The European Commission has launched a €3.7bn public-private research partnership, designed to create new ways of processing bio-based materials. This could potentially create biochemicals of value for the plastics sector.
Its Bio-based Industries (BBI) initiative will spend money until 2020, with the Commission providing €975m in European Union (EU) funds, leveraging a projected €2.73bn from other sources.
The Commission has now launched its first formal call for research project proposals which would receive funding from the project, which is part of its Horizon 2020 research programme. These include requests for studies on the pre-treatment of ligno-cellulosic biochemical feedstock; new products from sustainable cellulose pulp exploitation; creating valuable products from heterogeneous biowaste streams; and more.
EU research commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: “We want to harness innovative technologies to convert Europe’s untapped renewable resources and waste into greener everyday product."