Towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector – conclusions from the public consultation February 12, 2021
In December 2020, the European Commission kicked off an online consultation period on its roadmap entitled: Blue bioeconomy – towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector. The EU Algae initiative aims to see how the EU can increase the sustainable production, safe consumption and innovative use of algae and algae-based products. As algae has a small carbon and environmental footprint, raising its profile will help accomplish the objectives of the European Green Deal, the transition to a green, circular and carbon-neutral European Union.
There was wide interest in the consultation, with EU and non-EU citizens, research institutions, NGOs, business organisations, companies and public authorities having contributed their opinions and suggestions. The majority of consultation participants confirmed the relevance of five priorities to unlock the potential of the EU algae sector:
- Improving regulatory and governance framework
- Supporting functioning of the market
- Improving business environment
- Increasing social awareness and acceptance
- Closing knowledge, research and innovation gaps
Based on the results of the consultation and further work in 2021, the Commission will identify necessary actions, new opportunities and sector needs to be considered within the upcoming EU Algae Initiative.