Success story overview

10 October 2018

Today nearly all aromatic chemicals are made from oil-based sources. European researchers proposed to use lignin, a structural component of many plants and algae, as an alternative raw material in chemical production.

SmartLi is a BBI JU project is transforming underutilized lignin materials into bio-based chemicals.
10 October 2018

The vision of the pulp and paper industry is to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions while improving energy and resource efficiency. Hence, a European initiative has developed a breakthrough technology for greener pulp production.

BBI JU PROVIDES project: New sustainable pulping technologies
10 October 2018

Water, food and resource scarcity, alongside increasing waste are among the main challenges humanity will face in the years to come. To take advantage of the waste, European researchers have come up with a novel nutrient management solution.

BBI JU NewFert project: Nutrient recovery from biowaste for mineral fertiliser production
08 October 2018

Thousands of soiled nappies that were destined to clog Italian landfill sites or incinerators are being redirected to a recycling plant that is turning them into streams of high quality raw materials, in a new process that it is hoped will be replicated around Europe.

BBI JU EMBRACED project: Scientists want to use dirty nappies as a source of raw materials
08 October 2018

Every single minute a truck's worth of plastic enters our oceans, and this waste doesn't just stay in our water, it goes into seafood, our salt, it is even found in melting Arctic ice. And this does not even consider the plastic buried in landfills and other disposal sites. It is clear that businesses must go further and faster to tackle the plastics crisis. And yes, we have seen some major progress with the use of alternative materials, biodegradability and recycling in lowering our domestic environmental footprint.

BBI JU FRESH project: How a bio-based solution can solve our plastic tray problem
24 September 2018

Everyone knows that eating fresh fish is good for us. But by only eating the fillets, and discarding the by-products, such as heads, skin and backbones, we miss out on many valuable nutrients that can benefit our health and fitness. 

BBI JU AQUABIOPRO-FIT project: Bringing fish heads and bones back to the dinner table
27 July 2018

Wastewater treatment and reuse is not new, and knowledge on this topic has evolved and advanced throughout the human history. Since prehistoric civilisations have been capable of reusing untreated municipal wastewater, especially for the land application, wastewater treatment became a common practice within all human settlements. The process has been optimised due to a growing understanding of the issue and the development of treatment technologies. Since industrial advancement occurred, waste production from industries has deeply affected our society. 

BBI JU AFTERLIFE project: Recovery and valorisation of wastewater fractions for a circular economy
12 June 2018

The BBI JU's project, FRESH, has developed game-changing food packaging material that is rapidly biodegradable. The material is a means to replace the plastic packing used for ready meals and reduce pollution.

Bio-based, biodegradable packaging for convenience foods
24 May 2018

How can we use agricultural and food-processing waste to create useful products for a sustainable Europe?

BBI JU AGRIMAX project: From agricultural and food-processing waste to bio-products
19 March 2018

Among the many positives of bio-based chemicals and feedstock production is that they often use materials that would otherwise be put to waste, fulfilling a vital aspect of the circular economy. In order to make this process as sustainable as possible, it's necessary to make use of resources that are close by. Being forced to ship materials over large distances certainly adds cost and crucially, from a bio-perspective, it can also massively reduce the sustainability of an entire project.

BBI JU AgriChemWhey project: Converting dairy by-products into high value bio-based chemicals