Environmental impact

BBI JU projects are developing bio-based products, chemicals and materials with a lower environmental impact while laying the foundations for a sustainable future and a competitive economy. More specifically, BBI JU projects are:

Reducing CO2 emissions: 58% of ongoing projects will deliver bio-based alternatives to fossil-based products that will lower greenhouse gas emissions. The total CO2 savings of the 14 BBI JU flagship biorefineries are expected to reach 720 kT per year.

Enhancing circularity: 64% of the projects will contribute to waste reduction, reuse, and recycling, while half of them will reduce energy consumption.

Fostering sustainability: 35% of projects will improve land use. Over one-third of all projects will contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources and will foster efficient water use. 

Using sustainable feedstock: 91% of the biomass of agricultural origin used in the projects is waste and by-products of the agri-food industry, while 7% is made of dedicated crops grown in marginal lands not suitable for agriculture. 100% of aquatic feedstock used in BBI JU projects are algae and by-products of fish and seafood.

Boosting sustainable forests: 96% of forest-based feedstock used by the projects is made of wood residues, cellulose and sidestreams from the pulp and paper industry.

Protecting biodiversity: in addition to their objectives, more than one-fifth of the projects funded by BBI JU safeguard and enhance biodiversity on agricultural land, while others protect it in water and forests.