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Bio-Based Products in the Automotive Industry: The Need for Ecolabels, Standards, and Regulations

Department of Innovation Economics, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1623; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041623
Received: 29 November 2019 / Revised: 24 January 2020 / Accepted: 11 February 2020 / Published: 21 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Standardization)
At the Hanover Fair in April 2018, the Bioconcept-Car was presented as a model for the future of sustainable mobility. Likewise, a car made of cellulose nanofiber was presented at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019. Various additional automotive applications for bio-based materials have been developed, some of which are already in use in cars. However, supportive measures for stimulating their market acceptance are needed. Based on a mix of research methods, this article describes how ecolabels, sustainability standards, and regulations might support the market uptake of bio-based car components. In addition, comparison with three other types of bio-based products are provided. The article ends with suggestions for future market development activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; bio-based products; automotive industry; ecolabels; cars sustainability; bio-based products; automotive industry; ecolabels; cars
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Wurster, S.; Ladu, L. Bio-Based Products in the Automotive Industry: The Need for Ecolabels, Standards, and Regulations. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1623. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041623

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