sustainable algaeThe EU algae initiative aims to increase sustainable production of algae. Photo: European Commission

The European Commission has launched an open public consultation on the EU algae initiative.

The EU algae initiative, planned for 2022, aims to increase sustainable production of algae and algae-based products, ensure their safe consumption and boost their innovative use in the European Union.

This will help in achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal, the transition to a green, circular and carbon-neutral EU, and a post-Covid recovery.

With the consultation, the Commission wants to collect facts and opinions about current challenges related to algae production and consumption as well as ways to resolve them.

The consultation runs until 11 August and is targeted at EU citizens as well as all relevant stakeholder groups, including industry, NGOs, public authorities, civil society, research and academia.

Algae represent a largely untapped resource that can be used – with a limited carbon and environmental footprint – to produce food, feed, pharmaceuticals, bioplastics, fertilisers and biofuels.

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