Success story overview

19 October 2020

How high-impact bioeconomy initiatives are key to a climate-neutral Europe. 'Circular bio-based industries are an important part of the response,' said Philippe Mengal, executive director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), the EU’s most ambitious bioeconomy initiative, on the occasion of the EU Green Week. 'By replacing non-renewable fossil resources with waste and sustainably sourced biomass, to produce industrial and consumer goods, they are key contributors to making Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent. Soil protection, sustainable forest management, reduction of pollution and investments in nature are all vital effects of the bio-based economic model Europe is aiming for.'

EU Green Week: Bio-based industries and the green recovery
06 October 2020

Every year, the European Union produces around 110 million tonnes of food waste in terms of animal and vegetable matter. Some of that waste, in the form of almond shells, is already being used as a biofuel. But could these shells also be used to produce state-of-the-art innovations in the construction or car industries?

BARBARA: transforming food by-products into useful raw materials
30 September 2020

The global bioeconomy is growing, but it must overcome hurdles including avoiding competition with land used for food production. The BBI JU-funded GRACE project is exploring using contaminated and waste land for biocrops.

BBI JU GRACE project - Crops grown on contaminated land could fuel bioeconomy
08 July 2020

The goal of the LIBBIO project is to supply a range of products to the food, animal feed, and cosmetics industries by adapting the Andean lupin to grow as a biomass crop in Europe's poorest soils.

14 April 2020

BBI JU-funded researchers from BIOrescue project developed innovative technologies that will enable mushroom farms to turn compost into novel bio-based products such as eco-friendly pesticides and tiny biodegradable capsules for targeted drug delivery.

BBI JU BIOrescue project
27 February 2020

The PERCAL project is expanding the circular economy by developing novel solutions for transforming the organic part of municipal solid waste (MSW). Your dinner leftovers, vegetable peelings and discarded packaging paper could provide environmentally friendly alternatives to commonly used chemicals, thanks to innovative technologies and fermentation processes being developed by BBI JU-funded researchers.

06 January 2020

The BBI JU-funded BARBARA project is converting extracts of lemon rinds, almond husks and corn by-products into sustainably sourced car parts and building components, replacing fossil-based plastics, protecting the environment and growing the circular economy.

11 December 2019

Most companies that are well known across the globe today started out as small companies and turned into big ones at some point in their business journey. Just look at the founders of the world’s biggest search engine who launched their company in a garage. In essence, this giant used to be an SME. SMEs are carriers of innovation and are core to the transition to the bioeconomy. Yet, just like a seed sometimes needs help to grow into a flower, SMEs also need a hand with their development, especially those involved in the bio-based industrial sector. This is where the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) fits in.

BBI JU empowers SMEs
29 November 2019

'The Blue bioeconomy is already a trillion euro industry with a huge potential and unprecedented rate of development…' It is said that we know more about the surface of the moon, than what happens under the sea. But now, with pressures increasing on resources on the land, there is a fresh focus on what can be harvested from our rivers, seas and oceans. This is an exciting field of innovation known as the blue bioeconomy, defined as any economic activity associated with the use of renewable aquatic biomass to make products. Supporting Europe’s position as a global leader in the blue bioeconomy is the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking.

BBI JU contribution to blue bioeconomy
27 November 2019

Disposable nappies, or diapers, are a hygienic time-saver - but one with an environmental impact. The BBI JU EMBRACED project has developed collection and recycling systems that turn used nappies and similar products into profitable new materials for more sustainable use.

BBI JU EMBRACED project: Creating sustainable value from used nappies