Our Work

Our objectives

To foster ‘radical innovation’, from R&D and deployment to market pull, to deliver bio-based products superior, or at least comparable to, their non bio-based products in terms of price, performance, availability and environmental benefits.

  • Feedstock: Foster a sustainable biomass supply and build new value chains
  • Biorefineries: Optimise efficiency through R&D and build flagship refineries
  • Markets, products and policies: Develop markets for bio-based products and encourage supportive policy frameworks

Our scope

We will focus on those sectors of the economy that supply and use only renewable biological resources, and produce biobased materials, goods and fuels, traversing the entire value-chain from field to biorefinery to end consumer.

Our challenge

Overcoming the innovation Valley of Death by bridging the gap from research to the marketplace.
We need demonstration scale advanced biorefineries that nurture and prove our technical capacity to bring high value bio-based products commercially to market.

Our areas of activities

In order to develop EU-based value chains and accelerate the transition to a bio-based economy, the proposed PPP should focus on:

  • Building new value chains based on the development of sustainable biomass collection and supply systems with increased productivity, and improved utilisation of biomass feedstock (incl. co- and by-products), while unlocking utilisation and valorisation of waste and lignocellulosic biomass
  • Bringing existing value chains to new levels, through optimised uses of feedstock and industrial side-streams, and offering innovative added value products to the market, thus creating a market pull and reinforcing the competitiveness of EU agriculture and forest based industries
  • Bringing technology to maturity through research and innovation, and through upgrading and building demonstration and flagship biorefineries that will process the biomass into a range of innovative biobased products

A Value Chain Approach

  • Value Chain 1 - From lignocellulosic feedstock to advanced biofuels, bio-based chemicals and biomaterials: realising the feedstock and technology base for the next generation of fuels, chemicals and materials
  • Value Chain 2 - The next generation forest-based value chains: utilisation of the full potential of forestry biomass by improved mobilisation and realisation of new added value products and markets
  • Value Chain 3 - The next generation agro-based value chains: realising the highest sustainability and added value by improved agricultural production, and new added value products and markets
  • Value Chain 4 - Emergence of new value chains from (organic) waste: from waste problems to economic opportunities by realising sustainable technologies to convert waste into valuable products
  • Value Chain 5 - The integrated energy, pulp and chemicals biorefineries: realising sustainable bio-energy production, by backwards integration with biorefinery operations isolating higher added value components.