The BBI JU projects reached their expected results, study confirms

29 July 2021

A new independent study conducted by the Danish Technology Institute and the Food& Bio Cluster Denmark confirms the results of BBI JU-funded projects. The study validates the monitoring system based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) corresponding to BBI JU’s strategic objectives. It also assesses and validates the results and impacts of the BBI JU project portfolio. 

 

A broad projects portfolio meeting their goals

The study’s independent expert team has evaluated the results of 50 projects, corresponding to more than one third of the whole BBI JU-funded project portfolio. The report particularly underlines the technical results and the environmental impacts of these projects. In particular, DEMO and FLAG-projects are successfully developing innovative processes and new bio-based products which hold vast commercial potential. The results show their gains in energy-efficiency, as well as their positive impacts on health and on the environment. Lastly, the assessment concludes that the developed products can replace fossil-based products.

The study also explains the different stages for KPI validation. Based on empirical evidence, the experts have used a validation methodology to verify the KPIs reported by projects that have ended by July 2020. The results of this validation confirm the reported achievements. The study also found that most BBI JU-funded projects reached their objectives.

Developing advanced technology for biomass conversion

Throughout their implementation, the BBI JU projects have developed an advanced use of biomass. The study confirms a better use of feedstock residues from the agro-food sector and agriculture. Projects have developed technologies for extraction from raw materials with environmental benefits. The study also notes a better extraction of value-added compounds from biomass and improved processing of biomass that converts pre-treated feedstocks into bio-based chemicals.

In the frontline for positive environmental impacts

The BBI JU-funded projects are helping to preserve the environment in many ways: they have developed processes and products that alleviate the pressure on natural resources and enable the exploitation of waste and by-products. Moreover, the BBI JU projects are proposing new approaches to farming such as developing the potential of marginal lands. All in all, the projects contribute to saving energy, using sustainable biological resources and reducing water consumption. Most significantly, many projects are paving the way for decreasing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions across Europe.

BBI JU-funded projects, a booster for sustainability in Europe and beyond

What are the expected socio-economic impacts?

BBI JU projects involve many international and European partners with different competences within the bio-based sector, such as primary producers (agricultural, forestry, aquatic, etc.), biochemical industries, technology providers and end-users.

By triggering investments and creating jobs, these projects bring a socio-economic contribute to regions. The study also reveals that all projects create knowledge and improve the collaboration between universities and companies, thus paving the way for new insights and partnerships.

Most importantly, the study emphasises the creation of new value chains that contribute to supplying sustainable biomass feedstock to the existing value chains. This framework provides effective answers to the market demands.

Overall, the projects’ outcomes promote competitiveness, investments and jobs in Europe. In this study, the experts analyse the societal impact of the different types of projects. Research and innovation actions, as well as demonstration actions boost competitiveness through specific measures, such as optimisation of the production processes. Flagship projects are also helping industries to de-risk investments, as well as gain the competitiveness and effectiveness by bringing products to the commercial stage and thus keeping investments in Europe.

Contribution to EU policies

Similarly, the researchers found that the projects contribute differently to EU policies according to their type of actions. Whilst demonstration actions bring new bio-based products close to market, research and innovation actions are providing knowledge, and the coordination and support actions impact the bio-based community by proposing new infrastructures for equipment and knowledge sharing. On the other hand, the flagship projects scale up and deploy technologies creating new value chains for industrial applications and bio-based consumer products.

Read the study’s executive summary