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CBE JU publishes new booklet showcasing industrial-size biorefineries

27 February 2024

CBE JU publishes new booklet showcasing industrial-size biorefineries

Ten years after launching the first call for project proposals, CBE JU has published a new booklet showcasing the industrial-size biorefineries unleashing the potential of the bio-based economy in Europe. The latest edition of A competitive bioeconomy for a sustainable future showcases how the 16 first-of-their-kind biorefineries funded by the joint undertaking are deploying a low-carbon economy where new green jobs are contributing to revitalising rural regions and their environment.  

These highly innovative circular biorefineries produce sustainable bio-based ingredients, materials, and products from renewable resources, such as many types of waste, including sidestreams and by-products from agricultural and wood industries, food waste, municipal solid waste, or aquatic origin such as microalgae. The pioneering industrial processes replace the traditional ones based on non-renewable and often imported raw materials for fuel, energy and manufacturing.

The booklet highligts for example how the SCALE project taps into nature’s wisdom to produce natural active ingredients of high nutritional value for the food, food supplements, feed and cosmetics sectors, and how the FIRST2RUN project has pioneered biodegradable and compostable materials present in our everyday lives such as compostable coffee pods, cutlery, cups and bags. The publication further showcases how CBE JU has supported the bio-based sector to bridge the gap between research and industrial deployment. The public-private partnership has funded more than 80 demonstration plants that have tested the technical and financial feasibility of new or improved bio-based processes.

CBE JU-funded flagship projects, often led by innovative disruptive European SME’s, have already generated new highly skilled green jobs ranging from researchers and scientists to product developers and engineers, and attracted €5.2 of private investment per €1 of CBE JU public funding, totalling more than €1.3 billion. Furthermore, these projects have a high potential for replication across European regions and countries, showcasing the transformative impact of innovative bioeconomy solutions.

For more information on CBE JU's activities, join the CBE JU Info Day 2024, planned for 23 April 2024 in person in Brussels, with plenty of time for networking opportunities. Registrationis compulsory for in-person participation and is open until 15 April. The presentations will cover the Call 2024 priorities and topics, including the three Innovation Action-Flagship topics with a budget allocation of €20 million each, and seven Innovation Action topics each with a budget of €15 million.

In the meantime, CBE JU invites you for a week-long campaign highlighting the significance of biorefineries on LinkedIn, X and Facebook. Share your story using #CBEbiorefineries on your channels! 

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Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking
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This project has received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101023280. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.