of the 3-CO project will include (i) improved transparency of BBP value chains and information to consumers and public authorities through digital solutions, (ii) support of environmentally responsible decision-making through LCS, (iii) improved understanding of metrics on environmental, societal and economic value generated by BBPs, and as a wider impact (iv) innovative governance models.

3-CO will help to increase the market share of sustainable, circular BBPs, influencing the business of companies that make and offer these.
StatusNot started
Effective start/end date1/02/23 → 31/01/26

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • University of Warsaw (Project partner)
  • Nova Institut (Project partner)
  • ISEAL Alliance (Project partner)
  • Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) (Project partner)
  • Utrecht University (Project partner)
  • BTG Biomass Technology Group BV (Project partner)
  • Enide Solutions S.L. (Project partner)
  • Ecologic Institute (Project partner)

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • governance
  • bioeconomy


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