Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking: The input and impact upon Bioeconomy

  • Introduction

The presentation will deal with Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) innovative programme focusing on the support of the development of bio-based sector in Europe, an integral part of the bioeconomy. The BBI programme is relevant for interested stakeholders wishing to invest in research and innovation in the bio-based area. It gives opportunities for regional development via activation of biomass and innovation potentials, job creation and generation of additional incomes for companies and regions. The content provided below will be presented in the form of infographics. We will introduce what is our organisation and focus on the achievements (projects) and expected impact in the field of bioeconomy.

  • Bio-based economy as part of the bioeconomy?

The total European bioeconomy, including the food, feed, beverages and primary sectors (agriculture and forestry) amounts to € 2.1 trillion in turnover. The bio-based industries (chemicals and plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper and paper products, forest-based industries, textile sector, biofuels and bioenergy) contribute with € 600 billion. The total employment in the European bioeconomy is 18.3 million employees with primary biomass production (agriculture, forestry & fishery) as the biggest contributor (58%). The bio-based industries contribute with 3.2 million employees.

  • BBI Joint Undertaking: What it is about?

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) is an independent institutional public-private partnership set up in 2014 to increase investments in the development of a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe. It has two founding members the European Commission (EU) & the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

The 7-year programme budget is €3.7 billion, with 25% coming from the EU and 75% from industry. BBI’s objective is to develop sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe, based on advanced biorefineries that source their biomass sustainably by demonstrating new technologies to fill the gap in value chains, developing business models integrating all economic actors along the value chain and setting-up flagship biorefinery plants deploying business models & technologies to keep investment in EU.

Each year BBI JU offers a new Call for proposals. The calls are developed together with the industry, the European Commission and the BBI advisory groups. The call topics are designed within a strategic frame: the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda developed by industry, which is committed to creating a vital European bio-economy. Applicants are invited to submit their proposals to specific topics. The best proposals are selected based on independent peer review and conclude by formal funding agreements.

  • Bio-Based Economy in 3 segments: What is our focus?

The focus is on value chains utilising resources from land and sea which are not competing with food to produce a range of innovative bio-based products to facilitate the development of a bio-based community and economy in Europe. Our programme supports research and innovation to advance development at each stage of the bio-based value chains and to facilitate the connection of key sectors and creating new value chains, which can deliver products with new functionalities for diverse market applications. Moreover, it stimulates the formation of partnerships with both biomass suppliers and end market actors.

We fund projects that fill gaps at the stage of the supply/feedstock production to foster a sustainable biomass supply with increased productivity and to build new value chains, while incorporating the feedstock suppliers as partners in the value chains. New value chains can be based on industrial side streams, municipal waste, waste water, algae, forestry side streams, lignocellulosic & fibre crop side-streams from agriculture, and non-food crops.

We fund projects, which fill R&D gaps in biorefinery technologies’ and processes and demonstrate the efficiency and economic viability of the validated technologies at large-scale demo/flagship biorefineries. Operating biorefineries transform renewable natural resources into bio-based products in a sustainable way and increase the competitive position of European bio-based industries in the global market.

We fund projects supporting development of markets, products & policies in bio-based area. Products with new functionalities have application in diverse markets, such as biomedical, textile, construction and automotive markets, pharmaceuticals, feed & food ingredients.

Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI)

  • BBI achievements: Our projects

By June BBI will have 13 ongoing projects, including 4 flagship projects, 2 demonstration projects and 7 research and innovation projects. The total budget invested for these projects amounts to a total of €125 million, with €50 million for Call 2014 and €75 million for Call 2015.1, and an additional industry contribution of at least €110 million.

The project participants originate from different regions in Europe. The projects cover parts or the whole value chains mostly based on lignocellulosic feedstock, forest-based and agro-based value chains but also processes valorising organic waste to high value products.
Selected project and linked images will be presented.

  • BBI Impact upon bioeconomy

BBI’s expected socio-economic impact by 2030 for Europe is to replace 30% oil based chemicals & materials which will reduce EU dependency on import of fossil raw materials, protein and P–K. In rural areas the aim is to diversify & grow farmers’ income streams and from 700,000 new jobs, 80% will be in rural areas.

The BBI programme is expected to activate the full potential of agricultural waste & forestry residues encouraging a shift to a bio-based economy, leading to an average reduction of 50% of EU greenhouse gas emissions. BBI’s collaborative industry-driven actions will boost investment & improve EU competitiveness.

The BBI programme is expected to develop new value chains involving different industrial sectors to facilitate a coherent and cohesive approach for these fragmented sectors. The BBI programme should help applicants exploit synergies between sources of funding to improve access to other EU funding (EIB, ESIF) which will improve the attractiveness of large-scale & long-term private investments in EU to leverage further (industry) investments.

Contactdr Agata Pieniądz
Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI)