The Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA)

The SIRA, first adopted in 2013, translates the ambitions of the BIC into a set of actions designed to deliver tangible and increasingly ambitious results by 2020 and by 2030.

This document is the basis for road mapping towards the BBI calls for proposals. The BBI SIRA will be adjusted based on technology and market developments, results obtained and ambitions of new members entering the BIC. An adjusted SIRA is expected by end 2016.

 Though starting from different feedstock and/or ambitions, all value chains aim to improve the biomass supply chains and to cooperate for the development and demonstration of new bio-based chemicals, materials and advanced biofuels.

The first SIRA projects focused on the five following value chains:

  • Mobilise and convert lignocellulosic feedstock into advanced biofuels, bio-based chemicals and biomaterials
  • Increase the number of value-added products derived from forestry biomass
  • Develop new agro-based value chains by improving agricultural production and generating new value-added products and markets
  • Convert currently unused waste streams into valuable products
  • Connect biofuel, pulp and chemical biorefineries with sustainable bioenergy production

Since the start of the BBI JU, new value chains such as aquatic-based value chains and CO2 from bio-based processing have been included.

To have competitive bio-based products in the market in 2020, each step of the value chains needs to be competitive: the feedstock supply, the processing, as well as the product(s) and market (both in term of price and environmental performance). The BBI focuses on developing, optimising and demonstrating this competitiveness throughout the different value chains.

The multi-annual SIRA translates the BBI ambitions into a coherent set of actions that will deliver tangible and increasingly ambitious results by 2020 and by 2030.

SIRA 2020 Direct Deliverables

  • 36 new cross-sector interconnections in bio-based economy clusters (new bridges creating cooperation between the 9 different sectors;
  • At least 10 new bio-based value chains (new products and feedstock);
  • Realising a total industrial investment of 2.8 bn Euro by the BBI partners in research, development and innovation via R&D projects, realised demonstration and flagship projects: both by building of new operations and upgrading existing and abandoned industrial sites to be converted into biorefinery operations (reindustrialisation);
  • more than 200 cooperation projects through cross-industry clusters;
  • The new bio-based products resulting from the BBI will on average have an at least 50% reduction on green house gas emission compared to their fossil alternatives;
  • 10 new regional biorefinery clusters raised: biorefinery demonstrations, with regional biomass supply;
  • 10 conversion of existing and unused facilities into biorefineries;
  • At least 5 flagships resulting from the BBI producing new bio-based materials, chemicals and fuels which have proven to become cost-competitive to the alternatives based on fossil resources (at least 1 per value chain).