Public perception of bio-based products – societal needs and concerns (updated version)

Public perception of bio-based products – societal needs and concerns (updated version)

Main topic: Bio-based products, biomass supply chain
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Framework project: Increase public awareness of bio-based products and applications supporting the growth of the European bioeconomy
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Website link: http://www.bioways.eu/multimedia/press-corner/public-results-/
CORDIS link if relevant: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/documents/downloadPublic?documentIds=080166e5bc9fb586&appId=PPGMS
Short description:

BIOWAYS is a two-year research project, started in October 2016 and funded by Horizon 2020 and the BBI-JU. The project aims to raise public awareness about the potential of bio-based products, promote their applications and benefits to society at large and provide the means for anyone with an interest in this domain to be able to follow ongoing developments in the industry and research. By providing a wide range of integrated, high-level activities, communication techniques and educational tools and materials, the project intends to increase public confidence in the bio-based industry in order to reinforce its market uptake, which in turn will positively impact on society, the economy and the environment. During the first year of project’s implementation an EU-wide online survey was carried out with the aim of collecting data about the public perception of bio-based products in order to assist BIOWAYS partners in fine-tuning the project’s communication strategy and to help with the development of targeted information and training materials that would address the specific needs and concerns of the EU public.
A second version of the aforementioned EU-wide online survey was launched during the last phase of the project with the aim of helping with the ongoing development and improvement of recommendations and best practices with updated information. This version of the structured questionnaire was even simpler than the first version, more attractive and so easier to complete. It including five groups of questions about the public’s:

  • level of awareness of and engagement with bio-based products;
  •  confidence of and level of engagement with bio-based products;
  • perception of the benefits of using bio-based products;
  •  perception of the barriers that prevent a greater use of bio-based products;
  • general comments and demographic information.

Countries/regions described/represented: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonian, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK
Year: 2018