The 2019 Annual Activity Report of the BBI JU is now available online. The report highlights the achievements of BBI JU projects and the Programme Office, in particular in regards to research & innovation activities, calls for project proposals and grant management, as well as support activities, governance and internal control framework.
‘BBI JU was once more confirmed as a high impact initiative that since its inception has already contributed to the future EU Green Deal,’ Philippe Mengal, BBI JU’s Executive Director, stated in his foreword to the document. ‘The two main positive impacts of BBI JU so far have been the structuring effect in organising the value chains across sectors and the innovation-driven mobilising effect of all key stakeholders.’
The report gives assurance that the research and innovation activities entrusted to the BBI JU have been carried out to the highest standards. Throughout the year, 101 BBI JU grants showed a significant contribution in terms of socio-economic and environmental impact, while maintaining a strong drive for innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and high involvement of the scientific community. 12 finalised projects have outperformed their KPIs.
The analysis of the BBI JU project portfolio confirms that they are reducing the energy consumption, improving the land use and water efficiency, as well as developing more sustainable use of natural and existing unused resources. Already over 80% of BBI JU projects anticipate lower GHG emissions compared to fossil-based counterparts, while a vast majority of them contribute to waste reduction and valorisation, reuse and recycling.
BBI JU projects are well-balanced in terms of participation - around 35% of BBI JU’s funding goes to SMEs, 31% to large industries and 30% to research organisations and higher education establishments. Overall, the BBI JU funding has generated a leverage effect of over €2 for each euro spent.
In addition, project participants are evenly located across Europe – as example, the flagship biorefineries are set in Ireland, Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Norway, Romania and Slovakia.
Part of the report is dedicated to the analysis of the 2019 Call for project proposals, and several sections focus on such implementation aspects as support to operations (communication, legal and financial management, IT, logistics and HR), governance, as well as internal control framework.