Bratislava brings the bioeconomy closer to the EU citizens

BBCE 2016

The bioeconomy is part of our life. The BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking presented last Monday in Bratislava the potential for the bio-based industries in a range of everyday bio-based products. From dandelion tyres to dresses made from milk fibres, bio-degradable compostable shopping bags to high performance bio-ethanol, BBI JU proved that greener production methods and processes offer real progress towards the reality of a bio-based economy.

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a new €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.

During the event, BBI JU showcased some novel products which demonstrate advances being made in Europe in developing and scaling up the technologies needed to transform Europe’s bio-based sector.

According to Philippe Mengal, Executive Director of the BBI JU, “We have already now with us and hopefully even more in the future everyday life products, ‘greener’ products that all EU citizens can use in their daily life! In BBI JU we are proud to work towards building a strong and competitive bio-based sector in Europe.”

With a total of 36 ongoing projects since its first Call in 2014, the BBI JU has established itself as the catalyst for the development of bio-based industries. Reaching out to industry innovators in an inclusive way, the new projects do not only improve cooperation between different economic sectors but also pave the way for additional benefits to both EU public and industrial sectors.

We have already now with us and hopefully even more in the future everyday life products, ‘greener’ products that all EU citizens can use in their daily life!

Contributing to the topic of the conference “The role of regions in the European Bioeconomy” organised in Bratislava by the Slovak Presidency of the EU together with the European Commission, the BBI JU and its projects show the bioeconomy strategy in action, and demonstrates how sustainable regional development can be combined with industry smart regional bioeconomy strategies.

With innovation and education at the heart of its “walking exhibition”, the projects are a clear example of the novel ideas and processes BBI JU aspires to establish in Europe. Having recently added 23 new projects to its portfolio over the summer, BBI JU is helping to bring about the shift to a strong European bioeconomy. Public-private funding through the BBI JU is made available to projects developing innovative research methods and importantly on disseminating them. Three out of the 23 new projects fall under Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) and will elaborate “didactic” and awareness-raising actions.

John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, commented “We are excited to see the launch of projects that support Coordination and Support Actions. This means that their research activities and industrial processes will be communicated and explained, bringing the potential of the sector closer to the end users, the EU citizens. The EU does not only innovate but makes sure that our citizens are at the centre of it.”


by Will Yi Huang

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